scream4br... 4

scream4bruce

Add to my Circle of Trust

Subscribe to reviews

About me: Retired from review writing??? *I can't close a Question which I now know the answer to.*

Member since:18.08.2006

Reviews:307

Members who trust:41

Quote-start

Taking The High Road

Quote-end
09.08.2007

Advantages:
Good graphics, simple to play, challenging

Disadvantages:
Difficult, strange save system

Recommendable Yes:

Detailed rating:

Gameplay/Playability

Value for Money

Longevity

GraphicsGood graphics

SoundAverage sound effects & music

Difficulty & ComplexityA difficult game - needs a lot of patience

Multiplayer

23 Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful See ratings
very helpful by (100%):
  1. Soho_Black
  2. Amy69
  3. Julieshobs
and 34 other members

View all ratings

The overall rating of a review is different from a simple average of all individual ratings.

Share this review on Google+

*A review of Crash Bandicoot [SCUS-94900] for PlayStation*

It's not been a good day for Crash Bandicoot. The evil Dr. Neo Cortex has been mutating the local island marsupials with an Evolvo Ray to form an army of super animals - which Crash finds himself rejected from. Worst of all, this leaves him separated from his girlfriend Tawna - but in the name of love Crash will defeat the doctor and rescue her!

While Crash Bandicoot can move in all directions (on a plane) such is the strict linearity of the levels in this game that the emphasis is very much on the platforming rather than the exploring. To put this in place there are considerable sections where the game is similar to a 2D platformer. As a game in 3D it does run into perspective problems when jumps have to be made towards/away from the view.

The controls are simple - other than the obvious jump Crash has a spin move which is another means of attack. Don't be fooled into thinking that the game is as straightforward though, for while the first few levels are harmless, the high level of difficulty afterwards might have you falling towards frustration. Sure, the game is happy to clump together extra lives throughout the levels, but you'll need them, and all the apples - which goes towards extra lives - help as well.

This difficulty is compounded by having the save (and trouble-free password) point being at the end of the Tawna bonus stages. While these bonus stages are fairly regular their difficulty also picks up as you progress, and it's possible to fall off thus missing out on the save point unless you restart the level from scratch. At least the game is snappy though as it's almost straight back into the action should Crash lose a life.

There is a decent variety of stages throughout the game, with the levels in which you are being pushed along at a pace not being the only ones where the platforming is on-the-edge. There are bosses to battle as well, but these are not so tough - which is a welcome relief!

For a 1996 PlayStation title Crash Bandicoot looks great. The graphics have good detail, the game runs smoothly and there are no problems with the draw distance. I did notice wrong use of shadows, though it did assist with the jumping in places! Musically, it's not particularly melody-driven so it can seem underwhelming at times.

Crash Bandicoot is suitable for all ages but the difficulty, along with the save system - which is sure to test a player's patience, means that this would be fitting for those who love the prospect of a platform challenge. I liked the game enough that I spent 100 lives getting past one level, if only for the not-so-good ending. The other ending comes from 100% completion of the game, so there is some replay value here - though this was beyond me. A solid start to the series for Crash Bandicoot.
  Write your own review

Share this review on Google+

« Previous review   Next review »

Rate this review »

How helpful would this review be to a person making a buying decision? Rating guidelines

Rate as exceptional

Rate as somewhat helpful

Rate as very helpful

Rate as not helpful

Rate as helpful

Rate as off topic

Write your own review Write a review and you will earn 0.5p per rating if other members rate your review at least helpful. Write a review and you will earn 0.5p per rating if other members rate your review at least helpful.   Report a problem with this review’s content

Comments about this review »

Amy69 27.09.2007 09:35

Great review! I love this game, was my first one I bought! AMy xx

Smeep 14.08.2007 19:39

What a legendary game. I love it.

mightymuffin 11.08.2007 21:51

I think my daughter has this - isn't this the one where his body parts keep on disengaging from his torso - or was that the time I'd drunk too much red? xx

Add your comment

max. 2000 characters

  Post comment

Similar offers for Crash Bandicoot (PlayStation) »

1 to 3 out of 33 similar offers for Crash Bandicoot (PlayStation) Show all similar offers
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex (Xbox)

Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex (Xbox)

Crash Bandicoot, the famous marsupial video-game icon, comes spinning into yet another ... more

solid action platform game in Crash Bandicoot: the
Wrath of Cortex. This is the first true platform
game for the Xbox, and is suitable for
cartoon-action loving fans of all ages. Evil is at
an all-time decline, so Crash's arch-nemesis Dr
Neo Cortex is designing the ultimate weapon:
Crunch, the
extra-evil-bio-engineered-super-bandicoot.
However, in order to complete Crunch, the good
doctor needs more power... the kind of power that
only evil, renegade voodoo masks can provide.
Enter the Elementals. Set free by the evil voodoo
mask Uka-Uka, the Elementals control various
aspects of the environment. They are so powerful
and so dangerous that they almost destroyed the
earth once, and were sealed in special crystals to
protect the earth from certain doom. Uka-Uka
believes that by harnessing the power of these
evil masks, Dr Cortex will have all the power he
needs to complete Crunch and finally finish off
Crash. So once again Crash returns to his
crystal-collecting, box-bashing, bad guy-spinning
ways. Can he stop the masks? Will he defeat
Crunch? Only time, and your weary game-playing
hands, will tell.The Wrath of Cortex is the
hardest game in the series' history. There are 30
levels, seven different vehicles for Crash to use,
bonus levels and a time trial mode. Also, as you
progress throughout the game, you fight five
bosses and for each boss you defeat, you unlock a
new move (double jump, bazooka, tiptoe, Crash dash
and death tornado). And in what is probably the
coolest feature, you get to play as Crash's sister
Coco on some levels. Okay, so the game is good,
but is it perfect? Well, the graphics are solid,
but not much of an improvement over the PS2
version--it definitely doesn't take full advantage
of the Xbox's hardware. Also, the long load times
for the levels can be annoying. Lastly, Crash
Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex was not developed
by Naughty Dog, the company that started the
series. The game, while faithfully following the
traditional feel of the series, misses some of the
polished quirkiness that Naughty Dog was known
for.The Wrath of Cortex is a great game for all
ages, and will give you 40-plus hours of gameplay.
--Bryan Karsh Amazon.com

 Visit Shop  >
amazon marketplace videogames
Postage & Packaging:  £2.03
Availability:  Usually dispatched within 1-2 business days...

Crash Bandicoot: Mind Over Mutant (Nintendo DS)

Crash Bandicoot: Mind Over Mutant (Nintendo DS)

Great Games and Accessories for the Nintendo DS from Gamesbuyer.

 Visit Shop  >
amazon marketplace videogames
Postage & Packaging:  £4.04
Availability:  Usually dispatched within 1-2 business days...

Crash Bandicoot: Fusion (GBA) - Game Boy Advance

Crash Bandicoot: Fusion (GBA) - Game Boy Advance

Von Crash Bandicoot unbemerkt haben Neo Cortex und Ripto Spyros Dauerfeind durch geheime ... more

unterirdische Protale Kontakt miteinander
aufgenommen und planen nun gemeinsam die
Herrschaft über das Universum zu gewinnen. Die
beiden Bösewichter teilen sich ihre Ressourcen und
weiten ihren Machtbereich aus, um bald beide
Welten mit ihren bösen Helfershelfern zu
überschwemmen. Crash und Spyro müssen
zusammenarbeiten, um herauszufinden, was diese
neue Bedrohung bedeutet und um diese aufzuhalten,
bevor das Universum verloren ist.

 Visit Shop  >
amazon marketplace videogames
Postage & Packaging:  £2.03
Availability:  Usually dispatched within 1-2 business days...

Product Information »

Product details

Publisher Sony
Release Year 1996
Genre Platformer
Platform PlayStation

Show all Product Information

More reviews »

Review Ratings »

This review of Crash Bandicoot (PlayStation) has been rated:

"very helpful" by (100%):

  1. Soho_Black
  2. Amy69
  3. Julieshobs

and 34 other members

The overall rating of a review is different from a simple average of all individual ratings.

Products you might be interested in »

Metal Gear Solid (PlayStation)

Metal Gear Solid (PlayStation)

Genre: Action/Adventure - Publisher: Konami - Release Year: 1999 - For: PlayStation

User reviews (87)

Buy now for only £ 22.00

Driver (PlayStation)

Driver (PlayStation)

Genre: Racing/Driving - Publisher: GT Interactive - Release Year: 1999 - For: PlayStation

User reviews (47)

Buy now for only £ 3.81

Black And White (PlayStation)

Black And White (PlayStation)

Genre: Strategy - Release Year: 2001 - For: PlayStation

User reviews (3)

Buy now for only £ 1.51



Are you the manufacturer / provider of Crash Bandicoot (PlayStation)? Click here