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CodyCross: Crossword Puzzles

App review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Word-guessing game is easy enough for kids -- and fun.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about vocabulary use and logic. Critical thinking and deduction skills come into play when trying to guess words; spelling is also important. Kids will get some reading experience using the app, and its token-based system offers some money management-type experience. In addition to testing their word knowledge, kids may even see some new terms they're inspired to look up, including proper nouns, while playing, helping to enhance their overall verbal and writing abilities.

Ease of Play

Kids get some initial instructions and can refer to a section with information about the game if they have questions.

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Kids can buy packages of tokens for $1.99-$49.99; and they will eventually see ads if they keep playing.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that CodyCross: Crossword Puzzles is a puzzle game for iOS and Android devices. The game involves kid-friendly content, and many of its puzzles aren't too complicated for younger users to figure out. Kids can access clues, though, if they get confused, which are obtained through playing or an in-app purchase. An FAQ located in the app's settings section also offers information about various playing aspects. Kids won't see ads at first when they start playing, but as they progress, around the tenth or so level, ads become a fairly regular occurrence between puzzles.

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What's it about?

In CODYCROSS: CROSSWORD PUZZLES, kids guess words based on clues they're given. As they fill in correct answers, some of the letters move to other spots on the game board, making future guesses easier. Answering all the words in a group reveals a phrase that one letter in each word spells out. After the eleventh round, kids can increase the difficulty level. Achieving game milestones, inviting friends, logging in daily, and watching an ad will earn you tokens to use on clues. Kids will also unlock new capabilities, such as the ability to reveal several letters, as they advance.

Is it any good?

This crossword puzzle is amusing for younger and older players alike, giving a fun experience for all. CodyCross: Crossword Puzzles covers a wide range of crossword clues. The answers to the puzzles include both general words and proper nouns -- ranging from names like Newton (as in Isaac) to Madrid, the capital of Spain. Kids may need some knowledge of history, literature, and other subjects to guess them. A few topics might be too obscure for younger players to get -- one clue, for example, references a John Mayer song lyric from several years ago. Generally, though, the answers aren't too hard to figure out.

Completed and pending challenges are listed on a space backdrop on the app's main page -- the backstory behind that theme isn't explained in nearly as much as detail as the Google Play and App Store descriptions imply, but kids don't need to know much about it to play. The rounds move quickly, so they should feel like they're making progress. They aren't penalized for making a wrong guess, and they get enough tokens at the start to keep playing for awhile -- plus they'll earn additional items that will uncover more of the puzzle as they advance, such as a booster that shows you which letters are in a word and an option that reveals the entire term. Kids can also choose to make puzzles harder after level 11, which can help keep them feeling challenged. Unfortunately, that's also when they'll start seeing ads in between rounds, and waiting to click to exit them slows down the pace a bit. Still, with fairly easy-to-figure-out clues, and plenty of tokens to get additional assistance until kids have mastered the game, CodyCross: Crossword Puzzles offers a pretty enjoyable playing experience -- without a significant need to buy anything, which parents may appreciate.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what to do if kids get stuck playing CodyCross: Crossword Puzzles. What steps can they take to try to figure out what word relates to the clue they've been given?

  • What should kids do if they come across an unfamiliar word when playing? How can they find out what it means?

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For kids who love puzzles

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