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on 30 July 2013
got this for my grandchildren on my sons recommendation and he wasn't wrong a nostalgic game and easy to play my 6 and 3 year old grandchildren both play it and love it even i can have a go with them a great little game no violence and a nice theme to also i bought crash bandicoot 2 another great little game the rest just lost the plot a bit
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Of all the electronic games I have seen this series of games is with out doubt the best. This original game Crash Bandicoot, has everything a game needs.
The basic idea is that you are on some tropical islands with the main character "Crash" who has to face the challenge of many levels as he confronts many enemies. He can walk, jog, jump and spin through twenty six levels in an attempt to rescue his girlfriend "Tawna" from the evil Dr Cortex. During his adventure he collects fruit for extra lives. And smashes boxes and gets tokens for bonus rounds.
The game has a few different levels such as the beach, jungle and castle. And there are some boss levels. Some games require dexterity and other games get the adrenalin rushing as Crash has to race at break neck speed.
The game is pleasing on the eye as the graphics are colourful and interesting and the main character is likeable. He has a humorous side as well with his facial expressions when he is frustrated and what he gets up to when he is waiting for instruction.
There is one thing that isn't so good about this game and that is the terrible "save" system. You have to get through a lot of the game before you can save your progress and if you make a mistake you lose everything. You have to get to a bonus level before you can "save".
I found this first edition very good but a little frustrating with the save problem. But it is a great favourite and is always worth playing again and again from time to time.
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on 1 June 2013
Crash Bandicoot for Playstation 1 is not the most sophisticated game visually or structurally but it makes up for that in character and imagination.
Any ability will be able to play this at the beginning levels and then practice will lead to the harder levels. Great fun!
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on 20 February 2011
One of the big hitters of the Playstation revolution this loveable addictive franchise has never been more entertaining or difficult since this refreshing action packed, adrenaline ensuing, charming and easily loveable adventure.

The evil Dr Cortex has stolen Crash Bandicoot's girlfriend and now he must travel across many islands with dangerous creatures to obtain all the gems to defeat the evil Doctor.

Playing as Crash you must jump and spin your way across levels of various difficulties, obtaining apples and lives. And the trick is to go through the entire level without losing a life and obtaining all the boxes, and honestly Crash Bandicoot has never been this difficult. Regardless of age you will spend many hours here, and why wouldn't you want to?

All levels take something different from evilness as we have man eating plants, sky high bridges with holes, ancient ruins with fires, laboratories with toxic waste and who can say what else, the fun is in the unexpected.

As mentioned it is very, very, difficult to obtain a lot of gems and to do that you need to collect all colour gems first from various levels so other levels need to be repeated. Again, this adds more fun and excitement as you explore more worlds and levels.

Future Crash games are more fun of course as the game develops but if you enjoy this you must try Crash 2: Cortex strikes back and Crash 3 Warped. Which have the same principal in tackling numerous foes and obtaining boxes, gems and crystals to stop the Doctor.

Of all the adventure games produced this has got to be one of the most pure interesting, exciting and immensely enjoyable you could ever wish for.

10/10
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on 24 November 2010
Crash Bandicoot is a star. Nevermind his average lacklusture outings on PS2. It's the PSone games that ooze quality. Crash may not have enjoyed the mega stardom that Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog have enjoyed (he certainly hasn't had his own cartoon series), but between 1996 and 2000 he certainly knew how to entertain players in great platform games.

So here we are. Crash's very first outing, and I find it amazing to believe that this game is 14 YEARS OLD! Thinking about that makes me feel so...elderly! Anyway, what's the story? Well a twisted scientist by the name of Dr.Neo Cortex has genetically modified Crash to be one of his soldiers in an ever increasing army of animals-behaving-badly. Unfortunately for Cortex, but good news for us, Crash turned out to be too much of a good guy and Cortex ends up chasing the wacky marsupial out the window. But a huge fall to the ground is the least of Crash's worries. Cortex is holding the bandicoot's girlfriend captive, so now he has to make his way through 32 levels in order to save her.

As you would expect from a 14 year-old PSone game the graphics are old, and neither Crash nor his enemies have the same vibrancy and facial expressions of Crash Bandicoot 2 or 3. But on the plus side the environments are bright and colourful, making steps, boxes and pits easy to spot. The levels' themes do get a little samey though. It's mainly jungles and temples for the first half of the game, and hi-tech machinery for the second half. The gamestyle is that of a traditional platform game. They involve running away from the screen; running into the screen; and running from side-to-side. Anyone who's ever played platform games from the 2D era, like the SNES or Megadrive, should be familiar with this style of game from the off.

Your progress through the game is measured by percentage. As well as completing levels you also have to complete bonus levels in order to get to 100%. You do this by collecting three tokens during a normal level. You then have to make it through the bonus level in one piece. Gems also count towards the final score. These are much tougher to get. What you have to do is complete a level without dying, breaking every single box in that level. Furthermore you'll need to collect coloured gems in some of the levels in order to get the clear gems in other levels.

So those are the two things you have to do in order to fully complete the game. Unfortunately this is where the game's biggest flaw comes into play. The save system. You can't save your game after finishing a level. In fact you can only save your game by either collecting a gem or completing a bonus level; and considering how tough the gems are to collect, and how tough the bonus levels are later in the game, this can be really frustrating. Worse still when you do get a chance to save (memory card or password) the game doesn't remember to save the number of lives you've collected, so when you load up a saved game you only have four lives. Again this is really frustrating, especially in the latter stages of the game.

But despite its flaws Crash Bandicoot is still a hugely enjoyable game. When you think about it, Naughty Dog owes a lot to Crash. Without his success there wouldn't have been a Jak & Daxter on PS2, and there certainly wouldn't have been any Uncharted games on PS3. So if you're a collector of PSone games like I am, you should definately buy this game.
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on 1 May 2012
For its time, Crash Bandicoot was brilliant, but unfortuantley, unlike its two sequels, it hasn't aged as well so unfortunatley it is definitley not as good as the others. However, as a piece of nostalgia you cant beat this game, frustrating at times as it isn't analog stick compatible, but enjoyable noe the less.
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on 6 February 2011
have'nt played it in years brings back lots of memories , excelent copy, excelent game, everyone knows i have it and want to borrow it now lol. thank you .
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on 25 March 2013
This game is one of the best of the PS1 games. An amazing classic, I remember playing this 10 years ago! It hasn't aged well but it's still a fun game.
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on 6 December 2013
This game it's just perfect. Tons of levels, hard enought to keep you going with your quest. The best platform game for PS1.
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on 1 December 2011
this game arrived on time it is great fun but there was no instructions an the front cover was missing
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