Crash Bandicoot: On The Run, today for ios Y Android, is a game in which Crash Bandicoot runs through narrow corridors breaking boxes and collecting Wumpa fruits, like any other Crash Bandicoot game. As mobile spin-offs go, it’s pretty on the nose.
Looking at landscape screenshot developer King.com of Candy crush the fame provided for the game’s launch even though my phone only plays it in portrait mode, one could easily mistake In the race for a Crash console board. The game looks great. Crash does his signature spinning motion to hit enemies and smash things. The difference is that this game is a three-lane auto-runner, so you don’t have to tell Crash or his sister Coco to keep going. They just do it.
Crash Bandicoot: On The Run However, it is not an endless runner. Crash and Coco race through finite levels to take down a boss at the end, usually dodging the obstacles they throw up while getting close enough to smother them with various elaborate concoctions. Clearing four sub-bosses allows the bandicoot brothers to take on a slightly tougher boss, after which a new group of baddies is unlocked.
The free catch to play Crash Bandicoot: On The Run is that fighting bosses requires brewing the aforementioned concoctions. Crafting requires materials, which are collected through special gathering levels. Once the materials are gathered, you can craft the potions and anything else you don’t need to fight the bosses, but there is a timer (boo) that can be sped up with in-game currency. You can collect everything you want, but to progress in the game you will need to create things randomly. In-game currency can also be used to purchase skins, purchase potion reagents, or purchase additional tickets to participate in the game’s asynchronous multiplayer, which pits you against a pair of AI-controlled opponents to see who survives the longest.
There are a lot of problems related to free mobile play, but Crash Bandicoot: On The Run it balances all that nonsense with a sense of fun and goofiness that is trademark of Crash. Once I get deeper into the game, I can imagine those timers going to get pretty annoying, but for now it’s nice to have that crazy wacko in my pocket.