Dr. Mysto The Mindreader (Windows)

Dr. Mysto The Mindreader Windows The game starts off with this introduction screen


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Dr. Mysto The Mindreader is a single player, brain training, game only the 'brain' being trained is the computer's and not the player's. It is similar to Animal Vegetable Mineral game which itself is based on a "Twenty Questions" which is both a parlour game and a UK radio show of old, centred on answering Yes or No to series of questions.

Dr Mysto is a program with five brains, namely databases for specific categories, each of which has a limited vocabulary. It asks the player to think of a word in that category and then it tries, by a series of Yes/No questions to guess the answer. If it gets the answer wrong it will ask 'How can I tell the difference between my answer and your word?' to which the player responds with a question the program could have asked. This is then filed and the program builds up an ever increasing library of words and questions that distinguish between them.
For example: in the countries category the player's country was Zimbabwe. Dr Mysto asked:
  • Is it in the Western hemisphere? Answer No
  • Is It In The Northern Hemisphere? Answer No
  • Is it in Africa? Answer Yes
  • Is It North Of Nigeria? Answer No
  • I Think I know this, Is it South Africa? Am I right? Answer No
  • I know I am close, Please tell me your word. Answer Zimbabwe
  • Type a question that will help me tell ZIMBABWE from SOUTH AFRICA. Answer 'Is it landlocked?'
  • Does 'Is it landlocked?' describe Zimbabwe? Answer Yes
  • Return to the 'Think of a word' prompt.
There are five categories that Dr. Mysto comes pre-programmed with, Countries, US Presidents, US States, Words, and Xtra —a blank database the player can set up for themselves. There are optional sound effects and game controls with mouse/keyboard combination.


Dr. Mysto The Mindreader Windows Here the player tells Dr Mysto how to tell South Africa and Zimbabwe apart
Dr. Mysto The Mindreader Windows A bit of self promotion. 
The Xtra Brain contains nothing so the first thing it needs to know about is Moby Games
Dr. Mysto The Mindreader Windows This is one of the questions Dr Mysto asks when trying to determine the player's country. The full dialogue is in the description
Dr. Mysto The Mindreader Windows Having chosen the Country Brain, the player is asked to think of one

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  • "Dr. Mysto The Mindreader: A Study In Semi Artificial Intelligence" -- In-game title

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Is that the time?

In the game there's a clock on the wall, It looks as though it's set to half past six but in fact it's set to the game's version number which is 6.32.

You may have seen this before

This is not the first game of this type written by Frank DiNunzio, a version was developed for the Commodore 64 and released a few years earlier.

piltdown_man (151727) added Dr. Mysto The Mindreader (Windows) on Aug 22, 2014