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App description: Challenge your friends in the fun strategic word game that combines classic crosswords with the spirit of friendly competition! In Crossly, two players race to fill the board, earning one point per letter and stealing points from their opponents along the way. Clean design, fluid animations and playful messaging work together to make this the best crosswords experience in the App Store.

- Endless Gameplay: Crossly pulls from tens of thousands of clues to generate unique crossword puzzles on the fly for optimal replay value. No two boards are ever alike!

- Steal & Taunt: When you or your opponent miss a word, the other player may choose to steal for an extra turn and the chance to send a personalized photo Taunt. (In the interest of privacy, Taunts may only be sent between Game Center friends.)

- Peeks: For hard-to-guess clues, you may use one Peek per turn to reveal a letter of your choice. That letter is only visible to the player who initiates the Peek. Bonus Peeks are awarded for completing games and Peek Packs may be acquired via In-App Purchase.

- Penciling: Penciling allows you to work on the board at any time, changing answers and adjusting your strategy as more words are completed. All penciled words are saved, even when your network connection is offline.

- Accessibility: Apples VoiceOver technology is fully integrated into every aspect of gameplay, making Crossly one of the most robust crossword experiences for word gamers with visual disabilities.

- Premium Mode: Play unlimited games for free, or unlock Premium Mode for an ad-free experience, +15 bonus Peeks, and colorful themes. Show your love by choosing your own price to upgrade!

Stella's comments:

07-30-2014, 12:33 PM
Joined: Jul 2009
Posts: 1,997
Pretty solid game. It's basically Letterpress with crosswords. The puzzles seem to have a balanced difficulty level so far, and the Steal mechanic adds some depth. Recommended.

Last edited by Guise; 07-30-2014 at 12:39 PM.
07-30-2014, 09:07 PM
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 1,711
Yeah, I'm loving this. Definite Letterpress vibe, but it does its own thang.

If the devs see this: universal pretty please?
08-03-2014, 03:57 PM
Thanks for posting Stella! If you have any feedback about Crossly, be sure to send us a message via the support email link in the game. We read and respond to all emails.

Guise, glad you are enjoying the game. Curious how puzzle difficulty is holding up for you. We have gotten a good bit of feedback about the puzzles being too difficult.Still considering how to address this. Also, have you discovered Peeks (eye in the left hand corner of the screen)? Some crossword folks are having a hard time not seeing Peeks as cheating. We think they are more strategy. They help the game move forward for those having trouble, and are great as a finishing move at the end of a game. (It's like Mortal Kombat for word nerds!)

Sweetdiss, thanks for checking out the game! We hope to have a Universal app ready in the future.

Last edited by mercury; 08-03-2014 at 04:02 PM.
08-04-2014, 06:17 PM
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: UK
Posts: 1,355
Looks interesting but from the UK App Store reviews this seems very US-centred. I don't suppose there are any plans to release regionalised versions for countries outside the US?
08-05-2014, 07:03 PM

We are exploring how best to approach that. Because of the way we currently generate puzzles and the size of our clue database, that won't happen overnight. Hopefully we can get there though.

Thanks for the feedback!