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 feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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