Crash Bandicoot: On The Run! three things to know about this mini version of a classic

Crash Bandicoot: On The Run! three things to know about this mini version of a classic

Crash returns to the mobile jungle

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Crash Bandicoot: On The Run! is the latest game in the longtime, legendary video game series that is made exclusively for mobile gaming. It's an endless runner adventure featuring the iconic Crash himself, along with equally popular characters; his sister Coco and master, Aku Aku as they traverse different levels to try and stop the evil Dr. Cortex in his tracks.

It starts off as your typical, Temple Run kind of endless runner, but with the Crash Bandicoot quirks thrown in for good measure. These include breakable boxes and fruits. Breakable boxes mean that Crash's signature spin attack is in the game, what would a Crash game be without that move and its whooshing sound?

You jump over, slide under, and spine your way through each level. When completed, you'll be rewarded and sent back to your home base. Here, you can complete other levels, each with its own unique environments that will be familiar to most Bandicoot fans. But, if you're new, here are a few things to know about the On The Run! version of the series.

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There Are Bosses

One of the interesting things about Crash Bandicoot: On The Run! is that it does feature boss battles. It's pretty unique for an endless runner. Of course, if you've played the old Sonic The Hedgehog games, then you know that bosses are a regular occurrence (Usually Dr. Robotnik since he just can't leave Sonic alone).

At the end of each level, you'll have to take out a series of smaller bosses before taking on the overall boss of that area. But unlike with Sonic games, you can't stop running to take on your foe. Instead, you have to fire a projectile at them from afar as you run towards them.

This requires slight aim, but otherwise, it's a piece of cake, especially early on. In the event that you don't survive a boss fight, you'll restart at your last checkpoint. In short, make sure you hit those checkpoints because otherwise, you'll have to start the level over again.

Character Customization

After getting through the early stages of the campaign, you'll be able to unlock some new goodies in Crash Bandicoot: On The Run!. You will be able to unlock some sweet apparel for Crash as you go on your many adventures. From jackets to shades and everything else, you'll be able to get creative.

You can even unlock Coco as a playable character. And as with Crash, you can also customize Coco's apparel and overall style. Variety is always a beautiful plus in a game.

And besides, it's only fitting that cool characters like Crash and Coco get some fresh new drip. This also gives you a little extra motivation to play well out there. Earn some rewards and enjoy your runs with a new look each time you play.

A Nice Blend for Quick and Hardcore Play

The mobile gaming world is beautiful because it provides us with a rich selection of game options. You can download a game that is short, sweet, and quick or, there are other games that will give you a more long-form experience. Crash Bandicoot: On The Run! does a little bit of both.

The levels you run through are not too short but not too long either. It shouldn't take you very long to get through them. Plus, with the checkpoints being available, you can get through things in a hurry if you end up dying to a boss. You'll be in a prime position to finish off your opponent and move on.

With the many bosses and locations in the game that relate to Crash Bandicoot lore and history, you get a nice little story with a kick of nostalgia. It's rare that a game can mix its accessibility to reach many different types of gamers, but this latest Crash adventure does it pretty well.

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Colin  Mieczkowski
Colin Mieczkowski
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