Disney Crossy Road
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What's it about?
DISNEY CROSSY ROAD is an arcade game that will remind older gamers of the classic Frogger and put Disney's library of characters into a totally new world. Using simple tapping and finger sliding, you help a character -- such as Mickey Mouse, Rapunzel, Buzz Lightyear, or over 100 more -- to cross the road, which would probably be easier if there weren’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, enemies swoop down to carry your character away. Unlike in the original, all of the game environments and traffic are inspired by Disney worlds, such as the savannah of The Lion King or the racetracks from Wreck-It Ralph. When a character dies (in a totally cartoonish fashion), 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 to $4.99 each and share pictures or video of your game through email or social media.
Is it any good?
Like in the original, it's a fun and enticing arcade game, but familiar characters add a bit of a new twist. The blocky, old-school style is appealing, and it strikes a balance between simplicity and challenge, which makes it addicting but never frustrating. Since each character comes with its own setting and fun elements, kids will want to play with their favorites; though this is a cool feature of the game, it's also something parents will want to talk about with kids before downloading since new characters either require a lot of time in the app or real money.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk 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?
Discuss branding that reaches beyond the silver screen or television. Why do some characters from movies or television appear in games or other products? Does it make the game more fun? Why? What do companies get out of it?
Talk about 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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free (with optional in-app purchases)
- Release date: April 13, 2016
- Category: Arcade Games
- Size: 86.90 MB
- Publisher: Disney
- Version: 1.003
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.0.3 and up
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