Platformers were one of the main pillars of video games back in the 90s. Colorful, silly characters navigating worlds filled with enemies and challenging jumps define a good platformer. Crash Bandicoot is a perfect example of those particular genre traits and Vicarious Visions has brought those games back to 2018 in fantastic fashion with the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy collects the first three Crash games into one convenient little package. The nice thing is it doesn’t just give those games a resolution boost, they were completely remastered. All three games are crisp and clean with added visual effects that make them shine on modern consoles (and PC). Better lighting, coupled with better environmental effects and more easily distinguished enemy tells/patterns makes the games almost feel brand new. The music and sound effects also got a nice little bump here. There’s a slightly different score in this collection but it still fits the games and is sufficiently infectious background music to your platforming adventures.
On the gameplay side the collection has stayed very true to the original games for better or worse. Crash was always really challenging and unforgiving and that’s all still here. The first game doesn’t hold up especially well even with the fancy remastered graphics. It’s still mechanically less interesting than the follow up games with levels that just feel kind of bland. It was a fun trip down memory lane but I won’t be dipping back into that first game any time soon.
The other two games on the other hand feel pretty good in 2018. Cortex Strikes back and Warped were more interesting games back in their prime. I remember distinctly Cortex being my favorite of the three and that still feels true in this collection. Unless you have some very strong nostalgia at play skipping the first game and moving right to the much more interesting and fun second game is the way to go here.
I personally come to collections like this to be reminded of great past experiences but more easily playable on modern consoles. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy does exactly that. The games look and sound fantastic but the collection doesn’t change what they are at their core. If you loved Crash or just want a platformer to put you right on the border of satisfied and control throwing angry, you want this collection.
*The Mommy Gamers were given a copy of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy free for review purposes.