Thursday, 5 March 2015

Crossy Road - Endless Arcade Hopper - 5 Stars

What is it?
Why did the chicken cross the road? Who cares - just keep crossing them in this insanely addictive game! The aim is to get the Chicken as far as you can by tapping and swiping the screen. Along the way, you encounter many automotive and environmental obstacles, which come from different directions just to make matters worse. You get points for every step forward, while the chicken negotiates roads, railway lines, desert and rivers.

You die on this game if you are hit by a vehicle, eaten by an animal or if the moving screen catches up with the Chicken!  The death sequences are hilarious, particularly when the Chicken gets flattened against the side of the vehicles. If you die and you have beaten your high score, you are presented with a snap of your Chicken's last moments, which you can download to your camera roll. It's a funny touch!

Throughout the game there are credit coins to be collected that allow you use the pixel fruit machine and win new birds to play with, which is a nice touch and good fun.

I can't explain why, but I love this game! Maybe it's the fact this lives up to my expectations of the classic 'Frogger', whereas Frog Up, as you'll see in my review, didn't! Think of this game as Frogger but with a chicken, and a colourfully pixelated 3D design.

The game is well designed and the pixelated graphics are not only well executed but also very current in the app games. The sound effects give a realistic atmosphere to the setting, with cars and trains beeping when you have a narrow escape.  

If you like Frogger, pixel games and are not scared of birds then give this a go!

Now for some ratings.....

Ease of use - 4
Mainly this game is easy to use, especially if your chicken can move in a straight line, as having to change direction can be a real challenge... particularly when you are stuck between two trees or have a truck heading towards you. The game does give a mini tutorial when you first start to play which is helpful but it is not that complicated.

Price - 5
This game is free and is doing really well in the App Store.

Adverts - 5
It might be because I am going hopping mad but I don't recall adverts in this game!

Overall Rating - 5
I loved this. It is fun, addictive, gorgeously designed and is perfect for my competitive disposition. If you like arcade games then this is definitely worth a download! I have to finish this review quickly so I can get back to playing... I was eaten by a crocodile on my last attempt!

Keep, jury is out or delete - Keep

Where to find it:
Twitter: @CrossyRoad