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Review: Spyfall


spyfallWe took the weekend and met up with a friend of the Forge Herald to play some games. First up in his bag of goodies, Spyfall.

Spyfall is a deduction/role play game that has the players trying to determine who is the spy in their group. Spyfall is published by Cryptozoic Entertainment (and many others world wide).

Spyfall is a party game that draws on the deduction, role playing, and bluffing mechanics.

The game is designed by Alexandr Ushan, with art by Sergey Dulin and Uildrim. It was published in 2014.

 

Set up
Set up for this game is super easy. You lay out the game board in front of the players, deal out the cards and you’re ready to go.

When you deal out the cards, make sure you have the correct number of cards to the number of players in the game. One of those cards needs to be the Spy card. The other cards will be a single location on the board. The players will need to keep the location secret. All players, except the spy, have the same location.

Game play
After determining who goes first, game play begins by the first player asking one other player in the game a question. The point of the question is to try and determine who is the spy.

The spy is the only one in the game that does not know the location on the other cards. Your questions need to be formulated in such a way that other players know what you’re asking about but the spy doesn’t.

The spy is will do their best to guess the location and answer the questions correctly. The players should be able to answer in such a way to indicate that they are not the spy.

If at any point during the game a player suspects they know who the spy is, they can cast their accusation. If all the players agree, the round ends and the spy is revealed. If the spy is guessed correctly, all players score a point. If the guess is wrong, the spy scores.

If the spy is convinced they know the location of the rest of the players, the spy can end the round and make their announcement. If the spy guesses incorrectly, know one scores and the round is over. If the spy is correct, the spy scores a point and the round ends.

Winning the game
There is no set path to victory in Spyfall. It is up to the players to decide how they want to set the win condition. Once the win condition is set, the game ends and a winner is declared.

Conclusion
Spyfall is a great party game. Although playable with only three players, the game seems to be more fun when there are more players. Five to six would be best. The game is very easy to play and is recommended for ages 12 and up. Unlike games like Resistance, Spyfall doesn’t make you feel like you have been betrayed by your wife, best friend, etc. Instead, Spyfall usually results in laughter.

The biggest ding against this game is the size and material used to make the board. The board is made of a laminated-type paper with small artwork that would be difficult to see when playing with a large group.

The artwork itself is excellent. No complaints there.

Overall, Spyfall is an enjoyable game that travels well, has a low MSRP, and is easy to learn.

Score 8/10

Patrick Steam punkPatrick Cossel is the Publisher is the Forge Herald. He is a writer, gamer, father, husband, and Level 1 Magic Judge. Professionally, he is the Operations Manager of a family-owned newspaper company. He can be reached at pcossel@gmail.com

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