90s nostalgia made right.
I grew up fighting with my siblings for the controller playing Crash Bandicoot on the original PlayStation, and it was one of the highlights of my video game childhood. While the subsequent sequels were also fun, the spin-offs made me lost interest in the franchise. It was only with the release of the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy in 2017 that brought back my love for the games.
Fast-forward to today, and we’re finally getting Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, a direct sequel to the original trilogy. While the original trilogy was a PlayStation (we’re currently reviewing the Xbox One version) exclusive originally made by Naughty Dog (who is now known for Uncharted and The Last of Us), the game is now published by Activision and developed by Toys for Bob.
Taking place right after Crash Bandicoot: Warped, It’s About Time brings Crash, Coco, Dingodile, and an alternate version of Tawna in a quest to retrieve the Quantum Masks and prevent Doctor Neo Cortex and Doctor Nefarious Tropy from conquering the universe.
If you’ve played Crash Bandicoot in the past, then you’ll feel right at home with It’s About Time. The same gameplay applies – a third-person perspective where you control Crash and other characters as you make your way through different worlds and obstacles avoiding enemies and of course defeating boss fights.
The level of nostalgia here is high, and it made me remember drastically pushing buttons so I can jump over pits and land on a platform at the right moment without falling. It may be simple compared to other platformers, but the Crash Bandicoot games have enough charm to keep me playing, even if I end up dying multiple times.
In a way, It’s About Time preserves the legacy of the original games by building upon the existing game formula and expanding on already established ideas. You’re still smashing crates and collecting fruit, but now you’ll be encountering four magical masks that act as power boosts to give you special abilities. These additions add more fun to the gameplay, letting you experience Crash in a different yet familiar way.
That being said, It’s About Time is also one difficult game. From jumping on the right platform to hitting the enemy at the right moment, you’ll find yourself trying a level multiple times before you can get it right. I did find it challenging, but I had to pause and calm myself when I start getting frustrated.
Overall, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time perfectly brings backs everything you love about the classic trilogy with gameplay that can satisfy fans and equally challenge seasoned gamers.
+ Great level designs
+ Fun and challenging gameplay
We Didn’t Like:
– Some levels can be difficult to finish
Final Rating: 4/5