The Mind is 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 mind to defeat all the levels of the game.
The Mind is a 2 – 4 player cooperative card game where players cannot talk or give hints to one another, yet must work together to complete rounds. Each round players are dealt cards from a deck that has numbered cards from 1 – 100. Depending on the round, the player card count changes equivalent to the current round (level one players get 1 card, level 2 players get 2 cards, and so on). Collectively players must play cards into the center of the table on a single discard pile in ascending order, but cannot communicate with one another in any way as to which cards they hold. When a player feels the time is right, they play their lowest card and hope that no other player has a lower card. If no other player has a lower card, the round continues, however if someone does hold a lower card than what was played, players get rid of all cards in the discard pile and the team loses one life.
The team starts 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 receive a reward of a shuriken or an extra life. Complete all the levels, and you win!
For an extra challenge, play The Mind in 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.