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Spring 2013 Games
Ages: 10 & Up
Manufacturer: ThinkFun Inc.
Price: $12.99

This deck of 100 circular cards contains 300 not-quite-scrambled words; the trick is to figure out where in the circle a word begins, and to be the first to name it. Those who like hidden word games and Jumble puzzles will enjoy the process of identifying the words, and younger children may even grow their vocabulary.

Our testers went round and round with this game. As presented, the game is based entirely on speed, which means players who are good at one card are likely to be pretty good at all of them, and those who struggle relative to another player will always struggle. Players ranged from word lovers to those who need a leg up; most fell in between. As a one-to-one competition, with players' abilities rarely in sync, the gameplay wasn't as satisfying as hoped.

However, the deck itself has a great deal of merit! WordAround was a big hit as a game of Solitaire. From players who need vocabulary building, to word game devotees—even players who do the New York Times Crossword puzzle in ink—the game was challenging, satisfying and fun. You have our word on it.

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