Crossy Road - Endless Arcade Hopper
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Crossy Road - Endless Arcade Hopper is a simple arcade game in which you help a chicken or other characters cross the road, much like Frogger from days past. Characters can be squished by cars, drowned, or attacked by eagles, but it’s all done in a very cartoony way, without blood. Though this is a free game, there are nearly 90 characters to buy (all of whom play the same), and though you'll get some as gifts, you usually have to buy them using real money or in-game currency you get by picking up coins, getting money as gifts for playing, or watching optional in-game advertisements. It's also possible to share "fail" pictures (your character getting killed) or video of gameplay via Twitter or email, though it's not required to play. The same game also goes by the shorter title Crossy Road in various app stores.
What's it about?
CROSSY ROAD - ENDLESS ARCADE HOPPER is an arcade game that will remind older gamers of the classic Frogger. Using simple tapping and finger sliding, you help a chicken -- or a fox, or a llama, or any number of characters you can unlock -- to cross the road, which would probably be easier if there wasn’t so much traffic. You also have to cross rivers by jumping on lily pads and logs that are floating by and on train tracks when they’re not being used. If you wait too long to make a move, an eagle swoops down to carry your character away, so you can't wait too long. When a character dies, you are prompted by opportunities to redeem a free gift, spend some in-game coins on a new character, or watch an ad to earn coins. You also can purchase new characters for $0.99 each and share pictures or video of your game through email or Twitter.
Is it any good?
Crossy Road - Endless Arcade Hopper is a fun and enticing arcade game. The blocky, old-school style is appealing, and it strikes a balance between simplicity and challenge, which makes it addicting but never frustrating. It's basically the same challenge over and over again, however; the only variation is in the characters, which cost money or time playing.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about road safety. What does the game teach us about looking both ways before you cross the road?
Discuss why this type of game is fun. If you played Frogger back in the days of Atari, talk about why this type of game might still be fun.
Set expectations about in-app purchases before your kid starts playing. Will they be allowed to buy any characters or only to earn them as they play?
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