Sony's Crash Bandicoot is easily the most fun I've had on the
Sony Ericsson Xperia. It's basically the classic PlayStation One
game that has been updated for this PlayStation-certified smart
device as our favourite bandicoot, Crash must once again save the
world. Unfortunately Crash is up against his evil nemesis, Dr. Neo
Cortex who plans on enslaving the world by genetically modifying
animals. This is not good!
However to compound the situation even further for our hero, Cortex
has kidnapped Crash's beloved girlfriend Tawna as players engage in
this entertaining arcade platformer. With around 30 or so levels,
players become embroiled in all sorts of mischief as they attempt to
defeat Cortex's animal henchmen and explore the colourful islands.
The formula of Crash Bandicoot is the classic arcade archetype which
requires the player to run and jump around the gaming environment
with your signature spin move to defeat your enemies.
The islands that you explore are also littered with fruit and if you
collect 100 pieces, it will give the gamer an additional life. Other
items that you need to collect include gems which assist in
progressing through the levels and can be found virtually anywhere.
Add in a few power-ups like the witch doctor's mask and Crash
Bandicoot is oozing with old school gaming mechanics that works
perfectly, especially with the Xperia controls. With controls, the
D-pad is used to navigate Crash in the environment, with the
square/circle button used for his spin attack and X for jump. It
works quite flawless on the Xperia Play.
There are also several puzzles to be found along the way that only
add to the arcade experience, although slightly frustrating at times
but that's what gaming is about. All in all, this is one
entertaining game on the Xperia Play and proves why the classics are
Graphics & Audio
Another impressive aspect of Crash Bandicoot are the graphics that
look visually impressive with its cartoon like characters and larger
than life environments. Add in some special effects and some good
texture details and Crash Bandicoot works on all levels. The musical
score has this really boppy and playful theme to it and the sound
effects are over the top and suit the gameplay well.
It may be a classic game but it's a fun game that has been ported to
the 21st century and is definitely a blast from the past to revisit
this world again. Best of all, new gamers can experience the
excitement, frustration and enjoyment of this charismatic gaming
character, Crash Bandicoot.
Check it out gamers!