This game is well worth tracking down. I just got it and I have to say, if you liked PIcross (and who didn't?) you will enjoy Crosswords DS. Well polished, challenging and yet not too easy. The interface is simple, buttons (on screen) respond well, handwriting recognition works great also. I haven't gotten New York Times Crosswords so I can't compare, but it was well worth the minor investment. You have four profiles that one can set up, for more than one person. The buttons and interface remind me of Mario VS DK interface, smooth, large and easily responsive. Along side of the choice of difficulties, there is a percentage reminder letting you know how far along the various levels you are. Upon choosing the difficulty level, you then have a choice between pages (1-10, each having buttons to choose one of 20 puzzles, and then a mystery option after that). You can skip ahead to any puzzle number, but must finish what you have started once you resume a save, not start another with one in save. Handwriting recognition has the same trouble that Brain Age 2 has, a minor flaw, in that it sees an 'i' as an 'L' unless you specifiy with an 'i' dot, instead of straight line, a minor difficulty at best. Navigation around the puzzle is much like Sudoku ala Brain Age. You can save a game mid progress, but must go back to the same one next time or lose progress though. The word find works great as well, lots of words per list, not just five or ten. Simple to choose the found words without mistakes. There is some pleasant music in the background, fairly repetative, but unnoticeable. Options offer you Delete Profile-Rename Profile, Set Orintation and Credits. It opens book style There are four levels, Easy. Medium, and the next two are unlockable. The HINT system is a bit convoluted though, reminds me of the one for Professor Layton and the Mysterioius Village, another really quality game. Just the same, I highly recommend the game, as I'm just hyper critical. Great product, you won't be sorry.Have Fun.
yes: I recommend this product