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  • Summary: Write in your own answers on the Touch Screen or use the Touch Screen keyboard to enter
    your answers. Complete more than 1,000 puzzles across Puzzle Me Quick!, Puzzle Week, or Crosswords. Challenge mode which includes time and difficulty settings you can adjust to your liking. Compete
    against up to three friends in a wireless multiplayer VS match or work together to fill in
    clues in 4-player cooperative play. Experience multiple visual themes as you complete puzzles. Take advantage of special functions including Hint (fills in a letter of a word you can’t figure out)
    and Undo (remove a letter you’ve placed incorrectly). [Majesco]
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. At around 1,000 different puzzle of varying difficulty, a plethora of options, ease of use, and single-card download play, there's little if anything that New York Times Crosswords got wrong.
  2. There is probably room for more features, but as a simple record of crossword history, the game works well. For crossword junkies it's a no brainer.
  3. 85
    So, is it worth having an essentially infinite supply of crossword puzzles the size of a postage stamp to carry around with you for $30? If you have any sort of interest in crosswords, yes. Undoubtedly. It's one of the best uses yet of the DS, and it makes for a perfect portable game.
  4. 80
    A huge collection of some of the toughest, chewiest, and most enjoyable crossword puzzles around.
  5. Superb handwriting recognition and other nifty features make a strong argument for ditching traditional paper crosswords in favor of ones on handhelds like the Nintendo DS.
  6. If you don’t mind the fact that the game costs more than a book of crossword puzzles that you can pick up at a newsstand, you’ll find yourself enjoying this electronic version of the New York Times’ signature puzzle.
  7. A clean, logical layout and superb handwriting recognition - we're sure crossword aficionados stateside are having themselves a grand old time. [Aug 2007, p.70]

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  1. PuzzlerPlayer
    Jun 7, 2007
    10
    Insanely fun. My wife and I play against each other via download play all the time. Highly recommended to crossword lovers everywhere.
  2. KenS.
    Jun 6, 2007
    10
    1000+ crosswords for $30! Plus the user interface is fun and easy to use.
  3. TimC.
    Jul 11, 2007
    9
    Very fun. If you're a crossword fan and a DS owner, this is a must own. But beware - the challenge hasn't been dumbed down for a younger audience at all. This is the real NY Times, rated on a Monday through Sunday difficulty scale. So be prepared for some hard puzzles. I only have a couple minor qualms. When the game was announced, I was hoping for a more minimalist / Brain Age-y look and feel to the game. Maybe something that echoed the look of the NY Times newspaper. Instead, it's more playful and colorful, which is ok, but not all that nice to look at. Wi-Fi connections to download new puzzles would have been a killer addition. And a simpler game like this really belongs at the $20 price point. Expand
  4. Noah
    Jun 13, 2007
    8
    The only thing missing that would make this perfect would be to use the Wi-Fi in the DS to browse and download crossword files *from* the Times' website, if you had paid for a online crossword subscription. Expand