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Crossy Road crosses over to Android

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Smash hit iOS game Crossy Road has finally made the leap to Android.

Crossy Road has been a surprise runaway hit since it launched on iOS towards the end of November.

Why, Apple even mentioned the game and quoted its developer, Australian indie developer Hipster Whale, in its recent end of year App Store report.

Now Android gamers can see what all the fuss is about, as the game is available to download for free on the Google Play Store.

So what exactly is Crossy Road? Its name gives some pretty big clues to those who know their gaming history. Like Flappy Bird, it's a simple one-button game with a challenging 'get as far as you can' premise.

However, the mechanics of play are very different to the usual tap-to-fly clones. Rather, Crossy Road takes its inspiration from the arcade classic Frogger.

The idea is to guide your little animal (be it penguin, pig, or any of the game's other unlockable creatures) across an implausibly busy endless-lane highway. You tap to move and slide to shuffle left and right - essential if you want to grab all of the bonus collectibles.

Keep going until a truck, car, or perhaps a speeding train flattens your creature, and you might just beat your previous high-score.

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Crossy Road has technically been available to Android users since December, but only through the Amazon Appstore. Now it's available through Google's official channel, which is a far more agreeable state of affairs.

It even looks as if you'll be able to cross those roads as the Android Robot, which will be a killer feature for many Android nuts.

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