The original game of Mastermind owes its success to its logical if simplistic design: You have ten tries to guess the order and composition of a set of four multicolored pegs secretly hidden from your view. With each guess, the opposing player places a scoring peg alongside your row of pegs, intended to graphically depict how many pegs have been correctly identified and how many have been placed in the proper position. Typically, a white peg is used for each colored peg correctly identified while a red peg indicates that a peg has been placed in the corresponding position. Based upon these results, you must then deduce which pegs have been correctly identified and which have been placed in the right sequence, juxtaposing one, several, or all of the remaining pegs to match the hidden pattern before your tries run out. Simple enough.
Mastermind CD-ROM seizes upon this theme, integrating an assortment of colorful 3D graphics in lieu of ordinary pegs. Sound effects have been incorporated into the game, invoked when an orb has been plucked up from its cradle then repeated when the piece is placed on the game board. Eight game variations have been added to this PC version of the classic.