Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time
It’s been a long time since we got a brand-new Crash Bandicoot game, but that’s exactly what 2020 and developer Toys for Bob has brought us. And it feels mighty good to be back with the bandicoot.
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time continues on from the original trilogy and sees N. Tropy, Cortex and Uka Uka teaming up to try and break free from their prison in the past. In doing so, they tear the fabric of space and time, allowing themselves (and Crash in pursuit) to hop through rifts and visit various worlds. To save the day, Crash must find all four Quantum Masks and put an end to the chaos Cortex is creating.
Crash 4 reminds us just how good the platforming bandicoot’s gameplay has always been. Its cartoony art-style makes it feel as though you’re watching a Pixar movie play out on your screen, and the gameplay tweaks make the game that little bit more accessible, without removing the challenge synonymous with the series.
For example, players now have unlimited lives in each level, but will miss out on Crystals if they rack up too many. Checkpoints are more forgiving, and will shift to boxes closer to your last one if the game notices you’re struggling a lot.
Then there are reverse levels, additional side missions that see you play as other iconic characters from the series, an abundance of cosmetic styles to unlock, and much, much more.
Crash 4 confirms that the bandicoot can hold his own in 2020, and that more adventures would most definitely go down a treat with fans. Let’s just hope Toys for Bob and Activision agree.