I did a post here just the other day – one of the ‘iPad Apps I Want to See’ series – saying I was very keen to see some crosswords apps come to the iPad, as it seems just a perfect fit for them.
Ben Gottlieb – of Standalone Inc., publishers of the Crosswords app for iPhone – was kind enough to comment on that post, stating that they are working on a version of the app for the iPad.
That’s very good news, as theirs is quite an impressive crossword app on the iPhone, with a strong set of features.
After seeing Ben’s comment, I went and read a blog post at the Standalone site, which was interestingly posted one day * before * the iPad was launched by Apple. Here are a few encouraging excerpts from that post:
The company has been refining the digital Crossword solving experience on the iPhone since the App launched at the opening of the App Store. In keeping with this aggressive innovation, Stand Alone has been fervently preparing to be among the first to modify their Crosswords App for the new form factor. With the influx of traditionally print media coming to the tablet, it’s only fitting that Crosswords also be at the forefront!
Crosswords currently lets iPhone and iPod touch users download and solve daily puzzles from over 30 of the top newspapers, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Village Voice, the Onion and many more! With a custom keyboard, intuitive puzzle downloading, and clever UI design, the Crosswords App has seen great success. The game touts a 4.5 star iTunes rating, compiled from over 1700 reviews, and players recently completed over half a million puzzles.
The Tablet version of Crosswords will keep the core functionality of the original, but optimize the user interface to be more reminiscent of its newspaper roots. Users will still be able to use the integrated hint and look up systems, import or download new daily puzzles, benefit from the expanding catalogue of free puzzles, and enjoy in-app support for premium subscriptions to puzzles such as the New York Times. “The goal,” says Gottlieb, “is to utilize the larger screen, but keep both the functionality and the sleek, intuitive, custom design that our users love.”
This is definitely an app I am looking forward to seeing on the iPad – and it seems there’s a good chance we may see it ready when the iPad launches, or at least soon thereafter.