The Croods: A New Age is an online video game by Big Fish Games. The Croods are now the latest creation of their franchise, which started on the App Store for iPhones and has since then gone through a series of adaptations and revolutions. The first game in the franchise was released in 2020 and was one of the most downloaded games for that year. It went through several changes and expansions before it was finally killed off in late 2020, leaving its faithful fans without a brand new game to play.
The Croods: A New Age follows the fortunes of three little green men who were transformed into monsters due to some unknown reason. As they continue to be transformed, they will have to overcome obstacles and fight enemy forces as they try to find a way to return to their normal lives. As you would expect from a modern-day cartoon, the controls for this game are pretty simple and responsive, and the game is generally very visually stimulating. The controls are made very easy and intuitive by designing them as a blend of the virtual television shows and movies.
The Croods: A New Age trailer reveals that the game will feature a wide range of television and movie references, although we haven't been given any word on whether there will be any scenes from the original movie. It would appear as though the developers at Big Fish Games are taking advantage of the success of the original movie to launch a new age version of their popular preschool theme, which will include everything from cartoon voiceovers to spoken word sections and even song lyrics. The original movie was itself a big hit amongst children and adults, so it will be interesting to see how well this new incarnation of the children's favorite game fits in with its potential guests.
There is already a lot of buzz about the new age game due to its appearance at the Toy Story 3 movie event. Many people are speculating on what exactly this new game will look like, but the most obvious is likely to be similar to the previous games where the little green men run around the toy collecting rocks and other objects. However, if the streaming video is anything to go by the game will feature brand-new designs for the croods, which will hopefully be drawn from the original movie art as well. There has also been mention that a beta version of the game will be released before the main movie comes out, so you could get an early look at what is in store for players when the movie becomes available.
As expected there will be a few differences between the actual cartoon version of the game and the new version, however these are very minor. We don't know whether these changes are designed to make the game more age appropriate or just to make it look and sound more "finished". It is also possible that the change is purely to benefit the animation company, who are now getting paid to create the movie. Either way, we are looking forward to watching the new generation of croods on the big screen, which should be a lot of fun. Whether or not the movie will end up being a box office hit is another matter, however considering the huge fan following the cartoon has, it is certainly an option worth considering.
If The Croods: A New Age does perform well at the box office, it could prove to be a very lucrative franchise for Disney. The next two sequels are expected to feature the same characters, which could mean a further popularity boost for the Mouse House. Other potential tent pole films are expected to include the Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Home for the Future Robots, and King of the Hill.