Decrypto is the best party game in the world! Don’t take our word for it; that’s a fact. Decrypto is ranked Number One among the Party Games category on Board Game Geek. That’s high praise indeed, but what makes Decrypto such a marvellous deduction game?
The games sees two teams compete to try and present codes to their own colleagues. But watch out… Your rivals are listening in, trying to interpret your message! Each team has four secret code words, and these cards slot into numbered spaces 1-4 in your team’s screen.
One player from the team will be the clue-giver. (This changes each turn, so everyone gets a go!) They take a card and on it is a three-digit number, comprising of the numbers 1-4 in some order. (So it could be 1-3-2, or 4-1-3, for example.) That player then has to write down three separate words in order. Each one is a clue towards their team’s code words that match those corresponding numbers. Their teammates then have to try and decide which clues match with which of their code words. They write down what they hope is the correct three-digit combination.
The twist is, the other team get to eavesdrop in on the three clues! They they get to guess at the three-digit clue, as well. They don’t know their opponent’s code words, of course. But after a while, if your team give continual clues that have a common theme, the opposition will discover patterns. And if they break your code, you’re in trouble!
If you fail to guess your own three-digit code, you gain a failure token. If your opponents make a correct guess at your three-digit code, they gain a success. You gain nothing for guessing your own code correctly. The first team to either gain two successes wins! Or, if you earn two failures first, you lose…
Supporting up to eight players, Decrypto is a wonderful game to pull out for those larger games gatherings!
Player count: 3-8 players
Game length: 15-45 minutes