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Master of Illusion Express: Mind Probe Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Jon Wahlgren

Prepare your mind for a mind explosion!

Hey kids! Do you like magic? Do you like pressing buttons?! Golly, do I have a great game for you! That'll be 200 DSiWare Points, and when we're done here I've got a couple bridges I want you to look at!

Master of Illusion Express: Mind Probe continues Nintendo's sinister scheme to sell bits and pieces of old software to unsuspecting DSiWare patrons. If they're going to continue this practice, at the very least put something out that is actually entertaining.

Mind Probe is supposed to be a way to determine the "true" answer from a pool of six. You start by tearing a half sheet of paper into six pieces, making sure only one piece doesn't have a smooth edge (there's a diagram). Con someone into writing down the answer to a question (simple ones, like "what's your favorite _________?") on the piece with no smooth edge. No peeking! Then you ask the same person to write down five fake answers on the other pieces. Let your partner-in-tears shuffle the pieces before handing them off to you. Rig the deck so you know the position of the real answer piece (say, third), hand the pieces back and hit Verdict on the touchscreen to fire up the Magic Detector (not nearly as exciting as it sounds) before passing the handheld back. The victim then reads the answers out loud one at a time while holding down the giant blue button on the bottom screen. If done correctly, the Magic Detector will act all blase about the answers until the correct one — it will then burst into pandemonium, overwhelmed by the magic as if it had just apparated into Hogwarts. Feel free to scream abracadabra into your now-ex-friend's face at this point for maximum magic.

So far so magical, right? Right? Allow me to reveal its secrets at risk of being kicked out of the Magicians Alliance. The key is the Verdict button: where you tap it tells the Magic Detector in which position in the pile the real answer is. So in our walkthrough, we had the answer third from the top and would then tap the top right corner of the button to slip the Detector the answer. If it's fourth from the top, hit the bottom left corner. Second is top center and so on.

One trick is not worth 200 points. Use the Internet to find out how to do other parlor tricks with cards and whatnot for free, or use the money to buy an actual magic book. If you're thinking about getting it to entertain a child or as a present, do them a favor and buy the full retail cartridge.

Conclusion

The real trick here is getting someone to fork over money for what really is a glorified demo. Don't bother.

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User Comments (26)

JayArr

#1

JayArr said:

More like another type of bodily probe I guess. At least the review was entertaing. :)

Odnetnin

#3

Odnetnin said:

Wait, so it doesn't even come with all of the materials to perform the trick, and it's just as BS all of the other Master of Illusion "games"? Surprise surprise.
This is just so wrong of Nintendo.

Sylverstone

#6

Sylverstone said:

DSiWare's second 1-star review..... I thought this would get a zero. I guess the one's for effort.

And you're right, at least something entertaining. Look at Electroplankton Luminarrow!

Jacob

#8

Jacob said:

Wow, the sentence "Prepare for a mind explosion!" was pretty misleading, because I thought it would be a decent download. Good review, though!

Jacob

#9

Jacob said:

^ Whoops. meant to say "Prepare your mind for a mind explosion!"

theblackdragonAdmin

#10

theblackdragon said:

hahahahahahahahaha, thanks for taking this one. at least it sounds like you had some fun writing about it, even if it wasn't fun to play. :3

Starkiller

#11

Starkiller said:

I clicked. Master of Illusion, huh? Scrolled down. O.O HAHAHA knew it!

Now to actually read the review. The world would be boring without bad games, wouldn't it?

Rawk_Hawk

#12

Rawk_Hawk said:

"it will then burst into pandemonium, overwhelmed by the magic as if it had just apparated into Hogwarts."

LOL! This has to be one of the funniest reviews I have read on NL. :)

Mario_maniac

#13

Mario_maniac said:

At this point, I'd like to mention the fact that this particular trick is NOT on the retail version of Master of Illusion. I'll be downloading it when it's released on PAL servers; I get the feeling the score of this mini-game was dropped due to the reviewer's concerns that this was released on previous software.

DK_vs_KK

#14

DK_vs_KK said:

LOL, Starkiller! The "Color a Dinosaur" game looks awful! If I had to choose between these two games, I would probably go with "Master of Illusion: Mind Probe". At least it's a nice trick to play on a friend. Unfortunately, the trick expires after one use on that particular friend, so you would have to keep finding a different friend to play it on.

marsalien

#15

marsalien said:

This trick isn't on the retail cartridge, so it's worth the two bucks. I actually like the Master of Illusions games (not of the course the re-released ones, that's a big mistake from Nintendo . . . ) But, Mind Probe and of course the actual game are very fun to do to friends . . .

Shane904

#17

Shane904 said:

"Hey kids! Do you like magic? Do you like pressing buttons?! Golly, do I have a great game for you!" ROTFL!

Rawk_Hawk

#22

Rawk_Hawk said:

I want a Master of Illusion game that will help me do the quarter behind the ear trick :P

paperskyx

#24

paperskyx said:

"Feel free to scream abracadabra into your now-ex-friend's face at this point for maximum magic."
LMAO. I love it when there are funny reviews to terrible games :D

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