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      11.12.2011 22:05
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      A great fun game with challenging questions

      Publisher: MindTrap Games, Inc.

      MindTrap was launched in 1991 from Paul Lamond Games with unexpected success. It is a brain training board game for 2 or more players, suitable for anyone aged 12 and over. This social board game is comprised of many little mysteries that challenge the players to change their thinking and find many different solutions for the same problem.


      - Gameplay

      There are 200 cardboard cards in the game and each playing card has a question printed in the front while the answer is written on the back side. The aim of the game is to answer correctly as many questions as possible and reach the end of the path on a scoring board. There also one die in the box with numbers from 0 to 3 and number 1 is repeated on 3 different sides. When the dice is used in the game, it indicates how many squares forward the player should move on the game path.
      I imagine that the die counts up to 3 because it would be impractical to score more than three steps. It would shorten the gameplay and it would be difficult for the team that stays behind to get the lead back in the game.

      The players form two teams and one person at a time reads a question from the card pack. If the opposite team players answer correctly, they move one step forward on the score path and they request another question or they have the option to throw the die and move forward as many squares as the die says and therefore end their turn. If they are incorrect, they lose their turn and they are the ones that will ask the next question.

      There are two scoring paths for this game, the short (14 squares for each team) and the long game (24 squares). The paths are divided in small "hollow" squares and the progress of the players is marked on those paths. Both paths have an optical illusion and initially they look exactly the same, but if you look closer you will see that in the long game the paths are longer and with more squares for each team. One team takes the darker path and the others play with the lighter. The group that will reach the end of the path first wins the game. There is no time limit for the game but the players can set their own to avoid endless games.

      There are some cards in the game that have a small black diamond above the question, on the top left of the card. Those are called enquiry cards and they allow the answering team to ask any question they want to the reader, before they give their final answer. The reader who knows the answer can only reply to other player's questions with a "yes", "no", or "irrelevant". However, if they fail to find the correct solution, the reader's team gets a bonus question on their turn.


      - A challenging Question & Answer game

      According to the creators, the key of the game's success is that it focuses on the players and not on the game itself. MindTrap is mainly a question and answer game but it has a basic difference from similar games of this kind. It is not based on knowledge questions and it requires a lot of thinking and the ability to watch things from a different angle. Most of the questions are tricky and you can easily be misled from the wording of the question and search for the answer in the wrong direction.

      The secret is to look behind the actual question, find what clues you can get from the words used and pay attention to what is not mentioned. For example, from the words used in the question, your mind might make an assumption because you have connected a certain word with a specific situation. I remember that in one question there was a black dog named "Midnight" in the middle of a road with no lights and I was asked how the driver of passing car with broken lights has avoided him. From the description used in the question, I immediately assumed that it was night-time although it was not mentioned anywhere. Because why would it be important to mention the lights if it was daytime? The words black and midnight also created the image of night in my mind. This is exactly the trap that the game wants the player to fall in to, and think that the answer must be so complicated but it was actually pretty simple: It was daytime!

      Generally, most of the questions are thinking puzzles, logical riddles and mysteries that the player is called to solve. They don't require any calculations, the concept is to think with logical steps before you get to the final solution and pay attention to the information given.

      The large collection of cards can be categorised in three main types of questions:

      * First, it's the questions that you think that the answer is obvious and easy, but there is always a trap. In this type of questions you need to fully comprehend what you are asked and think twice before you jump at the first obvious answer. Depending on the subject and your logic, you might also over analyse a simple problem and find it hard to give a certain solution.

      * Lateral Challenge: These are questions that appear to be missing some very important clues and they look impossible to solve, but when you read the answer you realize how easy they actually are. They are called lateral challenge questions because they require a different kind of insight and open minded vision.

      * The Whole Truth: The type of questions where you have to solve a small mystery or a murder. You have to apply your logic and insight and think from another angle to provide the correct answer.


      - My Experience

      I purchased the classic edition of Mind Trap from WHSmith for around £13. I am also fan of Trivial Pursuit, but I believe this game is amazing because it is focused on people's thinking and not on the level of knowledge itself. I love these types of questions and the process of figuring out the logic puzzles.

      Some of the game questions are very smart and tricky, while others are unpredictable and impossible to figure out. I remember that the first time I played it took me 8 wrong questions to finally answer one right. I was not used to this way of thinking but then I understood what the game is about I found it quite addictive. However, it is still not easy to guess correctly as it needs the ability of the person to look the same thing from different angles. It might sound easy but it's not, it needs a lot of effort to get an insight and be as creative and open minded as you can.
      The answers are always well explained and they give detailed information for the logic steps that you should follow to get the correct answer.

      However, I believe that it is more fun to just read the cards with my friends and see who gets the correct answer. Most of the times we don't play it with the rules and it's very entertaining because we can make hypotheses, discuss the answers and laugh a lot. This way of playing brings fun, conversation and sharing of experiences without being competitive about who wins the game. The game is therefore ideal for parties, family gatherings and spending nights with friends.

      The main problem of this game is that if you play it a few times and you are familiar with the answers then it's not that fun. Once you have played all the cards it gets repetitive and it's not durable enough.


      - Packaging and Price

      The game comes in a black and blue tin box with the tagline: "It will challenge the way you think . . . and see!". It contains 200 cards with questions, divided in two packs of 100 and a die. The playing cards are white, with a purple horizontal line above the question in the front and a green line right above the answer at the back side.

      A notebook is also provided with drawings of the short game board in the front of each page and the long game in the back, to keep the scores. An instructions page is included in the box which explains briefly how the game is played and what are the rules.
      The price of the game on amazon.co.uk ranges from £2.49 to £11.99. Four more versions of this game are also available in the market:

      MindTrap II - The Challenge Continues: The second version that includes even more questions and additional categories.
      The Ultimate MindTrap: Another sequel that was launched as the advanced version of MindTrap II
      MindTrap - The Revised Edition: This game combines questions from the two first versions of the game.
      MindTrap - 10th Anniversary Edition Tin: A version of the game with 500 questions celebrating 10 years since the game was launched.


      - Conclusion

      I think this is a great fun team game that helps the players to improve their problem solving skills and consider different aspects of the same problem. I would definitely recommend it to everyone. However, if you are one of the people that always want to get the correct answer faster than everyone you might find this game annoying because it will need some personal effort before you start thinking widely and go beyond the obvious answer.

      Thank you for reading!

      This review is also on ciao under my name "sweetybi"

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        25.11.2010 16:48
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        Excellent game which gets the grey matter working

        I was given Mindtrap for Christmas as they knew I liked board games and also liked to solve puzzles and think logically, so this ticked all the boxes for me.

        Mindtrap comes in a very presentable metal tin, it's a small game and doesn't look like much when you first open it up, there is no traditional playing board. What you have is a pile of cards with scenarios and questions printed on them, a couple of pencils, a die and a pad of paper with a playing surface printed on it, so you can shade out the squares as you move along.

        The playing area is shaped like an optical illusion and gives you a choice of playing a long game or a short game, which is useful if you don't have a lot of time or want to play various games during a get together rather than be tied up playing the same game all night (yes, Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit, I mean you!).

        The game is designed for two players (or you could have two teams), and the players have to choose whether they want to be the light or dark squares on the pad. The winner is the one who reaches the end of the path first.

        The playing cards are picked at random. If you get an answer right, you roll the die and a number will come up from 0 to 3. You shade in this number of squares on your playing surface as a reward for getting the right answer. Yes, you can get an answer right and still roll a 0. Bad luck!

        Each player reads out the question or scenario on the card for the other player to answer. The questions are based on logic, for example, "A man is found hanging from a beam in a room 10 feet from the ground. There is nothing in the room but a puddle of water. How did he get there?" (He stood on a block of ice). These can really get your brain working and are great fun to work out. Most of the questions you don't get any clues, but with some of them you can ask questions of the question reader and they can answer with yes and no answers only.

        Thoroughly recommend this game, it's not always easy but it's always fascinating!

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        04.03.2010 22:42
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        A great game to play with friends.

        Justin Summers has a holiday home that is positioned in such a way that all four sides face south. How is this possible?
        Long silence........

        His holiday home is at the North pole of course!! Obvious! Except I'm not sure whether anyone would actually want to have a holiday home at the North pole, or whether such a thing would be legal, but never mind, I digress....

        If you got the answer straight away, or love riddles and puzzles, then Mindtrap is the perfect game for you. I bought it second hand in perfect condition for £1.50 several years ago, but you can still get it quite cheaply from retailers such as Amazon. The game has been on the market since 1993, and in my view it is a classic, and absolutely brilliant when you are entertaining friends.

        The game itself is actually just a series of cards in a sturdy cardboard box. Each card has a riddle on it, with an answer on the reverse. The idea is to split your friends into 2 teams and try and get the most answers right. There is a convoluted list of rules included in the game, but I'm not keen on them. They involve colouring in squares on a pad when each team gets a correct answer, but they must also roll a die to decide how many points they get 0, 1, 2 or 3. I think this is pointless, because a team could answer lots of questions correctly, but if they keepscoring zero on the die, they won't win. When we play, we just have a house rule of 1 point per correct answer, or forget competition completely and just read the cards out to each other.

        The riddles themselves are varied, with a few murder mysteries, as well as tests of logic and lateral thinking. Some cards allow the players to ask additional questions to help them solve the clue.

        There is something incredibly satisfying about finally working out the answer to the questions, and there are enough cards to play many games without getting a repeated question.

        This is a really fun game for anyone aged 12 and up, and a good ice breaker for parties. The questions will test your powers of deduction to the max, and add a lot of laughs with it.

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        28.05.2007 15:55
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        Remember not to always take things at face value.

        As a child I loved playing games, whether they were made up ones or board games it didn’t matter I just loved to play them. In an age of digital television, the Internet and computer games, I think it’s all too easy to flop down in front of a screen and become glued to it (says me here taking an age to type this out) and disregard them.
        Regrettably since my childhood the only game I had until recently was Scrabble, a game I never tire of playing, as I enjoy doing things that tax my brain without it becoming boring. A quick browse on the Internet for board games and such like, I came across MindTrap, a game that promises to “challenge the way you think …..and see”!
        At a very reasonable price of £8.47 I didn’t hesitate in purchasing it, and waited for it’s arrival. Little did I know that when it was to arrive and be unpacked, it was going to do more than tax my brain, it was going to drive me nuts!

        What I like about the packaging is the fact the game is well preserved, and it comes in a rather smart and eye catching tin. The trouble with cardboard boxes that most games come in is the fact they usually end up squashed and broken. Also when this tends to happen, creatures of a furry and indeed feathery kind tend to poke pieces out which end up disappearing to the land of unknown. With this sturdy packaging you can rest assured that as long as you put everything back in it, it’ll still be there and the tin will always look just as good as the day you purchased the game.

        So onto the game itself and MindTrap in a nutshell consists of brain teasing questions, which are designed to make you give your brain a good workout. However they’ll be times when the answer is starring you right in the face, and yet you still can't fathom it out. Believe me you’ll be kicking yourself when the answer is finally revealed, as I know there were times when I was.

        Inside the box you’ll find a pad with the games on it, 2 packs of question/answer cards, a dice, and the most frustrating set of rules you’re ever likely to come across!
        While some games have the most simplest of rules that are impossible to get wrong, these ones actually took almost an afternoon to figure out and had me nearly pulling my hair out.

        The game is designed for 2 players or teams ages 12 to adult, and you have the option of playing a ‘long game’ or a ‘short game’. The winner is the first team or person to make it to the end of the optical illusion diagram, having correctly answered their questions.
        Now this is the part where things get a little confusing, and it’s simply down to the fact that the rules aren't written clearly, and rarely follow on in a logical manner. Now I’ve finally worked them out and played the game a few times, I hope that I can explain what’s what a little more clearly to you. For the remainder of this review I’ll refer to teams, but remember that you can play the game with just 2 people and the rules are still the same.

        As I’ve mentioned you have the option of choosing the length of game you want to play, and the illusion (think curled up snake) has a light path and a dark path to follow.
        There’s no explanation of how you choose the path you follow, as you both can’t pick the same one. The rules just state that team 1 follows the darker path, and team 2 follows the lighter path. At the end of the day though it doesn’t matter who follows which, so I would suggest flipping a coin to decide. A member of team 1 then starts by picking a card, reading it out loud, then turns it over and takes in the answer silently making sure they understand the answer fully. Afterwards team 2 can read the question, and if they get the answer correct they have the option of filling in a square on the diagram, or roll the die and fill in that number square. Incorrectly answering a question results in team 1 (not the question reader) getting a shot at the answer, and having the chance to fill in one square. A member of team 2 now gets to read a question even if their answer was wrong.

        My favourite of the cards is the ‘inquiry’ ones, where the answering team gets to ask the reader any question that might help them get the answer. Sounds easy enough, but the reader can only respond by answering “yes”, “no” or “irrelevant”. The winners are the team who reaches the end of the optical illusion first.
        I hope I haven’t confused you, but just take time to read over the rules as it’s not a game you’ll be able to pick up and start playing it straight away.

        Once I finally worked out the rules, I really got into the game with friends and family and we all found it enjoyable and very addictive. It’s a game that you should allow plenty of time for, as even playing the shorter game we found it could take well over an hour to complete. You see there’s no time limit on giving your answer, so if a question has really stumped someone then that of course will lengthen the game. The rules do state though that you’re free to set any limitations, so if you find you’re nodding off to sleep waiting for the answer then you can call time. Guesses are also not allowed, and you must give a full explanation which I enjoy as it really challenges you to think about the answer.
        If I could improve this game in any way, it would have been to have designed a board with counters rather than paper diagrams. This is because once you’ve used them up then that’s it, unless you copy out some more.

        The makers of this game recommend it’s for players aged 12 to adult, but while playing the game I felt it would be too hard for the average 12 year old. I would personally recommend it for ages 14 to adult, but certainly wouldn’t stop anyone younger from playing. The two packs contain a variety of questions, but I’d say it would help if you were reasonably well up on your math as there are quite a few mathematical problems to solve. Since math’s wasn’t my strong point at school and it took my 3 times to get a grade C at GCSE, I think you can imagine how difficult I find these problems to solve.
        I also found it very helpful not to take every question at face value, and that sometimes the answer really is that obvious. It can be so easy to read too much into the question, when the answer once revealed makes perfect sense ……well some of the time anyway.
        Whether you play it one on one, in a team or just have a go at answering the questions yourself, you’ll get hours of enjoyment out of it.

        As the game was so popular it spawned a sequel adding in visual experiences, as well as puzzles that you have to assemble in order to find clues to solve the murder mysteries.
        Seeing as the original was such a hit at home, I will definitely be purchasing these.

        I purchased my game from Amazon for £8.47, although I see it’s now gone up to £9.95.
        You can also purchase it new from £7.49, just watch out for the p&p.
        I think the game is priced very reasonably, as it continues to provide myself and others with hours of entertainment. So if you find you’re stuck for something to do on a rainy day, or just want a change from the tele, then you can’t go wrong with this.

        To finish I’ll leave you with this little teaser, so get those thinking caps on – Shadow discovered Sandy lying on her side in a puddle of water and broken glass. When the doctor arrived he pronounced her dead. Since Sandy had no cuts on her body, how did she die?

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          Get your brain into gear and get ready to challenge your mind…. You are about to play Mindtrap!! + What orchestral device is neither blown, bowed, plucked nor struck? + If Bert Bragg's (where do they come up with these names from?!!) peacock laid an egg on Bertha Dribble's driveway in Sussex during the 1930s, who would be the rightful owner of the egg? + What is the last thing both men and women take off before going to bed? + And finally … (now you are getting into this …..) Two very popular and common objects carry out the same function, yet one of them has thousands of moving parts and the other hasn't any. What are the two objects? Uhoh, this opinion has already taken me over an hour to write as I got a bit carried away with reading and answering some of the questions in Mindtrap! Better get on with the info! WHAT IS MINDTRAP? Mindtrap is a board game, made by Winning Moves in which the object of the game is to solve a number of different types of questions and puzzles, either individually or in a team and be the first player or team to get to the finishing square. Doesn’t sound too different than other board games yet does it? Trust me, it is! The game is recommended for ages twelve – adult. The twelve year olds I know however would certainly find this game boring after a while and I think a lot of the questions could be a bit too hard for them. The Picture It, Stick it and Shape it challenges would be fine for a twelve year old though. Mindtrap can be played with two players or in teams. The Mindtrap questions and puzzles are pretty challenging (or maybe just for me!) and some of them have got me trying to suss the answer out for a good fifteen minutes or so! There are several types of challenges, which are as follows …. BRAIN CRAMP These are questions and riddles. Some of these involve having some
          knowledge of the subject, but most just involve logical thinking. The questions above came from this category. PICTURE IT A close up view of something with a cryptic clue. These ones tend to be a bit easier, but very frustrating if you can’t get it. This is an all play challenge where you race the other team. STICK IT These are your typical “move a matchstick” challenges. The game comes with plastic sticks to try them out. This is also an all play challenge. SHAPE IT Jigsaw puzzle type challenge, where you have to duplicate a silhouette on the card with the different shapes provided. MYSTERY CARDS These questions are pretty long, and can take a lot of reading through to find the relevant clues. Typical questions ask whom the Inspector took in for questioning and ask why that suspect was taken in. MISCELLANEOUS CARDS These cards can be mathematical problems, problems involving diagrams, verbal challenges etc. PLAYABILITY OF THE GAME Well, as this is an opinion site, and this is MY opinion I have to say that I think it is very playable. I love these sorts of challenges. However … to bring experience into the opinion … I would have to say that so far it hasn’t proved very playable. I have tried this game on three occasions with three different groups and every time the game has fizzled out without anyone getting anywhere near the finish square. The reason for this? My friends and family are just too thick?!!! No, just that it isn’t a fast moving, fun or sociable party game. I have obviously got the game out in the wrong circumstances. This game is more suited to a quiet Sunday afternoon or an intellectual dinner party type atmosphere and not in a party situation. The game itself is fairly easy to pick up, but it is just so slow. The game does not have a time limit on the questions but does suggest you se
          t one if needed. In my experience this game gets very boring for the team asking as opposed to answering the questions … and very frustrating for those answering as no one likes to give up! Certainly not a fast moving game, and as a lot of the questions have remained unanswered in the games I have played, I would say the average game could well last a couple of hours. PURCHASING THE GAME Mindtrap costs £20 and can be found in most good games stores. I bought mine from Toys R Us. It comes in a fairly easy to spot box, smaller than most board games with dark blue and black background with white writing. The board itself is a small board, not as big as you would expect, which means that the playing space needed isn’t too big. WORTH GETTING? I am totally gutted that no one I know has played and enjoyed this game. The best I got is at Christmas playing it with family, and after everyone else had disappeared off to open more presents or sit on the sofa feeling as stuffed as the turkey, my dad and I were left to answer the questions! This started off with eight players. Another thing worth mentioning perhaps is that this isn’t a good drinking game!! There is often a lot of text to read out and with the squiffy vision and vocalisation difficulties that come with alcohol … it just doesn’t mix well!! Personally I love this game and have pretty much gone through all the questions and challenges on my own …(does that make me really sad?!!) but so far I am the only one I know that shares my enthusiasm of the game. This game can probably only be played once or twice at a push ..(once the game does get going!) because once you have heard the answers or solutions they do tend to stick in your mind, so no good to play again…unless you want to cheat and look incredibly clever in front of everyone! WOULD I RECOMMEND THE GAME? No, probably not. I would love to t
          hough but in my experience it is a waste of money, and an easy way to ruin a party atmosphere. If however you have a cool group of family or friends that are happy with a slow but challenging game, then yes definitely get it … and make sure you invite me to play!! So …. The answers to the above questions …………??

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            05.07.2001 19:50
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            I have had this game for a few years and it is certainly the most frustrating game that I own. If you are the sort of person that enjoys working out answers from clues in the questions and making wild leaps of logic at times, you will love this game. If you don't like to engage your brain when trying to relax then stay well clear. The game is basically one of answering questions that are based on lateral thinking problems and not general knowledge, then trowing a dice to see how far you move. First to the end of the board wins I loved this game, it is easy to learn the rules and there are a large set of questions that will keep you going through many, many games. This is a great game to play as a couple but even better to play at a party or in a big group. You'll be able to watch the pain and anguish on peoples faces as you reveal the mostly all to simple, obvious answer they have just spent 5 useless minutes trying to figure out. The ultimate pain of the game though has to be the fact that you can get a question right, which entitles you to roll the die to see where you move to, and throw a Zero.....OOhhh the pain. A great game that is lots of fun

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            This is the game for those into lateral thinking. De Bono has a lot to answer for. I got this game for my younger brother last Christmas. What a laugh we had. He is now a psychologist and this should have been right up his street. He loved it. It really blew the cobwebs away and helped us to forget about the up and coming turkey sandwiches. The game is quite simple. You have a card. On the card is a scenario. You have to work it out. It beats charades hands down. It is a must if you like to think and it is great for strecthing the imagination and get the family speaking to one another. Forget the Christmas premier film - get the game Mind trap.

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