Lexi-Cross

DOS game, 1991

Genre:
Puzzle
Year:
1991
Developer:
Platinumware
Publisher:
Interplay Entertainment
Perspective:
Side-view
Theme:
Sci-Fi / Futuristic

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Lexi-Cross, released in 1991 for DOS, is an innovative and highly engaging word-based game that masterfully blends puzzle-solving with a futuristic gameshow format. Designed by the talented Peter Oliphant, known for his contributions to Cinemaware and later as a prominent programmer at Interplay, Lexi-Cross stands out as a hidden gem in the realm of word games. …read more

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Lexi-Cross, released in 1991 for DOS, is an innovative and highly engaging word-based game that masterfully blends puzzle-solving with a futuristic gameshow format. Designed by the talented Peter Oliphant, known for his contributions to Cinemaware and later as a prominent programmer at Interplay, Lexi-Cross stands out as a hidden gem in the realm of word games.

Set against a vibrant and futuristic backdrop, Lexi-Cross invites players to partake in a high-stakes gameshow where the primary objective is to uncover hidden words concealed beneath a matrix of tiles. The game challenges players' vocabulary, quick thinking, and puzzle-solving skills as they decipher the hidden words and subsequently solve the overarching puzzle suggested by the revealed words.

The gameplay is intuitive yet challenging. Players select tiles on the matrix, gradually revealing letters that form the hidden words. Each correctly guessed letter brings players closer to solving the mystery of the puzzle, keeping the excitement and anticipation high. The game's clever design ensures that each round is both a test of one's language prowess and a thrilling race against time.

What truly elevates Lexi-Cross is its versatility in gameplay modes. While the game offers a highly entertaining solo experience, it truly shines in its 2-player mode. Competing against a friend or the computer adds a competitive edge to the game, transforming each puzzle-solving session into an intense and enjoyable battle of wits.

The game's presentation, with its futuristic aesthetic and dynamic gameshow environment, adds to its overall appeal. The visual and sound design complements the gameplay, creating an immersive experience that keeps players engaged and entertained.

Despite its relative obscurity, Lexi-Cross is a game that deserves recognition for its unique take on word-based puzzles and its ability to deliver a fun and intellectually stimulating experience. Whether you're a word game aficionado or someone looking for an entertaining way to challenge your vocabulary and quick thinking, Lexi-Cross is a title that promises hours of enjoyment and mental exercise.

Lexi-Cross is a brilliantly crafted game that combines the thrill of a gameshow with the intellectual challenge of word puzzles. Its innovative gameplay, coupled with the option for competitive 2-player action, makes it a highly recommended title for anyone seeking a fun and engaging word-based game. Peter Oliphant's expertise shines through in this underrated classic, making Lexi-Cross a must-play for puzzle enthusiasts and fans of word games alike.

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