Game Review: Crossroads
Release: June 1, 2010 (Update)
Available Platforms: iPhone/iPod Touch
ESRB Rating: Rated 9+
The time management genre of games made popular by Flight Control has seen many variations since its rise to the top. Fabulapps looks to put a spin on this tried and true formula with Crossroads. This Open Feint enabled game tasks you with getting different cars and trucks to their destination without incident. The trick is, you can’t just draw a line. They have to travel just like any other vehicle, over the road.
Crossroads presents you with a map with several entrances for cars and trucks. Once they enter the map, you have to use your finger to draw a path to the appropriate destination. There can be up to three different vehicle types coming at you at once, multiplying the difficulty significantly. You will also have to stop and shake (or blow into the microphone) to clear out clouds or pop balloons that block your view.
One helpful tip, once you touch the vehicle, the destination will highlight, which is helpful for someone that’s colorblind like me. There is also a multiplayer component to the game that can be played via wi-fi or Bluetooth. I wasn’t able to try this mode because I don’t know anyone else with the game. According to the Fabulapps site, you can send vehicles to your opponent’s screen and use special attacks. This sounds interesting, but without someone locally to play with it feels like a waste.
As with any Open Feint enable app, Twitter and Facebook are integrated so you can post your high score on each different map. Additionally, there are a few maps available in the base game, and more are available as in app purchases. Each map costs $.99 and includes new vehicles, music, and more. A dollar a map seems a little expensive, but if you are really into this game or genre, it may not be a big deal to you.
The app store may be flooded with knock offs of Flight Control and Harbor Master, but Crossroads is different. Having to manage the cars and trucks through the roads adds tension, as do the clouds and balloons that get in your way. All in all I would recommend this app for any fan of the genre. The additional maps are completely optional and nothing you need to enjoy the game.