I am a massive Disney fan! The shows, the music, the characters, the merchandise. I love it all! When the opportunity came to host a Codenames: Disney party sponsored by Usaopoly and Tryazon I jumped at the opportunity. I mean, come on, it’s Disney!
I received a free copy of Codenames: Disney for review but these opinions are my own.
Family That Plays Together
As a family we love to play games together. During the summer we especially love to play with our extended family. We all have a blast together.
I have so many memories of sitting at the cabin playing games while my grandpa watched an old western. Now, grandpa goes to bed earlier but we still play games late into the night. This year I brought Codenames: Disney to join in our fun and it did not disappoint.
I have previously played the original version of Codenames and I had a blast with it. There are a couple of differences with this version that make it a little bit more kid friendly which was great for us and our extended family.
Differences between the Original and Disney Codenames Edition
Words on both sides of the cards
One set of challenge cards
Words on one side and an image on the other side of the card. The picture is usually related to the words but they are not always an exact translation. For example: A picture of Pinocchio in a cage with a long nose has the word lie on the back. The picture of Pocahontas has the word wind on the back. The old beat up truck from Cars has the characters name, Mater, on the back.
There are two sets of challenge/key cards. One set has 16 cards with 5 squares associated with the challengers, 6 squares for the opposition and 5 neutral squares.
The more difficult set has 25 cards. In this set they have included a game over card. The teams have 8 challengers and 9 opponents and 8 neutral squares.
Little Kid Friendly
When we played with our young kids (6 and under) we used the image side of the card and allowed them to use multiple words to describe the cards their team was looking for. We also made it so that if they guessed a wrong card that the point wasn’t given to the other team they simply just didn’t score.
Even our four year old had tons of fun! Under 8 is probably too little to think of clues for multiple cards but younger kids would be able to say something related to a card. Reading the key would be a huge challenge for younger kids but I believe around 8 years old they would be able to figure it out. We choose to play Codenames with the kids as guessers and the adults gave the clues. That way we could made sure to give clues that they would be able to recognize.
Playing with Grown Ups
When playing with grown ups and big kids we played with 25 cards and used the word side of the cards. Using the words is a little more open ended and gave us a little more of a challenge. When we played with the images I found that we kinda got stuck on the image instead of thinking outside of the box a little more.
Playing with older kids and grown ups was much for fun for me but the littles loved the game so it really was a good fit for everyone. That is as long as you’re all Disney fans.
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