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I Spy Eagle Eye Board Game: Rules for How to Play

I Spy Eagle Eye Board Game: Rules for How to Play

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The objective of I Spy Eagle Eye is to find specific items on your board before the other players.


  • Each player chooses a gameboard and places it in front of themselves.
  • Shuffle the cards and place them face down where everyone can reach them.
  • Place the bell where everyone can reach it.

How to Play I Spy Eagle Eye

Each card in the game features eight images. Each image is present on only one side of one of the boards. In each round you are trying to find one of the objects from the current card on your gameboard before the other players. When you find the matching object you need to ring the bell to alert the other players. You will then have to point to the object on your gameboard so the other players can verify that you found a match.

Finding the matching airplane
The airplane on this card matches the one printed on this board.

There are a couple different games you can play in I Spy Eagle Eye. The players need to decide which game they want to play. The basic gameplay remains the same for each mode, but a few things change. See the corresponding section below for the mode you choose to play.

Let’s Play 2 Players

For this mode you first need to decide how many points you will play to. The game recommends six, but you can play to as many or as few points as you want.

Both players draw a card from the deck at the same time and look at it. They need to find the object from their card that appears on their gameboard. When you find the match you ring the bell and point it out to the other player.

If you found a match, you will keep the card as it will count for a point. The other player discards the card they drew this round.

Finding a match in a Let's Play game
One of the players have found a match on their board. The dump truck is on their board and the card. They will ring the bell and collect the card for a point.

You will then play another round. Each player will draw a new card.

The first player to score the amount of points agreed to at the beginning, wins the game.

Let’s Play 3 or 4 Players

In this mode you will need a piece of paper and something to write with in order to keep score.

For each round all of the players draw a card at the same time. You are trying to find the object from your card that is on your gameboard. When you find a match you will ring the bell and say “first”. Point out the match so the other players can confirm.

The rest of the players continue trying to find their match. The second player to find their match rings the bell and says “second”. This continues until all of the players find the matching object on their card.


At the end of the round the players will score points based on where they finished.

Three Player Game

  • 1st place – 3 points
  • 2nd place – 2 points
  • 3rd place – 1 point

Four Player Game

  • 1st place – 4 points
  • 2nd place – 3 points
  • 3rd place – 2 points
  • 4th place – 1 point

Record the score each player earned. You will then play another round in the same way.

The first player to score 25 or more points wins the game.

Tournament Play (3 or 4 Players)

You will need a piece of paper and something to write with in order to keep score. Decide how many rounds you are going to play.

All of the players play at the same time. Draw one card for all of the players. The players will all agree to one object that all of the players will try to find on their card.

Each player then takes one of the gameboards. If there are only three players, the extra board goes in the middle of the table.

You will search your gameboard looking for the object that all of the players agreed to look for. You can look at both sides of your board. If you find the match you should ring the bell three times. Show the matching item to the other players. If you found a match you will score points equal to the number of players.

Finding the object in a Tournament Play round
The players decided to look for the dog figure. The player using this board found it. They will score points depending on the number of players.

Should you not find the object on your card, you can swap your card with another player. If there are only three players you can swap your gameboard with the unused board at any time. If you want to swap your board with another player, you will ring the bell. Each player then passes their board one player to the left. Each player may only ring the bell once during each round.

After you have played the agreed upon number of rounds, total each players score. The player with the highest score wins the game.

I Spy Eagle Eye FAQ

If you have any questions about how to play the game, leave a comment below on this post. I will try to answer any questions asked as best and as quickly as possible.

Components for I Spy Eagle Eye


  • 4 Game Boards
  • 30 Cards
  • Bell
  • Instructions

Year: 2006 | Publisher: Briarpatch | Designer: P. Joseph Shumaker

Genres: Children’s, Speed, Matching

Ages: 5+ | Number of Players: 1-4 | Length of Game: 15-20 minutes

Difficulty: Light | Strategy: Light | Luck: Moderate

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