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The Mind (2018) is a cooperative sequence card game with a telepathic twist. Each card has a single number on it. Your task is to play them in order, the lowest first. However, you are not allowed to communicate physically or verbally to coordinate who plays next. What starts as a seemingly impossible task soon turns into an intuitive challenge to judge how long to wait to play, based on the number on your card.

Play involves a series of rounds where you are dealt an increasing number of cards. Each round you look at your cards and try to judge who should go first. Because you can't communicate all you can go on is how long you should wait. At first, it seems futile to even try but as you play (and fail and start again) you build up an understanding of how long the group is waiting for different numbers.

You start with some lives, depending on how many people are playing. Each time someone places a card that is higher than one in your hand you place that card and lose a life for having to play out of order. If you successfully play all your cards in order without losing all your lives you progress to the next round where you try again with an extra card in your hand.

Completing some rounds grant you lives back and the special ability to reveal everyone's lowest card, which can be played tactically. The challenge is to get all the way to round 12, something that will take not only teamwork but intuition, instinct and a bit of good luck.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked The Mind 23 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 7 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Communication game with Brain Game and Push-Your-Luck elements. You can play with 2 to 4 players in the same room.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Learn to Play: This takes 5 minutes to learn. It's a simple game to learn, although understanding how to actually play requires a trial round or two. We suggest you do the following the first time you play:
  • Just play with two players.
  • Play a round with a couple of cards each and with open hands.
  • Play a second round with a couple of cards but with closed hands.

Play Time: This game will take between 15 minutes and 20 minutes to complete. The better you do the longer the game lasts.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Although you can play with young children, they need to be able to be consistent and disciplined in how long they wait. There's also considerable patience required for repeated failures and the requirement to not go too soon when you have a high-numbered card.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.

CostsCosts

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2018

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 2-4

Genres: Communication (Brain Game and Push-Your-Luck)

Accessibility: 26 features

Components: Cards

Developer: Wolfgang Warsch (@WolfgangWarsch)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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