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Review

Crash Bandicoot: On the Run is a mobile runner for iOS and Android, bringing the joyous bandicoot onto smaller screens. Developed by King, the company famous for Candy Crush Saga and other casual games, the mobile take on Crash is lighter and easier but still quite challenging. Played in short sessions, it can be your perfect fast-paced mobile game...

Crash Bandicoot Mobile

  • Greg Burn
  • Aug 02, 2021

Crash Bandicoot: On the Run is a mobile runner for iOS and Android, bringing the joyous bandicoot onto smaller screens. Developed by King, the company famous for Candy Crush Saga and other casual games, the mobile take on Crash is lighter and easier but still quite challenging. Played in short sessions, it can be your perfect fast-paced mobile game.

Crash Is Back. On Your Mobile!

The iconic bandicoot, the mascot of PlayStation and the favorite animal of generations of players, finally makes it to your mobiles. The bandicoot (Crash or his sister Coco) is still fast and optimistic, and the enemies are numerous but dumb. The game consists of running and chemistry: you need to make bombs and serums in the lab. The ingredients for them can be collected on your tracks as you do the running. When one of them is ready, you will be notified even if the game is not running. The further you go, the more sophisticated serums and bombs you’ll need and the harder it gets to unlock and obtain them.

Boss battles may seem too easy for you if you have got used to the console version. Then try challenges. They retain the spirit of the original Crash Bandicoot: to get your reward, you may need more than several tries. Some of them can even drive you mad, being more like a good old platformer than a casual endless runner. If that’s not what you expect, though, you can just ignore the challenges and play the main story.

If you fail to complete a battle or a free run session, you can resurrect the character for some gems, or by watching an ad. The game in general is heavily ad-supported, though if you often lose control and run into boxes or columns, it can be lifesaving. Otherwise, you can throw in some cash, buy handfuls of gems, and spend them to resurrect instantly. As levels are recurring, and bosses are not inventive, you will never run out of levels to play.

As for controls, the game is touch-oriented. No sense to even try connecting a gamepad to recreate the experience of It’s About Time or other “big” installments. On the Run! adopts the model of other endless runners: tap to spin, swipe to switch lanes, jump, or slide. This brings the gameplay closer to Subway Surfers or Temple Run than to the original console game. But that’s adequate for the mobile version.

Crashing Down

Well, it’s great to have this PlayStation icon on your mobiles. The jeans wearing bandicoot resurrects the long-forgotten genre of endless runner that we considered gone (except for Subway Surfers). The game is free-to-play which is meant to motivate you to buy gems to spend them on acceleration. But you don’t have to if you prefer casual mode. Ads will save you if the going gets tough.

Pros:
  • Well adjusted for mobile controls
  • Recognizable visual style
  • Expanding the lore of Crash Bandicoot
  • Can be played casually or in hardcore mode
  • The bandicoots are nice as usual
Cons:
  • Free-to-play means pay-to-win
  • Too easy if you expected hardcore running
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