Decrypto (Party Game)

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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.

Product Details

Boards & Dice
11 Jun 2019
Party Games
Game Mechanic
Year Published
# of Players
3 - 8
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players, Recommended with 4 - 8 players
Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
15 - 45 minutes
Game Designer
Thomas Dagenais-Lespérance
Game Artist
  • Fabien Fulchiron
  • NILS
  • Manuel Sanchez
User Suggested Ages
Language Dependence
Unplayable in another language
  • 2018 Cardboard Republic Socializer Laurel Nominee
  • 2018 Cardboard Republic Socializer Laurel Winner
  • 2018 Golden Geek Best Party Game Nominee
  • 2018 Golden Geek Most Innovative Board Game Nominee
  • 2018 Tric Trac Nominee
Expansion Sets
  • Decrypto: AI Serial – Bruno Cathala 01
  • Decrypto: AI Serial – Rob Daviau 01
  • Decrypto: Expansion #01 – Laserdrive
  • Decrypto: Klingon
Supply Source
South Africa