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  • Publisher: Sol Robots
  • Genre: Word
  • Device: iPad
  • Size: 62.7 MB
  • Version: 2.0.2
  • Price: $0.99
  • Average User Rating:
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App description: A Multiplayer Crossword Game With Literary-Based Computer Opponents (and/or Human Ones)
Double Across is the exciting new word game for the 21st century; it's designed for everyone who loves books, board games, or crossword puzzles. Double Across invites you to travel back in time to match the power of your vocabulary against such fascinating computerized personalities as Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Jules Verne, William Shakespeare, and Aesop. For an even greater challenge you and your friends can match wits with the incredibly powerful Mr. Genius. When playing against these built-in personalities, Double Across not only lets you exercise your vocabulary skills, it is also a delightful source of entertainment. Whenever you play a word that strikes their fancy, these characters wax romantic (Jane Austen), colorful (Mark Twain), philosophical (Jules Verne), poetic (William Shakespeare), or quixotic (Aesop) by proudly spouting off phrases and quotes from their published works.

The strategy is to construct new words of any length, one at a time, to build an ever expanding crossword composition. At the beginning of each turn a player has four minutes to make a word that intersects with as many existing words as possible.

PLAYER FEATURES:
1 - 6 Players (Play solitaire, play against up to five human or computerized friends using the same iPad, or play online against up to 5 human players*)
Simultaneous Games (Play up to 15 games at the same time, using online multiplayer*)
6 Distinct Computer Personalities [AI's] (Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Jules Verne, William Shakespeare, Aesop, and Mr. Genius)
5 Individualized AI Dictionaries (Author AI's are restricted to using words from their writings.)
Thousands Of AI Quotations (Author AI's respond to words played by others with lines from their books, bringing out elements of Adventure, Philosophy, Science Fiction, Drama and Romance.)
Uber Genius AI Included (Mr. Genius knows it all and plays it all. Watch out!)
47 Game Center Achievements Included.
15 Game Center Leaderboards Included.

*NOTE: Online multiplayer requires iOS 5 and a Game Center account. Game Center achievements and leaderboards require iOS 4 and a Game Center Account.

DICTIONARY FEATURES:
4 Unique English Dictionaries (American, British, Canadian, and Australian).
Proper Nouns Optional (There are more than 3,000 proper nouns included, in such categories as: common first names, common last names, countries, states, cities, other geographical names, days of the week, months of the year, planetary bodies, constellation names, names of languages, etc.)
No Need For Word Challenges (No penalties are assessed for trial words or misspellings.)
Unlimited Letters (Each player starts with all of the letters they'll need, and you can buy more.)
No Forced Hard-To-Use Letters (You won't get stuck with Q's and X's that you can't use.)
Blanks Unnecessary (Buy whichever letter you may need, including Q's and X's.)
No Word Length Limit (Play words of any length.)

OTHER FEATURES:
Non-Random Game Play (Double Across is more like Chess than Backgammon or other dice games.)
No Poker Face Required (Everyone can see everyone else's letters.)
Extremely Large Playing Field (Double Across's board is 10x the size of most other popular crossword board games.)
Timed Multiplayer (Party games don't get boring.)
User Friendly Interface (Type your words or drag tiles to the board.)
Works With Hardware Keyboards (Use your Bluetooth or iPad Dock Keyboard.)
Family Friendly (Kids can learn lots of new words, and the AI's are prohibited from playing profanity.)
Stunning Graphics (It's OK to judge this book by its cover.)

pluto6's comments:
There are some comments and links in the upcoming iPad games about this one here




06-01-2010, 06:53 PM
#2
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 4,449
Cool .... /wishlisted!

06-01-2010, 07:24 PM
#3
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: Colorado
Posts: 5,245
I think this looks great but at that price I will wait for some feedback.
06-01-2010, 07:27 PM
#4
Joined: Mar 2009
Location: Seattle, WA USA
Posts: 4,761
06-01-2010, 08:46 PM
#5
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 5,767
Quote:
Originally Posted by BazookaTime View Post
I think this looks great but at that price I will wait for some feedback.
Agreed. I hesitated for a long time before getting the game Crosswords by StandAlone, it is also $9.99. But finally broke down, and was glad that I did. So, I'm not so worried about the price as to how it all works. Screen shots look fantastic though...

GameCenter ID : oldestgamer
06-02-2010, 03:59 AM
#6
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: NL
Posts: 505
Bought it last night and have played now for several hours. Lovely UI and a very polished production. FWIW I think it is definitely worth the price.

One tiny request to the dev: it would be great if the rotate board button on the top left not only turned the board 90 degrees (as it does now upon a single tap) but 180 degrees upon a double tap (convenient for most two player games).

Last edited by funambulist; 06-02-2010 at 04:08 AM. Reason: Added tiny request to dev
06-02-2010, 06:44 AM
#7
Joined: Apr 2010
Posts: 16
Quote:
One tiny request to the dev: it would be great if the rotate board button on the top left not only turned the board 90 degrees (as it does now upon a single tap) but 180 degrees upon a double tap (convenient for most two player games).
Good idea. We'll make it easier to turn the screen 180 degrees for the next release.

Funambulist: If you haven't already, we'd love it if you would share your review of Double Across on iTunes as well. TIA.

Cortis Clark

President and Lead Programmer at Sol Robots
Makers of Double Across, Save Benjis+, Adam's Art etc.
06-05-2010, 10:02 PM
#8
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Posts: 17
Hi Folks,

I'm the graphics designer for Double Across. I wanted to post a quick note mentioning that we're trying an experiment and reducing the price of Double Across.

We are grateful to those who purchased the game when it launched for its original price. If any of you have any concerns about this price change, please do not hesitate to contact Sol Robots at help@solrobots.com

Thanks,

John Balestrieri

Last edited by tinrocket; 06-08-2010 at 10:59 PM.
06-08-2010, 11:06 PM
#9
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Posts: 17
Hi Again,

If any of you who have tried Double Across (and enjoy it) would leave App Store feedback or a review, it would be much appreciated.

As you can imagine, it's really hard to get a foothold in such a competitive market, and every little bit helps. Of course, don't let me interrupt your game if you're in the middle of one...

Thanks,
John

Developer of Happy GO Driver! for the iPhone & iPod Touch
06-10-2010, 09:28 PM
#10
Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 5,083
Price drop $7.99 →$2.99 (thanks songbird)