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Mastermind

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  • The classic game that brings together a code maker and a code breaker
  • Classic game of logic an deduction
  • New translucent game board
  • Two players
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8 years & up. The classic game that brings together a codemaker and a codebreaker. Includes MASTERMIND(R) game console with built-in storage tray, 108 code pegs in 6 colors, 30 key pegs in 2 colors, and rules. For 2 players.

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Test your code-cracking prowess with Mastermind, "the challenging game of logic and deduction." The codemaker sets a code of four colored pegs--choosing from yellow, red, orange, blue, green, or white--and conceals it behind a flip-up shield. Your mission: replicate the code in 10 moves or fewer. With each of the codebreaker's attempts, the codemaker uses red and white key pegs to offer cryptic clues about color and position. Make the game even more difficult by using multiple pegs of the same color or by leaving one or more peg holes empty. With more than 2,000 possible code combinations, every game is guaranteed to be a brain-bender. All of Mastermind's components can be stored in the game board. Mastermind is for two players.

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  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 11.5 x 2 inches ; 14.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Origin: United States Minor Outlying Islands
  • ASIN: B00000DMBF
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  • Item model number: 3018-06B
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 - 10 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,944 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A. Smith on November 25, 2005
I've had the original Mastermind for about 30 years, and it's a great way to hone logic skills. My 5-year-old recently got Mastermind for Kids as a gift, and I was disappointed. I guess it's "cute" to make the game look like a bowl of Lucky Charms or something, but in the kids' version there are NO PEGS - the pieces get scattered everywhere, ruining the game, with one false move. Tedious and very frustrating, especially for little ones. The kids' version is a bit simpler as it allows for only three combinations, not four like the original; BUT you can just as easily decide to do the same with the original version anyway. GET THE ORIGINAL, IT's GREAT!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By wakeningdreamer on February 14, 2001
that is the sales pitch barely legible still on the well-worn box that my copy of mastermind came in. i honestly cannot remember when i first learned to play this intriguing game, only that i am very grateful for the amazing woman who gave it to me. i still have the original box, becuase i plan on one day passing down this game to my children & their children. this wonderful toy is simple in design yet fosters critical thinking, deductive reasoning, and creativity without inherintly emphasizing competitiveness. i grew up playing it with my dad & it was something that inspired me to excell; we enjoyed one another's accomplishments (either one coming up with an "unbreakable" code, or the other being able to solve it) and didn't feel that one could only win at the expense of the other.
also, i recently saw a version made out of wood; so perhaps a few adjustments to the design could increase the durability factor (though my little plastic version has lasted 15+ years! & i simply put the pegs in zipper bags to keep them from getting lost)
~enjoy~
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Aleksandar Totic on December 11, 2011
This is an awesome board game. I loved it as a kid, and my 6yo loves it now. I thought it'd be too sophisticated for him, and his enthusiasm surprised me.

I would not recommend that you purchase this version of it. The original edition from the 70's is much better designed, and more fun to play. You can get it on EBay for about the same price. The new version has fatal flaws that interfere with enjoyment of the game:

- The peg compartment it too small to contain all the pegs. This means that you have to keep the original cardboard box around to hold the extra pegs.
- After the game, you'll often have trouble closing the peg compartment, because pegs have slipped between the lid and board. You have to empty out all the pegs to get the stray peg out.
- Color pegs fit loosely. A small bump to the board will dislodge the pegs.
- The colors are off. I find it much harder to think about Pink, Teal, and Orange, than the original game colors. And red and white pegs for scoring do not have the mental clarity of original black & white.
- Everything about the game feels cheap, they probably shaved their production costs from $3 to $2.25 by using only the cheapest materials available.

Do yourself a favor, and get the original version off Ebay, or a garage sale.

Many toys are built much flimsier than they used to be. I've love playing my vintage editions of Risk & Monopoly. There is just something about holding a nicely designed piece in your hand.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 2002
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Like many other reviewers, I grew up on this game. The logic skills that this game teaches are invaluable. I would even dare say that I feel like I owe some of the skills I employ daily in school to the stratagies this game requires.
I worked at a toy store for a while. Everyone who asked me to suggest an eduactional game was taken directly to this classic.
My only gripe with this new version is the peg compartment. It is completely useless, and I am inclined (as other reviewers) to suggest keeping the pegs in one or two ziplock bags. The compartment is too small to close with all the pegs inside. And the seperator doesn't hold up to its purpose, the small and large pegs inevidably get mixed up. But, it is nice to have all the pegs available when playing. Just don't count on the compartment to keep the pegs from ending up all over the inside of the box everytime you dig the game out of the closet.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 1999
This game is the best logic IQ indicator I've ever encountered and, considering it is a hobby of mine, I have encountered a good deal. It is art in simplicity. Not so ''durable'' because of the very very small parts. Almost everyone I know loves this game.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Figurski on October 15, 2010
I've been playing the Mastermind game as a kid and I liked it a lot. I was excited to offer the same to my children. However, this particular edition turned out to be very poorly made. The plastic is ugly and cheap - doesn't even have consistent color throughout the board. Some of the small pegs are too thick to put them into the holes, some other are loose, most are too hard to pull out for my kids. Colors of the big pegs are dull and are hard to distinguish from one another in ambient light.

Returned to store.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 2000
Mastermind is a classic game, and I still play the occasional game even after having owned it for 15+ years. The premise and rules are simple, so it is easy to learn how to play. But that simplicity works against it in the long run- most of the time, I slip into the same optimum strategy and inevitably break the code. Since the game lends itself to this mechanical play, I can't give it more than 3 stars for fun. Before you find the strategy that works best, though (or, if you don't mind applying the same strategy over and over again) the game is great fun.
Common durability problems among the several sets that I've owned include lost color pegs and broken password covers- of course, improvising solutions to these can add to the fun factor ;-/
The toy is excellent educationally. The game stands out for encouraging the codebreaker to apply rigorous thought to potential solutions. I remember busting my brain over this game as a kid. The mix of logic and creativity necessary to come up with satisfactory solutions make it a great game for budding minds.
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