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Michael Jacobs wrote on 2002-07-21 UTCGood ★★★★
I used to have a copy of 'Take the Brain', and played it a lot.  It is a
great game, and the 'one-way' system means that moves must be planned very
carefully.  Ultimately, he who controls the central squares usually wins
the game.  The typical '1970s' graphics add to the charm of the game, and
'All the King's Men', whilst more 'dignified', somehow lacks this cute
element of anarchy...

Whilst I had seen 'All the King's Men', the 'Smess' version is news to me.
 I am very pleased to see that this game is still preserved for posterity,
and hope one day to see a commercial edition on sale again so that I
restore it to my collection!

I would have rated this item as excellent - even just for existing - if
the pictures of the pieces had been a bit clearer, and more had been said
about actual game-play.

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