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A challenging game of strategy for two players
Member Name: alyson29
Date: 22/06/10, updated on 18/11/10 (86 review reads)
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I've read so many reviews recently regarding different types of games and one of my all time favourites has to be Mastermind. I remember my Dad buying this game at least 30 years ago and we would have hours of fun playing, even though I always tended to lose!
I searched on the internet for a little background information on this fabulous game and learned that it was invented in 1970 by an Israelian named Mordecai Meirowitz and went on to win the Game of the Year Award in 1973. To date, this great little invention has sold over 55 million copies worldwide.
Mastermind is a game of strategy for two people and its' concept is to break the colour code set by your opponent. Whilst my Mastermind is now buried deep in the attic, if my memory serves me right, the original board measures approximately 25cm in length and 15cm in width and is brown in colour. The board has twelve rows of four large holes and adjacent to each row are four smaller holes.
The board is positioned between the two players, with one player being the code maker, who is required to select a combination of coloured pegs. These are then placed underneath a shield so they are not visible to their opponent, namely the code breaker.
There are many variations of Mastermind that all use different colour pegs. However, the pegs in the original version are green, red, yellow and white. This review further discusses the original version.
The code breaker will then choose a selection of four coloured pegs and place them into the large holes. The code maker then needs to provide a response using the smaller pegs, which are black and white. The black pegs represent a correct coloured peg that is in the correct position with a white coloured peg representing a correct colour, but in the wrong position.
For example, let's say the code maker chooses a sequence of colours, namely red, red, green and yellow. The code breaker guesses the pattern by placing his/her peg selection of green, red, yellow and white in the appropriate holes. The code maker would provide feedback by placing in the adjacent holes one black peg and two white. (I hope I didn't lose you then!!)
The code breaker has twelve chances to crack the colour code; after which time he/she loses. Whilst the first sequence of pegs placed in the grid are simply a guess, as the game progresses, you really need to think about the responses you are receiving by the black and white pegs. If you are clever enough and your strategy is well thought through, you should win the game making you the Mastermind!
The game is suitable for ages 8 years and up and is a fantastic way to get little ones thinking. I tried to find out from the internet who first branded this game, but was unsuccessful. As previously stated, there are so many different variations available and I've noticed some with five colours! I don't think I'd want to attempt five colours as four are challenging enough!
Prices start on Amazon at £5 for the travel version and rise to £16.99 for the larger version.
Such a great game receives 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars from me.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
Summary: A great game to really get you thinking
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