Remember when you collected your first Wumpa fruit? Anyone mentioning Crash Bandicoot is bound to feel a little wave of nostalgia over a game that brought many of us through what would have otherwise been misspent youths. Now remastered, Crash Bandicoot has held on to the things we loved the most and done away with some features that just didn’t work. Remaining loyal to the originals, the appearance, music, levels and even the user interface look familiar enough to almost bring tears to your eyes. The basic premise of the game remains unchanged as well with the main aims being to collect Wumpa fruits and beat bosses. The graphics are brilliantly reworked to maintain consistency while embracing the benefits of the latest technology. It’s not all the same, though, and some masters of the old version are battling with the faster speed of the new adaptation, finding themselves unable to stay on a platform after landing on it.
Obviously, the main character is still central to the game and one of the world’s most popular marsupials is now accompanied by his sister, Coco, who has all the same capabilities but with her own brand of animation. Playing in a limited 3D perspective, the goal is to collect crystals, break open boxes and move up through the different levels and environments. Crash and his sister can leap, run and spin just as Crash did in the originals, but now with a little more speed and precision. Proclaimed as one of the best remasters ever, Crash Bandicoot will give you an old-school game feel with a new look. The fixed camera vision remains pretty much the same and the level designs still focus on creating a linear experience which is surprisingly difficult to master. Some of the criticisms against it are that there are no alternatives to simply completing a level in order to move on through the game. But that’s part of the game, isn’t it? With one of the leading video game icons at the helm, there’s little that can go wrong for Crash Bandicoot and there’s plenty to challenge old and new players alike, as they navigate their way through an environment that insists on precision.