Crosswords With Friends is an iPhone and Android Games App, made by Zynga Inc.. Today, it has gone through many interations by the developers - Zynga Inc., with the latest current version being 50.0.24 which was officially released on 2021-07-22. As a testament to the app's popularity or lack thereof, it has gathered a total of 31515 Reviews on the Apple App Store alone, with an average user rating of 4.2 out of a possible 5 stars.
From the team that brought you Words With Friends comes Crosswords With Friends - the first daily crossword puzzle that’s written for today’s world! Test your brain power with a new puzzle every day that’s relevant to entertainment, pop culture, and sports news happening NOW!
Enjoy fresh puzzles daily with a new themes every day of the week - Movie Monday, TV Tuesday, Wayback Wednesday, Top 40 Thursday, Sports Fan Friday, Smartypants Saturday, and Sunday Funday!
Crosswords With Friends presents the world’s BEST crosswords for you 365 days a year. Led by co-editors Trip Payne (co-star of the crossword documentary Wordplay) and Amy Reynaldo (author of How to Conquer the New York Times Crossword), our daily crosswords are created by some of the world’s most published crossword writers. Get ready for a top-notch crossword experience!
Game Features - English Only Game
CROSSWORDS WRITTEN BY INDUSTRY EXPERTS
Exercise your brain and expand your vocabulary by solving crossword puzzles created by crossword champions and writers from top newspapers!
FUN PUZZLE THEMES 7-DAYS A WEEK
Play a new crossword every day, and enjoy unique, fun themes! Access thousands of additional puzzles in the calendar archives!
CLIMB THE LEADERBOARD
Challenge your friends and check the leaderboard to see who solved the daily puzzle the fastest!
COMPLETE WEEKLY CHALLENGES
Test yourself with new goals each week to earn great rewards and collect badges as you go!
COLLECT PUZZLE PACKS
Movie buffs, sports fanatics and nerds of all kinds, rejoice! Add a pack of 5 themed puzzles to your collection. Solve them all to collect badges and become the ultimate crossword master.
HELPFUL HINTS WHEN YOU NEED THEM
Stuck on a word? Use hints to move ahead faster.
Playing Crosswords With Friends challenges your brain, improves your pop culture knowledge, and lets you compete with friends. Download and play the all new Crosswords With Friends!
The game is free to play; however, in-app purchases are available for additional content and in-game currency.
Use of this application is governed by the Zynga Terms of Service (http://m.zynga.com/legal/terms-of-service).
Enjoy the Game
I play this pretty much every day and I really enjoy it. The puzzles are pretty simple and I feel like I am exercising my mind. There are some rewards for various goals, like some of the rewards offered for solving puzzles on a regular basis, that make it even more fun, because who doesn't enjoy a challenge? That is what helps draw people to the game, right? However, some of those goals are pretty hard to earn. If the rewards are not worth the effort, or if they are too out of reach, the added draw no longer a draw. There are some reasonable options on earning coins if you don't want to pay for the game. It is more expensive to play this game than buying a magazine of puzzles in the store, and both of those options have their own benefits. If I were designing this game I would work toward getting more people to play by keeping the cost to play down so more people want to pick it up and play it. The fact that it's an offshoot of Words with Friends only makes Crosswords with Friends more enticing. I hope the creators keep up the good work!
I play this game almost every night and enjoy it thoroughly. My only complaint is when wanting to play for free coins by watching a video/ad, the banner that drops down saying that that choice isn’t available and to try later, that banner drops down way too often making it so frustrating that I have to halt playing; almost makes me want to stop playing the game at altogether! Jillsy Thanks so much for fixing the above-referenced problem. Now the banner drops very infrequently and the game is, once again, a blast to play 😃! Jillsy The game’s a blast and all bugs seem to have been eradicated—yeah! 😉 Jillsy I continue to love ❤️ this game and play every night religiously. There had been an issue with the game not being able to be played as originally set up; the bugs were fixed and the game was playable! The bugs seem to be back; please fix this issue again as I want to get back to playing this game as before!!!! Jillsy Continue to love 💕 playing but when I want to watch the ads to win free coins but half the time I only get 2-3 tries instead of 6. Please please fix as I want to continue to play and enjoy the game!!! Jillsy Still love 💕 playing this game but the ability to win coins after watching ads is still iffy in it working. When that is fixed I’d give this game a 5. Jillsy Love the game but please fix the free ad watching to win coins; it always seems to be broken to some degree. Fix this and the game gets a 5!!! Jillsy
The puzzles are fun and challenging. The only complaint that I have is when you go to “watch videos” for extra coins, I continuously receive error messages that there aren’t any videos to watch. This is long before you receive the “reach your limit” message. I wish that they would fix that because it’s extremely irritating! They also have these ads which have lasted at least 5-minutes and you can’t skip it because then the app locks and you don’t receive any credit. If any of these ads last longer than a minute, you ought to at least 10 credits instead of the insulting 5 credits! What else is irritating, is writing down a nickname that they want to use before sending a review. Another thing that is irritating is NOT receiving the credits after you watch these ads! However, you have to pick one that hasn’t been used!!! You know how many people use this App?!! This is ridiculous!!! It’s been over 3 months and guess what, the issues still aren’t fixed! With one exception, haven’t seen anymore of those infomercials.
It’s fun but...
I have played Celebrity Crossword for years, but when I had to switch over to this game, it was like starting all over again. In some ways that was ok, because I got many coins in the beginning. But now even though it says in my stats I have played this 61 days in a row, I didn’t get the coins for playing any of the consecutive days. I agree with someone who was not happy about the hints eating up coins. I hit one by accident, but made no mistakes so didn’t realize it. The next few days I also made no mistakes. It wasn’t until 4 days of losing coins each day, I made a mistake and then noticed it was on, and that my coin numbers were way down. It would also be good to be more realistic about the tournaments. How can anyone with a life ever win? The top winners, unless I am not understanding something, has to be playing 100s of games in a week!! I guess in this case the old adage that “you have to spend money to get money”, is true. The most stars you can get in a week is 21, so people in the top leader board with hundreds of stars are spending lots of coins to get lots of coins. One week I figured the leader had to play at least 30 puzzles a day!! But, the clues are fun and just challenging enough to not get boring. I enjoy the bonus puzzles and the chance to win badges ( those are realistic). I do recommend this app to crossword puzzle fans. Unless you are an avid NYTd puzzle solver. Then this is way too easy.
It’s a fun game to play and I love the “extra” puzzles that they have every week to earn badges & extra letters and such. To win more coins to spend, you can watch ads, but...sometimes the game doesn’t give you your coins that you’ve earned after you’ve watched the ad. There have been plenty of times that I’ve given up watching when I noticed that I wasn’t being credited the coins. Why waste my time? Otherwise, it’s a fun game to play and I love to play it daily. UPDATE: I absolutely HATE the Word Seeker Mini Games that they occasionally put out. You scan on the letters to make words and your words aren’t even on the list. And then their words are words that don’t make any sense or you’ve never even heard of. It’s frustrating. I don’t play those word seeker games anymore when they pop up on the Home Screen. I’ll forgo the badge and “prizes” that you get when you play that mini game.
Loading time, too long. Too many ads or none avail
I would rate you higher if not for the following: App loading takes too long, way longer than any other app. Always seem to have an ad you force me to watch when finish a puzzle, tho not have on earn free option, and takes 10-15 seconds before you tell me none avail. Won’t even try survey option to earn coins as most ever tried eventually say not qualify tho not until you have wasted 1-10 minutes of my time. Do enjoy the daily puzzle and applaud you on clues clever and different, even when same answer appears often in other puzzles. Also do enjoy the occasional word seeker game, tho wish they were more often. All of the above still true. Do not appreciate stress caused by your daily message to do Facebook to ensure data is saved. I do not do Facebook. It also puzzles me that you show one date for how long I’ve been playing, tho really much earlier based on calendars of previous months and years! An enhancement that would also be appreciated is when your challenge badge event requires two of a certain day of week, that you have an option to zoom to an unplayed puzzle that qualifies vs presently you must scan backwards thru many months and years to locate. As previously stated do enjoy the daily puzzle and word seeker, just cannot give you more than 3 stars til you address other stressors!
When the game owners changed I was concerned of course and then shocked to see how much it cost for a hint and to play a previous puzzle but was pleased to see how accommodating they were to earn coins for watching ads! I hadn't had the difficulties I had read about. Well that has all changed. I barely get to watch two ads and it stops any further viewing at this time, sometimes I can't watch any and sometimes I don't get the coins. In addition I believe the clock is selective with regard to the ten minute mark although there really isn't any reason to care because rewards of any value are few and far between. I would much rather have free hints or coins than badges any day! Last, I have noticed in a couple of puzzles very recently answers that I have NEVER heard of. I admit I'm not the most knowledgeable when it comes to vocabulary but I'm fairly well read and to see a word that doesn't ring a bell somewhere is rare for me. Finally if the coin issue isn't resolved I will delete this game. It's very sad because I have played this daily for a very long time and enjoyed it a great deal!
Needs Some Fine-Tuning
I played DCC for a couple years before the switch and am happy to say that I didn’t find many massive changes I was terribly bothered by. However, there are some minute details that need mulling over and fixing. I cannot, no matter how many times I try, earn free coins. I only get a message that says it’s unavailable and to try again later. I don’t know if I’m the only user unable to access that feature, but if I am, I would love to know why I’m experiencing this with the app. Also, accidentally paying for the ‘See Wrong’ option is a problem I’ve been having frequently. If you turn it on in one session and then start a new puzzle, the ‘See Wrong’ option is automatically checked and I end up paying, eventually getting halfway through a puzzle before even realizing it’s on. So, I end up paying for a perk I don’t even use as long as I have coins. DCC automatically reset it so that you had to manually click the button if you wanted to pay. Bring that feature back!
Crosswords with friends weekly tournament
Hello App Developers, I have been playing this game for almost two months and enjoying it quite a bit. Two things that trouble me are: scoring for the tourney is haywire sometimes, and just last night ‘Win Weekly Tournament” in “Achievements” changed From 5000 coins to 20 coins - and I am finally in a position to win! Coins have to be collected by winning or placing in the top three in the tourney, in the Achievements section, by watching ads, or by buying them. It seems to me that lowering the prize amounts in Achievements is not a good idea. Also, the scoring needs to be looked at —— yesterday I had three puzzles awarded “+-4” (I was “doubling” points at the time)! My tourney total actually lowered by 8 points after each puzzle. Sometimes I get extra points and I have no idea why. I would appreciate fixing these issues —-perhaps before 3pm CST Dec. 2nd —-the end of this week’s tourney!!! 😊. My goal this week is those 5000 points for a first time winner! Thanks.
Wonderful app, but still room for improvement
I like puzzles and while this crossword puzzle does seem easy, it's still "words" and that is fun. The "link" to Facebook is a BIG turnoff. No Facebook, no bonus points. Facebook wins out over getting friends to play. So it defeats the whole idea. The ads are an irritation. If you seek extra points, and watch some of the ads there often is a total failure. The ads freeze the game; one must start completely over. Promised bonus points are not awarded. Continued denial to earn points counts as seeing an ad and one ultimately loses points. When notified of the problem the response is, “we are working to make the needed improvements”. So far, 6 months, nothing is changing. Sad! The puzzle is very good, the rest, really needs improvement. Unable to go to one star. Still disappointing in terms of earning coins to play. The program to earn free coins is never available. Ads run after a game, but no rewards for putting up with the ads. Let's fix the problems. Puzzles are nice, and are difficult if one is not "up" on a lot of current tv, movies, music, and social media. I like the puzzles, it's the problems that are in need of improvement.
Rip-off trying to take your money
Was playing regularly for awhile, until I scored a ton of tournament points last week and came in first, only to find out that the winnings are capped at 300 coins. I messaged customer service and said the points page clearly says 1 tournament point = 1 coin (if you win) and I had 611 points. No mention of a cap anywhere. And I was well in the lead, but even spent 30 coins to do the double points boost, thinking it would increase my winnings, but totally wasted those coins in the end. Customer service just gave cut/paste responses and thanked me for my input, but refused to return even my 30 coins, let alone give me the coins I won. That dumb display of horrible service took all the fun out of the game, and over something so small. But Zynga is greedy and doesn’t care about scamming you to make you buy more in-app coin packages (coins are required to play any puzzle other than the daily one). The puzzles were too easy anyway, with half the clues being reused over and over in every puzzle. I deleted the app and found some better crossword games that don’t mislead the player and try to get you to spend more money with ripoff schemes.
Used to love this app. Not anymore. I accumulated a lot of achievements that you can cash in or hold until later. I finally cashed in around 1400 coins. I only got around 400. I contacted them and they gave me a giant runaround. Long story short they claimed I had used them. They were all still there when I redeemed them. Eventually they just blew me off. I have been trying to accumulate more coins by watching ads. I used to be able to get around 100 coins every time I did this, by watching multiple ads. Now I’ve been trying to build up some coins again but it only lets me watch one ad for 5 coins and then quits working. A message comes up that the ads are temporarily unavailable. It’s really suspicious that it worked great until I had my battle with them over my lost coin bonuses. I wouldn’t even play anymore but I play the daily puzzle every night against my wife and we both looked forward to it. Bottom line, they should have just given me my lost coins, but they made the back and forth with their help people turn adversarial. I’m totally disgusted with them. Only reason I even still have the app is my wife loves playing and comparing times every evening.
This Game Is A Scam
I would give this a zero star rating if I could. I have been playing this game for awhile now. I like the puzzles themselves but overall this app is a scam. Like other people have said it ease very hard to earn free coins. You are always getting a pop up telling you there are no videos to watch at this time. But what is even worse is if you play the tournament it specifically tells you that if finish in first, second, or third you will earn 1 coin for every tournament point you scored. This is a lie. The last time I won a tournament I scored 620 points and only got 300 coins. When I complained about it they said there is a limit of 300 coins earned in tournaments. No where in the app does it say there is a limit. Since you must spend coins in order to play enough puzzles to win a tournament you end up spending more coins than you earn. This app is nothing but a scam to get you to spend money to buy extra coins. If you read the reviews you will see there is a lot of people who agree with me. So only download this app if you only want to play the one free puzzle per day and don’t care about playing the tournament.
Latest update a fail
Update Jul 25, 2021. Not sure why the interface for this game was completely changed. It is glitchy and harder to read and find things. e.g. 1) During games with items awarded, when I finish the word, it doesn’t go to the next word. It just randomly goes somewhere else. And some squares aren’t white, they turn pink. 2) I don’t get a message at the end of a game that something is wrong if I’ve messed up somewhere. It used to tell me. Now it just sits there using up the clock until I figure it out. 3) I have to click on each puzzle pack to see how many coins I need to finish it. This used to be easily seen on one screen. Too much back and forth between screens. Developers, what happened to regression testing?? Update Aug 5, 2020. Ever since the last update, coins are not awarded for completing a puzzle pack. And I’ve searched and searched and can’t figure out who to send a request to! Crosswords are always a good way to pass the time. This game is easy and straightforward. I just wish there was a way to know if someone accepted or rejected your invite.
This page was last edited on 2021-07-22.
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