Developer: Toys For Bob
Platforms: PS4, PS5, Switch, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Serise X
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 12/03/2021
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
Being a Playstation 1 owner back in the day, there were a few staples and games that needed to be played; Resident Evil, Grand Torismo 2(best one), Tomb Radier, Nightmare Creators and Crash Bandicoot to name some of them. As there is WAY TOO, many epic games that needed to be played. So getting a remaster of the original trilogy was music to my ears. Then they made a completely new game, I remember being 13 and buying the Games Master magazine and seeing Crash 2 was going to be realised (yes kids before the internet) and the feeling I had, this felt the same. It did not disappoint.
Crash Bandicoot 4 starts with Neo Cortex, N.Tropy and Uka Uka, in the time prison where they are being held. Until Uka Uka brakes them out of the prision. While escaping the dastidly trio tare holes in the fabric of time and space. (I guess that’s bad). Aku Aku senses something has happened as well as the waking of the Quantum Masks. It is up to Crash and his sister Coco to find the masks and save the reality itself.
Crash Bandicoot 4 is a return to form for our old pal crash, who is still running, jumping and spinning his way to victory, now with the help of his sister Coco who is playable. Crash is both new and retro at the same time. It has the usual 2D side scrolling platforming action from the past, and the running at the screen (like Naughty Dog carried over to Uncharted) along with one and two new tricks.
These new tricks come as a basic double jump, this is much needed for the precision needed .as Crash 4 is hard. along with the 5 quantum masks, each having a different effect on the game world. Giving a good amount of diversity over level designs while sticking to the tried and tested Crash formula.
Crash Bandicoot 4 will take you a good 20 hours or so to complete, depending on how many of the side levels you partake in and how good you are at the game. This leads also to the best aspect of the game, the worlds themselves. There are a staggering 107 stages here and they are all stunning. Having tares in time and space leads to a lot of varied and stunning levels from Crashes Island to the future and all things in between. The levels are a joy to behold.
The Switch does a great job of running Crash Bandicoot 4, with a solid 30fps and a bit of slowdown in the more congested pars of levels. However, everyone’s favourite hybrid machine does a good job.
There is one small problem I found while playing and it seems to be a staple of the games now, the camera angle can be your biggest down fall it is not the most reliable in the world and I found myself dying a few times thanks to it.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time sees our loveable crazy Crash and his pals back to top form with this latest installment. Keeping everything the returning fans loved about the original but adding enough for the newer fans.
If you are looking for a great platformer and a challenge, then this is a must have.