The Mindis more than just a game. It's an experiment, a journey, a team experience in which you can't exchange information, yet will become one to defeat all the levels of the game.
In more detail, the deck contains cards numbered 1-100, and during the game you try to complete 12, 10, or 8 levels of play with 2, 3, or 4 players. In a level, each player receives a hand of cards equal to the number of the level: one card in level 1, two cards in level 2, etc. Collectively you must play these cards into the center of the table on a single discard pile in ascending orderbut you cannot communicate with one another in any way as to which cards you hold. You simply stare into one another's eyes, and when you feel the time is right, you play your lowest card. If no one holds a card lower than what you played, great, the game continues! If someone did, all players discard face up all cards lower than what you played, and you lose one life.
You start the game with a number of lives equal to the number of players. Lose all your lives, and you lose the game. You start with one shuriken as well, and if everyone wants to use a shuriken, each player discards their lowest card face up, giving everyone information and getting you closer to completing the level. As you complete levels, you might receive a reward of a shuriken or an extra life. Complete all the levels, and you win!
For an extra challenge, playThe Mindin extreme mode with all played cards going onto the stack face down. You don't look at the cards played until the end of a level, losing lives at that time for cards played out of order.
AWARDS & HONORS
2019 UK Games Expo Best Card Game (General) People's Choice Winner 2019 UK Games Expo Best Card Game (General) Judges Award Winner 2019 Origins Awards Best Card Game Nominee 2019 Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming Nominee 2019 As d'Or - Jeu de l'Année Winner 2019 As d'Or - Jeu de l'Année Nominee 2018 Tric Trac Nominee 2018 Spiel des Jahres Nominee 2018 Nederlandse Spellenprijs Best Family Game Nominee 2018 Guldbrikken Special Jury Prize Winner 2018 Guldbrikken Best Parlor Game Winner 2018 Guldbrikken Best Parlor Game Nominee 2018 Golden Geek Most Innovative Board Game Nominee 2018 Golden Geek Board Game of the Year Nominee 2018 Golden Geek Best Party Game Winner 2018 Golden Geek Best Party Game Nominee 2018 Golden Geek Best Family Board Game Nominee 2018 Golden Geek Best Cooperative Game Winner 2018 Golden Geek Best Cooperative Game Nominee 2018 Golden Geek Best Card Game Winner 2018 Golden Geek Best Card Game Nominee 2018 Cardboard Republic Socializer Laurel Nominee