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USA Todays Puzzle Craze - Nintendo DS

Platform : Nintendo DS
Rated: Everyone
27 customer reviews

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  • Go head-to-head with a human opponent via DS Wireless Communications, or gift a puzzle to a friend to share the fun
  • Advance from the mailroom all the way up to Editor-in-Chief as you tackle puzzles that let you climb the corporate ladder
  • Discover the hidden path in the new puzzle sensation Hidato, find the missing words as you complete phrases in Up and Down Words, tackle mini-crosswords in Quick-Cross and decipher the clues to find the words in Word Roundup.
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Following up last year's crossword game, USA Today Puzzle Craze offers several different games to choose from. Arriving this fall, you might want to pick this up if you enjoy puzzles, USA Today, or both.


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  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B001DXL19W
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: February 24, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,198 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By B. Harrell on June 5, 2009
this game is a lot of fun and I think a lot of older DS players will enjoy it.There are four different types of puzzles to play, Up and Down words, Word Roundup, Quick Cross and a new one for me Hidato. Up and Down is fun where you have to choose a word that will tie into the next questions answer. Word roundup is like seek a word except you are given a hint to what the words are such as " 6 Breeds of Dogs" you have to find the six....it can get a tad hard..Quick Cross is a fast game where you have to put in 8 words like a corner of a crossword puzzle. Hidat0 is a number game and I must admit I get confused but it is fun and challenging. I am an older DS player, 64, and this is a good game for all of us who like word games. It is very relaxing. Even though you are timed it doesn't give you that rush rush feeling. I play this game every evening when I sit down to relax.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Reese on June 15, 2009
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I like word puzzles so I brought this game. It has four different types of puzzles which are: Quick Cross, Word Roundup, Hidato, and Up & Down Words. With each puzzle type, they give you 400 different puzzles, which will give you a variety and take plenty of time to do.

Quick Cross- I think this is like a little crossword puzzle. I don't like crosswords much, but maybe if I play this I will get used to it.

Word Roundup- These puzzles are the reason why I brought this game. Word Roundup is like a word search, but it doesn't give you a list of words to find, it gives you clues such as: find 4 states and you have to find the words that go with the clue. I'm a wordsearch lover and I mostly brought this Puzzle Craze game for this puzzle.

Hidato- This is a type of number game where they give you a grid and you have to fit the numbers 1-96 into it by putting them in order either: up & down, vertically, horiztonally, or diagonally. It can get confusing at times.

Up & down words- I think this is also a type of crossword but I think you have to have an answer that will go with the next clue, probably confusing, but maybe once I try it I will know what I'm doing.

After you finish each type of puzzle you earn stars and it will improve your ranking in the game.

I think this game is cool if you like these types of puzzles, but as I said I only brought this game mostly for the word roundup since I'm a wordsearch lover.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By D. Kline on April 9, 2009
I love this game!

I've enjoyed doing Word Roundup, Quick Cross and Up & Down Words in the daily USA Today for ages. Here, each category of game has 400 puzzles, so it'll take a while to get through them all.

While I know nothing at all about Hidato, and wish they'd included crossword puzzles instead, I would definitely recommend this game. Besides - there's always a possibility of finding that I enjoy Hidato, as well!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. DeFries on July 29, 2009
I love the USA Today puzzles and it is great to have them in the DS format. However, I wish they had been more creative with this game and had a "daily puzzle" format where you could do all four puzzles each day, like you do when you get the paper. A similar format to the Word Jong game would be great - daily puzzles, and then other single player options whereby you could choose any puzzle you want to do.

As you complete the puzzles in this game you move up floors in a skyscraper and work your way up from a peon in a newsroom to an editor... this, at least to me, is kind of lame and unnecessary. Let's just play the game without feeling like we have to level up...

And this is purely subjective, but the sound effects stink and I run my games with no sound.

I've also found a bit of repetition after only playing 25 games of each puzzle type.

That said, if you enjoy playing the games in the paper you'll enjoy having this game in the DS format. For all word game lovers, I highly recommend the Word Jong game. Talk about becoming addicted... that game rocks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angela Lyman on March 19, 2010
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I bought a DS for a vacation I was going on and I wanted something to occupy my travel time. My husband and I enjoyed playing the games at the same time. Once I got home, the kids hooked their DS with mine and we play head-to-head. I usually beat them, but I still had fun.

Lots of different puzzles. As often as I play, these games will keep me occupied for a LONG time. It was well worth the money spent. Enjoy!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Giggles 84 on November 13, 2009
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I bought this from here at Amazon.com on 10-21-09. I thought I really wanted this but as I continue to play. I'm glad I made the right choice. I've searched for this game for 8 months, everyplace I went nobody heard of it or saw it, So I searched online found it which I love about Amazon.com I saw the picture and was dying to have this game. Then bought it. I love the Word Roundup . If you have other people to send this to them in Ds-download then your playing dueling roundup, which is fun. You send it to them and your searching for the clue's in the word search in front of you faster that the the other person in the upper right corner there are little yellow boxes that tell you how many clues that the person in front of you has found before the time is up. When you lose it says You lose and blocks what you have found, when you win the other person looks mad because they weren't fast enough. Gabby and I were playing this while waiting for my Reyna niece to get her new glasses at LENS CRAFTERS. People were watching us,as we were in a tie 4 to 4. I won 4 Gabby won 4.You get only 4 games Quick Cross-Word Roundup-Up&Down Words-Hidato. But the best part with each game you get 400 puzzles each. Still so much work ahead and every time you earn a star with out using hints you move up in ranks. Your trying to get to the Editor-in-Chief's office at the top. Also you can play this game on there website [...] .
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