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Fall 2013 Games
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: USAopoly
Price: $24.95

Crossways is a card-and-board strategy game of contemplating directional options. Combine cards, checkers, and Parcheesi, and you'll have an idea of how Crossways is played.

Players use actual decks of playing cards (provided) and a board based on the number cards and royalty cards in the deck. Play a single card and place your marker on the corresponding square on the board. Pairs, straights, and other hands all come into play, and so does stacking markers when you can. The goal is to string your markers from one side of the board to the other, while thwarting your opponent's progress. There are all sorts of ways to block your opponent's path, build invincible squares, and defend your best laid plans.

As the game states, "The path to victory is not always a straight line," and winning will often require players to take a winding path across the board. This is a fun and easy game that the entire family can quickly grasp. Crossways is more fun-smart than academic-smart, but players do need to strategize to win.

Don Oldenburg   ©2013 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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