Reviewing the Collection, Part 3: Deduction and Memory Games
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I am reviewing my collection for redundant or otherwise expendable titles, as I am out of room and need to make some more room.

This time, Deduction and Memory Games (as defined by BGG, with some additions)

For a list of the other parts of my process, see Reviewing the Collection - Master List

Unlike the previous lists, games are grouped by similarities and not in the order of how committed I am to keeping them or not.

Note:
MindTrap and The Tower of Mystery are left off as they are already determined to be expendable.
Probe is handled with word games and is staying.
The Best of Chronology, Perfection and Baseball Strategy are omitted as I disagree with classifying them as memory games.
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1. Board Game: Sleuth [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:969]
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Even if this were not part of my 3M collection, it would be saved here.

A great logic-puzzle deduction game.
 
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2. Board Game: Clue [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:7854]
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The classic logic puzzle deduction game. Probably will keep a copy, but I have two different versions and see no reason I need both of them.

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3. Board Game: Mr. Jack [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:423]
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I have only played this once and liked it. I also have the expansion, which I have not played. I will be keeping them for now.
 
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4. Board Game: Scotland Yard [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1082]
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I think I will keep this Spiel des Jahres winner as well, as I don't really have any other game quite like it.
 
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5. Board Game: Battleship [Average Rating:4.58 Overall Rank:15907]
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I don't really have another game like this, but could just as easily play it on paper, so off to the trade list.
 
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6. Board Game: Mastermind [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:14901]
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Mastermind is a different kind of deduction. Definitely a keeper, but not sure I need three versions. Probably at most one of this and Mini Mastermind will remain, but will have to give it some thought.
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7. Board Game: Mini Mastermind [Average Rating:5.64 Overall Rank:10993]
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I need to determine if I want the small, portable copy or the full sized one.
 
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8. Board Game: Ultimate Mastermind [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:5857]
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Super Mastermind will remain, with the extra column.
 
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9. Board Game: Zone X [Average Rating:5.39 Unranked]
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This odd deduction game that tried to capitalize on Mastermind really falls flat. To the trade list it goes.
 
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10. Board Game: Black Box [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2861]
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I suspect this one will move, now that I have Black Box+ (see below). I like its presentation better, though. Will probably try to keep it in the family.
 
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11. Board Game: Black Box + [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:4397]
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Will keep this version of Black Box which has added a hex grid puzzle.
 
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12. Board Game: Mirror Mania [Average Rating:5.88 Unranked]
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Not exactly a deduction game except that you have to "deduce" where the mirror path will lead. A game of some interest, but may put it on the trade list to see if I can get anything better with it (doubtful for such an obscure game, though)
 
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13. Board Game: Clans [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1172]
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Now a couple of games where you try to score points without letting anyone know which color you are. Usually by trying to figure out which one they are.

Clans is physically smaller and I think a little more interesting to play, so expect to keep it.
 
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14. Board Game: Heimlich & Co. [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1566]
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The advantages Top Secret Spies has over Clans are that it plays more people and also it is somewhat easier to pick up.

I still haven't decided if I like it enough to keep it, but I don't think I have played the advanced rules yet, so should reserve judgement.
 
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15. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1049]
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Another game where you are trying to figure out which side everyone is on. Hasn't gone over well at home because of the iconography, but I will keep it around any way. It doesn't use up that much space. May also investigate if other versions are more non-gamer friendly.
 
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16. Board Game: Stratego [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:2312]
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This was already declared a keeper in my first list. One of the games where deduction and memory are both important.
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17. Board Game: Chaos [Average Rating:5.44 Overall Rank:13374]
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Blind checkers. You have to remember which pieces are yours.

Not sure if I feel the need to keep this or not.
 
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18. Board Game: In The Dark [Average Rating:5.41 Unranked]
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Not listed as memory mechanic (Correction submitted)

Blind Connect 4. Not sure if I care to keep this or not.
 
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19. Board Game: Down the Tubes [Average Rating:4.84 Unranked]
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Chinese Checkers where some of the spaces will eat your piece (but only the first time someone jumps on them). Not really a memory game except to remember the patterns, but then there are other games that should be listed here but are not.

Leaning towards keeping this one for now.
 
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20. Board Game: Touché [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:11422]
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I actually haven't played this one yet, so will reserve judgement. Magnetic polarity may flip your pieces if you put them in the wrong place.
 
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21. Board Game: Simon [Average Rating:4.22 Overall Rank:15890]
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The pure memory pattern recognition game and an early electronic game. A keeper for the time being.
 
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22. Board Game: Choco [Average Rating:4.50 Overall Rank:15367]
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Critter in the Candy is a keeper for my almost two-year-old granddaughter. Should be able to play in another year or so.
 
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23. Board Game: Mamma Mia! [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1309] [Average Rating:6.48 Unranked]
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This and Sole Mio! use a memory mechanic that I thought was interesting at first, but don't really enjoy. Probably will start adding them as trade bait.
 
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24. Board Game: Hide 'n' Thief [Average Rating:6.42 Unranked]
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Probably should take another look at this, but for now, it is added to the trade list. Won't otherwise dispose of it without a longer look.
 
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25. Board Game: Turn the Tide [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:948]
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Memory component is to remember which cards have been played so you know how high or low you need to go. Definitely a keeper for us.
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