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Year Published
1971
# of Players
2
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Best with 2 players
Recommended with 2 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
8 and up
Playing Time
20 minutes
User Suggested Ages
8 and up
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No necessary in-game text
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Mastermind
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Brain Master
Code Secrète
Codice Enigma
Codice Segreto
Código Secreto
Cyber Mind
Epilogi
Färgkoden
Geheimcode
Geheime Code
Master Logic
Master Mind
Masterman
Mesterlogika
Mister Ming
Mistrz Intelektu
Mistrz Logiki
New Original Master Mind
Picas y Fijas
Playmind
Le plus malin
Revansch
Revanssi
Secret Code
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Super Code
Supercode
Superhirn
Toque y Fama
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Guess the color of hidden pegs. A deduction game where each player takes turn making a limited number of guesses, using logic to deduce what pegs the opponent has hidden.

One player secretly puts four colored pegs in the spaces behind a screen at once end of the game board. The other player, the code breaker, makes a series of guesses. After each guess, the code maker uses smaller pegs to tell the code breaker if their guessed pegs are the right color and in the right place, are the right color but the wrong place, or are the wrong color entirely. The code breaker makes another guess in the next row, building upon information from previous guesses, trying to match the pegs the code maker hid at the beginning of the game.

This is a two-player game with 4 holes. For other combinations, please see the Mastermind family.

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More Information Edit | History

According to Wikipedia, Mastermind re-implements a game called Bulls and Cows of unknown origin being quite old (possibly more than a century old). Mastermind itself was invented in 1970 by Mordecai Meirowitz. It resembles the public domain idea and principles of Bulls and Cow. Certain IP on technical solutions of Mastermind is or has been protected by patents like in United States Patent US4241923.

Components:

  • De-Coding Board
  • Shield
  • Code Pegs (~72 in 6 Colors)
  • Key Pegs (~30 in Black/White)
  • Instructions

Honors:

  • UK Game Of The Year 1973 (first ever)
  • The Design Centre's Award (1974?)
  • Queen's Award for Export Achievement 1978

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Hasbro German edition 2011
Publisher: Hasbro, Parker Brothers
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Year: 2011
Product Code: 071129187100
Size: 9.25 x 6.30 x 1.97 inches
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Pavilion edition 2010
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Product Code: 803516784286
Size: 14.21 x 6.30 x 1.18 inches
0.88 pounds
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Pressman edition 2009 with Dr. Toy Best Classic Toys
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Product Code: #3018F
Size: 11.50 x 10.50 x 2.25 inches
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Hasbro Greek travel edition 2007
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Size: 9.45 x 5.91 x 1.77 inches
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5 Mastermind in Excel v1.0
This is a simple one player version of the Mastermind game implemented in Excel. Click new to clear the board and set a new code using the numbers 1,2,3,4,5,6. Enter each guess into the highlighted rows. When a row is complete (four numbers present) it is automatically evaluated. The graphics are not great, but the game is totally playable. Must have macros enabled to play else no new codes can be generated.
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