Australian Council on Children and the Media

Crossy Road- Endless Arcade Hopper - Hipster Whale

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An endless runner style game. Caution: in-app purchases, online interactivity,advertising, gambling devices, mild animated violence

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Simulated casino style gambling

This review of Crossy Road- Endless Arcade Hopper was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 11 March 2015.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Crossy Road- Endless Arcade Hopper
Developed by: Hipster Whale
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes: 9+, Google Play Store: Medium Maturity
ACCM suggested age: 18+ due to in-app purchases, online interactivity,advertising, gambling devices, mild animated violence
Gambling content advice: Simulated casino style gambling. Player is risking money or something of value on an outcome of an event involving chance when the probability of winning or losing is less than certain. Refer to the gambling section of this review for further details

ACCM review

This review of Crossy Road- Endless Arcade Hopper contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

This is a runner style game with no levels.

App description

Crossy Road is an endless style runner game where the player collects coins, crosses roads and must avoid getting hit by cars, trucks and trains.

Reviewers comments

Crossy Road is an endless runner style game shown in blocky animation. The player begins as a chicken and the aim of the game is to cross as many roads as possible without getting hit by cars, trucks and trains. The player taps the screen to jump forward and swipes to move left or right to dodge obstacles and collect coins. Coins can be used to get more characters to play with (see In App purchasing for more detail).

If a player waits too long before crossing a road an eagle will swoop in and catch them. This will end the game. The game will also end if player gets hit by a vehicle when crossing the road (see Violence for more detail).

In App purchasing

Yes: The player can buy extra characters to cross the road with. Extra characters are $1.29 each, however when the player collects enough coins in the game they are awarded with extra characters

Online information

The app has its own social networking site called ‘Everyplay’, where players can record their runs with commentary and upload them. On Everyplay the player can also view other people’s runs and post/read comments.

Gambling

The game contains a dispensing machine within which a player can use or spend coin credits gained within game play to take a turn to collect a random character.

Advertising and product placement

After each run the player is given the chance receive coins for watching a 30 second advertisement. These are advertisements for other app games, and once you chose to watch the advertisement it cannot be skipped until you have watched the whole 30 seconds. 

Coarse language

None found in the game itself but the ‘Everyplay’ social networking site connected to the game may have players who post inappropriate language in the comments.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

Crossy Road contains reckless road crossing behaviour.

Other

Violence and Scary Material.

The game contains mild cartoon violence of animals getting hit by vehicles. There is no blood and gore involved but the animal gets flattened when the vehicle runs over it.

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Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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