When I was a kid, I loved doing the cryptogram puzzles in the puzzle magazines.  My mom would buy them for me chock full of crosswords and word searches and other types of puzzles and I would always do all the cryptograms and hand the magazine off to my little sister.

For those of you who don’t know what I am talking about, cryptograms are word puzzles where they give you an encoded phrase, idiom or quote. Then using a simple substitution cipher, you, letter by letter, translate the quote.

When I saw the new game, Cipher [iTunes Link] I thought cool. I downloaded it and couldn’t stop playing for an hour.

The app starts you off with a tutorial where it gives you an easy two word phrase to start off with and gives you tips, like look for contractions, double letters, one letter words, etc.

They also supply Hints if you get stuck (I would never use them, honestly 🙂

The game supplies you with a six categories of phrases from Arts & Literature, Famous Quotes, History, Science and Technology, Sports, and Religion.