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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Freak Crossing (2023) is a simulation adventure where an accident has made you the head of a lawless village. Play involves exploring and talking to the locals to sort out their anti-social (and sometimes illegal) behaviour by taking on mini-games. It turns the cutesy capitalism of Animal Crossing on its head to create a game about the consequences of dysfunction for individuals and the communities they live in.

As the game starts you discover that your second uncle has been hospitalized and needs you to run the village in his stead. It's a community that has dwindled through years of mismanagement and unruly inhabitants. You need to sort out the problems of the community and individuals within it - ranging from drug dealing, littering, stealing, scamming and even prostitution.

As you take on these problems through a range of novel Wario-Ware-esque mini-games. They aren't all easy and if you fail, that's it. Your inability to solve that problem is permanent and affects the ongoing life of the village and potential endings and how satisfactory the villagers judge your management to be.

The result is a game that is strange and dark. For those with the maturity and inquisitiveness to delve into this downtown drop-out world, there are some great characters to meet and multiple ways to help (or fail to help) them.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Freak Crossing 9 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 7 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action, Communication and Narrative game with Adventure, Role-Play, Sequencing and Simulation elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 2 hours and 3 hours to complete. Although with multiple play-throughs and different endings or outcomes, you can play and experiment for much longer.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Drugs.

The game uses cartoon-style depictions to portray an adult world where the dark side of reality exists. The world is overrun by thieves and prostitutes, and explicit language, criminal activity, prostitution, and substance abuse run rampant.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. Although the game is relatively simple to navigate, if you fail a mini-game you can't try again. Players need to be willing to live with their failures and resilient to this failure.

CostsCosts

Freak Crossing usually costs £5.89.
 

Freak Crossing

Steam Store PC £5.89
Switch Store Switch -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 28/09/2023

Out Now: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Communication, Narrative (Adventure, Role-Play, Sequencing and Simulation)

Accessibility: 0 features documented

Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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