Pathwise is another one of Poptropica’s multiplayer games. It is a puzzle- strategy game, in which you are required to connect tiles of your color from one end of the board to another before your opponent does.
How to Start the Game
First go to the nearest multiplayer room. Click on the player you want to battle, and two options will show up over the player’s head: Chat and Battle. Click on “Battle”, and a list of games will appear. Then, click on “Pathwise”. The other player will be offered two choices “Sure!” or “No, thank you!”. Choosing option “Sure!” will begin the game and choosing the latter option or if they do not respond means that you need to find a new opponent.
How to Play
When your turn comes, just click on any tile to turn it into your color. Your objective is to form a pathway that connects the two sides belonging to your color.
Each player will be located on the opposite sides of the screen – one player will be placed at one of the two grassy green sides and the other player at one of the two watery blue sides. Your mission is to reach the other side belonging to your color before your opponent does. Both of you will take turns to click on any one of the 81 hexagonal tiles to create your pathway. When you click on a tile, it will change the plain gray tile’s color to your own color. A tile that has already been colored green or blue cannot be clicked on again. The tiles form a 9 x 9 grid, and it is up to the player’s quick wits and calculations to win. Be careful before you make your move but also be quick! If you hesitate for too long, your turn will get skipped!
Since this game has no points, there is only one way to win: by creating a complete path connecting the two sides of your color together, before your opponent does the same. The game comes to an end when someone wins, or even if the whole grid gets filled. If the whole grid gets filled and there is still no winner, the game ends in a tie.
Some helpful tips:
- When you make your move, also try and look for a spot where you can color a tile that will block your opponent’s current path and at the same time, building a safe pathway to the other side for your color.
- Do not, in any case, make your path too complicated. This will buy your opponent time to get across, but you want to reach your side before he does the same!