Crossy Road has had over 120 million downloads on various platforms and Disney has been entertaining millions for decades. A partnership between the two could hardly fail to excite people and the result is the familiar gameplay that you love, but with new scenarios to master and new characters to collect.
If you have not played Crossy Road, you missed out on a fantastic game that is very easy to learn, yet it is frustratingly difficult to master. It is a modern Windows app, so you need Windows 8 or 10 on a PC, tablet or phone to play it.
Anyone that was around in the 1980s will be familiar with a game called Frogger and you had to guide a little frog across busy roads with cars and trucks whizzing by, and then across a stream by stepping on logs while avoiding crocodiles.
Crossy Road is very similar, but the gameplay is endless. Cross a road and there is another one beyond, cross that and there is a river, then another road, then a railroad track with trains, and another road and so on. The idea is to guide your character on an endless journey and see how far you can progress before the inevitable happens and you die.
You can be hit by cars, trucks, trains, you can fall in the water, and so on. You character moves using little bunny hops from side to side or straight ahead. This is a retro-style game that is a modern take on old-style blocky and pixelated graphics.
It looks superb even though everything is made up of large blocks with little detail. It is a refreshing change from today’s high resolution games and you wouldn’t think it would work, but it does.
All this is true of the old Crossy Road and what Disney has brought to the game is new graphics and different scenarios. Your character can be Mickey, Donald, Buzz Lightyear, Rapunzel, Wreck-It Ralf and more. In fact, there are over 100 Disney and Pixar characters to collect.
The scenarios include Al’s Toy Barn, the Pride Lands of Africa, the Haunted Mansion and several others. Each of these not only look different, they also present different problems and game characters. You can cross roads in a busy city dodging the cars and trucks, or cross trails in Africa dodging elephants and giraffes, stampeding herds of wildebeest, and avoiding crocodiles in the river.
As you play, you earn credits and with these you can play a side game for prizes. Within a few minutes I had several other characters besides Mickey Mouse, which you start the game with. Characters can be purchased with real money if you want them immediately, but the cost of buying them all would be high.
The character selection screen is unusual and at the top is a series of tiles with Disney and Pixar movies. You can slide them left and right and choose a movie, then select a character from it, providing you own it. You then play the scenario associated with that character. It is interesting and simple way to switch characters.
I liked the original Crossy Road and this version is excellent, too. It is highly addictive and the sort of game you can’t stop playing. It is free, if you can resist the temptation to splash out on the extra characters.
Title: Disney Crossy Road - Windows Store
Size: 34 – 69 MB depending on the PC or device
Windows: 8, 8.1, 10
Verdict: Get it even if you have the original. You’ll love it.