Today's Free App of the Day is Crossword
Don't let the poor reviews on this app scare you off. Most of the negative reviews complain about ads that supposedly appear in the game. Perhaps the app has been updated since originally becoming the Free App of the Day, but I've had no ads so far in the version I'm playing, not even the click-through start-up ad that a couple reviewers mention.
Anyway, it's a decent crossword app, gameplay is simple. However, be warned that it has a non-standard crossword puzzle layout. Instead of clues off to one side, the clues are embedded in one of the cells adjacent to the spaces for the letters, with a little flag indicating which direction (left or down) the word goes in.
You tap on the cell with the clue to enter the letters, not the empty cells. This took me a second to figure out, as there are no instructions. Upon completing your answer, you are immediately told if you are right or not, even in Expert mode.
There are 80+ puzzles for each category, beginner, advanced and expert. The games save your progress so you can leave and come back.
You can play in German, English, Turkish, Italian and French. (Surpisingly, no Spanish.) This would make it a good game for vocabulary building as you learn a language as well as being good for speakers of those languages.
There is no timing for the puzzles, as in many crossword puzzle apps. You can reset a puzzle if you want to play it again.
I think it's a strong four stars for what it does. No five stars for lack of instructions and the inability to change any settings, especially the immediate feedback as to whether an answer is "correct" or not--I'd like to succeed or fail a bit on my own and would likely turn that off.
4 of 10 reviews are four stars and above.
Because some may not like the non-standard grid, we have a bonus crossword puzzle app: Crossword Lite.
This has been a very popular crossword puzzle app and one I picked up soon after getting my first Fire. So, if you want a more traditional crossword puzzle app, this may be the one for you. 806 of 959 reviews are four stars and above.
These apps are compatible with the original Fire and with my Fire HD 8.9" 4G. To tell if an app works for your Fire HD or other Android device registered to your Amazon account, click on the above link and look on the right side of the web page. Amazon will tell you if it will work with your registered device.
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