It’s a rainy day here in St. Louis and that means a day for board games.
It’s truly amazing how many board games are available now, but I always find myself gravitating towards the ones I loved as a child. I want to share them with my own children. About a year ago, while visiting my parents, I introduced my oldest son to one of my favorite games as a child, Mastermind.
The problem when I was growing up was that I loved it more than my sisters, and it’s definitely a two player game. I think they never wanted to play with me because I was so awesome at it. At least that’s what I tell myself. <wink>
I was really excited that my son seemed to love it as much as I did. I was sad that even though it was during the holiday season last year, I couldn’t find it in a store. Thankfully Amazon came to the rescue. Amazon really needs to incorporate a super hero cape into their logo, I find nearly everything I need there when I can’t find it elsewhere!
We promptly purchased the classic version of Mastermind, stashed it for a Christmas gift and forgot about it… for MONTHS! It resurfaced, we decided we’d save it for his birthday and again, we forgot about it for months! Earlier this summer I discovered @MastermindGame on twitter, and went searching the house for our game.
Unlike the old version at my parent’s house that has a brown base and primary colored pegs, the new version is vibrant and inviting to children (and adults). The current version also a includes covered pocket to hold the pegs that are not in use. I cheered when I saw this because I remembered the mess we used to make as children with the pegs just rolling around in the box.
I was really excited when @MastermindGame offered me the opportunity to review some of their new versions on Twitter. I really, truly love the game and encounter many people who have never heard of it before. They sent me a free Mastermind Attache to review.
The game is pretty simple to understand. One player creates a four peg “code” with the included large pegs, the other player has to guess the code by the time they reach the end of the board. The tricky part of the game is learning to “score” your opponents guesses. This part seems to trip a lot of people up, but it’s not too difficult. Included in the game are smaller white and pink pegs. The instructions tell you to place one white peg in the scoring side of the board for each correct color peg that is in the incorrect position and one pink peg for each peg that is the correct color in the correct position.
The thing I really like about Mastermind is that it allows creativity and adaptation for players of any age. You can make it as difficult or as easy as you like with house rules or different rules each round. For younger children, you can limit the colors used. If your child is learning about patterns at school, you can say “This round you must create a code with an ABAB pattern” to reinforce the lesson. Really the options are only limited by your imagination. This does mean that each game’s difficulty can vary greatly depending on your opponent. (I haven’t played with my husband yet, which is probably a good thing.)
For the Attache Edition, I should make note that this is NOT a travel edition, that’s a different version. I learned this quickly when I tried to close the case mid-game. The pegs do not stay in place. While this may be a deterrent if you are looking for a travel game, it really creates a quick way to clear the board to start a new game. For that reason, I’d recommend the attache version for elementary age children over the classic version. The attache is also great if you want to take the game with you. It’s perfect for a game night, sleepover, or if the kids just want to take it to a friend’s house to share. The zippered case also means it won’t make a huge mess if someone accidentally knocks it off the game shelf.
* Zippered case
* Easy to clear board after round
* Bright pegs
* Closed storage for unused pegs
* Adaptable for many ages
* Not a travel game
* Can be difficult to score
* Game difficulty depends on opponent
Interested in trying Mastermind for your family? Pressman Toys has generously offered to giveaway Mastermind games to THREE of my readers! Isn’t that amazing? I hope you all love it as much as I do!
For your first entry:
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Rules: Only one of each entry method listed per person, family or household. Use of multiple accounts or identities are not allowed. Contest ends Sunday, September 19, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Winner will be chosen via random number generator on Monday, September 20 and notified by e-mail. Any violation of these rules will result in disqualification from this and future giveaways on this blog.Disclosure: I was provided a free Mastermind Attache version game for review. The classic version was my own purchase and all opinions are my own.