Adelaide, Australia – AUS-PC-SOFT Shareware today is pleased to introduce Xword 1.0 for iOS, their crossword puzzle generating game. With a word database of more than 31,000 entries, an endless supply of unique puzzles created on demand, and the ability to specify sizes and grid styles, this games app provides puzzles for novice players and puzzle experts alike. Xword produces fully formed, professional looking puzzles, similar to the crossword puzzles featured in daily newspapers.

Xword is different from other crossword puzzle applications as it can generate puzzles on demand. Using sophisticated software, the app removes the need for Internet access, downloads, or the need to buy packs. Featuring a near limitless supply of puzzles on demand, Xword will generate a brand new, never-before-seen puzzle, in seconds, with each new puzzle request.

Feature Highlights:
* Fast, fun game
* Generate unique crossword puzzles instantly
* Choose from 4 different puzzle grid styles
* Select 9×9, 11×11, 13×13, or 15×15 sizes
* Word database of over 31,000 entries

Xword does not require as much memory space as other crossword apps. Generated puzzles are not the sparsely populated, free-form puzzles so typical of most computer-generated crosswords. This app produces fully formed, professional looking puzzles, similar to the crossword puzzles featured in daily newspapers. Xword’s database of clues and words employs Webster’s dictionary with over 31,000 entries and has a planned expansion for Webster’s and Oxford standard word spellings.

Xword creates puzzles in a wide variety of sizes and styles. The size can be selected from 9×9, 11×11, 13×13 and 15×15, and the grid style can be selected from American, British, Bar, and Novelty styles. American Style grids are characterized by the fact that every cell in the puzzle is formed by the intersection of an Across word and a Down word. This results in a tendency for the puzzle to have many short words. Quite difficult to construct, American Style puzzles are relatively easy to solve.

British Style grids have many solitary cells that are not situated at the intersection of two words. Easier to construct, they are much more difficult to solve, as these puzzles feature a greater percentage of longer words. In Bar Style puzzles, every cell of the puzzles will contain a letter. The pattern is created by bars rather than black cells. A cell containing a bar terminates a word in the same way that a black cell does, but it also contains a letter. The flexibility provided by bars allows a much greater proportion of longer words than can be achieved by the American style. A Novelty Style grid is one that contains a number of Tunnel cells. A Tunnel cell does not contain a letter and does not terminate a word. It changes the direction of any word that encounters it. Tunnel cells can also be introduced into both American and British style grids.

Once a puzzle has been created, players can begin to solve it using an intuitive set of tap and swipe gestures. If players experience difficulty with any section of the puzzle, they can get help. Users may access help through a setting that reveals a single letter at a time. Or, users may be shown the location of any errors within the puzzle. A timer provides an indication of how long a player is taking to complete the puzzle, and a Clear button allows players the opportunity to clear, reset, and begin the puzzle again.

“Don’t get ‘boxed in’ by other crossword puzzles,” stated AUS-PC-SOFT Shareware’s John Stevens. “Xword takes crossword puzzles to the next level!”

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later (iOS 5 tested)
* Universal app optimized for display on all iOS devices
* 0.5 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Xword 1.0 is $2.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category. Review copies are available on request.

Xword 1.0
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John Stevens is a Software Engineer, who has devoted the last 20 years to Crossword program development. 20 years ago, John launched the Crossword Express family of software products for PC’s. Innovative product features were the creation of a Quiz dictionary, which enabled Crossword Express to generate the Crossword Quiz puzzles, and the development of a series of Java applets, which permitted these puzzles to be published interactively on the Internet. A pioneer in his field, John consistently raises the bar in Crossword programs. Copyright (C) 1992- 2012 AUS-PC-SOFT Shareware. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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