Game-show thrills have been attempted on game systems for years. However, it's very rare that a game designer takes advantage of the potential of a PC system compared to an actual game show set, and creates a totally PC-friendly game show never seen before.
In short, Lexi Cross is an inspired vision of what a game show of the future might look like, if it had the proper funding to make such an inspired set! Adding to the fun is a cyborg host of this "show," an option to play the game as if it were on actual TV (including a snappy opening theme song), and single player and two player options ...including an option to play with a friend over the phone line!
The game itself involves clicking on squares to reveal the crossword underneath, all while trying to get special bonus squares (like an extra turn, or more cash), and avoiding the hidden "bad squares" (a lost turn, for example). Once the crossword puzzle board is revealed, you must guess the hidden words of the crossword, in a style not unlike Wheel of Fortune (yet far more cool).
Win the game, and you'll even make it to the bonus round. To top it all off, your character can look like whatever you wish (via multiple faces/outfits to choose from), and his/her stats are saved automatically. The game even responds to your birthday, and actually gripes if you've been gone to long.
Lexi-Cross is a fun TV game show based on elements from Wheel of Fortune and Scrabble in a humorous futuristic setting. Competing either against other living creatures (humans, aliens) or against robots, you must flip the tiles and use the revealed letters to form the correct words.
With more than 600 challenging puzzles, Lexi-Cross should keep the average game show fan busy for quite a while.
This hugely underrated game was also designed by one of the most underrated designers. (Peter Oliphant was responsible for many hits for Cinemaware before he joined Interplay and became one of their best programmers). This is a fun word-based futuristic gameshow where the objective is to reveal the words which are concealed under a matrix of tiles, and then solve the puzzle that the words suggest by typing in the answer before your opponent. A highly entertaining solo game that's even better in 2-player mode. Highly recommended.
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