The New York Times Crosswords DS

Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
Buy On
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  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. A five-letter word used to describe Catherine, Alexander, and Tony the Tiger's favorite cereal.
  5. Judging the game on its own merits, this is just what a handheld crossword game should be.
  6. The New York Times Crosswords for the NDS is made for the puzzle freak and crossword enthusiast, but it's also enjoyable for anyone who has a penchant for simple-playing games with a good deal of challenge.
  7. With a great interface and the best source material possible, The New York Times Crosswords is a must-have for any crossword fan on the go.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 80
    A huge collection of some of the toughest, chewiest, and most enjoyable crossword puzzles around.
  11. 79
    Exactly what it sets out to be: an archive of a thousand crossword puzzles from the New York Times, reproduced on the Nintendo DS in compact form.
  12. A great game that should appeal to those zealots and casual players that eat this stuff up. The features and game modes offer a lot of options, the presentation is excellent and the text-recognition actually works and works fast.
  13. A great introduction to crosswords on a handheld system. The engine is a great asset to a handheld that has provided new ways to play many pen and paper puzzles. For crossword junkies, this is a must-have.
  14. AceGamez
    70
    Though it would have to drop the New York Times license, it would be great to see a second crossword game with a broad range of categories, such as music, movies and gaming, instead of random, non-themed puzzles. It just seems more fitting, considering that most NYT fans will have either finished these puzzles at some point or prefer to play them in the traditional form.
  15. Nintendo Gamer
    54
    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]

Awards & Rankings

#69 Most Discussed DS Game of 2007
User Score
6.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. 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 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. Full Review »
  2. 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 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. Full Review »
  3. 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.