Top 8 Games Inspired by Crossy Road

Chase high scores and unlock characters in these fun time-wasters

While Flappy Bird did a lot to influence mobile gaming, it led to plenty of wannabes. But some managed to do a great job at taking after its principles and making something better. Crossy Road is one of the games that takes inspiration from that viral sensation. It itself was a major influence on many mobile titles, combining simple, familiar Frogger-style gameplay with cute characters and stylish voxel graphics that countless games have since taken after. Its character-unlocking business model has also done extremely well for the developers at Hipster Whale, and for other indie developers who tried to do free-to-play but sometimes failed to do so in a fair way.

Many fun games have since risen from the ashes of Crossy Road's impact. Here are some of the best Crossy Road-inspired games on Android.

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Pac-Man 256

Pac-Man 256 Gameplay

Bandai Namco

What We Like
  • Short, fast-paced levels keep you coming back for more.

  • Captures the classic arcade feel of the original Pac-Man.

What We Don't Like
  • Difficulty spikes between levels are sometimes drastic.

  • Limited unlockables and power-ups to keep gameplay fresh.

Namco partnered up with Hipster Whale to make an endless Pac-Man game in the vein of Crossy Road. It works brilliantly. An endlessly-generated Pac-Man maze is great fun, with the different ghost patterns being difficult to deal with. While the characters from Crossy Road aren't really a thing in Pac-Man 256, the powerup system is interesting to play with, giving you a long-term progression. And the themes added in later updates are fun to play with, too. It's a great one-handed game, and the controller support is fantastic to boot. It's even fun on Android TV. No matter what, it was one of the best games of 2015. It does a better job than Slashy Souls does, which is an odd little crossover some people had a problem with.

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Boom Dots

Screenshots from Boom Dots

Umbrella Games

What We Like
  • Highly addictive gameplay.

  • Skip ads after five seconds.

What We Don't Like
  • Minimalist graphics are unoriginal.

  • There's no music.

This one-tap game is a ton of fun and features a unique scoring system to play with where perfect hits and combos help you get higher points. Plus, you can't sit back and carefully line up your shots as the game quickly ticks down to your doom. It's good pick-up-and-play fun with tons of different themes to unlock, but the game's mission system is a key part of why you'll keep coming back to this one again and again.

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The Quest Keeper

The Quest Keeper
Tyson Ibele
What We Like
  • Epic soundtrack and terrific overall presentation.

  • Purchase extras with in-game currency earned from playing.

What We Don't Like
  • Default camera angles are sometimes impractical.

  • Challenging to navigate the menu and adjust the settings.

Mix Crossy Road with a dungeon crawler and this is what you get. Sure, there are voxel graphics and even a chicken suit to unlock, but variety is the spice of life here. You can unlock several different items and upgrades that affect how hazards impact you, and how you move throughout the game. The levels with special rewards are difficult fixed challenges that test you but reward you. It's a ton of fun and iterates quite well on the Crossy Road formula.

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One More Dash

Screenshot from One More Dash

SMG Studio

What We Like
  • Relaxing soundtrack keeps things from getting too frustrating.

  • Nice reward system encourages you to not give up.

What We Don't Like
  • Ads are annoying and it's easy to accidentally tap them.

  • Notifications sometimes pop up in the middle of levels.

SMG Studio makes fun and replayable games that can be easily played with one hand, but One More Dash features some of the best reasons to keep coming back. You have all sorts of customizations to unlock, and the game combines the fast reactions of the aforementioned Boom Dots with a system that's somewhat forgiving for a fast-reaction game, yet still demands great performance. While the swinging gameplay of One More Line is also a great choice, One More Dash is the one we prefer.

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Smashy Road: Wanted

Smashy Road Wanted
Bearbit Studios
What We Like
  • Dozens of unlockable vehicles that are fun to experiment with.

  • Randomly generated maps manage to look unique.

What We Don't Like
  • Not very different than its follow-up, Smashy Road: Arena.

  • Touch controls are a little too sensitive.

Admittedly, the visuals and interface on this game skew a little too close to the original Crossy Road. But the gameplay itself is a clever mix of disparate styles, blending in the isometric chases of Pako with Grand Theft Auto's wanted system. It makes for a game that's somehow its own unique thing despite having too-obvious influences. It's clear how it became a chart-topping game.

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Shooty Skies

Shooty Skies is a spiritual follow-up to Crossy Road

 Mighty Games Group

What We Like
  • Fun and creative boss battles.

  • Every character has their own unique level backdrops.

What We Don't Like
  • No music, minimal sound effects.

  • Some items must be repurchased after a set time.

Could the shoot 'em up be mixed with Crossy Road? Two Crossy Road developers formed a new team to see if they could pull it off. It's colorful, blocky, and a lot of fun, but it ain't easy. Not one bit. Dastardly enemy patterns and only having one life throws you into a deadly gauntlet, while still having all the fun characters you expect from a game like this. 

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What We Like
  • Clever character designs.

  • Upbeat soundtrack keeps players motivated.

What We Don't Like
  • You may respawn in inconvenient locations after dying.

  • Periodically has trouble syncing with Google Play.

Nitrome doesn't do voxels, but they do exceptional pixel art. And their character-unlocking take on endless high score games is a ton of fun. It also features a tricky gameplay mechanic that has you perfecting pole vaulting. The timing is difficult to pull off and requires a lot of practice, but it's really rewarding when you do well at it. Until then, just enjoy the colorful art and fluid animation.

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Ball King

Score points with cute pixel basket balls in Ball King



What We Like
  • Excellent physics-based gameplay.

  • Adorable graphics and sound effects.

What We Don't Like
  • Different shaped balls all handle the same.

  • Prone to occasional bugs.

Ever since the ABA used the red, white, and blue ball, crazy-looking basketballs have become a part of basketball games. Ball King is no exception, as you can start sinking fish bowls like your name was Steph Curry. A slower, one-miss-and-you're-done mode and a faster mode where you score as many points as possible before time runs out provide two disparate experiences in the same game.

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