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



Spring 2012 Games
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: MindWare
Price: $19.95

They call it a "pattern game with a flip side," and that's what it is. Pure strategic thinking is needed to play this fast-moving and simple, but simply mind-provoking game. Using their set of 16 colorful, patterned tiles, players race against each other to be the first to recreate the 18-square pattern on one of the 50 puzzle cards.

The difficulty is that each tile is two-faced-a different pattern, or white, or black, on the opposite side. And that complicates everything, so there's more flip-flopping than in a presidential election. The first player to complete his card slaps the card and yells "Scramblitz!"

The game comes in a nice metal box and is priced right. But beyond that it's intriguing and lots of fun.

Don Oldenburg   ©2012 Parents' Choice
A former writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is a freelance writer, editorial consultant and coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The father of three sons, he lives with them and wife, Ann, a writer at USA Today, in McLean, VA.

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