Crash Bandicoot (Series) Review

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Posted: 13 months ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and Rich Adams.

OverviewOverview

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is the latest game in the Crash Bandicoot series, where you play a genetically enhanced bandicoot called Crash and run, jump and bash your way through levels while avoiding hazards.

This new game is from the developers behind Skylanders and has a time-travelling twist as Crash journeys from 1998 to different eras when he finds Lani-Loli mask. Your task is to recover the four Quantum Masks that give you the ability to bend the rules of reality and gain new powers. Each of these masks works like a special upgrade to help you progress through specific elements of the game. For example, the Gravity Mask enables you to platform upside down.

On the PlayStation 5 it offers higher resolution and smoother graphics, enhanced 3D Audio, faster loading times and reactive triggers on PlayStation 5 dual sense controller. Although it's a one player game it has settings for up to 4 player pass-and-play. You select how many players and when you will pass the controller on and it does the rest.

The main games in the series are largely platformers:
  • Crash Bandicoot (1996) on PlayStation.
  • Cortex Strikes Back (1997) on PlayStation.
  • Warped (1998) on PlayStation.
  • Crash Bash (2000) on PlayStation.
  • Wrath of Cortex (2001) on PlayStation 2, Xbox and GameCube.
  • Twinsanity (2004) on PlayStation 2 and Xbox.
  • Crash of the Titans (2007) on PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Wii, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance.
  • Mind over Mutant (2008) on PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS.
  • N. Sane Trilogy (2007) on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC.
  • Crash Bandicoot Mobile (2020)
  • Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time (2020) on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC.

Portable game systems had smaller versions of the game:
  • The Huge Adventure (2002) on GameBoy Advance.
  • N-Tranced (2003) on GameBoy Advance.
  • Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage (2004) on Game Boy Advance.
  • Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy (2004) on Game Boy Advance.
  • Crash Boom Bang! (2006) on Nintendo DS.

Crash Bandicoot racing games are similar to Mario Kart:
  • Crash Team Racing (1999) on PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube and Game Boy Advance.
  • Crash Nitro Kart (2003)
  • Crash Tag Team Racing (2005) on PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox and PlayStation Portable.
  • Nitro Kart 3D (2008) on iOS
  • Nitro Kart 2 (2010) on iOS
  • Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled (2019) on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

The games were originally created by Naughty Dog who more recently made the Uncharted and The Last of Us games. You can play the original PlayStation Crash Bandicoot game in Uncharted 4.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 09/11/1996, updated in 2020

Platforms: DS, GameCube, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: @ToysForBob

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 15 hours and 20 hours to complete. The varies between the platform games. For the kart racing, the duration is longer because of the fun of repeatedly racing family members.
 
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Up to four players take turns making their way through levels in either Normal or N.Verted modes. Your turn ends when you reach a checkpoint or when your playable character dies, or both! Once your turn ends, pass the controller to the next player. Each player gets their own score tallied up at the end of the level.

CostsCosts

Crash Bandicoot usually costs £3.99 to £59.99.
 

Crash Bandicoot

PS3 £3.99

Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back

PS Vita £3.99
PS3 £3.99

Crash Bandicoot 3 Warped

PS Vita £3.99
PS3 £3.99

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

Xbox One £59.99
PS5 £59.99
PS4 £59.99
Switch £44.99

Crash Bandicoot Bundle: N. Sane Trilogy + Ctr Nitro-Fueled

Xbox One £59.99

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. For example, in Crash Team Racing you can purchase more courses and vehicles.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is rated PEGI 12 because it features use of bad language. This game contains infrequent bad language ('*!@?*', 'bloody', 'shite', 'bollocks'). Violence is cartoon-like and is either directed at fantasy characters or at human-like characters with unrealistic proportions. Violence is unrealistic, as are reactions to it, with enemies disappearing in puffs of smoke and bosses flashing when hit. There are some boss fights and chase scenes that feature enemies with designs that might scare younger children.

Older Crash games are usually rated PEGI 7. For example, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is rated PEGI 7 for mild violence against human characters and depictions of non-realistic violence set in a child-friendly setting or context. Enemies can be defeated using a spin attack or simply by jumping on their heads. They range from fantastical to human-like. All violence is the game is generally very mild and does not emphasize pain or suffering in any way. One of the boss fights features a realistic machine gun (Tommy Gun). Another boss fight has you fight and defeat a human foe.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Alcohol Reference, Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief, Language.


Skill Rating: This game is enjoyed by 12+ year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity. Although it looks really simple and fun for young players, this is a hard game and to really enjoy it you need to be a bit older.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About has a couple of difficulty modes. Modern mode gives you infinite lives and when you die you restart from the checkpoint. Retro has limited lives and when you run out you start from the beginning.
 
Our Crash Bandicoot Accessibility Report details 18 accessibility features:

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