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Store:  Family Games
Theme:  Spy
Genre:  Unknown Teams / Goals / Ownership
Format:  Board Games

Spy Alley

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Product Awards:  
Mensa Best Mind Game Award
Best Mind Game, 1998

Ages Play Time Players
8+ 45 minutes 2-6

Designer(s): William Stephenson

Manufacturer(s): Spy Alley Partners

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Product Awards

Mensa Best Mind Game Award
Best Mind Game, 1998

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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4 in 7 reviews

A great bluffing game, fun for all ages
April 03, 2006

This is a fun game that is easy to learn yet can be very complex in its execution. It is mostly a bluffing game, so I recommend similar ages play it. If adults are playing with young kids it's likely the young kids will not have much of a chance.

Because you have to watch everyone as they play due to the bluffing nature of the game, it's a very active game even when it's not your turn. Just like poker, you try to figure out what the other players are holding by their actions, and this provides the game with a lot of depth.

I don't think that Tom's review (Dec 09, 2000) holds much validity. There is a lot more deductive reasoning involved in Spy Alley then in either Monopoly or Clue. I think Clue is much better targeted to younger kids then this game. Spy Alley will likely frustrate younger kids due to the bluffing nature, unless it's only young kids playing. You have to use deduction in Spy Alley because you only have player's actions to go by. And due to the multitude of ways players can try to throw other's off their track (it can be a lot more complex then 'buy other stuff') the game can have lots of possibilities in the way it unfolds.

Spy Alley is an excellent game and one of the funnest ones I've played recently. People can get into it very easily, are not intimidated by the rules, and noone gets bored. Overall, a great buy and should provide lots of entertainment for a wide audience of players.

Great bluffing game!
May 11, 2001

This game is great. It's quick to learn, takes less than an hour to play, and keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time.

Basic strategy of trying to guess who everyone else is while keeping your identity hidden is great. I can't believe this game wasn't invented years ago.

I would consider this a must have for anyone's game cabinet.

by Wendy
This is a fun game!
May 31, 1999

We bought Spy Alley about a year ago and my kids just love to play.

Taking a walk through the alley always brings squeals of delight from them as they think rolling the dice really fast will help them get out faster!

Bluffing really comes into it, as everyone watches the face of the person buying goods of their choice.

Be sure to build up lots of special movement cards to avoid going into 'spy alley' when there's a lot of players immediately on your tail, trying to expose you.

You'll enjoy playing this over and over again!

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