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Eddie Mittelstedt
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Brainwaves (1977 Milton Bradley, Designer: Uncredited) is basically a game about guessing what your opponent is going to do. But it's nicely themeed and wrapped into a little scifi-flavored package. Each player has pawns colored red, yellow, and green. Each player also has a dial (hidden from your opponent) that can be turned to point to red, yellow, or green. The board looks like a circuit board, complete with nodes and lines connecting them. The board has futuristic android-like faces printed on it, giving it a very retro, 70's sci-fi feel.

The object of the game is to get two of your three pawns across the board to your opponent's starting spaces. To move, roll the die and decide which pawn to move. You do this by turning your dial to the color of the pawn you want to move. Your opponent likewise tries to guess which color you are going to move, and turns their dial to their color guess. Then one of you must press and hold down a button in the center of the board, which has 3 lights for each player. Your guess is lit from the three choices on your side, your opponent's choice is lit on their side. If the colors match, your opponent has correctly guessed your choice you can't move, and its their turn. If the colors differ, your opponent has guessed wrong and you can move the amount rolled on the die.

The game gets much harder after you move your first piece in the your opponent's starting spaces, because now you only can move two pieces and your opponent has a 50/50 chance of guessing correctly.

If you are looking for heavy strategy it's not here. Brainwaves is more about having fun with your opponent. Each move will bring about howls of frustration or loud yells of glee. The game is great for adults and kids alike and boils down to trying to second-guess what your opponent is trying to do. But I had a blast playing this with my kids and will play it with them any time they want, and can't wait to try it with my wife.
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