Thrift Treasure: Keesdrow

Thrift Treasure: Keesdrow

I was just a kid when I realized how much I loved puzzles. That passion wasn’t limited to assembly of complex or pretty pictures, but extended onto paper as well. From jigsaw to logic puzzles, cryptoquotes to word seeks, I couldn’t get enough.

During a visit to see my grandmother who shared my interests (or rather, I shared hers), she let me use a word seek book like I had never seen before. It wasn’t like the one in the newspaper, this one had you wiggling your way through to find different words. The only thing you couldn’t do was loop over an existing pathway. When I see word seek books at the bookstore, I always look for ones that aren’t the traditional linear puzzle. They still intrigue me and are more challenging than a typical word seek puzzle.

Looking for a new word game to add to your collection? Check out our thoughts on Keesdrow by Pywacket! - SahmReviews.com

So image my excitement when we found a board game that incorporated that same search style. At $1.88, Keesdrow couldn’t get into our thrift store basket fast enough. Whether you are a wordsmith or not, you probably already noticed that Keesdrow is “wordseek” spelled backwards.

With 32 double-sides, movable tiles, Keesdrow by Pywacket provides variety of setup options and a lot of replay value. - SahmReviews.com

What is amazing about this game is the design, which provides endless combinations of layouts resulting in incredible replay value. With elements of Boggle and Scrabble, Keesdrow was released in 2005 by Pywacket Games and includes 36 four-letter, double-sided tiles. We’ve played it with two people as well as six but haven’t tried teams yet. With alternate rules for play, the diversity of this game is pretty fantastic.

Keesdrow by Pywacket can be played solo or as individuals or teams against each other! - SahmReviews.com

The basis of the game is to locate words among the connected letters on the tiles. Unlike other word seek style games such as Boggle, this one allow you to use each letter on the board up, including repeating those letters in the same word.  The catch is that each letter can ONLY be used up to three times. Green indicates that it has been used once, yellow twice and red means tough luck. You can have the perfect word but if your opponent uses one of the letters, it can completely throw you off!

Each letter in Keesdrow by Pywacket has limited uses so use them wisely. - SahmReviews.com

Of course, what makes this a game instead of just a word seek is that there are scoring options. When we played with just two of us, we opted to keep the scoring straight-forward. A letter with a value of 2 was worth 2 each time it was used. When we played with six people, we utilized advanced scoring rules where the value of the letter increased depending on how many times it was used. The first time, it carried the weight displayed on the tile, when it was used the second time it scored double and the third, triple. In the example above, the word “possessed” was created but one letter “s” was used three times while the second “s” was only used once. Using the same one three times made it worth 2 the first time, 4 the second and 6 the third.

Colored pegs are added to the Keesdrow word seek board to indicate how many times a letter has been used. Three is the limit so use them wisely. - SahmReviews.com

There are a variety of strategies to use as well including average words with duplicate letters, bigger words using high-value letters or small words with a goal to prevent opponents

I found the two player game to be more enjoyable because the lag between turns was very short whereas with more people, it took quite a while before getting to play again. I can see how teams would be the way to go for larger groups. As I mentioned to Scott, I could see myself playing this by myself to appease the puzzle urge.

Keesdrow is available in limited supply on Amazon but is plentiful and more affordable on eBay. Then again, you might get lucky like we did and find it at the local Goodwill.

Are word seek puzzles and word creation games a strength for you?

Nicole

About Nicole

Founder and owner of SAHMReviews.com, Nicole has been involved in social media marketing since 2007. She has partnered with a number of major corporations who utilized her skills to improve their social media outreach and online presence. Nicole has worked as an ambassador for brands such as Netflix, U.S. Cellular and K'NEX, has been featured in McDonald's videos as well as Maria Bailey's book "Power Moms". Always a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) and mother of two beautiful teen daughters, if you can't find Nicole, she is probably somewhere playing board games.

16 comments on «Thrift Treasure: Keesdrow»

  1. I could swear that I’ve seen this before, but I’m not sure where! I love all games with words like these – I find it easier to confuse opposing players with these types LOL

  2. I love that this game promotes literacy and gaming skills. It’s a great way to expand vocabulary and letter recognition.

  3. Maggie says:

    This looks like so much fun! I also like how it reminds you of your visits to your grandmother and her unique word search books. 🙂

  4. I enjoy word games. I think I’d like to try this one, the trick would be finding another person to try it with me since noone else here likes word games as much as I do (because they tend to lose LOL).

  5. Liz Mays says:

    That does sound really fun, and the color coding for letter usage is so smart. I think I’d really enjoy this particular game. Great find!

  6. What an interesting game! I love word games, so this would be right up my alley! I have never heard of it before.

  7. Elizabeth O. says:

    That’s a great way to practice a child’s vocabulary! I love word search games too. Puzzles are always awesome and fun!

  8. This looks very interesting. I love word search games. I could also see myself playing this by myself.

  9. Vanessa says:

    This is definitely harder than a basic word search. I love doing those and would be up for the challenge for this game. I would give this a shot at first before inviting others to play with.

  10. Czjai says:

    Wow! Looks fun, and very educational, too! 🙂

  11. Jeanine says:

    I’ve never seen this game before. I will have to start checking out the thrift stores around me. We could use some new games on our shelf. This looks fun!

  12. This looks like it would be so much fun to play. I will have to pick one up to try.

  13. Brianna says:

    I love word games. They are great for teaching kids how to spell and read!

  14. This looks really interesting! We are definitely a board game family, so I will have to look into this.

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