This article contains all information you need about Arkadium’s Crossword Games.


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NOTE: for our new Crossword games, your score will be saved to the leaderboard in a new way - by collecting the total score


Tips&Tricks


Please watch this video to learn crossword tips&tricks:


 

How is the daily score calculated?

  

The daily score consists of 3 parts:


  • The Puzzle Score. It equals the % of the puzzle that was completed without help X 100 - This is the percentage of cells filled without using the "Reveal" and "Check" buttons.


  • The Time Bonus. It equals (300 secs - Time spent to solve the puzzle) X 10 - If your puzzle is finished within 5 minutes (300 seconds), you will receive a time bonus.


  • The Daily Bonus. It equals 50 points - For example, if you completed August 31st's puzzle on August 31st, you will get a daily bonus.


General Formula: 


Daily Score = Puzzle Score + Time Bonus + Daily Bonus

   

NOTE: if you wish to review your answers at the end of the game, please, press the HIDE button at the top left corner of the game end pop-up


Let's breakdown the example above and calculate the score step-by-step:


  • Puzzle Score = 10 000. 100% of the puzzle was completed without help: 100 x 100 = 10 000 points.


  • Time Bonus = 0. The puzzle was finished within 9 minutes and 18 seconds. There is no time bonus in this case because 9 minutes and 18 seconds equals 558 seconds, and this number is higher than the 300 seconds limit, which is why the time bonus is not awarded in this case.


  • Daily Bonus = 50. The puzzle was completed on the daily puzzle date (the 2 October puzzle was completed on the 2 of October), and 50 points Daily Bonus was awarded. 


The Daily score10 000 + 0 + 50 = 10 050 pts


Total Score (2 puzzles this month) = the previous day's score (3 050) + today's score (10 050) 


= 13 100 points.


How is the total score calculated?


Your total score is the sum of all of the daily scores you finished within a month.


For example, if it's August now, and you have finished the following puzzles this month:


  • August 4th = 8950 points.


  • August 18th = 9450 points.


  • August 31st = 8200 points.


Your total score after completing that August 31st puzzle would be calculated like this:


8950 points + 9450 points + 8200 points = 26,600 points. 

This result should be saved on the leaderboard.



What happens when a new month starts?


At the start of a new month, your monthly score will reset to zero again. 


In the example above, if the last puzzle you completed in August was on the 31st, on September 1st, you start again from zero.


NOTE: keep in mind, Arkadium players are located across the world, but our leaderboards are set on Eastern Time, which in the winter months (EST) is five hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-05:00) and Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) during the summer months which is four hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC-04:00). So, while you may be playing your game on August 31st at 9:30 PM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), it's already September 1st at 12:30 AM EST, so the leaderboards may already reset your monthly score


Useful Shortcuts

  • Navigate cell by cell through the crossword by using Arrows on the keyboard. 


  • You can advance to the next word by clicking Tab on your keyboard. If you want to move backward, press Tab + Shift.


  • To erase a letter, press the Backspace or Delete keys.


  • If you want to change the direction from Across to Down or vice versa, use the Spacebar key.