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Telepathy Magic Minds

Telepathy Magic Minds

Fall 2016 Games
Ages: 10 & Up
Manufacturer: MIGHTY FUN!
Price: $25.00

Telepathy: Magic Minds is a two-player (or two-team) game. Each player gets identical game boards witch are colorfully busy with 324 small squares mixing up nine colors and nine symbols-such as a Magic Wand, Crystal Ball, Wizard Hat and Spooky Cat. Each player also gets his/her own shield that not only hides his game board from his opponent but hides his "secret information" as well (think Battlefield's divider).

Across the top of the game boards and bottom of the shields are larger iconic versions of the nine different colors and magical symbols from the game board. Each player records one game-board square (its row, column, symbol and color) to serve as her secret solution, and records it on her shield (erasable markers included). So, a player might choose the Spell Book on square P-13 and write P-13 on his shield, and circle the Spell Book symbol and the color gold. This is what the opponent is trying to figure out to win the game.

Now it begins. One player calls out a symbol, row, column and color: "M-12 orange mystic moon." If the opponent says "no," the guessing player uses his marker to run a line through the M row and the 12 column because nothing on those lines can be the right answer. He also crosses out the mystic moon and color orange on his shield.

But, say, a player guesses "Q-13, green Wizard Hat," and the opponent says "yes," that means at least one element of that guess is correct. That player then circles that square on his board to keep track, and in his next turn, tries narrowing the answer further by, perhaps, guessing a symbol in the same row that's the same color.

And on and on, back and forth, circling right guesses, scratching out wrong ones, until one players says he thinks he knows his answer. If he guesses right, he wins; if wrong, he loses and the game is over.

Telepathy: Magic Minds is a game of guesswork packaged with a process of elimination. It's fun and intense, takes only about 20 minutes, and puts logical deduction and memory skills into action.

Don Oldenburg   ©2016 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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