The update delivers fixes for the game’s save system. But more notably, it introduces three new characters inspired by the Chinese New Year.
First and foremost, there’s Fortune Chicken, which is also featured on the game’s new icon. Fortune Chicken is a sort of Chinese version of Crossy Road’s default “Why did the chicken cross the road?” character. It’s free for a limited time, so make sure to unlock it at no cost while you can in the game’s character selection screen.
Unsurprisingly, Fortune Chicken comes with a new Chinese New Year-inspired Crossy Road theme, which features fireworks, lanterns, pagodas, and cards bearing the yuan sign.
As it turns out, collecting a certain number of those cards unlocks one of the other new Chinese New Year characters, which is a mystery character. (Spoiler: It’s the Chinese god of prosperity Cai Shen.)
The remaining Chinese New Year character is a Chinese dragon named Xi, which can be unlocked via a $0.99 in-app purchase or in exchange for coins through the game’s prize machine.
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 7.0 or later, Crossy Road is available on the App Store for free, with in-app purchases offered for unlocking additional characters.
Created by the Australian developer Hipster Whale, Crossy Road was updated last month with MFi controller support and new characters including ones inspired by Australian animals, apparently in celebration of Australia Day on Jan. 26.
I’ve been addicted to Crossy Road since its release in November last year. As such, I always find that a notable update to the game is cause for celebration. Its latest update is no exception, especially as it’s actually released in celebration of the Chinese New Year.
To my fellow Crossy Road fans: Kung Hei Fat Choi! Now go forth and unlock Crossy Road’s new Chinese New Year characters.
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