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- It's the ultimate deduction challenge designed with storage area, roll-top shield, carry handle and other smart features
- With a 5-code pattern to break, there's over 59,000 possible solutions
- For mastermind players who are ready for the next level of fun
- For 2 players
- Recommended for ages 8 to adult
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Ultimate Mastermind is a fast, simple strategy game and one of the best selling games of all time. The 5-code pattern generates more than 59,000 possible secret codes. Special design features a storage area, roll-top shield, and handle. 2 players. Ages 8 and Up.
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Ultimate mastermind includes game base, 144 code pegs, approximately 40 key pegs and rules. It's the ultimate deduction challenge designed with storage area, roll-top shield, carry handle and other smart features. With a 5-code pattern to break, there's over 59,000 possible solutions. For mastermind players who are ready for the next level of fun. For 2 players. Ages 8 to adult.
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|Item Dimensions||2.25 x 10.5 x 10.5 in||10 x 11.5 x 2.3 in||6.3 x 14.1 x 1.4 in||12.25 x 2 x 6.25 in||9.8 x 12.7 x 2.1 in||10 x 10 x 1 in|
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Top Customer Reviews
Though Ultimate Mastermind is certainly more fun since it adds more colors, we do miss the regular version.
Firstly, the compartment to store the pegs is oddly constructed. Instead of opening out, it opens in, meaning that the hood obstructs the view of the pegs on the board during gameplay, so the codebreaker will constantly have to open and close the hood when getting more pegs to use. Also, the compartments still do not keep the clue pegs and gameplay pegs from mixing with each other. We constantly have to separate the red and white clue pegs from the rest before each session.
Lastly, while the thumbtack iteration of these pegs seem like they'll grab better than the original round ones, they don't make that much of a difference. They're *slightly* easier to grab, but not that much if you have bigger fingers.
My suggestions to improve this game would be to make the pegs slightly larger for easier grabbing, and eliminate the handle to make better room for the hood of the peg compartment, making it open out and not obstructing gameplay.
I'm a big Mastermind fan. I've been playing this game since the mid '70s, when the game first took off here in the United States. I own several different versions of the game. (Regular Mastermind, Improved Mastermind, Super Mastermind, all by Invicta, Advanced Mastermind by Pressman, etc., etc.)
This version here is by far the worst of all the versions I've seen. It's terrible. I bought it just to have a copy of it, to complete my collection, and now I regret doing so.
The plastic is lightweight and "cheap."
The board is quite small... it's just about 2/3s the length of the Super Mastermind board sold in the '70s.
The code pegs are tiny... about half the size of the code peg from the earlier versions.
The score indicator goes up to just 10. Compare this to 71 from the earlier versions!
I suppose the built-in handle is a new feature, but if you keep the game stored in the box, you aren't using the handle anyway. And when using the handle, the feedback pegs and the code pegs get mixed up... the compartment that holds each of the pegs spill into one another!
Good things: The rules ARE in color and include examples of how to score. That's an improvement, since I know the rules from the early versions didn't include examples. But that's about it.
Overall, it's a terrible product. I say that not to be mean or to belittle the company, but because it's the truth. The older sets are much, MUCH nicer to use and play a game on.
I consider this product just another example of products that seem to get worse over time. I'm sure it's MUCH cheaper for the company to make and produce this version than it was to make and produce the older versions, but it's also a much cheaper product as a result.
If you want a Mastermind game that supports 5 holes and 8 colors (Often called Super Mastermind) then go online to eBay and purchase a used set, which are readily available, probably for less than the cost of this new version. This version is made by Pressman, and even Pressman themselves made a product called Advanced Mastermind, that is much better than this version.
Pros: extra colors, decent board, classic set-up
Cons: need tweezers to get the marking pieces out of the container, this wasn't designed for human fingers, container separator wall is too low so the different types of pieces get mixed up constantly, "new ways of playing" is not really that great of an idea. Some of the colors are very similar, and some other colors that would have been easy to use are not represented. Not sure why this happened. Carry handle is pointless because the door that covers the pegs does not secure - if you picked it up by the handle, the pegs would all spill on the floor, and also just tipping it up mixes all the different pegs.
This is a classic game I thought my kids would like. They did. I like to play it with them. The board is set up in the classic style where you mark adjacent and in the same direction as the guesses. Some of the newer versions have marking set up perpendicular to the guesses which would drive me nuts.
All-in-all if you are looking for the game Mastermind that you played as a child, then this is it. Just ignore the "new" stuff that doesn't work anyway.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
only issue i have with it is that the pegs don't stay in their storage sections.Read more