Award of Excellence Winner
Overall 9
Play Value 8
Cost Value 8
Design 9
Quality 10
Parent Appeal 10
Educational Value 10
Safety 10

PathWords

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Age:12+
MSRP:$24.99 ca
$19.99 us
Model:Item #3600
Editor's Review

Our testers loved this tetris-word search hybrid puzzle set, but words like swami and kudzu were beyond our kid-testers' vocabulary. That made it difficult to solve some puzzles, as it was entirely possible to solve the puzzle without even realizing it, say for example, if you didn't know that the last three letters - eg. F E and Z - are actually a real word. 

Our suggestion is to provide your child with a master list of words to use as a reference. You can even be a little tricky about it: include a few extra words not on any of the puzzles, and leave out a number of the commeon words that are. Since they don't know which words might be in any given puzzle, you aren't really giving hints so much as bringing your child up to speed with the vocablary - especially if you also tell them what the unfamiliar words mean. 

Solving the puzzle is a matter of searching through the letter grid to find the word shapes to match the translucent tetris-like pieces you're...

Tester Reviews

Finding the hidden words with certain shapes is very fun.  The beginning puzzles were challenging, but I still knew the words, but the end puzzles had a lot of words that I didn't know, so it was hard. Tamara (F13)

It's cool to put on the different shapes to figure out what the words are. Each level gets harder and harder. I just started the intermediate level, but it was too hard for me to finish. There are clues if you want to use them, but I just think that's cheating. Davey (M8)

I loved it and my kids (F9, F12) liked it but the vocabulary was tough for them.  As an adult brain teaser it's a ten. Joyce Shane

I personally really love this game. At one point, one of the pieces was missing (since found) but it was still possible to play because we could just leave that one shape blank when figuring out the words. I like the way there are a fair amount of puzzles on each level. Because the higher levels are so tricky, it also gives the game a longer play value. Golda Wiseman

Manufacturer's Description

PathWords is the exciting new game that combines the best of Tetris® and Word Search! Place the puzzle pieces onto the selected challenge so the letters under each piece spell a word. Words are read forward or backward - letters will not be scrambled. With 40 challenges from Beginner to Expert, PathWords appeals to both word game lovers and puzzle fanatics and will have you exercising your brain for hours!

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