Board Game Bargain – Decrypto
Are you looking for some cheap games on a budget well we have you covered with some great games that all cost under $40 USD this months game Decrypto may be the game for you?
Playing Time: 35 Min
Players compete in two teams in Decrypto, with each trying to correctly interpret the coded messages presented to them by their teammates while cracking the codes they intercept from the opposing team.
In more detail, each team has their own screen, and in this screen, they tuck four cards in pockets numbered 1-4, letting everyone on the same team see the words on these cards while hiding the words from the opposing team. In the first round, each team does the following: One team member takes a code card that shows three of the digits 1-4 in some order, e.g., 4-2-1. They then give a coded message that their teammates must use to guess this code. For example, if the team’s four words are “pig”, “candy”, “tent”, and “son”, then I might say “Sam-striped-pink” and hope that my teammates can correctly map those words to 4-2-1. If they guess correctly, great; if not, we receive a black mark of failure.
Starting in the second round, a member of each team must again give a clue about their words to match a numbered code. If I get 2-4-3, I might now say, “sucker-prince-stake”. The other team then attempts to guess our numbered code. If they’re correct, they receive a white mark of success; if not, then my team must guess the number correctly or take a black mark of failure. (Guessing correctly does nothing except avoid failure and give the opposing team information about what our hidden words might be.)
The rounds continue until a team collects either its second white mark (winning the game) or its second black mark (losing the game). Games typically last between 4-7 rounds. If neither team has won after eight rounds, then each team must attempt to guess the other team’s words; whichever team guesses more words correctly wins.
If you’re a fan of the incredibly popular word game Codenames, you will absolutely adore Decrypto. Teams of up to four players work to craft cunning three-word clues while cracking the opposing team’s codes.
Here’s how it works. Each team has their own secret board of four hidden words. (For example 1. Pizza, 2. Duck, 3. Vampire, and 4. Domino.) Everyone on each team can see their teams’ words, but not their opponents’. Each turn one team member privately pulls a card with three numbers on it, and then gives three clues that lead their team to pick the correct words matching those numbers. Your clues could be “Dots”, “Pepperoni” and “Quack”. And your team could figure out, oh, you likely mean 4-1-2.
Here’s the issue. Your opponents are always listening, and they get a chance to intercept first. If you give obvious clues like “Pepperoni”, the next time your team gives a closely related clue like “Italian” or “Food” your opponents will be able to guess you likely still referencing Word #1. That’s dangerous. If you correctly intercept your opponent’s full code twice, you win the game. As rounds progress, teams gradually begin to piece together what your secret words are, so you’re best off if you give opaque and tangential clues.
This game is sure to be a blast with your friends and at such a cheap price point there is no reason to add it to your collection
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