ORBOT TRAVERSE: FROGGER IN SPACE
BOULDER, April 23, 2015–A reboot of the classic Frogger, Orbot Traverse is the latest Android game from Revolution 3000, and their first in conjunction with Timeless Workshop. The goal is to help Orbot, a very adorable robot, get across space and save Ms. Orbot.
One reboot is already out on the market, and became a top-seller quickly. It’s called Crossy Roads. However, besides the obvious theme differences, there are many differences between Orbot Traverse and Crossy Roads. Orbot Traverse features brand-new programming algorithms that make loading the game faster. It also features 30 unique aliens, humans, and robots that you can win or earn, complete with profiles and full character artwork. The game designers went above and beyond to figure out what Crossy Roads did right and what they did wrong.
One major thing that stands out is the system of earning characters. In Crossy Roads, you pay 100 credits to take a shot at a vending machine, which spits out characters. The catch, however, is that it’s completely random, so as you earn more and more of the characters, your chances of getting a character you already own is high. Towards the end, you can play twelve times in a row or more, and still loose. It sucks. With Orbot Traverse, a certain amount of cards picked up on the highway gets you a spin at a wheel, where you can win a character (half the slots are characters) or more cards (3 slots) or, there’s one where you get another spin. Therefore, even though it’s still based on chance, the chances of getting a character you already own, even when you have most of them, are very slim.
If you’ve never played Frogger, the goal of the game is to get across the road (or, in this case, space highway) without getting run over. Most of the time, there is more than one lane, and up to even 10 before you get to the safety of a median. It’s an arcade-style game. Because of the classic, addictive draw, it has a wide and diverse audience of players, from 8 to 38.
Currently, Orbot Traverse is only available on the Google Play store, but the Apple release is scheduled for May 1st, 2015. It’s a super fun game, especially if you enjoy relaxing, arcade-style games.