Review by Lagunathemoron

"Crash finally stars in a party game!"

Crash Bandicoot has joined Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario and The Rugrat's in a Mini-Game based game. Once a well-known character enters a new genre, they never lock the door behind them, leading others to make clones. This happened when Mario Kart 64 was brought out, Super Mario 64, Final Fantasy VII, Sim City and Sonic. Crash Bandicoot is now in the Mini-Game spotlight.

Uka-Uka and Aku-Aku, the two ancient masks are fighting once again. The good mask, says the ancestors would not allow them to fight, so both masks get a team of characters to battle it out for them. Aku Aku gets Crash Bandicoot and his sister, Coco. Uka Uka gets his bad-ass dream team of Dr. Neo Cortex, N. Brio, Tiny Tiger, Koala Kong, Dingodile and the almighty 'Rilla-Roo'. Aku Aku scolds Uka Uka, saying the teams are not fair, Uka Uka gives away two of his not-so-good players to Aku Aku. LET THE GAMES BEGIN!

The cut scenes in this game are real-time, so seeing the characters in the cut scenes, and in the actual game aren't that different. The 3D environments are top-dog, you sometimes see the objects moving like they do in everyday life (E.G. Wind moving plants). Crash and friends, don't look as good as they do in the other games in Crash Bash. Naughty Dog seemed to have rushed the game.

The voice acting is okay, but doesn't match the awesome voice acting on games such as Shenmue, Zone of the Enders or even Broken Sword. The music in the mini-game's aren't that good, You get annoyed after hearing the tenth ''ting!'' in a battle arena.

It is a little hard to comment on the game play in this game, because there are different modes of play. Most of the game play does live up to expectations. The first Mini-Game you'll come across is a football-type game with 4 goals. Players must protect their goals by firing balls back. Then there is the ever so funny Pogo Painter game. Players go around on Stilts, Pogo Sticks or even springs, jumping on squares to paint them to rack up points. Then comes the Ice burg games, In a round arena, you must knock over players off it to win. And then comes the BASH games. A free-roaming level where players must fight others with they bear hands, boxes and TNT crates. There are other games, each with their individual rules and challenges, and once you complete a game, you can go back to it, and get a Gem or a Crystal. Lastly, Is the BOSS games. A challenging game which takes one of the genre's from the previous game and tests you're skills.

This game has good replaybility, but could bore you after a ''Long'' while. Multip layer mode is funny, and exploring new warp-rooms is good (Good to see the new challenges). And after that, you can get 100% of the game. (Just so you know, when you beat you're first mini-game, you have only done 1% of the game)

I give Crash Bash a 7. Crash Bash is a funny, challenging party game, but unlike Sonic Shuffle and Mario Party, it concentrates a lot more on 1 Player Mode. The game can get a bit frustrating at times, and the sound is near-guaranteed to get on you're nerves.

Good

- It's Crash
- Lots of MmIni games

Bad

- The mini games repeat themselves
Summary

Graphics - 6/10
Sound - 7/10
Music - 7/10
Gameplay - 6/10
Story - 9/10
Challenge - 9/10
Enjoyment - 8/10
Lifespan - 6/10
Overall - 7/10

Alternatives : Mario Party


Reviewer's Score: 7/10 | Originally Posted: 05/30/01, Updated 01/06/02


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