Pathwords is one of those games that’s great if you have a good vocabulary and a pretty good eye. It also helps if you’re playing with friends that don’t have a good vocabulary or good eyes.
When Pathwords starts up you’re greeted by a hexagonal grid that’s covered in letters. The object is to start on a letter by clicking on it and then dragging your mouse over the other letters until you form a word. The letters you have selected are also reflected on the bottom of the screen and are colored red, if you don’t have a valid word, or green if you do. When you release the mouse then the tiles you used are destroyed and new blocks fall to take their places. It’s a timed game, too, so you have five minutes to find as many words as possible.
Overall it’s a pretty good game. There’s nothing spectacular about it. Really, it’s quite utilitarian. I
can’t recommend playing it on a laptop with a touchpad, though. Sometimes the cursor can go all over the place and you end up trying to spell a word just to get gobbeldygook out of it.
Like most Facebook games, Pathwords keeps track of your score and taunts your other playing friends with how great you are.
There is some strategy that comes into play. If you see a big word coming up but you can’t quite get to it yet then you will need to settle on lesser words to let the other letters fall into place until you can get your big word complete.
So, grab your dictionary and try it out for some interesting times.