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Lexi-Cross (DOS)

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Written by  :  Chris Martin (1112)
Written on  :  May 23, 2000
Platform  :  DOS
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Summary

A great blend of Wheel of Fortune, Scrabble and your local Crossword Puzzle

The Good

I picked up Lexi-Cross years ago, not knowing what it was. I was in for a shock!

I love this game... It combines Scrabble (The TV SHOW not the board game), with Wheel of Fortune to make a great game.

You start with a blank board. You take turns with a computer or human player, and start revealing tiles on the board. If a letter tile is revealed, you can choose another one. If it is blank, or a negative score tile, your turn is over. Once you feel you've uncovered enough blank tiles, you can start guessing letters. Guess a letter and a "Wheel" type spin occurs and you can pick a letter. Once you have figured out some of the words, you can solve the puzzle. Solving the puzzle is not like Wheel, but is a common theme based solution. For instance, if the clues were "Cat, dog, bird, fish" the answer could be Pets.

The graphics at the time are great. Vibrant and futuristic, the game's interface shines in connection with it's graphical detail.

The sound is negligible. It's Ok, but on the whole, it's not a big factor in the gameplay itself.

The control is done using the keyboard to select tiles and typing words.

The AI in the game is very good. Setting 1 is pretty stupid, and Setting 5 is brutal, and even on the 3rd setting, the AI give you a run for your money (or credits, in this case).

The gameplay is very unique. There are over 600 puzzles to play, so it'll keep you busy for a few days.

The Bad

It run REAL fast on a Pentium 233, although using MOSLO at 50% or less helps a GREAT deal.

The Bottom Line

This is a underrated classic that really deserved more attention that it received. If you find it, keep it. It's a fantastic game.