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Tsuro - The Game of the Path

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Pursue the path in relaxing play-together strategy game.

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Educational Value

Kids can practice strategy as well as using spatial reasoning to plot out their paths to winning.

Ease of Play

A tutorial quickly gets kids started, but multiplayer can be glitchy.

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There are links from the settings menu to the publisher's website with other games/apps.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tsuro - The Game of the Path is a multiplayer strategy game based on a board game that's simple to play but harder to win. Kids can play against AI or a friend on the device, or connect with another player directly using a distinct device code. There's also the option for Facebook and Game Center matches, as well as a blind match. No reading's required beyond the tutorial. There are links to the publisher's website with other games/aps. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

TSURO - THE GAME OF THE PATH is a strategy game (based on a board game) where players try to stay in the game as long as possible. Each player chooses a distinct starting location on the board. They then take turns placing tile cards that contain pieces of a path. Their game token immediately moves along the path they have created. The primary goal of the game is to keep from falling off the game board, while simultaneously trying to force your opponent(s) off. Since you only have three path cards to work with during a turn, it's essential to plan ahead. You also have to avoid other players as they may have the opportunity to place a path card that sends you off the board. There are two alternative game goals that require you to create the most number of loops or create the longest path. AI opponents have three play levels: silly, clever, and tricky. You can also play with live players on a shared device or through peer-to-peer connections, Facebook, Game Center, or a random match.

Is it any good?

For a game that appears to be quite simple, winning requires plenty of thought and maybe even some devious moves. Tsuro - The Game of the Path is a delightful strategy game with basic game play that can be enjoyed by a range of ages. The visuals and sound effects are calming, but don't let your guard down! One false move can send your token careening right off the board. In a world of high-pressure games, it's refreshing to have a challenging option where nothing's trying to shoot or eat you. Sure, multiplayer mode can be glitchy, occasionally getting out of synch or crashing, but overall this is a perfect, quiet game for families.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about strategy games like Tsuro - The Game of the Path. How are these easier/more difficult than other types of games? Do you prefer games that use more strategy or luck? Why?

  • How do you like this app in comparison with other apps you could play? As you balance your time on- and offscreen, would this be an app you'd choose to use? Why or why not?

App details

For kids who love board games and multiplayer apps

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