CodyCross

Rating CodyCross: Crossword Puzzles - 4 out of 5 - Good Rating 4.0

  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 12+
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About CodyCross

CodyCross is a crossword puzzle app with a twist in playstyle and graphical presentation. It is a great-looking app that provides a fun challenge that kids and adults can enjoy. CodyCross is available on iOS and Android as a free download. The app contains advertisements and offers in-app purchases.

CodyCross Review

CodyCross is a game very similar to a crossword where you've got to see which words fit in each horizontal space, to create a longer word or a vertical phrase.

What is CodyCross app?

Imagine a crossword where all of the words are the same length, all run horizontally, and when you answer one clue, a few random letters begin to populate the others. Add to this the graphical flourishes of a well-produced app, and you have CodyCross app.

The app is popular and undergoing constant development. Recently, the developers added a multiplayer option. Quite different from the calm and sedate single-player mode, this adds pace and challenge to the experience for those that want them.

What we love about CodyCross

This app has the flair and polish of some of the best casual game apps. Shimmering particle effects and animations reward the player successfully answering a crossword clue. In turn, this provides bonus letters for the remaining words in the puzzle, which prevents frustration as answering a new clue can unlock a letter that leads to the next answer.

CodyCross is a fun word game with stunning graphics that makes players want to answer one more clue and then one more puzzle.

What skills does it improve?

Crossword puzzles have been popular brain exercises for over 100 years. They develop spelling, word knowledge, thinking skills, and persistence among those who embrace the challenge.

What age is it appropriate for?

The puzzles in this app are suitable for anyone who can read the clues. There are puzzles categorised as easy, medium, and hard although these are only selectable if you make an in-app purchase. None of the words or clues encountered during this review was inappropriate for children, but there is a 'report word' option in case any slip through.

Some of the app features such as social media and third-party advertising will conflict with school policies and parental preferences, so you should look closely at the app and think about the age of the children who might use it.

Is CodyCross game easy to use?

This app leads new players through the process of completing the crosswords. The game rules and navigation are easy to understand with the puzzles' providing the challenge and not the app itself - just as it should be.

How will students benefit?

CodyCross: Crossword Puzzles' developers know what makes people want to play an app. They understand that a compelling game loop, frequent and flashy rewards, and vibrant sound keep players' attention. Kids will want to play this app and, as it is beneficial to a player's vocabulary, they will benefit on an educational level, too.

How will teachers benefit?

Teachers like to provide fun but educational rewards for children. Mindless action games have no place in the classroom, but kids want to use school devices for things other than pure educational activities - especially when they have earned some free time. CodyCross: Crossword Puzzles will give students the fun they want while assuring teachers that the app has some educational value.

How will parents benefit?

CodyCross: Crossword Puzzles might be a good compromise for kids and parents. Kids get a premium play experience that is great for filling spare time. Parents know that the app can only improve their kids' vocabulary and thinking skills.

What CodyCross can improve on?

The most unfortunate thing about CodyCross: Crossword Puzzles is that its payment options and social media integration make it difficult for schools to use and potentially worrying for parents. A new mode, cut down and removing the problematic options but offering the same word-based fun would make it much more kid-friendly.

How much does CodyCross cost?

CodyCross is free to download and contains advertisements. Players spend tokens in the app to reveal letters.

What is included with the free version vs. paid?

There are various in-app purchases/subscriptions that players can use to make the app match the play experience they want at a price they are happy to pay. The premium subscription option, available only on UK and US devices, removes the ads, unlocks access to all of the app's thousands of puzzles, and gives the player a daily reward.

Players also need tokens. If they buy enough of these tokens in one go, they also benefit from a time without advertisements in the app, even without a premium subscription. The tokens are spent in the game for power-ups and hints.

During the review, the app did not show the advertisements at an unreasonable frequency, and the game was quite playable without purchasing tokens. Players can get some free tokens by inviting friends to the app or connecting with Facebook.

Is CodyCross safe to use?

While the word game is quite suitable for children and is likely to be a lot of fun for them, this CodyCross: Crossword Puzzles app review can't recommend the app for kids without reservation. The following features of this app mean that parents should think carefully before making this app available to their children:

  • Social media integration
  • Open-ended in-app purchases
  • ID-based, third-party advertising

Overall rating of the app

As you'll have seen in this CodyCross app review, this app plays a great crossword-style game. People of all ages can enjoy the challenge and satisfaction of the puzzles within it. The app's monetisation and social media options are features that parents and teachers must consider carefully. If you, as a teacher or parent, are happy with those features, it is a fun and well-made app that earns 4 stars.

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App Details

Ratings

Devices

Android, iPad, iPhone

Price

Free

Topics

Skills

Reading

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - Yes

In-App Advertising - Yes - 3rd Party

Publisher

Fanatee

Download CodyCross

You can download CodyCross on your iOS or Android devices from the app stores. Download the CodyCross app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

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