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CODENAMES

Win­ner of the Spiel des Jahres (game of the year), Codenames is a fun and easy-to-play word game for small and large groups. Word cards (codenames) are laid out and only the spy master for each team knows which of these iden­tify their team’s ‘agents’. Each turn, the spy master gives a one-word clue that re­lates to mul­ti­ple words on the board, and his/her team tries to guess which words the spy master is re­fer­ring to. The first team to un­cover all their agents wins. Codenames is suit­able for play­ers aged 10 and above.

ISLE OF SKYE

The top hon­our for the Ken­ner­spiel des Jahres (con­nois­seurs' game of the year), went to Isle of Skye – From Chief­tain to King. Every­one takes the role of a chief. Each turn, play­ers col­lect in­come, take three tiles (one of which is dis­carded), and buy tiles from other play­ers. The tiles de­pict roads, lakes, moun­tains etc., which are used to cre­ate king­doms. Play­ers score points at the end of each turn. The player with the most points wins. Isle of Skye can be played with 2-5 play­ers, aged eight and above.

My First Stone Age

My First Stone Age won this year’s Kin­der­spiel des Jahres (chil­dren’s game of the year). Each turn, play­ers turn over a tile which re­veals their next move. As soon as a player vis­its the town cen­tre, the tiles are turned back face down. Over the course of the game, play­ers who can re­mem­ber what each tile is, will have an ad­van­tage. Play­ers col­lect re­sources to build huts, and the first player to build three huts wins. The game is suit­able for chil­dren aged five and above.

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We have one CODENAMES game to give away

To en­ter by mail, write your name and ad­dress on the back of an en­ve­lope and post to Pixel Park give­away, Par­ent­ing mag­a­zine, PO Box 37 708, Par­nell, Auck­land 1151. To en­ter on­line, go to the com­pe­ti­tions page at the­p­ar­ent­ing­place.com and an­swer the fol­low­ing ques­tion – Which game won chil­dren’s game of the year? En­tries close 11 Jan­uary 2017.

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