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      16.08.2012 16:27
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      A slice of Playstation history that plays as well today as it did in the 90s

      Whilst Sony may have achieved dominance in the console market, the one thing it always lacked over its rivals was a recognisable mascot. Sega had Sonic, Nintendo has Mario, Sony had... Well, Crash Bandicoot is probably the closest thing to an unofficial mascot that the original Playstation ever had.

      This original outing sees the gangly-limbed bandicoot taking on his archenemy, Dr Cortex who has been experimenting on animals and turning them into all sorts of nasty things. Crash must race through a series of levels to liberate his friends and stop Cortex's evil plans. Along the way, he must collect apples (100 apples=1 extra life) and smash any boxes he sees lying around, which will reward him with bonuses.

      At first glance, Crash Bandicoot doesn't have that much to recommend it over a myriad of other similar titles; it's essentially a slight variation on the platform game, requiring you to run, jump and collect items whilst avoiding enemies. Thankfully, there are a number of elements which help it to rise above its rivals and stand out as a classic.

      First up is Crash himself. It might be a no-brainer that platform games need a cute, appealing character, but the number of failed attempts to create them over the years is proof that this is easier said than done. Developers Naughty Dog got it right with Crash. He's cute enough to appeal to kids, but has enough attitude and swagger to appeal to older gamers. Crash is all gangly limbs and looks quite cute and there's a sense of restless energy about him that suits the often frantic pace of the game. He's a character you actually feel a connection with, so you feel bad when your gaming clumsiness leads him to die.

      The same is true of the enemies in the game. At times, you almost regret having to kill them as they are really appealing and imaginative. Whilst some of the graphics might now look a little dated (they are 15 years old, after all) they still give the game a strong, instantly recognisable look and feel which makes it a lot of fun to play. It might be an over-used cliché, but the graphics have a cartoon-like quality which really does make you feel as though you are actually playing one of those old Warner Bros. cartoons.

      Inevitably, time has perhaps been less kind to the graphics than some other elements and there are a few issues. On some levels, the colour scheme is a little murky and it can be tricky to work out what is a shadow and what is a pit which you need to jump over. This can cause some frustration and there have been numerous times when poor Crash has plummeted to his death down a pit which I didn't realise was there, or I've jumped to avoid a "pit" that actually turned out to be a shadow and, as a result, have not had enough time to avoid the next hazard.

      Camera angles can be a little ropey, too; particularly since the game's later levels require you to make some very precise jumps. It's particularly true on some of the water related levels (where you have to leap off one moving lily pad onto another moving lily pad). The margin for error is quite small and the sometimes confusing camera angles can cause you to misjudge the leap, resulting in death. Most frustratingly, this can result in the loss of several lives before you get it right.

      Sound is also fairly minimal when compared with the full orchestral cores that accompany today's games, but again, it's well-suited to the title. Music is full of plinky-plonky tunes that fit with the jungle theme of the levels and whilst none are particularly memorable they add to the overall atmosphere, as do the equally minimal sound effects.

      It's the underlying gameplay that makes Crash Bandicoot so much fun, though. This is the very definition of a pick up and play title: it is simple to get into, but is fiendishly addictive and challenging. With only a few basic controls to master (run, jump and spin) you can get straight into the action without having to read a 500 page instruction manual first.

      From the very first level, the action is fun and addictive. The overall pace of the game is fast and frenetic and smashing boxes or spinning into enemies to destroy them is very satisfying. The judicious use of checkpoints allows you to make regular progress without having to constantly replay entire levels, although the Save Game function, which requires you to collect three tokens before you can use it, is a bit of a pain.

      Levels are also well-constructed. They are usually quite short and don't take that long to complete. True, it can be a little frustrating losing life after life on the same level and having to replay that section endlessly (particularly when you die inches away from the next checkpoint!). Practice will definitely help you improve, though and this is a game that rewards both fast reactions and memory, whilst remaining fun and accessible to the more casual gamer.

      There's nice variety to stop all the levels being too similar. Some levels see you controlling Crash as he runs up (and into) the screen; in others, he runs down the screen (towards the player) having to avoid chasing boulders and leap over hazards in front of him. Some levels are viewed from a more traditional 2D side on view, whilst each section ends with a boss fight against one of Cortex's mutated animals. This level of variety is quite unusual in a platform game and once again shows how Naughty Dog tried to move the genre forward.

      With only 32 levels, it's not going to take most people that long to get through them all and it's one of the few games that I can honestly say I have beaten without the use of a cheat mode. A bit of longevity is added by the fact that in order to achieve a 100% completion rate, you not only have to complete all the levels, but also smash every single box-something which is very tricky on some levels! It's all too easy to miss a box and it's not unusual to have to replay a level dozens of times before you finally locate and smash all of them. Whilst this can be slightly annoying it does give you an even bigger sense of satisfaction when you finally manage it.

      Because it's so much fun to play, Crash Bandicoot has held its price pretty well for a game that is now around 15 years old. A physical copy of the original Playstation game is likely to cost you around £5, but if you don't own a PS1, it's also available as a digital download from the PS3 Store for £3.99. However you choose to buy it, it's well worth the money and is a game that will give hours of fun for the whole family.

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      04.08.2011 17:09
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      a must have for the retro gamer in you

      Synopsis -
      Meet Crash, a genetically modified Bandicoot created by Dr Neo Cortex. Originally designed to be a member of Cortex's animal army, Crash has gone rogue. However, Cortex has Crash's girlfriend imprisoned, and he's not giving her up without a fight...

      Gameplay -
      As simple as they come, you jump, spin, and walk your way through every level. No complicated inventories here. Having said this, the game is as enjoyable now as it ever was. The levels may start easy, but prepare to be challenged as the residents get tougher, jumps get more death defying and your sense of timing is pushed to the limits.
      The bosses in this game are a bit of a push over, i got far more satisfaction through navigating the short and sweet levels than i did beating them. Despite this, each boss has their own traits and attack patterns, giving them a small level of complexity.
      The levels themselves are nicely varied, in one you'll be navigating a pitch black corridor, in others you'll be riding a rampaging hog through the amazon. The environments are sometimes recycled but always with a new and exciting twist.

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      Come on, this was retro playstation, we're not expecting gorgeous graphics here, but what the game does give you is a bustling, colourful world of detail, from amazon forests to postmodern labs. It's not gonna blow your mind, but it really makes you feel involved with the game, probably moreso than the basic storyline ever could.

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      A golden oldie, this game can be bought for next to nothing nowadays on sites like ebay, an absolute bargain right? Guess again, most of these copies are preowned, the original crash bandicoot is now becoming more a collectors item, hailing a massive £60 for a brand new purchase on amazon. I'm quite sure due to the mass production of the game it can be aquired for much less if you search far enough.

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      27.01.2010 18:32
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      The first game in the series and still a great game.

      This is the first game in the crash bandicoot series and is still better then the newer games.

      This game is the worst game in the original series but much better then such games as crash of the titans/mind over mutant.The game starts with doctor cortex trying to create the ultimate soldier using his evolvo ray and using crash as the experiment. Cortex realised something had gone wrong and chased crash out of his castle thinking of crash as a failure due to his kind nature. Washing up on N. Sanity island the game begins.

      The main goal of the game is to defeat cortex and save tawna (crash's girlfriend) this is the only game in which she appears apart from crash boom bang which I dont count as part of the series or even as a game for that matter because its that bad.

      Most of the enemy's in the game are also results of using his evolvo ray on wildlife on the islands. There are giant mutated crabs and lizards. Though a few of the enemy's are native tribesmen. Most of the levels in this game are of good design.

      The game comprises of traveling from one island to the next and then to the final island on which cortex's castle resides. The game has 25 levels as well as two secret levels and six boss battles. The boss's are a local tribe leader papu papu, an insane kangaroo ripper roo, The muscle bound koala kong, The gun wielding pintstripe, Nitrous brio who drinks potions and truns himself into a giant green monster. And then cortex himself.

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      14.01.2010 01:56
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      More challenging than you'd expect but great

      Sega has Sonic, Nintendo has Mario, and in the mid-nineties, Sony came up with their own mascot in Crash Bandcoot, an anthropomorphic marsupial that happened to enjoy collecting apples, jumping on crates and stopping crazy ploys by delluded madmen. It was a huge hit on release and has spawned several sequels, even if the newer ones have been let with less fanfare.

      Crash Bandicoot was created by the crazy Dr. Neo Cortex and his equally mental assistant, Nitrus Brio, along with his girlfriend, Tawna. However, when Cortex goes nuts and begins leaving toxic waste and nitro around Bandicoot's islands of residence, as well as having kidnapped Tawna. Crash therefore decides to take matters into his own hands, travelling around the islands and doing away with the waste as well as taking on all of Cortex's cohorts before finally taking on Cortex himself.

      The game is primarily a platformer, with you running through a number of levels. You have the ability to jump and spin: you can jump over obstacles, and also jump on boxes to collect apples, whereas spinning is generally used to destroy boxes and to do away with enemies. All of this is in the quest of collecting apples, and every time you collect 100 apples, you gain an extra life. Some crates contain the Aku Aku mask, which makes Crash temporarily invulernable, and allows him to smash through crates and enemies with ease.

      The game is a remarkable answer to Sega and Nintendo's respective mascots, and is also a surprisingly challenging game for which it ultimately recieved some criticism. Deaths come quite frequently and those lives you've racked up in the earlier levels will soon dwindle in the later ones. Despite being a bit frustrating it is one of the best titles of the PS1's early period and remains a classic platformer.

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      10.01.2010 14:03
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      Entertaining and fun

      What a great game. I love Crash Bandicoot and the original is one of my favourites as far as platform games go. I'm sure most of us have heard of this strange character that is almost as well known in playstation circles as the Simpson are elsewhere.

      The story involves the evil Doctor Neo Cortex and his sidekick, Doctor Nitrus Brio creating an 'Evolvo Ray' on three islands just south east of Australia. This is designed to speed up the evolution of several characters on the island, causing pollution in the process and the aim is for these super evolved creatures to perform evil actions on their behalf.

      However, up steps Crash, the highly evolved Bandicoot to come to the rescue. He has to attempt to stop their plan and in the process save the object of his affections, Tawna who has herself fallen victim to the evil plot.

      Crash Bandicoot is a great platform game. You have full 3-D movement within your environment, however the playing area is restricted to a tunnel like path you have to travel through. This actually increases the hazards and challenges in your way as it's not as easy to jump out the way. The action is broken up at various points in the gameplay by some bonus stages that keep the interest levels high.

      The one thing that makes the game slightly easier than it perhaps should be, is that because there are so many checkpoints scattered one each level if you do happen to meet your death you don't have to start from the beginning again.

      Overall Crash Bandicoot for me is well worth purchasing as you can probably get it pretty cheap now and if you've never played it before or heard of it where you have been all these years!

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        09.10.2008 09:10

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        love it

        I absoultley love this game it's so addicting. i love crash he's so hot. it's fun i wished i could find it. i use to have it but some how disappered it probably broke because i played it so muhc. i played it 24/7. it's just such a thrill. i never did beat it up. but the evil dr. vortex is evil. i wonder if you can play this online somewhere :\. it's well worth the time and the money i don't have anything negative to say about this. and you can play it in your playstation 2 great deal lucille. it's awesome. it's adventure filled. it does get complicated. i get mad when i can't beat it up. i finally beat up the second one. though :) ...... love any games anywyas but crash has always been my fav except for mario kart... :P............... this nis so awesome...
        thank you
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        14.08.2007 15:36
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        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.

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          23.06.2002 20:11
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          Crash Bandicoot is your average cartoon game, with your average cartoon storyline. Evil tycoon, Dr Neo Cortex is using his machines of sheer nastiness to convert animals into his minions of destruction. However, something went wrong and now all of his potential slaves are now worthy of the loony-bin, his biggest failiure being a bandicoot by the name of Crash, the only one smart enough to realise Cortex' cruel intentions. To thicken the plot, Cortex has kidknapped Crash's girlfriend, Tawna. Your misson, should you choose to accept it, is to topple Cortex and his empire, whilst saving Tawna from the dirty paws of evil. Crash Bandicoot was Sony's first attempt at creating a mascot for the famous-to-be console, and it worked! Crash is now recognised as a world-wide symbol, and he spawns 6 games on three consoles! Naughty Dog sure have made Crash marketable - he can hang with Sonic and Mario! The gameplay is nothing of particular interest, and stays consistent all throughout the game. You begin on one of three islands, and must play through a number of levels on each island to reach the next island, ending in a battle against Cortex. There are power-ups such as crates and TNT boxes. Crates and boxes release apples, which are used to gain another life, after 100 have been collected. During most levels, there are hidden areas, which lead you to save points and extra apples. Every so often, there is a boss, all of which range in style, shape and size. If it's the Resevoir-Dogs take on life, in Pinstripe, or the relaxed counterpart (Papu Papu), they are all unique, unforgettable characters. An overall complaint about the gameplay is that the slightest mistake loses you a life, taking you to the nearest checkpoint, and if you get a little too confident, the game will soon catch up with you. Also, a lack of savepoints is annoying, but a mature gamer will soon get to grips with it. The game is joined by short, relevant in-game movies, which in
          troduce the next boss, or reveal more of the storyline. They are normally humorous, but also stick to the storyline, and get you in the mood for the next level, setting a good mood. You can't achieve this without music, and hence I must say that the music is an excellent feature of the game. Whether you like the style or not, there's no denying that it gets you ready and excited for the level or event approaching. It normally sticks to the theme of the game, with fast, quick-beating tunes, which will certainly appeal to the target audience. Unlike most other games similar to this, it won't have you turning the volume down in frustration, and as there's not too much speech in the game, that won't serve any problems either. Crash Bandicoot will keep the younger gamer glued to the televisions for hours on end. Without this game ever being created, Sony wouldn't be where it is now, and we certainly wouldn't have many games, like Jak and Daxter and Herdy Gerdy. In a nutshell: Crash Bandicoot is revolutionary. If you've completed Crash and had enough of blasting Cortex into the sequel but are still a skeptic, pick up Crash 2 and 3 for some gameplay that is far more addictive than the original. Naughty Dog didn't stop there, no - there are also two party games - Crash Team Racing and Crash Bash, and there are several games planned on the next-generation consoles. Crawl out from under that rock and feel the Crash Bandicoot experience! LF.

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            19.07.2001 02:14

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            Crash is an above-average platform game. It's pretty much 2D, although everything's rendered in full 3D. You will only travel along one axis, whether you're roaming a side-on traditional platform level, or running around a proper 3D level. But it's not free-roaming. You can only go along a set path which occasionally splits and rejoins. But there are dramatic and well-executed chase and riding levels, plus three types of bonus level, to vary the experience. The game is funny, particularly the many deaths. There's lots of gameplay, secret levels, length (collecting all the gems) and bosses aplenty, this is sure to keep you going. Although bettered by its sequels, it's cheap (£9.99, I saw in Game) and is pretty fun. But be warned - it gets ridiculously difficult. But you'll love every minute

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            02.07.2001 01:03
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            This game is the first major platform release on the PlayStation. Crash was Sony's first 'unofficial mascot', people say. The game design is clever, the way the levels are built. You play Crash, and you must get along 3 islands, and a lot of levels in them islands. The mood of this game is very unlike any others, and provides a good learning curnve for newbies. The graphics (for how old it is) is very good, the anti-aliasing has made a good job. The screen is very clean sort of thing, very bright and colourful. This is helped by the great veriety of levels. The gameplay is basic but innovative and easy to use. It is a jump, spin and move thing but it really gets you places. Good job they used this in the 2 other sequels. The game might last a long time if you are new to gaming, veterans will complete this quite easily. Although getting to 100% will be rather annoying.

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              29.03.2001 00:42
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              A VERY GOOD, NON-STOP ACTION GAME. Characters: *Crash Bandicoot, his sister Coco Bandicoot. The evil weird people who Crash Bandicoot has to fight, Dr.N.Gin, Dr. Neo Cortex, Komodo Joe Y Komodo Moe and Ripper Roo. Aim: There are about five levels and on all of these levels there are five smaller levels to complete. When you have finished the five small levels you then fight the ‘Baddie’, to get to the next ‘big’ level. Through this game you ride on polar bears, motorbikes, racing cars and or just on your feet. You get chased by giant polar bears, rocks/stones, rhino’s etc. Where to get it from: You can get it from lots of playstation/computer game stores. Dixon’s, Argos etc. And it’s not that expensive, I got it from Dixon’s for just £15.00. I found it very easily (first time). I recommend this game for all ages as it is a very fun game to play (it all goes so fast).

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                18.02.2001 02:53

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                I have not had my Playstation that long - I take a long to catch on to things you know! I was told by anyone who had a Playstation that this game was a must. So I had to try it. I wasn't disappointed. You take control of our hero (obviously) to guide him around an island packed with adventures & perils to pit your wits against. There are various power up's & extra lives along the way to help you on your quest. What makes this game that extra bit special is the sheer playability. The sound & graphics are excellent (the scene when you die is brilliant!) but it has that extra something to keep you coming back for more. You want to play again just to get that little bit further. On the downside, the game is perhaps a little too easy for your expert gamer. As I don't fall into that category that's OK! Overall, buy this. Kids & adults alike will love it!

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                12.02.2001 06:08

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                I have had this game now about a month, and like it quite alot. It reminds me of Sonic the Hedgehog in many ways, the levels are very similiar as is the way crash moves around and picks up things. I cannot for the life of me get past the third level, and know im no where near the end, but I enjoy the game so far. The graphics are very pleasing to the eye, as is crashes swizzing around to get the apples. The area he can go into is a bit limited though, and I keep trying to get him to walk around a bit, but he cant go in that direction, such a pity. I shall update this as and when I get any further.

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                26.01.2001 15:15
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                After having had a sega megadrive I was a bit annoyed when it broke because I was absolutely hooked to sonic the hedgehog and his adventures through various lands!!! However in a way I am glad it broke because in Crash Bandicoot, Playstation have a far better adventure game. The graphics are far superior and although the controls take a bit longer to master once you have mastered them, the journey through ther various lands will keep you entertained for hours. I strongly recommend that everyone should buy this game or a later one in the series because it has given me hours of entertainment - unfortunately I have reached the end of the programme now but I have been assurred from various sources that there are many more adventures to follow!!!! and so as long as they keep on bringing out the games, I will keeep on buying them and so should everyone else!!!!!!

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                Crash 1 cheats and tips to help you!!! Boss Hints Island 1: Papu Papu To defeat Papu, jump on top of his head as he swings his staff. (Repeat three times) Island 2: Ripper Roo To defeat Roo, detonate the Nitro boxes when he moves near them. (Repeat three times) Island 3: Koala King To beat this boss, dodge the first three boulders he hurls at you and spin-attack the fourth one. The rock will hit him! (Repeat four times) Island 4: Pinstripe To defeat Pinstripe, hide behind the furnature while he shoots his Tommy Gun from the tabletops. When climbs down to reload, spin attack him! (Repeat four times) Island 5: Dr. Nitrus Brio To beat this boss, dodge the red and green beaker bombs he throws. Spin-attack the green ooze on the floor. (Attacking the blobs will depleate his energy.) When Dr. Brio has three energy bars left, he will turn into a monster. Jump from the platform and spin-attack his head! Island 6: Dr. Neo Cortex To defeat Cortex, dodge his red and blue attacks, while spinning the green ones back at him. (By doing so, Crash assembles an Orb over the doctor’s head. When it is complete, it falls and kills him.) Debug Menu To activate debug menu, hold Up + X at the Naughty Dog logo until the title screen appears. Then hold d-pad Left while pressing Square, Circle, Square, Start. During the game, pause and press: Down, X (26), Down. (A snorting sound confirms correct entry.) Push Select to display debug menu.

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              You get three great Crash games with this amazing collection from Sony. Inside you will find Crash Bash, Crash Bandicoot Warped and Crash Team Racing. This bundle will keep you busy for a long time!