Encoder is a game for 3 or more players. The system will provide a “meaning” (a word or phrase) that a player (the Encoder) needs to encode using a set of primitive” symbols that are provided and explained. The other players (the Decoders) try to guess the meaning. When a Decoder succeeds, points are awarded to both the Decoder and the Encoder, and the play passes on to the next player, who now becomes the Encoder.
The less symbols used, the higher the points scored by the successful Encoder/Decoder pair.
In addition to the symbols, the Encoder may also provide “closeness” Hints, such as “warm” or “hot”. These Hints also cost (partial) points that are deducted from the original score.
There is a time limit for each turn, which varies with the difficulty level selected.
The encoder may give up or “pass” at any time during the turn, and the next player becomes the encoder.
After a selected number of rounds, the player with the highest score wins.