Let’s skip the fluff. Crossy Road is a re-make of the Konami 1981 arcade game, Frogger, except instead of playing as a frog, you get to chose your avatar from a wide array of pixelated animals, memes, and pop culture icons.
Here is a screenshot of Frogger.
The tiny green dot (middle left) looks like a spider, but is actually a frog.
Here is a screenshot of Crossy Road.
The game is a play on the joke “Why did the chicken cross the road?” and the player must tap carefully to hop forward, street by street. Trees, cars, and some random grey shit, are obstacles which you have to avoid by swiping left or right. Other obstacles such as rivers, cars, and trains cause immediate death if touched, and a pixelated pancake version of your character will appear after you’ve been “run over”.
If you idle too long by the edge of the road, and the bottom of the moving screen catches you, an eagle will swoop down and eat you. This will probably be the most frustrating obstacle for beginners who like to think before they jump.
And let’s not forget the Flappy Bird debacle. Almost every arcade style phone game made after Flappy Bird was named “_action verb_-y something” to catch the attention of phone gamers everywhere. But props to the creators for making the game more interesting by adding incentives and quests that will unlock new characters and change the game-play up a bit. The quests range from easy (scaring birds as you hop past them), to difficult (hopping 300+ times, or hopping on 10 logs across a river). Completion of the quests result in rewards in the form of coins.
A free gift option (35 coins – and up) will pop up every 5 hours, and watching an ad will earn you 20 coins, once a day. 100 coins unlocks one new Crossy Road character,
and if you’re too lazy to earn coins, you can purchase any character you like for only $0.99.
or leave it up to chance and deposit 100 hard earned coins into the gacha machine which will spit out a random character. Some special characters, like Psy (shown above), can only be purchased, which is understandable. If you want your premium pop culture icon character, you’re gonna have to pay for it.
There are at least 104 characters as of this writing, and with every update, they will add more. The most annoying part of this is that the gacha will spit out repeat characters. So you could spend 300 coins and get still not get a new character! That is my only complaint with this game so far.
Overall, the game play is simple, easy to understand, and is great for all ages. The graphics are adorable and really well done. The game does not give off that greedy vibe most other phone games do; there isn’t an add screaming at you to buy the “premium version” of the app and the creators seem very generous with giving out characters.
Sidenote: This game is also coming to Apple TV in a co-op mode!! This version allows players to work together — or against each other. As long as one player is still alive, the second player can join back in. In addition players can push each other out of the way — or into oncoming traffic. Crossy Road for the Apple TV will be available when the updated Apple TV launches later this year.
Stay tuned for more updates on other apps and games!