Crossword City Chronicles Review (Steam)

Crossword City Chronicles Review (Steam)

Play as a 1950s reporter investigating crimes by using your word-building skills to interview, interrogate, convince, deceive & debate your way to a solution! Draw letters tiles onto a rack, then place them on the board to make a word that connects with those already placed to advance the plot.

Pros:

  • Cutesy cartoon graphics.
  • 138.93MB download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Male/female character choices.
  • Crossword gameplay.
  • Drag and drop control system.
  • Each set of levels is a case, as you finish levels you get clues on who what and where it all happened.
  • Multiple styles of play.
  • Special times two squares.
  • World map level select.
  • Can replay cases.
  • Can replay individual levels.
  • Earn coins from playing.
  • Upgrade the effectiveness of characters and letters score with coins and stamps.
  • You get a green tick of your word is valid.
  • The main style of play is the grid will have two words already on it and you add letters to make words and score.
  • The debate style of play is a load of letters will be on a small grid, drop a letter into the score, bombs go off for bonus points.
  • Grey tiles can be played but score nothing.
  • Levels randomize every attempt.
  • Can rotate your letters.
  • Clear Hud with moves left, score and menu shown.
  • End of level breakdown and score.
  • After a short time, a helpfully highlighted square will pop up and show which letter to play.
  • No penalty for using the highlighted square prompt.
  • Straight up mobile port.
  • Good time waster.
  • Simple to pick up.
  • Straightforward gameplay.
  • Timed gameplay variations.
  • Mislead playstyle has you needing to join columns up with words.
  • Convinced playstyle has you needing to get a certain score.
  • Cases have multiple endings.
  • Set in the 1950s.
  • Over 200 levels.
  • Can get quite addictive.

Crossword City Chronicles Review (Steam)

Cons:

  • Says touch here all over the menus.
  • No controller support.
  • No graphic settings at all.
  • Only the one mode.
  • The screen is the size of an iPad.
  • Straight up mobile port.
  • The letters given to you are badly more than they are good.
  • It’s all about luck.
  • Little point in going for the full score on every level and case.
  • Not what I call crosswords. This is just putting words into a grid and scoring.
  • No online leaderboards.
  • The story is just window dressing.
  • Getting full awards on a level doesn’t feel like it affects gameplay or the outcome.
  • They don’t describe how the upgrade feature works or that it even exists.
  • No actual detection work, it’s just a case of score X amount of points and moves the story along.
  • I quit the game a few times and upon rebooting it would lose all your tiles and force a restart.

Crossword City Chronicles Review (Steam)

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.4/10

Summary

Just because I love to be argumentative and an ass hole, I will start by pointing out this isn’t what I call crosswords, instead I call this a word search more. The game is a mash-up word creation and trying to solve many cases. You get clues from finishing that particular puzzle, you can get different variations of the word creation from straight-up score X amount of points in five moves or it could be timed, have double score squares or already have words on the grid and you drop letters in to score. It’s obvious from the menu that this game was ported straight over from mobile, that’s no problem and totally fine, however, the touch here and touch their commands still show and it’s a bit off-putting. The game screen is not full screen and again looks like a mobile game blown up. Back to the gameplay and it doesn’t do anything new or innovative but it does a good job of doing what it set out to do. I still believe the letters allocation needs tweaking as you get a lot of bad letters a lot of the time but aside from that, I like what I played. Sure they drag out cases by having you replay a puzzle/level over and over but with each attempt randomizing the words, letters and layout that not a big deal at all. Overall Crossword City Chronicles is an average puzzle game with a lot of heart. Worth a look for a good time waster or brain work out.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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