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About the Product
- Over 1,000 crossword puzzles -- use the Touch Screen & stylus to enter
- Play Puzzle Me Quick for a fast word fix
- Puzzle Week for extended play with progressive difficulty
- Try Challenge Mode, with adjustable time and difficulty settings
- Cooperative and competitive 2-player wireless
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Top Customer Reviews
For those who haven't tried Times crosswords before, there's a reason they're renowned-- fresh vocabulary and interesting clues. And don't be intimidated by their reputation. The difficulty varies depending on the day of the week and there are plenty of easier Monday and Tuesday puzzles for beginners as they work up to the later days of the week.
Besides a massive set of some of the best crosswords available, you get a great user interface too. The puzzles can be panned and zoomed, allowing you to fit either the entire grid or a small portion of it on the bottom screen. On the top screen, in large print, is the current clue and corresponding letter boxes. There are a number of ways to navigate around the puzzle using touch or button controls, making it easy to hop around. And best of all there's a small box on the touch screen for handwriting recognition (a pop-up keyboard is available too), allowing you to write in your answers with the stylus. The hand-writing recognition could be a little bit quicker, but other than that it functions beautifully.
There are plenty of play options too. You can pick out a crossword from any date among the several year span of puzzles in the game (roughly March 2004 to November 2006), you can play a Monday to Sunday week of randomly selected puzzles, and there are several wireless (not WFC internet) multiplayer options to play head-to-head or cooperatively with friends.
All in all this is a brilliantly executed and deep package of some of the best crossword puzzles on Earth. I consider it a must-have for any crossword fan.
It wasn't a total loss as I began to appreciate the complexities and the knowledge one has to possess to complete these crosswords.
In comes The New York Times Crosswords for the DS. This is a great representation of a traditional game that we all know and love. While to some this might seem like overkill of a pretty generic game, the DS handles this in a very bare bones manner--and this is just fine and welcomed in my opinion.
Lets face it, this is a crossword puzzle in digital form. We don't need flashy graphics. While this isn't a powerhouse game, the interface is very classy and easy to navigate; you wont confuse anyone with the menus or in-game controls, which is good because the target audience is probably in the older scale.
As far as controlling the game itself, it is as easy as jotting down a letter on the touch-pad. You can also use a virtual keyboard to fill in your answers, but overall, the easiest way is the touch-pad.
The game isn't for everyone and it isn't totally exciting, but what it lacks in action you gain in knowledge. What I like about crosswords, especially the tougher ones, is the drive to finishing them and in the process learning a few things here and there.
And while the in-game navigation and control are great, I wish they had place more emphasis on the save system. While you can save three different puzzles, you can't save three different ones in any one of the modes of play.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this new york time crosswords for ds is very hard to solve but i am enjoying trying tom solve them allPublished on June 17, 2014 by Mary
Do you like crossword puzzles? I don't. Despite that, I found the interface and experience of playing this game to be incredible. Do these games even work on the 3DS?Published on November 20, 2013 by ssteussy
the newspaper New York Times crossword puzzle is easiest on Monday and gets harder during the week.... Read morePublished on August 9, 2011 by francis guidry
Of all the Nintendo DS games I own this one ends up getting played the most. Mario Kart and Super Mario Bros and Brain Age are all good once in a while, but nothing beats a good... Read morePublished on December 7, 2010 by B. Wueste
I bought this game for my dad's 75th birthday, and he couldn't lay it down! It's really easy to play and has a large area to place your write in your letters. Read morePublished on October 2, 2010 by chicken little
This game is great for the crossword junkie. The option to choose the level of difficulty is great! Very easily reads handwriting, even if extremely sloppy. Read morePublished on January 12, 2010 by Nicole L. Shay
RECOMMEND THIS GAME FOR ALL CROSSWORD PUZZLE LOVERS, FOR ALL AGES. EASY TO COMPLEX, LOADS OF FUN. I TAKE AND PLAY EVERYWHERE, AIRPORTS, BANKS, BUSINESSES WHILE WAITING.Published on August 16, 2009 by D. Hayes
After picking up CrossworDS, I was mildly disappointed. Repetitive and unimaginative clues ('AAA, BBB, ..., DDD', so the answer is CCC, for example) made me lose interest quickly. Read morePublished on January 11, 2009 by Amazon Customer