Disney Crossy Road

App review by
Galen McQuillen, Common Sense Media
Disney Crossy Road App Poster Image
Mickey and the gang take over the smash-hit endless jumper.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Simple, intuitive controls only require tapping to jump or swiping to move to the side or backward.

Violence & Scariness

Cartoon-style squashing when characters killed by cars, trucks, or trains, and they can drown if they fall into water. At worst, characters explode into a colorful pile of pixels. 

Sexy Stuff
Consumerism

Players can buy new characters with real money or in-game currency, and there are frequent reminders to do so. Designed to promote Disney's vast library, and all content comes from other properties that have their own attendant movies, shows, games, and toys. Also a link within the app to other Disney mobile apps, some of which cost money or also feature in-app purchases. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Disney Crossy Road is a clone of the popular game Crossy Road, a simple arcade game in which you help a pixelated character cross the road, much like Frogger from days past -- only this time, the characters all come from Disney's movies and shows, instead of the iconic chicken from the original. Characters can be squished by cars, drowned, or attacked by enemies, but it’s all done in a very cartoony way, without blood. Though this is a free game, there are nearly tons of characters to buy, and though you'll get some as gifts, you usually have to buy them using real money or in-game currency. It's also possible to share "fail" pictures (your character getting killed) or video of gameplay via social media or email, though it's not required to play. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2, 8, and 18+ year old Written byreeeeeeeeeeeeeeee October 16, 2018

Do you think old people are real?

Studies have shown that old people are actually alive. They are just holograms that have taken sentience. Nine out of ten parents agree, keep your children safe... Continue reading
Adult Written byPokoChantosWhite October 16, 2018

Do you really think old people are real?

Studies have shown that old people are actually alive. They are just holograms that have taken sentience. Nine out of ten parents agree, keep your children sa... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old April 28, 2016

Better take on classic game

You should be aware that there is some violence in terms of characters being ran over by cars but it's only just animated in a fun way. It's definitel... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 31, 2016

Better than expected when our family purchased it!

As soon as I saw this app and showed it to my sibling, she downloaded it. I was expecting some lame graphics and some annoying characters, but boy was I wrong.... Continue reading

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.

App details

For kids who love arcade and endless-runner apps

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