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Adapted from the venerable British quiz show, Mastermind allows you to become a contestant on that program, competing against up to three others. You face two rounds of questions; the first round will see you answering a set of questions based on specialized field of your choice, while in the second round you must answer a set of general knowledge questions. Both rounds have a time limit of 2 minutes. Any question may be passed (skipped), so that you may answer more questions in the allotted time.

The person who gets the most questions right wins the contest. If a tie occurs, the person with the most passes is the loser in the contest. If a tie occurs between two players with an equal number of passes, the contestants must answer a set of five questions - all five questions being the same between contestants - as a tie breaker.

The host of the Mastermind game is (the now-late) Magnus Magnusson, who also hosted the real life Mastermind program for its entire first run from 1972 to 1997. If you run out of time in a round while he is posing a question to you, he'll state Masterminds’ "I've started so I'll finish," catchphrase that he coined during the course of the program, finishing up the question and allowing you to answer it.

Mastermind sports over 5,000 questions to answer, and has 50 groups of specialized questions.


Mastermind Windows After the load screen the game shows a series of still photographs of 'The Chair' and some spotlights to the accompaniment of the Mastermind music
Mastermind Windows Each player must select a specialised subject and then a sub category.
Here History has been selected as the specialised subject and seven sub categories have been offered
Mastermind Windows The game's title screen follows the musical introduction
Mastermind Windows A player id must be created and signed in before the game can be played.
Up to four people can take part

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Computer Games Magazine Windows Jul 24, 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Gamer UK Windows Dec, 1996 69 out of 100 69


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The BBC Mastermind Multimedia Challenge

In the game each player's score generates a specific code. Players were encouraged to send in their codes and those with the highest scores won a limited edition Caithness Glass paperweight that was engraved with their name and their score.
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