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Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Astraware launches major Crosswords 2 update!

All New Astraware Crosswords 2!

That’s right! Our flagship puzzle game Astraware Crosswords is relaunched with an updated sleek look, extra puzzles, new statistics and features, but keeps the same great gameplay (and just the right types of puzzles!) as before!

Version 2 is available now on all stores and is a FREE download!  On Apple, Amazon and Google stores it’s an automatic update, so you don’t have to do anything – on NOOK it’s a new product with a free download.

If you’re already an Astraware Crosswords player, any purchases you’ve made (deluxe versions or any extra puzzle packs) will automatically be available for you to play in the new version!

What’s New in Version 2?


A new design of our title screen is now a cool and soothing blue to match the latest OS version changes – but the biggest change is that instead of two giant buttons – one for today’s Daily Puzzle and one for the Weekender, there’s now a box with separate PLAY buttons for each day!

That means you can now play back through any of the daily puzzles from the last week!

The Weekender puzzle is still available to play at any time, and a new one is available every Friday, just as before.


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Astraware Easter Updates

We’re busy working away at a few things to bring some improvements!

As well as continuing our work on Mijnlieff (to fix the bug introduced by iOS8) and simplify the purchasing system, we’re doing a bit of an update on Astraware Crosswords too.

First of all we’re taking a bit of a style update and making our puzzle games have a rather neater visual style which matches the latest iOS and Android styles a bit better.

crosswords-title   crosswords-ingame

This also means we’ve changed a bit of the look within the game itself, and so it’s a goodbye to the pretty (but space-wasting) curvy swooshes and in with a straighter keyboard area, which means we can make the keys a bit bigger and also display more of the clues too.

We’re switching out the banner ads which would be constantly running along the top of the screen as you play, which means more space to see the clues all of the time, and no more flashy distracting ads at the top of the screen. Instead we’ll have a single ‘interstitial’ style advert after you’ve completed the game. If you’ve already decided to support us directly by purchasing the no-ads option, then you won’t see the new ads either 🙂

Last up is that we’ll be including a neat support system directly into the game – which means you’ll be able to send us a message and see the reply from the game itself, as well as being able to access all of the online FAQs we’ve written too. We hope this will make it an easier process to get support if you need it, but also with the FAQs right there too, providing some of the answers even faster!

Happy Easter!

Crosswords Icons?

Crosswords comes with some puzzles built in, and of course the new Daily puzzle each day and weekender available each Friday, but avid fans will often want to add extra packs of puzzles!

These are available as ‘in-app purchases’ from within the game.



Deluxe Pack 1


Deluxe Pack 2


Deluxe Pack 3


Fun Pack


Easy Pack


Family Pack


Vacation Pack 1


Vacation Pack 2


Tough Pack



Each of these is a separate purchase and adds in a range of puzzles into Crosswords, the bigger the pack, the better the value!

The Nook Deluxe version comes with Deluxe Pack 1 built in, so you won’t see it as a purchase available in the shop.  If you have the Deluxe Pack 1, then you’ll see Pack 2 available for purchase, and then on to 3.

Once you’ve made a purchase the ‘new game’ page will change to show you which of your purchases are contributing puzzles to each of the various selections. The Easy pack adds in a range of easy puzzles, the tough pack just adds in hard puzzles, the other packs add in a range of sizes and difficulties!

Here’s an example to show you how it looks after you’ve made a purchase – the icons are pretty small but now you know what you’re looking for, you can see the difference!