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Would you like to excercise your brain?

  • Jul 28, 2009
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Playing this game is like taking your brain to the gym, and it is a lot of fun and very challenging. You will need to use your logic and deductive reasoning to the max.

The object of the game is to guess a secret code consisting of a series of 4 colored pegs, which will remain hidden behind a shield. The codebreaker has to duplicate the exact colors and positions of the secret code. Each guess results in feedback narrowing down the possibilities of the code. The winner is the player who solves his opponent's secret code with fewer guesses.

I have been playing this game since childhood, and It's still is one of my favorites. I was lucky enough to get a hold of the ADVANCED MASTERMIND version. Too bad it is so hard to find. In the advanced version the color code is made of a sequence of five colors instead of four. Plus there are eight different colors to choose from, nine if you use vacant holes as a color. This raises the possible combinations from 2,000 in the classic game to around 60,000 possible combinations! Yet really advanced players should still break the code in four to six guesses. You get a maximum of 12 guesses instead of the ten found in the classic game. If you find the advanced version you will love it and wonder why it has been discontinued.

The only bad thing about Mastermind would be the time it takes some players to make a guess. We resolved the problem using a chess player's clock. We give anything between 6 to 12 minutes for the codebreaker, obviously stopping the clock when the codemaker places the feedback pegs. If you run out of time you get zero points.

This game is for people who love to think. It is awesome for kids, and will help them develop their logic skills.

Have fun!
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August 10, 2009
I played this in childhood too. Have almost forgotten all about it until now. :-) Thanks!
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Mastermind or Master Mind is a code-breaking game for two players. The modern game with pegs was invented in 1970 by Mordecai Meirowitz, an Israeli postmaster and telecommunications expert, but the game resembles an earlier pencil and paper game called bulls and cows that may date back a century or more.

The game is played using:

  • a decoding board, with a shield at one end covering a row of four large holes, and ten or twelve additional rows containing four large holes next to a set of four small holes;
  • code pegs of six (or more; see Variations below) different colors, with round heads, which will be placed in the large holes on the board; and
  • key pegs, some colored (often black), some white, which are flat-headed and smaller than the code pegs; they will be placed in the small holes on the board.

The two players decide in advance how many games they will play, which must be an even number. One player becomes the codemaker, the other the codebreaker. The codemaker chooses a pattern of four code pegs. Duplicates are allowed, so the player could even choose four code pegs of the same color. The chosen pattern is placed in the four holes covered by the shield, visible to the codemaker but not to the codebreaker.

The codebreaker tries to guess the pattern, in both order and color, within twelve (sometimes eight or ten) turns. Each guess is made by placing a row of code pegs on the decoding board. Once placed, the codemaker provides feedback by placing from ...

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