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Crash is a well love character in the gaming world, and this new DS game while it has its flaws still is a great game. Throughout the game, you play as Crash and go through various environments defeating enemies and meeting new friends. I bought this game for about £12 preowned from my local store, and thought it was a good price for what has been said about the game in reviews.
It is for 7 plus, and this is about right, although they may need help with some of the parts in it, as even I found it difficult. Although it has the violence mark, it is not graphic in any way and most of it is just defeating Crash's cartoon enemies.
The main aim of the game is to defeat Neo Cortex, as he has turned those who live on Crash's island into weird mutations and monsters. In this new console version, Crash has new powers and new enemies. The best part is that he is able to control the monsters this time round! It makes great use of the touchpad, as when Crash is sent into spin mode, you can use it to control him. It is also used when mind controlling the enemies, by flicking the mask you earn at the beginning of the game to control them.
Throughout the game you can also collect the various Tiki Masks, Purple Crystals and Mojo Orbs dotted around the places where Crash explores. Most of these are easy to spot and obtain, but some are hidden away and require you to look really closely for them. Collecting them becomes really addictive, as you just want to find all the Tiki Masks or all the Mojo Orbs to improve Crash himself.
The graphics are amazing on this game, especially for the low price tag I purchased it at. The vast environments that Crash explores are pretty detailed and they are always different from the next. However, they are developed in 3d, and this was a great addition from the sidescroller games I usually play. The little sounds throughout them also add to the overall experience of playing this game, as you have the sounds that things around the islands will make and the tropical beachy soundtrack in the background.
With his new abilities in this game, it has gotten easier than previous consoles, however it is still quite challenging and I have found myself at some points having to replay it several times. Also, many of the levels have points at which I have had to use an online walkthrough to find where certain things are (although this just might be me!) Now that Crash has a great variety of attacks and can control the enemies, this game has not just turned into one where you will be forced to sit for hours beating up various enemies.
Although faced with challenges, completing this DS game only took me a couple of hours, it's short but sweet! Even though the gameplay is quite short, there is also the ability once you have collected enough Masks to play a different ending, and this can add some more gameplay time.
Overall, it is a good game for the price it is offered at, although at times it may be difficult to passthrough levels, this is nothing that an online walkthrough wouldn't fix. I would recommend this game to anyone who has played previous Crash games and enjoyed them, as it is pretty much the same as any of these, just with a few extra improvements and tweaks to the overall gaming experience.
Crash Bandicoot is a very well established game which started out on the play station 1 game console and was released and ps2 and 3, xbox 360 psp the wii and DS. I had abandoned Crash on the ps1 so I was really happy that in 2007 this was released and I received it for Christmas from me sister. This like the other games is a platform game which is one of my favourite styles of games. The story of the game is that "Doctor Neo Cortex" is planning on using the substance "Mojo" to turn the creatures on wumpa island into "titans" to create an evil army. You play as Crash and your objective of the game is to go round the levels of wumpa island collecting up the mojo before the evil villain Cortex, you must defeat his evil titans along the way and by saving his sister Coco.
This is a platform game in which you control Crash bandicoot. There are several levels known as episodes that you have to complete in order to defeat Cortex. Your first mission is to rescue Aku Aku, This is the mask which helps Crash by giving him guidance throughout the game. You start with 3 lives but throughout the levels you collect Mojo which is small silver balls, a little bit like bubbles or pearls, collect 100 and these make a new life for crash so if you die, you don't have to keep re starting. Throughout the episodes you can also collect fruit to use as weapons and things such as drinks and food, these help Crash more powerful and do different things so it's best to collect everything you see.
Each episode is split into two parts and you have a traditional bonus level like all other Crash bandicoot games. Part one of each episode is a traditional level where you have to work your way through to the end by jumping over big holes, water, climbing up walls,collecting mojo, fruit and anything else you can find however along the way you have two sets of enemies one is small little pigmi type creatures which are fairly easy to beat when fighting 5 stars appear above their heads once the stars turn yellow the creature will die and Mojo will come out of it, the more you kill the more pop out of the ground until you have got rid of them all, there is roughly 4-7 in each section but they are really easy to beat. also is almost every section of each level there are the titans, these are also easy to beat and once they get to 4stars they are knocked out and when it gets to this you can do something which is known as "Jacking" this is where you basically hi-jack the creature, you jump on it's back and control it as if it was you by doing this is means you have it's powers and it's energy gets used up instead of yours.
There are boxes in this game like all other Crash games, however some are large boxes which Crash cannot open at all on his own, this is where you can hi-jack a titan not just to fight but by using their moves you can open these boxes. Different titans can do different things, there is a whale, shark and a large dog is the only way I can describe it, the large dog allows you to walk through fire and lava helping you to get to the other side with ease. There is a bonus level on each episode which consists of jumping over holes collecting boxes and mojo without setting off the tnts and the nitro's if you do this the bonus level ends but you can go and re do it again which is handy.
Part 2 of each level is really short, it is where you ride on an animal to collect as much mojo and boxes, it's more or less a large bonus round, one is similar to the wild hog levels on other games, you ride really fast on an animal to jump over holes objects and collect boxes, lives and mojo, another you walk through the sea on a shark titan to collect as many mojo as possible in a minutes and another is sliding round on a turtle's back going on it's shell to collect as many mojo as possible. This is quite fun to play as extra on the game.
There are achievements to get in this game, one of them is that you have to collect mask through out each level these are placed high above, hidden or in boxes and it is your job to make sure you get all these, you also have crystals to collect. another feature is you can use mojo as money and go to coco and she will sell you some thing that would increase your speed or abilities which is useful if you are finding the game hard to play.
The controls of this are really easy you use the cross pad to move which is pretty simple, your attack buttons are x, squire, circle and triangle they're really easy to figure out but when your fighting loads at once you sometimes find yourself flicking over them all and you can't quite see what your doing. The sound is not to bad, it has a little funky tune in the background and has the sound effects of fighting, jumping, walking through water, the bubbling of lava, splatting of fruit and more, it is all bearable I haven't had to turn the music off yet.
As for the graphics, they are not impressive, Crash looks just the same as he always has just like he should, his moves keep up with him as do the other creature, you don't get stuck on nothing like you do in ps1 and you are actually stood on the floor where a sin ps1 even after jumping over a hole it looked like you was stood in the hole still, so they have tweaked this a bit which is good, However the back ground surroundings such as landscape and creatures are really blurred and out of focus until you get up close to it. When Aku Aku talks his mouth sort of moves with his voice but not as if it was real.
Overall,the game play for this is a very low difficulty level which is a massive disappointment although Crash is a very childish game children will have no difficulty completing this, but compared to the older games which I found really hard even today this is nothing and once completed it doesn't seem like the game is long enough, you can completely this in a few hours if you play none stop, probably about 2/3 hours which isn't long at all. The levels are really easy to complete and are also short, the idea of having a different fighting style is great, being able to play and fight with another character is a nice touch to the game. I would re play this but only if I wanted to pass a little time but I wouldn't replay this for the fun of playing a game.
Christmas 1995, My dad had bought me and my brother the original playstation and as we loaded it up and sony's lovable bandicoot mascot bounded onto the screen to jungle rhythms, we both knew a great game series had been created.
Fast foward to a bargin bin in summer 2009 and this travesty manages to ruin the name of all that is good and true (well in the crash bandicoot universe anyway).
So where did it all go wrong...?
I was originally drawn to this game as something to play in work after playing the same game on the xbox360 and enjoying it a fair amount. However, from the moment I started up the game I was dissapointed by the appalling graphics and gameplay and couldnt wait to get it finished which, even more depressingly, only took a few hours anyway.
The game is a third person platformer with the idea being that crash can now on top of his usual jump and spin attack, 'jack' enemies in the levels each of which have a different skill (Although there are really 20ish enemies broken down into 4 or so types). And he is battling through the levels to stop his enemy Dr Neo Cortex from building a giant robot that will cause untold havoc and misery.
The graphics, as mentioned, were appalling and although Crash was easy to see, the enemies and backgrounds appeared out of focus, as if someone had tried to put the graphical quality of a 360 into the DS but failed and covered it up with vaseline. The graphics also came into play when jumping, as it was difficult to determine where you would land based on your near invisible shadow.
The game was far too easy to complete with a second ending achieved by collecting all the gems scattered through the level the only reason to replay one of the previous 10 or so levels. There is also a central hub where you can play pachinko using wumpa fruit found in the levels to earn artwork, new skills etc, however one thing you can learn is cheats and they are remarkably easy to learn meaning that you can turn on invincibility early in the game removing what little challenge is already there, i'm sure this game is mainly centered towards children but all the same it's a bit odd.
Each of the main levels is split into two levels, with one level being a platformer and one level being a minigame involving a jackable beast, such as rolling down a hill or jumping over holes / obstacles on a non stop ride.
The stylus is meant to be used to control the beasts special powers, this can be done in different ways such as flicking, blowing into the mic, or tapping, this is quite a nice way of employing the stylus, however you can do the same move by pressing the B button on the DS so it seems a bit pointless.
Overall I know i've missed out a lot of plot, controls etc but this is because they honestly wont matter or make this review any better, this game is an awful use of a wonderful series, by all means enjoy the earlier games, or this game but on the ps2, ps3 or 360. Otherwise save yourself money and depression by steering well clear...
This review is for the Nintendo DS game, Crash of the Titans, developed by Amaze Entertainment published by Sierra Entertainment. The game is a follow-up to the arcade Crash Bandicoot.
There are 23 levels of this arcade game to work through, all in 3D, and is similar in principle to the earlier games in the series. Each of the levels is quite substantial and there are lots of hidden extras which do take some time to locate.
The style of fighting has changed from previous games however, you now control the enemies for part of the fight, and you now attack the opponents using various skills rather than just running into them. You develop your skills and strength throughout the game by collecting various tokens.
Controlling the game is generally quite easy, especially as the graphics flow very well. The only element which can be a little frustrating is when you're fighting enemies, as the controls can sometimes be a bit confusing and things don't go quite as you'd planned. However these aren't major problems, just can be a little irritating whilst mid game.
Although there is quite a lot of exploration to do in this game, the difficulty level seems to be pitched quite low. If you are even a reasonable competent games player, you are likely to complete the game in not much time at all, so the game really arguably wasn't worth the original price tag of thirty pounds. There are some extras to find, and you play through the game to find more secret areas, but it's not likely that you'd want to.
In addition, there are quite a few mini games to be played, and these are generally fun and add quite a lot to the game. Some of these use the stylus and other features of the Nintendo DS, and although most are played just once, they're fun to work through.
The graphics in the game are superb, and they are noticeable as you see the various different levels. The graphics are also fluid and getting the right angle, which can be a problem in 3D games such as this, isn't a problem. The background music and sounds effects are also very good, lots of variety, and both the graphics and music in this game add lots to the atmosphere of the game.
The game retailed for 29.99 pounds but is currently available on Amazon for 9.95 pounds. If you're happy with a second hand copy, at time of writing, these can be found for around five pounds on sites such as eBay and Amazon. The game is rated as 7+, so is suitable for all other than younger children.
Overall, this is a reasonable game, possibly only really let down by it being a bit easy to complete. It could be a good game for a younger player to start with, as they've got a good chance of finishing it before becoming bored. The graphics and sound in this game are very good, and overall the game really is quite polished. Given that the game is at time of writing available for ten pounds, this isn't at all bad value.
I bought this game for £20 from Tesco after having played the original playstation version. I was very very dissapointed by this DS version.
After only 2 hours of gameplay I had completed almost 70% of the game!
The game itself was really fun, the aim is to collect wooden boxes and purple crystals by finding the route through the levels, hijacking large beasts and utilising their powers. On some levels you ride an animal such as a bear through the level, directing it to left and right, and when to jump to collect all of the boxes and not fall down holes. On those levels you do not control the beasts speed. Most levels are simply you as Crash Bandicoot running, in which case you can move forwards, backwards, left and right as well as jump and attack. After attacking a beast you can mount it to ride it and use it's powers, which might be throwing things, swimming etc.
My sore dissapointment with this game came from completing so much of it so quickly. After paying £20 I really expected to get a lot more game time out of my purchase than I got. I returned it to the place I bought it after owning it for less than 24 hours and completing well over half of it in 2 hours of gameplay! That is not a sign of a good game as far as I'm concerned.
In a nefarious plot to unleash destruction, Crash Bandicoot ''s arch-nemeses, Neo and Nina Cortex, have mutated the creatures of Crash''s island into monstrous abominations! Never one to shirk from danger, our orange furry friend finds that with his potent mix of wacky bravado and daredevil action he is able to hijack the titanic monsters and wield their immense powers against each other! Bring on the titans, because with Crash in charge, the bigger the baddie, the better!