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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
MeiroKodo: Volume 1 is a collection of mazes and cipher puzzles for ages 7-adult created by Stephanie Quanel. Each maze in this collection unlocks the letter equivalent of one symbol. While the mazes contain several different symbols and possible routes each, only one route and symbol give the correct answer. Quanel had expert maze artists create each of these original puzzles. On her website, Quanel discusses how maze-solving and navigational skills generally are processed by the hippocampus area of the brain and how this type of puzzle can be useful in “developing and maintaining our cognitive ability of navigation and spatial memory.” After completing each of the mazes, the puzzler can then decipher the coded messages that are in the back of the book.
Stephanie Quanel’s collection of mazes and cipher puzzles, MeiroKodo: Volume 1, is an inventive and well-presented book that will provide puzzle fans with hours of frustration and delight. I love solving cryptograms and mazes, and found that my inclination to simply trace the answers visually did not work. While the author indicates that the mazes are of varying difficulty, I found those which I tried were complex and challenging, which is a very good thing for a puzzler fan. I also liked the added dimension of there being so many dead ends to the mazes -- this increased both my frustration level and my determination to get it right. I’m looking forward to solving each of the mazes and figuring out the coded message in the second part of the book. MeiroKodo: Volume 1 is highly recommended.