Updated: Dec 5, 2020
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is a thoroughly remastered version of the original games, Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped with some changes. The graphics have been updated and look great. I thought I played this as a child, but as I started playing the levels, I do not recall any of it. That said, I had to share some of my 3 hours on this game with the hubby as it brought back memories of his youth, and he flew through it until I made him give me back the controller. Which brings up a good point…
I did play this with my controller. There are keyboard options, but after trying it for like half a level, I gave up. It was not nearly as responsive as the controller was for jumping as well as moving side to side in some of the levels where you say ride a wild boar or tiger.
While this is a platformer, it is a 3D platformer that has different levels or bonus areas moving from a different perspectives like front to back, left to right, back to front, even up and down. I will say my favorite, but most anxious levels are when you are running towards your monitor, so you do not see what is up ahead. There is a very Indiana Jones style level with a large boulder coming to flatten Crash.
Players have a choice to play as Crash or his sister Coco for most of the levels in the games. Although some levels require one character or the other to play. I am guessing this is the same for the originals.
The game is still very family-friendly, nothing gruesome, scary, or sexualized, so I would say it is recommended for kids. I think areas could be frustrated for newer gamers, but you can always keep retrying levels after you run out of lives, and lives are easy to come by in the game.
Since this game is three games in one, I did try and play each of the three one hour each. I will have to say the last one, Crash Bandicoot: Warped was the easiest. I almost always could find all the boxes to get the diamond at the end. While I didn’t’ get particularly far in any of the three with only playing an hour each, the third one also had different level styles right away that were fun, even if a bit easier. That does make it seem to flow a little less than the other two in terms of story but didn’t bother me any.
The game itself is pricey right now at regular price, and I got it through my October Humble Monthly bundle. I would recommend it but wait until it goes on sale. I think the game holds its own as a game worthy of today to continue growing its fanbase. That is important because often, the remakes are more of a walk down memory lane for people, and the next gaming generation does not get it. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is an excellent game set, even without nostalgic appeal.
Initial Release Date: June 29, 2018