Crossy Road Castle

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Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media
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Grab coins, dodge hazards with friends in fun action game.

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

Positive Messages

Fosters sense of teamwork and cooperation in players during multiplayer matches to complete stages (or possibly mischief for some gamers), but this isn't an overtly stated goal of gameplay. No messages are explicitly stated in play.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Fosters sense of teamwork and cooperation in players during multiplayer matches to complete stages (or possibly mischief for some gamers), but this isn't an overtly stated goal of gameplay. No messages are explicitly stated in play.

Ease of Play

The gameplay is easy to learn, but hard to put down. The challenge comes in avoiding enemies or hazards to successfully clear each stage.

Violence & Scariness

Players jump on blocky birds or creatures, knocking them out of their path. No blood or gore is shown.

Language
Consumerism

A follow up to the popular app Crossy Road.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Crossy Road Castle is an arcade platformer exclusively for Apple Arcade. This game, which is a follow up to the popular app Crossy Road, casts players in the role of chickens, ducks, pigs, and other characters as they attempt to scale a large, ever growing tower with randomly generated floors. There's no objectionable content to be found in the game, and while players will jump on blocky birds or creatures to knock them out of your way, there's no blood or gore shown. Gameplay's easy to learn and hard to put down, with the challenge being avoiding hazards and learning the best way through each level.

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What's it about?

CROSSY ROAD CASTLE is the follow up to 2015's popular Crossy Road app, with a significant difference: instead of trying to navigate your way through an endless set of roads or highways, this time, you're trying to make your way through an endless set of randomized floors in a castle. Players will leap across platforms, dodge attacks by birds and other blocky creatures, and bounce across chasms. Failing to clear one of these hazards will cost one heart, and if you lose three hearts, you start over from the beginning. Along the way, they'll try to grab tokens, which can be redeemed for new characters at the end of a run. Coins can also be grabbed to buy lost hearts back at machines in the game (which are placed every ten levels as a break in the action) or to buy new extras like hats. Every 30 levels, players will also face off against a boss, which will give them a new challenge as they avoid attacks and try to defeat enemies. Crossy Road Castle can be played solo, or up to four players can try to advance up the tower as far as they can go.

Is it any good?

This arcade action game is a lot of fun, but with friends or family, it becomes very hard to put down. Crossy Road Castle is the follow up to the wildly popular Crossy Road app, but instead of crossing a road, you're scaling an endless number of floors in an ever-growing castle, collecting coins and tokens along the way. The controls are incredibly simple, since all you have to worry about is jumping or moving left or right on a level. But the complexity comes in the random layout of stages, which will keep you on your toes as you focus on avoiding spikes and leaping on creatures. Along the way, you'll collect coins and tokens to unlock new characters, and will even try to unlock new secrets by going through hidden green doors. Every thirty levels, players will face off against a boss, requiring you to avoid their attacks before hitting them back. It's easy to learn, but harder to fully master as a solo player.

 

Where Crossy Road Castle really shines is in its multiplayer, where up to four characters can climb the tower. In this mode, only one player has to make it through the door at the end of the level to bring the other players along, even if they collided with a hazard. This sets up a fun, balanced dynamic of teamwork and competition between players. Each person can race through the level to see who finishes first, or take a more cautious route to ensure everyone move forward. This can also set up some friendly mischief, as players can challenge each other on who might fail a stage and who will rescue everyone else.  If there was a downside to the gameplay here, it's that there are only a limited number of characters and one stage to play on right now. While these will be expanded in future updates, gameplay can become somewhat repetitive if you spend a lot of time trying to improve your score. But if you're looking for something that everyone in the family can sit down and enjoy for quick gaming sessions, Crossy Road Castle should keep your fingers busy for quite a while.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about teamwork and competition. While Crossy Road Castle doesn't require teamwork during multiplayer, why do you think that the fast-paced nature of the gameplay naturally causes people to work together? Do you think that the game's action causes them to compete against each other instead?

  • What's more interesting -- knowing the layout of a game and testing your skills, or constantly being challenged by a randomized set of levels? Does one seem more challenging than the other?

Game details

  • Platforms: Apple Arcade
  • Pricing structure: Paid, Free
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Hipster Whale
  • Release date: February 27, 2020
  • Genre: Arcade
  • ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
  • Last updated: March 10, 2020

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