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- Made in USA
- 6" high
- 2" wide
- Three levels of play makes this a game that kids can play for years and years
- Players take turns setting secret codes and solving the codes
- Uses STEM and STEAM principles--players use deductive reasoning and logic
- Based on Mastermind, one of the top selling games of all time
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Top Customer Reviews
We picked this up for our 9yo son, with an eye toward our 6yo & 7yo nephews. I have fond memories of playing Mastermind as a kid and stumping my brother. The original wasn't available at Christmas, so I ordered this for kids who hadn't seen anything like it before. My son figured out his first pattern in 5 rounds. After that, he never went more than 4 rounds (or moves?) without solving it. We took turns playing with him for about an hour. Once we put it up, we never got it back out. It's just too easy. Our nephews (6 & 7) have since played Mastermind, and enjoy it immensely. It's tough for them, but not too tough. So this set won't get much use from them either.
If your child is younger than 8 or new to this type of game, Mastermind for Kids won't hurt. It might be fun. But you'll soon want to move up. The pieces are a little too easy to knock over, but no more than one should expect. As they are small and plentiful, they also seem easy to lose.
If your game collection is small and limited to essentials, skip this one. If it's large, if you like to have the perfect something for any situation, or you just collect games, then go for it.
It's not a bad game, but it's not a must-have, either.
If you know original Master Mind, you'll know there's a 4-peg code, and scoring it is such that the "code breaker" doesn't know *which* of his colored pegs is in the correct spot or the correct color. Kid's MM has 3 peg codes, but the scoring indicats *which* peg is in the correct spot and which is the correct color. Thus after a few plays it is close to impossible for a child who "gets" the trick to not guess in about 3 rounds, and it seems to discourage the logic exercise since the feedback from any old guess will do just as well.
What I'm trying to say is that even if the gameboard were well designed I wouldn't recommend the game for kids over 5. But given the tendency for pieces to fall over, I would send the manufacturers back to the drawing board.
This is not easier to use and is poorly made.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I hate this kids version of the game. I grew up playing this game (I am 43) and wanted to introduce it to my kids. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Cristy
Great starter game for kids, but we ended up buying the adult version because this was too easy for my 6 and 8 year old. Read morePublished 1 month ago by MamaGreen
My first grader loves this game even though he can crack the code pretty quickly. My 3 yr old doesn't really get it yet.Published 4 months ago by Sabrina "Mom of 2" NYC
My 6 year old loves it. I played it when I was young but original one of course. I'm glad my son loves it too.Published 5 months ago by LINDZ
This is an excellent game. My kids enjoyed it through there teen years -- it won't bore the parents playing with their young ones.Published 7 months ago by Laurie A. Scaggs