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Cryptograms - Word Puzzles for Brain Training

By Ross McNamara

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


A cryptogram, sometimes called cryptoquip, is a word puzzle based on a phrase or quote that has been encrypted by letter substitution. For example, the word 'FUN' might be encrypted as 'GHK.' By looking at the patterns in the decrypted text, the length of the words, and other context clues - you'll slowly decode the phrase or quote until it's back to its original text. I realize this paragraph you just read might sound dull - but believe me, these puzzles are super fun and addicting!

While often found in the world of pencil and paper puzzles - this app gives a easy, clean way to solve these word puzzles without killing any trees. You can choose between the traditional layout (encrypted text appears below your decrypted text). Or you can switch to the 'condensed' layout I've invented just for this app - where you can see the encrypted and decrypted text all at once (it sounds confusing, but I think you'll end up really liking it).

With the recent popularity of puzzles like Sudoku or KenKen, it's easy to forget that there are some really great word puzzles to keep your mind sharp. Cryptograms will push your brain to think in different ways, and really make you work through your whole vocabulary trying when trying to come up with an answer.

The app comes with a starter pack of 20 puzzles for you to try out and see if cryptogams are your thing. If they are, there are several more packs of puzzles available through the app - and I'm always working on more I'll be adding in on a regularly basis.

Have fun puzzling!!

What's New in Version 1.3.2

'See Solution' functionality now also on the iPad version (was supposed to be in the last update, sorry!)


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Customer Reviews

Love this APP!

I could be happier, I suppose, but this satisfies keeps my brain cells stimulated, and therefore, happy. I time myself sometimes, so if I were going to make any additions, a timer would be fun. The only other thing I MIGHT change is that I have used the same letter twice in a couple of the quotes and the game doesn't keep me from using that letter a second time. It has only happened once, but it was a mistake that took a while to figure out. Other than that one little sniffle, i have to say that I like this app a lot - enough that I have not looked at - or shopped for - any others!

ALMOST Excellent

I bought the whole set of puzzles, and I am really enjoying them. I'm fine with the format and the way it works. The change I would like to see is a more thoughtful selection of puzzle content. I think content does matter – if it didn't, we could just decode lists of recipe ingredients. In the "Quotes" set of puzzles, check out the quotes by
Margaret Drabble, Andrew Carnegie, and Matt Groening. I'd be much happier to be rewarded with a positive, encouraging thought after completing a puzzle, instead of these downers.

Love It!

This app is great. The puzzles are challenging, and I feel like I'm actually using my brain. Please come out with more puzzle packs please! I bought the full version and I NEVER buy full versions, so yea, this app is pretty fantastic. Also, why on earth would someone want to know how many of each letter is in the puzzle??? Please don't do that. I enjoy the challenge. Thank you, and again, more puzzle packs please!!!

Cryptograms - Word Puzzles for Brain Training
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.3.2
  • Size: 5.8 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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