Crosswords & More can be fun if your morning paper does not show up, or if the TV
Guide crossword was not very challenging. If you like doing crosswords and word finds,
then you will like Crosswords & More. There are not a whole lot of surprises.
The graphics are fairly basic: puzzle on the left and clues on the right. The layout is
designed well and is not as boring as you might expect a crossword puzzle game to be.
The background has the appearance of gray marble and colors can be changed to suit just
about anyone's palette.
There are a few sounds (.WAV files) that can be heard during and after crossword play.
Most notably, the "audience" applauds as a very bored-sounding man says,
"Congratulations. You are the winner." The developers are not trying to knock you out
with great sound here. They are simply trying to prevent you from falling asleep. That's
fine. This is a crossword game, not Mortal Kombat.
The features of Crosswords & More that allow players to create their own puzzles are
a bit of a letdown. The Word Find creation is fairly smooth. You type in a list of up to 40
words and the computer hides them for you in a mix of random letters.
The Crossword creation, however, is quite disappointing. First, while 40 words might be
enough for a word find, the typical crossword puzzle has many more. Second, when
Crosswords & More's creation engine gears up to create a puzzle using the words and
clues you have provided, words always get left out. Now, you have wasted time typing in
40 words and clues and the puzzle creator only chose 30 of them to fit in the puzzle. What
you are left with is a weird looking puzzle with great big blocks. If you bought this
software in hopes of cranking out your own puzzle books, think again.
All in all, Crosswords & More is decent. If you like word games, you will like
Crosswords & More.
Graphics: Good for this type of game
Sound: Slightly amusing
Enjoyment: Great for crossword lovers
Replay Value: There are many puzzles
A collection of crossword and word seek puzzles that you can solve on your PC. It comes with a crossword editor and import tools for for creating your own crosswords. You can save and load a puzzle while solving it. There's a timer and hint mode to enhance game play as well.
People who downloaded Crosswords & More for Windows have also downloaded:
Crosswords & Word Games, Crossword Wizard, Take a Break! Crossword 1, CrossWorld: LA Times Edition, Jeopardy with TV & Movie Pack, Take a Break! Crossword 2, Jeopardy! 2nd Edition (2000), Daily Crossword Puzzles from The New York Times
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