It has been 20 years today since the very first Crash Bandicoot was released, regarded as a childhood phenomenon for many. It was all about Nintendo and Sega in the 90’s, before game consoles even started to take off to the extent they have done today. At least someone had one or the other and enjoyed popular platform games such as: Mario and Sonic. Sega and Nintendo were battling it out in the hopes of being the best there was, but because Mario, Sonic and Banjo Kazooie were so different from one another, it was hard not to appreciate them all.
There really was no competition until Sony unleashed the first Crash Bandicoot video game in 1996 for the PlayStation 1. Crash was born after an experiment went gone wrong, a genetically enhanced bandicoot who escaped from Doctor Neo Cortex’s castle. His character was one of a kind and was often cheeky at times with humorous actions. Crash Bandicoot was praised by critics for it’s distinctive visual style and impressive graphics at the time. However, the game was criticized for it’s controls and lack of depth for a platform game.
The game series was originally created by video game development company Naughty Dog that was only exclusive to Sony PlayStation at the time of it’s release. Although the game series has gone through quite a few developers and changed genre, it still received huge commercial success, shipping over 50 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling PlayStation games of all time. The game series had as many as eighteen different games all together.
Crash made a return to Nintendo DS in 2006, with the game Crash Boom Bang! This was the sequel to Crash Bash, but received negative criticism, with many claiming that the mini-games didn’t quite capture the true character of Crash, and that it didn’t really follow on from the previous adventure platform games. Crash of the Titans came out in 2007 and Crash: Mind over Mutant came out in 2008. Both games were recognised for the element of humour, but critics said the games were too short and repetitive.
On the other hand Crash Bandicoot has still received some great success during the 2000’s, but nothing comes close to the original classics from PlayStation. On the plus side Crash is coming to the world of Skylanders Imaginators this October, so that’s definitely something to feel nostalgic and excited about. Sony are also remastering Crash 1, Crash 2 and Crash Warped for the PlayStation 4 in 2017. This could be promising and mean that newer versions are created if the remastered versions prove successful. Have a sneaky peak of what’s to come below!
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