Players rejoice! A new Crash Bandicoot game has finally arrived. Although the N. Sane Trilogy compilation was released in 2017, Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is the first main series continuation in 12 years. As of October 2, 2020, the new Crash Bandicoot game is available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. There is no word on PC, Nintendo Switch, or next-gen versions as of now, but if the N. Sane Trilogy release is any indication, the ports could come within a year.
It's About Time!
The subtitle for Crash Bandicoot 4 has several meanings. It's about time that a new Crash game has arrived. It's also about time...
You know, in the sense of dimensions, the multiverse, and time and space.
While the game is the eighth main instalment in the Crash Bandicoot series, it chronologically takes place as the four game, being a sequel to the N. Sane Trilogy. Crash and his sister Coco are back at it again, facing off against the dastardly Doctor Neo Cortex. His goal this time is to conquer the Crash multiverse in a crazy new scheme.
Players can control one of five Crash Bandicoot characters. The goal is to traverse levels while evading or defeating enemies, smash crates, and collecting fruit much like the Crash games of the original trilogy. Two different modes appear in Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time. Retro Mode focuses on limited lives, causing players to restart if they have run out without finding more. Modern Mode replaces lives with character death counters. As well, each level has two versions. One is the main story level and the other is an alternate timeline version of the level.
How does Crash Bandicoot 4 hold up?
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is the new Crash entry we have all been waiting for. It feels like the classic Crash Bandicoot games from the 90s, with a new twist. The added features and mechanics do not take away from the game. They actually enhance it wholly. The levels and movement are enough to make any old school gamer feel like a kid again.
The Crash Bandicoot series is back in full force. Toys for Bob did a spectacular job in creating a sequel that can appeal to new fans and keep the nostalgia of the Crash Bandicoot we know and love. For fans of Crash or just platform games in general, It's About Time delivers on all fronts. This game may set the standard for how to approach a beloved franchise that was thought left behind.