“ Help Croc, the crusading crocodile, rescue his peace-living Gobbo friends from the evil magician Baron Dante. Guide him through a beautifully rendered 3D world, on a free-wheeling, free-roaming adventure against the evil Baron and his devilish assistants „
"Croc" is a fantasy based platform game wherein the player controls a crocodile aptly named "Croc" and guides him through various islands on a quest to liberate the "Gobbos"; small and hairy creatures currently under the control of evil Baron Dante. It was widely released on the Playstation and Sega Saturn consoles, but never received much attention for its later Gameboy Color release.
I find gameplay to be somewhat awkward in this release over the previous Playstation release, and this is mostly due to the quick movements Croc makes through the game. The jump, executed by pressing the "A" button, is extremely fast and difficult to time in a situation where precision is required. I also found that Croc's running ability (Holding "B") is also the same button which executes his attack and this, too, makes controlling the beast difficult. Other than these issues, this title is a standard side-scrolling platform game that does not boast much in the way of innovation. Players will guide Croc from one end of the stage to the other in search of the hiding Gobbos while avoiding obstacles and collecting gems.
Graphics were quite good and clearly aimed to keep with the previous console releases. Croc's 2D detailing looks acceptable in comparison to his former 3D model, but it's possible that producers could have gone further in implementing his larger eyes. Nonetheless, the colours used were excellent and seemed to fill the screen at every point.
Surprisingly, there was not much to hear by the way of audio. I was only able to hear one sound effect frequently by the way of Croc's attack but besides this there did not appear to be anything memorable. Pleasant music compositions accompany each level but these are set at too low of a default volume for true listening.
Once the player is able to come to grips with Croc's faster movements, this is an excellent title that offers considerable playtime and replay value (which keeps with the other console releases). I would happily recommend this title to prospective buyers.