Spy Alley Board Games Introduce Suspicion and Fun to Game Night
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Many times when we have our regular board game night with friends, the kiddos will wrap up their game and then come to ask if they can play whatever the adults are playing. Unfortunately, usually the games we play are a bit too complex for their ages, but the makers of the Spy Alley games have a great alternative by offering a game with a junior version, too! I received several Spy Alley board games in exchange for my honest opinion.
What did I think?
Spy Alley makes several games in the mystery and bluffing board game genre. The flagship game, Spy Alley is all about throwing your fellow players off your trail as you try to protect your secret identity and collect clues along the way. The rules are incredibly simple making it a great game – but the competition starts early. As more pegs appear on the boards, the intensity increases and the laughter begins. We have enjoyed playing this with friends as we attempt to bluff our way through the game and realize that tricking friends and family is considerably more difficult than you would ever think!
As I mentioned, Spy Alley offers a junior version for your game night! The girls were riveted by watching us play Spy Alley with our friends, but it really is better suited for the 8 and older crowd. So Spy Alley Junior was perfect for them! This game involves less strategy than its “parent” version, but by the introduction of the move cards, children work on basic strategy and counting skills to ensure a win.
Once your board game night has warmed up with Spy Alley and possibly the kiddos playing Spy Alley Junior, you can increase the suspicion and fun by playing Simply Suspects. In this game, instead of being a spy, you are now a suspect in a crime. Only, instead of being “innocent until proven guilty” you are under duress to keep others from implicating you in the crime since every suspect on the board can tamper with the evidence! This game is aimed at the 8 and older crowd, however, Miss Goose was able to play along with some gentle coaching. Although, she did like to accuse the “Cow” as the suspect no matter what was going on – and the voice in which she said it, kept us all in stitches! As you travel around the board, you move the evidence pegs onto other suspects, or even to yourself to keep the other suspects from quickly identifying you. Once someone reaches the grand jury, the game turns as you can make the accusation and have it stick! This game is a fast-play and you can complete a full game in as little as 15 minutes or so – which makes it a great way to end game night!
For a game of suspense on the go, check out Spy Alley’s dice game. This game is a mix of luck and pure spy skill as you attempt to identify the spy identities for each player without being eliminated in the process. The game comes with a handy travel storage bag that you can throw into your purse or a suitcase. This is another that is for ages 8 and up, but the rules are simple enough, that if you slow down, a six-year-old can easily get in on the game and play.
Spy Alley games are a fantastic addition to any board game collection and the perfect theme for a game night. Serve up some martinis and appetizers from all over the world and you will have a great time! I love the bluffing, trickery and competition that these games incite! Be sure to check Spy Alley games out next time you are looking for a great board game to play!