Released in the spring of 2014, Crossly is a competitive crossword game designed and developed by Mercury. It is Mercury's first direct-to-consumer app.
I led concept and design direction on Crossly and worked with David Lanham at The Iconfactory on design of the app icon. To guarantee there are always new puzzles, Crossly autogenerates puzzles using a database of thousands of clues compiled by Ben Tausig, former crossword editor for The Onion.
Some of the unique features of Crossly include photo "taunts" when stealing a clue from an opponent, full accessibility support for the blind and those with low vision, and a Radiohead-inspired "pay what you want" premium mode. Upon release, Crossly was featured in the App Store in the Best New Games category. AppAdvice called the game, "elegant and addictive."