Crossy Road

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Crossy Road
Crossy Road icon.jpeg
Icon of Crossy Road
Developer(s)Hipster Whale
Publisher(s)
EngineUnity
Platform(s)iOS, iPadOS, tvOS, Android, Android TV, Windows Phone, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Series 30+ Sky Q
ReleaseiOS
  • WW: 20 November 2014
Android
  • WW: 23 December 2014
Windows Phone
  • WW: 1 May 2015
tvOS
  • WW: 30 October 2015
Nokia 105 (2017)[1]
  • WW: 17 July 2017
Web
  • WW: 1 March 2018
Genre(s)
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer (tvOS)

Crossy Road is an arcade video game released on 20 November 2014. It was developed and published by Australian video game developer Hipster Whale, with the name and concept of the game playing on the age-old joke "Why did the chicken cross the road?"[2] The game has also been described as endless runner version of Frogger.[3][4][5]

Gameplay and objectives[edit]

Gameplay

The objective of Crossy Road is to move a character through an endless path of static and moving obstacles as far as possible without dying. By default, the character is a chicken that must cross a series of busy roads, rivers, and active train tracks, but there are hundreds of other characters, and depending on the character the environment around also changes, with the obstacles varying. For example, when playing as the Astronaut, the environment is space and obstacles include asteroids.

In the original mobile version, the player must hop to go forward or swipe the screen in the appropriate direction to move the character horizontally or backwards. Some characters can only be unlocked with cash or ingame currency.

There are a number of special characters in addition to regular characters. For example, the Android version includes Android Robot, based on the operating system's Android logo. Other characters include Doge, Archie, Dark Lord, and #thedress, a female character wearing the dress of the same name. Various popular culture references and games are also included, such as Forget-Me-Not and "Emo Goose" voiced by Phil Lester.

The player is able to collect coins; an in-game currency, characterised by its golden-yellowish color, squarish shape and red C in its middle. These are obtained in-game by collection during gameplay, watching advertisements, completing tasks, collecting a free gift given every few real-time hours, and using legal currency to buy them in various amounts. Coins are counted the top right corner of the screen. One hundred coins can be used for a chance at a new character from a lottery machine.[6] If the player owns the Piggy Bank mascot, red coins worth five coins each are added to the game, and coins received from free gifts or watching ads are doubled.

Hipster Whale founders and game developers Matt Hall and Andy Sum at Game Developers Conference.

Development[edit]

Initially the developers planned to spend only six weeks developing the game, but afterwards realized the game's potential and dedicated another six weeks to completing it.[7] The game's free-to-play model was based on the one for Dota 2.[8]

A big influence on the team was the success of the game Flappy Bird. Developer Matt Hall noted that "That was when people really wanted to play high-score chasing games, and they were telling people about it, and there was this cool opportunity."[9] Eventually Hall hit upon combining such a game with Frogger. [9] Other influences included Temple Run, Subway Surfers, Disco Zoo, Skylanders, Tiny Wings and Fez.[10] The game's art style was created by Ben Weatherall.[11]

The Android TV version of Crossy Road can only be played with a game controller.

Reception[edit]

The game was a finalist for the Game of the Year Award 2014 for the Australian Game Developer Awards.[12] It received generally positive reviews with Metacritic giving the game a score of 88,[13] TouchArcade giving the game 5/5 stars,[6] BigBoomBoom.com giving the game 5/5 stars,[14] Gamezebo Gaming giving the game 4.5/5 stars,[15] and Apple N' Apps giving the game a 4/5 overall score.[16] Polygon dubbed the game "brilliant" and compared it as an updated take on Frogger,[3] while Time called the game a mix of Frogger and Flappy Bird.[17] At the 2015 Apple WWDC developer's conference Crossy Road was one of the winners of the 2015 Apple Design Awards.[18]

Three months after its initial release, the game earned over $10 million and had over 50 million downloads.[19]

Flat Eric, best known for his appearances in Levi's commercials in 1999, as well as the music video for Flat Beat is an unlockable character. He has been called the best character in the game.[20]

Spin-offs[edit]

Disney Crossy Road[edit]

Disney Crossy Road
Developer(s)Hipster Whale
Publisher(s)Disney Mobile
EngineUnity
Platform(s)iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8.1,[a] Windows 10[a]
Release
  • WW: 28 March 2016
Genre(s)
Mode(s)Single-player

In 2016, Hipster Whale and Disney Interactive Studios launched a spin-off video game called Disney Crossy Road on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8.1,[a] and Windows 10[a] devices. It features Disney characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, as well as some characters from numerous Disney franchises such as Zootopia, Big Hero 6, The Lion King, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Moana, Pixar's Toy Story and Inside Out. At launch, the game features over 100 characters.[22]

Disney Crossy Road was shut down on iOS, Google, and Amazon on March 12, 2020.[23]

Crossy Road Castle[edit]

Crossy Road Castle is an endless co-op platformer that acts as a sequel to Crossy Road, available only on Apple Arcade.[24] It supports up to four players and can be played with either touch controls or a controller.[25] Players are placed in a procedurally generated tower spanning multiple levels and must work together to reach the exit.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Windows version was discontinued after version 2.8.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ HMD Global (17 July 2017). "The new Nokia 105 and Nokia 130 delivers even better value with great quality designs". Archived from the original on 3 June 2020. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  2. ^ Barker, Garry (11 March 2015). "More than fun and games with local developers Rylandia". Digital Life. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b Kuchera, Ben (21 November 2014). "Crossy Road has invented the 'endless Frogger,' and it's brilliant". Polygon.
  4. ^ Hayward, Andrew (26 December 2014). "You Should Play: Crossy Road is basically endless Frogger, and that's a very good thing". Macworld.
  5. ^ Rosenberg, Adam (9 September 2015). "'Crossy Road' brings a new take on its 'endless Frogger' to Apple TV". Mashable.
  6. ^ a b Dotson, Carter (21 November 2014). "Crossy Road" Review - Watch Out for That Train!". TouchArcade. Archived from the original on 2 May 2017. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  7. ^ Kidman, Angus (18 December 2014). "Why Crossy Road's Developers Launched On Android Through Amazon". Lifehacker Australia. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  8. ^ Te, Zorine (24 December 2014). "Crossy Road's Surprising Success, Future Secrets, Dota 2 Connection". Gamespot. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  9. ^ a b Partridge, Jon. "Crossy Road: Making the next Flappy Bird". Red Bull. Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  10. ^ "Matt Hall (@KlickTock) on Twitter". Twitter. 28 November 2014.
  11. ^ "Ben Weatherall (@sunraheadgear) on Twitter". Twitter. 8 August 2014.
  12. ^ "Australian Game Developer Awards Finalists Announced". GCAP. 15 October 2014. Archived from the original on 28 February 2015.
  13. ^ "Crossy Road - Endless Arcade Hopper iOS". Metacritic.
  14. ^ "Crossy Road iPhone and Android Game Review". Big Boom Boom. 20 January 2015. Archived from the original on 20 January 2015.
  15. ^ Cymet, Eli (20 November 2014). "Crossy Road Review: Traffic's a Zoo". Gamezebo Gaming.
  16. ^ Sheridan, Trevor (20 November 2014). "Crossy Road – Enjoying Crossing To The Other Side". Apple N' Apps. Archived from the original on 31 July 2017. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  17. ^ Fitzpatrick, Alex (24 November 2014). "Crossy Road Is Your New iPhone Game Addiction". Time.
  18. ^ Starr, Michelle (9 June 2015). "Crossy Road, Vainglory take Apple Design Awards". CNET.
  19. ^ Tach, Dave (3 March 2015). "They wanted to make a video game phenomenon. They made $10 million. The story of Crossy Road". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  20. ^ "'Crossy Road' Dinosaur Update: Unlock New Secret Characters in the Latest Game Update". 13 September 2016.
  21. ^ "Disney Crossy Road version 2.8 will be the final Windows update". Disney.com. Disney Interactive Studios. 29 May 2017. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  22. ^ Farokhmanesh, Megan (7 April 2016). "Disney Crossy Road launches today for mobile devices". Polygon. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  23. ^ "Disney Crossy Road is being retired on iOS, Google and Amazon". Disney. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  24. ^ "Apple Arcade's latest exclusive is a new Crossy Road spinoff". theverge. 27 February 2020. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  25. ^ "Hipster Whale's Crossy Road Castle brings goofy laughs to Apple Arcade". venturebeat. March 2020. Retrieved 2 December 2020.

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