★★★½☆ Spyfall; want to feel like James Bond -minus the drinking, ladies, and action?

Check out this game if: you are looking for a group/party game that plays quickly but can take some real thought.

This game stands out because: the whole game is player interaction. The whole game is coming up with and answering clever questions.

Positive:
1. Lots of player interaction (that the whole game).
2. This game plays best with larger groups.
3. This game gets better when you play it many times with the same group.
4. Because each round is timed, it can cause players to say silly things (really funny stuff).
5. Each player is given a unique character to play.
6. Rounds are quick so players rarely feel bad about losing (or winning)

Negative:
1. If you or your group are not particularly clever or imaginative, this game could fall flat.
2. If you’re not careful, some players could get left out of the questioning (just don’t let that happen)
3. Game set-up can be tricky because if you don’t put cards back correctly, you may mess up future rounds.

Brief Overview:
This game comes with packs of cards. These packs of cards have different information on the back side. Some give a location and character, and one will read “spy.” Everyone who is not a spy will have the same location on the back of their card.

The goal of the game is to go around asking and answering questions. They spy is trying to figure out where the location is and everyone else is trying to figure out who the spy is.  

Number of Players 2-8
Age 10+
Time 45 mins
Friendly ★★★☆☆
Teachable ★★★★★
Replayability ★★★★☆
Creative Freedom ★★★★★
Inclusive (no elimination) ★★★★★
Interaction ★★★☆☆

Versions:
Only one version, but similar games are The Resistance, Mafia, Werewolf, and Salem (and many more “social deduction games”).

Teaching Advice:
This can be taught pretty easily if you explain the goal first. Tell everyone that if you get a card that reads “spy,” you are trying to figure out where everyone else is (location). If you get a card that tells you a location and character, you’re trying to figure out who the spy is. For this reason, be careful what you ask and answer because neither the spy or characters want to give too much information away.

I suggest reading the rules just so you can get a clear understanding of the time and specific rules.

Link to Video Tutorial.

Link to Spyfall on Amazon.

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