Over the past decade, Sierra has used the Hoyle license well,
releasing numerous titles including Hoyle Board Games, Hoyle
Card Games and Hoyle Word Games. The latest Hoyle product is
Hoyle Crosswords, your basic paper and pencil word game that
you commonly find each and every day in your local newspaper.
Hoyle Crosswords is set up in a calendar format. It offers a daily
crossword puzzle and in some instances more than one. In total
there are 500 crossword puzzles, each offering a level of difficulty
ranging from easy to hard. If you get stumped on a particular word
or puzzle, Hoyle Crosswords offers hints to help you along. If that
still doesn't do the trick, you can have the computer reveal a single
letter or the entire word if need be. When you fill in a word, Hoyle
will let you know if it's the correct word or not via a set of buttons
at the bottom of the screen. If worse comes to worse, you can also
have the computer reveal the entire crossword puzzle. In either
instance, Hoyle Crosswords provides a good challenge for both the
beginner and expert alike.
Visually, Hoyle Crosswords is very un-spectacular. It looks like any
previous Hoyle title with its cartoon players, but in this instance I
don't see the need to select a character to portray when all you're
doing is filling out a crossword puzzle. The background and
overall presentation is rather bland. Hasbro Interactive has always
done a fantastic job bringing life to the most mundane of word and
board games, a task Sierra needs to improve upon. This is
supposed to be an interactive take on crossword puzzles, but it
comes across as plain as a crossword puzzle in a newspaper.
Character animations and speech just don't add enough flavour to
Hoyle Crosswords comes with a number of neat little features.
Webster's New World College Dictionary is provided in order to
look up definitions and correct spelling. A two player mode allows
you to compete against your buddies or play cooperatively. There
are five levels of puzzle difficulty provided to ensure that each skill
level is met. You can even print out each puzzle if you wish to start
or finish them away from the computer. Finally, Hoyle Crosswords
offers a Face Maker that allows you to customize your character
All in all, Hoyle Crosswords is simply a crossword game for the PC.
There's relatively little glitz and glamour, just the usual setup you'd
find in any crossword magazine or newspaper. Bottom line, it's a
crossword puzzle, nothing more, nothing less.
[ 12/20 ] Graphics
[ 11/15 ] Sound
[ 20/30 ] Gameplay
[ 13/20 ] Fun Factor
[ 03/05 ] Multiplayer
[ 06/10 ] Overall Impression