My 9 year old gave this game 4 and ¾ star out of 5 . His comments on the game – ‘It is a great game, one of the best word searches I have ever done. Some are easy but most are really tough and challenging. It is fun and sometimes frustrating because I cannot find the words, gives me an idea of future word puzzles and I definitely encourage other people to play it. It is good for kids 6 and above.’ (The last comment is because he saw his little sister play and enjoy it)
My 6 year old loved it when she found the words, she enjoyed it when they were backwards or upside down. She tried to make up stories using the words in each word set after she had found them. She mainly played the easy level and watched her older brother play the harder levels.
My comments – This is a twist on the fun and classic word search game. Bright, colorful, and transparent tiles that are shaped are used to cover the found words. Beginner puzzles are easier with small words and small word sets which are easily found. As levels progress, clues for the words are given instead of the words themselves and the clues also get harder with each level. I enjoyed playing at all the levels myself. A great family game which can be played alone or together. It helps improve vocabulary, logical thinking, problem solving, and observation powers. Good to take along for travel or long waits for appointments. The only con I notice is that once we complete all the levels, it is done; but hopefully, we can get more puzzles to print out online at the ThinkFun website or even make up puzzles for each other to play.
You can buy it at ThinkFun or Amazon.
Please check the video below for how to play and a glimpse into the game.
Disclaimer: Thank you to ThinkFun for providing the game for review.and to Charlotte Fixler from ThinkFun. I was not given any other compensation and this is my honest review of the game.
End Note: Hours of fun is perfect to describe this game.
For Friday Firsts and Book Beginnings: From 'The Shadow Princess' by Indu Sundaresan - the third book in the Taj Trilogy
Wednesday, June 17, 1631
17 Zi'l-Qa'da A.H. 1040
The empress's howl, splintered and exhausted, stretched thinly into the night air and then fractured into little pebbles of sound. ''The tomb was designed after a jewel box that Mehrunissa owned. It was square, sixty-nine feet long on each side. Each corner had an engaged minaret, which was octagonal until the flat roofline and circular beyond, topped with a rounded cupola.'
Synopsis from Amazon for 'The Shadow Princess'
The daughters of Emperor Jahangir, Jahanara and Roshanara, plot and scheme against one another in an attempt to gain power over their father’s harem. As royal princesses they are confined in the imperial harem and not allowed to marry. However, this does not stop them from having illicit affairs or plotting the next heir to the throne.
These royal sisters are in competition for everything: power over the harem, their father’s affection (still focused on his dead wife), and the future of their country. Unfortunately, only one of them can succeed. And, despite their best efforts to affect the future, their schemes are eclipsed, both during their lives and in posterity, as they live in the shadow of the greatest monument in Indian history, the Taj Mahal.
With a flair and enthusiasm for history and culture, Sundaresan creates a story full of rich details that brings the reader deep into the world of the lives of Indian women and their struggles for power and consequence.