Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Spring 2011 Games
Ages: 12 & Up
Manufacturer: ThinkFun, Inc.
Price: $19.99

Pathwords is a cross between Think Fun's usual, delightful logic puzzles and a classic word search puzzle. The player has several translucent, oddly-shaped pieces and a book of puzzles of scrambled letters. The player must lay the pieces over each puzzle in such a way that words are identified - but there must be no letters left out. Invariably there appear to be many ways to form real words, but only one solution works perfectly. The puzzles start out easy, with the necessary colored pieces identified but not laid out, and with simple vocabulary, but they advance rapidly to "Expert"-level puzzles in which little information is given and the vocabulary alone would be a challenge. Fortunately, the guide book provides three levels of clues for every game, so players need only remain stumped as long as they wish to be. This game is a must for word puzzlers of all ages.

Emily Crawford   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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