Hi allThanks in advance for answering my question.

I'm programming a MasterMind game and I'm stuck on how to assign the maximum number of tries that should be permitted. I read in this web page that, for the 4 balls and 6 colors variant (the normal one), a solution is guaranteed (by an algorithm) in 5 tries or less. My question is:

1) Not everyone knows the algorithm nor can deduce it that fast; which number of maximum tries would be decent to permit?

2) How about the r^n variation, where n is number of balls and r is number of colors? Is there a way to determine a "decent" number of trials permitted?

Thank you so much.

My e-mail: jovera@internet.com.mx

Josè Alberto Bonilla

Mexico DF

Studying:

- Applied mathematics (ITAM)

- Actuarial science (ITAM)