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Game Checkout Program: Codenames

Learn about the Holland & Terrell Libraries' game checkout program, including circulation policies and our collection of games!


Purple and orange Codenames board game box. Codenames is a board game in which players work in teams to give each other clues in order to guess the secret "word".  The secret words are "code names" and hints can be given by players to help their teammates correctly guess the words, as long as they don't say the "code name" itself or any part of the "code name."  The game's objective is for players to correctly guess all of their team's "code names" and not the opposing team's "code names."

Codenames in Search It

Rules of Play PDF

Game Facts

Number of players

  • 2-8 or more
  • Minimum 4 players for competitive play

Average playing time

  • 15 minutes
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