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Introducing PathWords… and a brush with Crossword Royalty!

ThinkFun PathWords logic puzzle gameWhile I can play Rush Hour and Solitaire Chess until the cows come home, at heart I am a huge word puzzle fan.  I get inappropriately upset when someone has filled out my airplane magazine crossword, and my ongoing Words With Friends duel with a coworker often gets quite heated!

That said, you can imagine how thrilled I was when ThinkFun came out with PathWords!  PathWords is a new single-player logic game, best described as the love child of Pentominoes and a Word Search!  To play, you must place colored polyominoes tiles onto a challenge mat printed with an array of letters.  Each tile must completely cover a word that can be read either forward or backwards.  Once you have solved the puzzle correctly, every tile will fit and every space will be covered.  This is a fantastic marriage of spatial challenge and word puzzle, and I am hooked.

See PathWords in action:

Through the magic of Twitter, I recently connected with Tyler Hinman, the 5-time American Crossword Puzzle Tournament Champion!  You may have seen his win as the youngest champion in tournament history which was chronicled in the 2006 documentary Wordplay.  As fate would have it, the inventor of PathWords (who, *fun fact,* also invented ThinkFun’s 36 Cube puzzle!) is also featured in this film and clearly knows a thing or two about creating a strategic word game!

Tyler Hinman taking on a crossword challenge

I was thrilled to learn Tyler was a ThinkFun fan and had recently discovered our Rush Hour and Solitaire Chess apps, and my inner word nerd did a backflip when he expressed an interest in checking out PathWords to share his expert opinion!  Tyler recently shared his evaluation of PathWords in a post on his That Puzzle Guy blog.  It was such a treat to read his thoughts and hear that he is hungry for more challenges – developing one that could give him a run for his money is a lofty goal!

Any other word game fans out there?  What is your game of choice?!