Feb 26, 2016
Ah… Crossy Pamplona.
First the looks. delightful old school vibe, with chunky descriptions and purposefully washed out colors. At first glance, it does look interesting enough to compel one to get a more in-depth understanding of play style.
Gameplay? Think about the famously fear inducing rite of passage that the game somewhat gets its name from, the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain. Now, we are not necessarily worried about running with the fearsome animals; no, our protagonist characters are more concerned with lumbering across the bulls’ travel way. Thing is, we are not just talking about a single group of animals; the bulls travel almost in singe file, and the area they cover is endless.
In essence, the main goal is to travel as far as possible, avoiding the bulls and the obstacles they dislodge, which, sadly, include folks actually running with the bulls.
The control mechanism took a bit to figure out, but boils down to using taps and gestures. The former advances our character forward, and the swipes can be used to make he/she to slide a step to the left or right the general travel direction is north to south, across the direction of the bulls, which travel east to west (or right to left). Said controls can be used to avoid and get around the marauding animals. One has to continue to travel northwards, as one cannot allow the screen bottom to catch up with the character. If a bull or any other knocked obstacle hit our crosser (or gets caught by the screen) the end runs; a run is measured in forward movement. There are collectibles, and such can be used to upgrade characters.
After the first few lines, the game gets trickier, as one would expect. The Bulls and runners travel at different speeds, and even change direction at times. There are narrow bridges to traverse, and even skidding runners to avoid. One needs to measure risk versus reward, but can’t tarry too long. The retro feel works, and the game is fairly enjoyable.
It’s an easy way to enjoy the bulls while avoiding real life horns, I say.