Break the Code in Mastermind
Back in 1980, on a rainy weekend, I stumbled upon a game that would provide hours of entertainment: Mastermind. A quick call to my friend, and our weekend was set, filled with mind-teasing color-pegged guessing, iced tea, and frozen pizza.
The game itself was wonderfully straightforward: one player selects a secret sequence of colors, while the other player attempts to crack the code by strategically placing colored pegs on the board. You're granted 10 attempts, and after each one, you receive feedback about the accuracy of your guesses. Personally, I relished the role of the guesser, and luckily, my friend, who had a prime view of the TV and enjoyed watching it, happily watched me attempt to decipher the code.
I sometimes wonder if he spotted a commercial for Mastermind while watching reruns of "Planet of the Apes: The TV Series" over my shoulder during those rainy days.
I recently picked up a copy of the game and have been re-enjoying it. The bonus this time around is that the copy of the game I got is decidedly retro in appearance. Which makes the experience all the richer.
Mastermind is a fun game for ages 8+ (although I think a 7-year-old could easily pick up the game), so if you do not own a copy, pick up a copy of Mastermind today.