We bought this board for our son and what a great find. I ordered it online through Mindwareonline.com which tends to have games that are more educational. Spy Alley is a wonderful game of deductive reasoning. It takes the classic game Clue to a completely new level.
In the game Spy Alley, each player is an international secret agent The mission of the game is to get your password, disguise, codebook and embassy key before your opponents discover who you are. While you are trying to collect these things, you are also watching the other players to try to figure out their identity. It was great fun watching our son play this game.
Spy Alley is recommended for ages 8 to adult. I think that the age recommendation is pretty right on. For most eight year olds, it will depend up the level of attentiveness that they have. This game does require participants to pay close attention to the actions and play of the other players. You also have to figure out how to get all of your own pieces without tipping off the other players. My eight-year-old loved this game, but I can see where some kids may need to be a bit older.
You will need 2 to 6 players and the more that you have, the better the game gets. This is not a game that my son wanted to play a few times and then toss into the closet. Spy Alley is a game that has become a mainstay on our family game nights. When I bought this game, I did notice that it had won quite a few awards. I can honestly say that I can see way. With the holidays approaching, I highly recommend this board game for children over the age of eight.