While gamers my age often spend time reminscing about the classic games of the 80s and 90s, longing for times when gamers were all about gamplay and not about drawn-out stories and graphics, it leaves many of the younger generation somewhat bewildered and thinking that we’re looking at games through rose-tinted glasses. While many games certainly haven’t stood up to the test of time, a lot of these old games have and it’s because of this that so many indie games of late have taken inspiration from these retro masterpieces… although this in turn has lead to something of a revolt against those developers.
It hasn’t stopped many smaller developers from looking back at these retro games and trying their hand at bringing many of them back and adding their own novel twist to them and that’s the case here with Animals: Cross The Line. It’s a fascinating hybrid of games, blending the core gameplay of Konami’s legendary Frogger with the contemporary endless runner genre while wrapping it all up in a Minecraft-esque skin! Sounds bizarre? Well, actually this mash-up is actually a pretty fun game and really breathes new life into the old amphibian. The game has changed somewhat and it’s now presented in isometric 3D looking somewhat reminscent of Minecraft. Instead of a frog, each time you play a new game you take control of a random animal and instead of having to cross a road and river to get to the goal on the other side, it now takes a never ending approach and you just have to survive as long as possible. As well as roads and cars, there are rivers to negotiate, train tracks to cross and if you wait around too long, birds that fly overhead to try to grab hold of you throwing even more chaos into the mix making this one of the most involved versions of Frogger yet!
This plays incredibly well, looks great and has managed to improve on the classic while bringing something new to keep the game feeling fresh and original. I really couldn’t ask for anything more from this!
Title: Animals: Cross The Line
Developer: LostVision Gamestudio
PlayStation TV Compatible: Yes