CrossworDS DS

Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
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  1. It's very fun thanks to its simplicity, it's graphically clean and simple, and there’s plenty of puzzles to keep you busy.
  2. 80
    It very effectively translates the engrossing and challenging nature of crosswords to the handheld format.
  3. Strategic word puzzling personified, with tons of activities to complete. What it lacks in frills, it more than makes up in substance, which is something that can't normally be said for a $20 piece of software. It's good stuff.
  4. I really enjoyed every facet of the title and only had minor complaints.
  5. Crosswords DS is a fun game for those who enjoy word games.
  6. Nintendo had its market clearly defined with this offering, and while it’s an extremely barebones game, it does everything it sets out to do very well.

Awards & Rankings

#74 Most Discussed DS Game of 2008
User Score
6.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jul 14, 2015
    7
    So the deal is, when you buy Crosswords DS, you're agreeing that you're buying a game basically with crosswords, and that's exactly what youSo the deal is, when you buy Crosswords DS, you're agreeing that you're buying a game basically with crosswords, and that's exactly what you get, plus more!

    With your cartridge in hands, you plug it into your DS, turn it on, hold the game like a book, create your profile, set your orientation (if you're right or left-handed) and you're set! You can go into a training session or go right for the game, which isn't a bad idea, because the controls are pretty simple, it's fully operational by the touch screen, and you'll master it in no time.

    There are three types of games here, crosswords, wordsearch and anagrams. Each one is timed to see how fast you can solve them.

    For the crosswords you'll face four difficulty levels, and hundreds of different puzzles, you type the letter in the screen, the game recognizes it, if it's right it will appear in black, if not, it will appear in red, if it's wrong you'll have the chance to correct it, if it's right, then no, after all it's right anyway, but you can disable the correcting system in the further difficulties; if you encounter problems for solving a riddle you can call for a hint, each game you play gives you a certain amount of points, which you can exchange for hints, the number of points will differ based upon the game, harder games have you more points available; you have three types of hints, the ones that gives you an alternative tip, requires the least number of points, only one, and costs you the least amount of time, only a minute, the ones that will show you the letter you asked, which requires 3 points and costs you 3 minutes, and the ones that will tell you the whole word, requires 5 points and will cost you massive 5 minutes!

    There's the wordsearch, which you'll have to find words among lots of letters scattered around the screen, each one based in some theme, like words related to astronomy, weather, animals, cities, sports, colors and many more, there's 3 difficulty levels, and the words can be found horizontally, vertically, diagonally, backwards, anything goes!

    The last game is anagrams, and here you have to search for words using the letters given to you, various words can be found with several number of letters used.

    It's a good game after all, nothing important except the game itself, like, basic graphics, basically no music, except for the menu, but if you're a fan of these kinds of games you can't go wrong, after all even the basic graphics are better than paper, or maybe if you're seeking for a good way to just pass some time and have some fun, this is it.
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  2. ShawnP
    May 9, 2008
    8
    Very well put together. Although the presentation ifs a bit basic, that's all you really need with this type of game. The only thing Very well put together. Although the presentation ifs a bit basic, that's all you really need with this type of game. The only thing I'd ask for is online versus match-ups. Full Review »