The incredibly arcade road crossing game
Why did Buzz Lightyear cross the road?
If you have played the original Crossy Road then do not expect Disney Crossy Road to add anything mechanically to the formula. The same tight arcade action has you taping the screen to move your character forward, while swipes left, right, and back have them move in the desired direction.
Simple, and a perfect modern take on Atari’s classic arcade game
Disney Crossy Road keeps the original’s isometric blocky style that gives the feel of playing with models made from LEGO. It is a look now seen often, but the first game took it to a new level and popularized it in a way few games before it had.
Where Disney Crossy Road does mix things is with its characters. Bringing in Disney stars from all manner of movies, each one is a beautifully blocky representation of a familiar face. Starting with Mickey Mouse himself, I am treated to the typical road crossing gameplay: trying to hop through busy traffic, work my way around trees, and using logs to cross rivers.
It is only when I start unlocking more characters that I realize the variety Disney Crossy Road injects. My second character is Rapunzel from Entangled, and suddenly the world is completely changed into knights and other medieval items. Next Buzz Lightyear unlocks a toy world, and so on as I realize every film has its own environment to navigate.
Better still, characters unlock at a good rate with only 100 coins needed to get a new one and coins regularly gifted to you… though of course you can pay if you are inpatient or really want a specific character.
It ain’t no passing craze!
Disney Crossy Road is a fantastic little package that wonderfully combines its two properties. Original? No, but none the worse for it.