The Good Dinosaur: Dino Crossing

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Addictively challenging, ad-driven crossing game.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

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Ease of Play

Tap gestures to move characters works well, but game requires practice and skill.

Violence & Scariness

Cartoon dinosaurs trample the characters or pick them up and carry them away, but the characters are only stunned, and play ends.

Sexy Stuff

Game ties in to heavily marketed Disney movie, and players must watch video commercials occasionally to continue play.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Good Dinosaur: Dino Crossing is an arcade-style crossing game featuring characters from the Disney movie. Kids have to watch occasional commercials to continue play, and they're encouraged to play frequently (every four hours) to earn bonus berries. The premise involves a bit of danger: Arlo and Spot, a dinosaur and his human friend, must travel across land and water avoiding stampeding animals, soaring pterosaurs, and erupting geysers or skipping across rocks and logs, but characters are simply stunned when hit. Dino Crossing does connect optionally to Facebook and Game Center. For more information about the types of information collected and shared, see the app's privacy policy.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byCalisha J. July 25, 2017

Great Game but where did it go.

He loves the game but he phone was reset somehow and now we can't find the game in the App Store.

What's it about?

THE GOOD DINOSAUR: DINO CROSSING starts with a bonanza where kids select one of three holes to win berries. From there the journey begins, as kids move Arlo and Spot one step at a time to gather berries, collect power-ups, and avoid obstacles. Once they've earned enough points, kids can change their character. There are 10 scenes to play through, earning one, two, or three footprints, depending on the score. Kids can replay scenes, and the goal is always to beat their own high score or, if connected via Game Center or Facebook, to beat friends’ high scores.

Is it any good?

Just like the movie, the arcade-style app is fun for all ages, too, though players will pay the price by watching advertising. Parents don't have to worry about in-app purchases with the free game, as kids can earn bonus berries by watching a commercial; they don't have to watch, but that may mean ending play for a period. The challenge is addictive, especially for old-school Frogger fans. Kids can change characters if they want, but playing with Arlo and Spot together gives two lives rather than one, a bonus other characters don't have. The social element is there, with kids competing with friends or sharing screenshots via Facebook or accessing Game Center, but the game is playable without connecting to either, and competing against your own high score is a challenge itself.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the game compares to the movie. What's similar? What's missing?

  • Tell kids about the Frogger game of old and talk about the similarities. Which do they find harder, crossing land or water?

App details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love arcade games and dinosaurs

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