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KrissX

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Description

KrissX is a crosswords puzzle game, where the player has to unscramble lines and columns of crossed letter tiles to reassemble words. In the main quest mode, tutorials appear every time that a new gameplay variation is introduced. When hovering the cursor over one of the words, a short hint is displayed inside a thought balloon, usually showing a synonym. This behavior can be turned off for extra challenge.

Various bonus tokens fall from the tiles after completing the words, activating several special powers that help solving the puzzle. Score tokens give extra points, tip tokens recharge the hint button at the bottom-right, freeze tokens lock correct letters in place, time tokens give extra seconds in Time Attack Mode and cascade tokens automatically swap letters on all the incomplete words. Some words are on fire, and if the player manages to reassemble them while they are ablaze, all the lines and columns connected to it receive a letter swap.

Three new features are unlocked while playing the quest mode. In the Time Attack Mode, the goal is to unscramble the words as fast as possible before time runs out. Time tokens drop from the finished words, adding ten seconds to the remaining time when collected. The special puzzles are groups of crosswords with words corresponding to a specific theme, like "countries of the world" and other trivia items. With the puzzle creator, the player can build custom levels that can be shared via e-mail, or posted on-line.

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KrissX Windows Main menu
KrissX Windows Tutorial
KrissX Windows Unscrambling a word with a limited number of swaps available.
KrissX Windows PTLARY: like "worthless"

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The Press Says

GameZebo Windows Jun 21, 2010 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
XboxAddict Xbox 360 Feb 01, 2010 7.8 out of 10 78
TeamXbox Xbox 360 Jan 29, 2010 7.8 out of 10 78
Console Monster Xbox 360 Feb 18, 2010 70 out of 100 70
MS Xbox World Xbox 360 2010 7 out of 10 70
GameFocus Xbox 360 Mar 08, 2010 6.6 out of 10 66
Xboxdynasty (XD) Xbox 360 Mar 05, 2010 6.6 out of 10 66
IGN Xbox 360 Feb 05, 2010 6.5 out of 10 65
ZTGameDomain Xbox 360 2010 6 out of 10 60
Game Chronicles Xbox 360 Mar 01, 2010 5.8 out of 10 58

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