Alexandr Ushan

One of the most talked about games to come out of Essen last year was Spyfall from Hobby World and designed by Alexandr Ushan. Unfortunately it wasn’t available in North America and was very difficult to obtain anywhere else. But now Cryptozoic Entertainment has picked up the rights to this fantastic little game and is set to release it on June 10th.

Spyfall is a simple game with rules that should only take a minute or two to learn but it will provide you with hours of entertainment and laughter. In the game players are dealt a card with the location all the players share, except one person’s card only says Spy and they have no clue what the location is. Players then ask one other player a question that must be answered. The goal of the game is to figure out who doesn’t know what the location is and therefore must be the spy.

Spyfall is played over several rounds, and at the start of each round all players receive cards showing the same location — a casino, a traveling circus, a pirate ship, or even a space station — except that one player receives a card that says “Spy” instead of the location. Players then start asking each other questions — “Why are you dressed so strangely?” or “When was the last time we got a payday?” or anything else you can come up with — trying to guess who among them is the spy. The spy doesn’t know where he is, so he has to listen carefully. When it’s his time to answer, he’d better create a good story!

Once per round the players get to vote on who they think the spy is, if the spy is caught then the all the other players get a point, if the spy escapes detection then they get a point. At the end of a set number of rounds the person with the most points wins.

Spyfall plays 3- 8 ages 15 and up and comes with 30 different locations in the box each with different illustrations from Sergey Dulin and Uildrim. There is even an advanced game mode that has you take on the unique role printed on each card that will make your answers more interesting.

With simple rules and compelling game play Spyfall is sure to be a hit with gamers and non-gamers alike so if you’re interested head over to your FLGS/OLGS any time after June 10th to pick up your copy.