Today I will be giving you my review of Mastermindthe game. This is one of my favorite childhood games that my older sister and I played all of the time. I am now passing this game along to my kids and here are the reasons why.
Mastermind – By Pressman
- Ages – 8+
- Players – 2
- Time – Short (15 to 30 minutes)
- Resource Management
How To Play
Mastermind puts one player, the Codemaker, up against the other player, the Codebreaker. The Codemaker secretly picks 4 pegs and hides them behind the wall. The Codebreaker then has up to 10 turns to try and figure out the code behind the wall.
Each turn the Codebreaker places 4 pegs in a row and then the Codemaker uses smaller pegs to give clues as to how they did. The Codemaker uses white pegs to signify that the correct color was used, but in the wrong position. A red peg signifies that there is a peg of the correct color in the correct position. It is up to the Codebreaker to figure out which pegs are which and to solve the code!
Points are scored by the Codemaker for each row that it takes to solve the code. If all 10 rows are used and the code is not broken then the Codemaker gets a bonus point for 11 total. After that, the players switch roles and resume play from the beginning. After playing the predetermined amount of turns, the player with the most points wins the game.
There are several good benefits that Mastermind brings to the table. The first and foremost for me is the analytical thinking that it helps you build. The give and take that comes along with play due to the clues also helps you to develop subtle strategies. Lastly, this game can be played extremely quick or over a longer period of time depending on what you want to do.
The board itself has a built-in section to store the pieces and it worked pretty well to keep them handy. There is also a built-in score section on the board, so no pen & paper is needed to keep score. Everything you need to play the game is all right there in one place.
It was hard to really come up with any real challenges for this game. The only concerns that I had came with putting the pieces in behind the wall and the different pegs mixing between their compartments. It took a little bit of dexterity of fingers to get the pieces in and out of the secret code area. It wasn’t really bad, but if you have bigger fingers or trouble with small objects it could pose a problem. As for the pieces mixing, I decided to keep the pegs stored in little plastic bags instead of the compartments.
To this day I attribute this game to developing the analytical skills that I have. Those skills helped me through out my schooling and into and through my working career. I highly recommend this game based on that alone.
The flexibility of the time involved to play and the simplicity of the game also makes it very desirable as well. Being able to play short and sweet games and the fact that anyone can pick it up and play makes it a valuable asset to your board game collection.
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