Thursday, March 11, 2010

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Giveaway & Review: Mastermind Game by Pressman [CLOSED]

One of my favorite games as a child was the MASTERMIND board game by Pressman. I remember playing for hours with my sister one on one with the Advanced Version. She is four years my senior so she would always solve my codes more quickly than I could solve hers. Still, I always enjoyed myself, just as I did when I tried to solve different types of word puzzles and jigsaw puzzles. There are many more MASTERMIND game versions today than I remembered. In addition to the classic and the advanced versions, there are four additional MASTERMIND games . . . and all six are battery-free.

When I was presented with the opportunity to share MASTERMIND with my my 6yr old son, I was extremely excited. Although the game is recommended for children 8 and up, I felt confident that my son would understand the concept of the game. To put it simply, the "codemaker" creates a hidden code using the colored pegs and the "codebreaker" needs to solve the code based on feedback from the codemaker about the correct colors and placement of the pegs used in the codebreaker's guesses.

I am pleased to report that our 6yr old had no problems at all understanding the game. I did need to remind him what the little red and white pegs stood for the first few rounds, but he was able to remember after those practice rounds.

I like how this version of the game is self-contained. The cover for the code is hinged and does not fall off when it is bumped. It is great that all the pegs can be stored right inside the board.

My son much preferred to be the codemaker as I predicted he would. He thought he was being sneaky making the entire code one color. I was pretty proud of him for doing so well with this game and actually developing a strategy as the codemaker.

I was especially proud that my 6yr old did not resist trying to take on the role of the codebreaker. He actually broke my code in only six tries. It did make him very tired though and he was ready to be the codemaker again after that. It did take quite a bit of concentration on his part, which I think is great exercise for his brain.

In addition to my contest below, you have additional opportunities to win a Mastermind game . . .

a) You can follow Mastermind on Twitter and tweet using the hashtag #MASTERMINDgame.

b) You can leave a comment on the MASTERMIND YouTube page.

Shopatron will be giving away at least 3 games per week for an indefinite amount of time. You have to like those odds!

Thank you to Shopatron and Pressman for sending us a sample game free of charge to base this review upon and for providing a second game for our contest prize.

What you can win:
One lucky reader will receive the classic MASTERMIND board game.

This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only. You do not need to be a blogger to enter, but you must have a valid email address and be age 18 years or older. If you enter anonymously and do not include a valid email address in your comment entries, I will not be able to notify you should you win this random drawing.

How to Gain Entries:
Take a look at the selection of Pressman games available. Then leave a comment telling me the name of one game you think looks like fun or one game you have fond memories of playing as a child (other than MASTERMIND). You MUST do this to be eligible to win this contest.

Extra Entries:

1) For 5 extra entries, leave a relevant comment on one of my non-giveaway posts. Then leave FIVE separate comments with the name of the post on which you commented. You will earn 5 extra entries for each different non-contest post you comment on.

2) For 5 extra entries, enter one of my other contests. Leave FIVE separate comments here telling me which contest you entered. You will earn 5 extra entries for each contest you enter.

3) For 10 extra entries, blog about this contest linking back to this post AND
. Then come back here and leave TEN separate comments with the link to your blog post.

4) Friend me on Facebook. Then leave a separate comment with the link to your Facebook profile.

5) For 2 extra entries, share the link to this contest post on Facebook. Then leave TWO separate comments with the link to your Facebook profile.

6) Follow me on Twitter. Then leave a separate comment with the link to your Twitter profile.

7) Tweet about this giveaway linking back to this post. Then come back here and leave the link to your tweet in a separate comment. You may do this once per day until the end of the contest.

Subscribe to this blog's feed. Or you can follow me through Blogger or subscribe via email (widget is on sidebar). Then leave a separate comment telling me you did so.

9) Subscribe to A Blog of Goodies' feed (the sister site to 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires). Then leave a separate comment telling me you did so.

10) Add my button or blog link to your blog's sidebar. Then leave a separate comment with the link to your blog.

(All entries will be verified prior to awarding this prize.)

Random Drawing:

This contest will be closed on Thursday, March 25th, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. A random number drawing will be held shortly after. The winner will be announced here and will be contact via email or through their blog. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new number will be drawn.

Good luck in the drawing!