By Logical Deduction Games
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Ultimate Mastermind is the classic color code-breaking board game adapted to the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Ultimate Mastermind is designed to provide maximum playability and to let your mind focus on solving the puzzle without annoying palettes that jump in and out of the screen.
And to make this a no risk proposition, Ultimate Mastermind is free for Code Size 3 and 4. If you try and like the game you can unlock Code Size 5 - 8 via In App Purchase.
Ultimate Mastermind provides the following design elements:
- an innovative floating color palette that is always available right where you need it just above your current guess
- a simple and concise layout so previous guesses are always visible without scrolling
- aesthetically pleasing colors
- no distracting sounds
Ultimate Mastermind supports simple and intuitive gestures such as:
- one tap on the palette to place a peg
- drag and drop from any color peg anywhere to add to your guess
- drag and drop to swap two guess pegs
- drag and poof to remove a guess peg
Ultimate Mastermind also supports very simple but powerful features that let you easily do more complex things such as:
- one tap to move all of a previous guess to your current guess when you only want to make a small change
- one tap to lock a peg into position when you know that peg is correct
- one tap to clear your current guess
And Ultimate Mastermind has increasing levels of difficulty to keep you coming back to play again and again:
- you can increase the size of the code from three to eight pegs as you become more proficient
- the number of colors to choose from is increased from five to ten as the size of the code increases
- thus possible code combinations increases from 125 to 10,000,000 (5^3 to 10^8)
An exclusive feature of Ultimate Mastermind is iPhone Replay. You can ask the iPhone to show you the steps it would take to crack the Secret Code you just attempted. This is fascinating to watch and allows you to compare your abilities to a smart computer algorithm. It also allows you to learn new and improved code cracking techniques from the iPhone.
And finally to keep things interesting Ultimate Mastermind keeps the following statistics for each different code size:
- fewest number of guesses to solve
- number of games played
- number of games won and win percentage
- average number of guesses per game
- rating - to compare your skill to others
So if you just have a few minutes to kill or want to enjoy an extended session of brain challenging fun then Ultimate Mastermind is the game for you.
This game is frighteningly addictive. If you like puzzles and logic problems it certainly gives you something to figure out.
I did feel a bit cheated that, once playing, I was required to pay four separate upgrades to add the four higher levels, however I found the game so much nicer to use than other versions I tried that I now consider it reasonable cost for the amount of use it has got.
Would be nice to have personal scoreboards so when I let others play with the app it protects my score!
Bugs, lost my purchased upgrades
When I first downloaded it, I thought it was great. I have always loved this game, and the app lived up to my expectations. However, I paid for the first two upgrades to 4 and 5 pegs, and experienced a crash a few games later. In the process the app 'forgot' my purchases, and it now looks like I need to buy them again. This is very frustrating. Other than that, it would be great.
Only free for size 3
Game is quite good but is wrongly stated that it is free for sizes 3&4 but it is only free for size 3.
- Category: Games
- Released: 17 November 2009
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 0.6 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: David Neal
- © 2013 Logical Deduction Games
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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