Review: Puzzler Crossword provides dozens of potential crossword puzzles

Download and complete thematic and timely puzzles on your iPhone.

Puzzler Crossword is a fun, easy-to-use crossword puzzle app that is limited in many ways by the trial restrictions and steep price of additional content. While there are quite literally hundreds of puzzles here to download, the barrier to entry can be intimidating for someone who is looking for a mostly free app to keep them busy during downtimes.

When you open Puzzler Crossword for the first time, you'll have access to one set of starter puzzles. These puzzles are relatively small to successfully fit the iPhone's screen and the clues are not exceptionally hard, but they are not cake walks either, and there are 28 of them for free. After completing the initial batch, you'll need to download additional packs, of which there are dozens, each priced between $0.99 and $2.99. The app, itself, is finely crafted with big, satisfying buttons, a letter interface that is easy to use even on the smaller screen, and puzzles that are challenging but not impossible to complete. The overall effect is one that will challenge you but never be so frustrating as to push you away.

Puzzler Crossword is not the best crossword puzzle app on the App Store, but for the free price point, you get a decent selection to start and can decide with time if it is a good fit for you long-term.

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