Top critical review
A solid remaster of Naughty Dog’s challenging platform classic.
15 August 2018
The visual remaster of these three Crash games fails to disappoint. It’s visually stunning. So stunning in fact, some fans adopted Vicarious Visions’ use of the term ‘rebuilt’ in place of ‘remastered,’ which was possibly a lawyer’s dodge to avoid giving Naughty Dog any visible credit for actually making the games back in the 90s, but still.
The levels, the progression, and the fight to win each and every last crystal or barrel are just as enjoyable and infuriating as ever before. It has fantastic nostalgic value, but it’s hard to move past the fact I (just like 2 decades ago) found myself wanting to throw my controller at the TV as often as pat myself on the back. 20 years later, I still don’t know whether the eventual success is worth the rage I endured to get there.
Still, well done to Vicarious Visions for affording us the opportunity to relive Naught Dog’s tremendous platform classic through this recoloured and sharpened rerelease.