Posted by sean on July 25, 2017 at 5:56 pm in Video Games with No Comments

I recently bought myself Crash Bandicoot for the PlayStation 4. This is a great buy and excellent value, with effectively 3 games for £30. The three titles are revamped versions of the originals, which appeared on the PlayStation 1, almost 20 years ago.

In the short time I have played the game, I’ve made a few observations…

1) The PS4 version is incredibly hard. I am told by a fellow gamer that Crash jumps differently to what he did originally (presumably because he has aged by 20 years). I cannot remember finding the games this difficult when I was a teenager.

2) Crash Bandicoot is a tad racist. Along with the lizards, snakes and other jungle wildlife, Crash also kills some dark skinned people, brandishing spears and shields. You could just about get away with that in the 1990s, but now…

3) You can fall 100 feet from a platform and suffer absolutely no ill effects. However, if Crash falls into a stream of water, it is instant death.

4) It has taken me until now to realise that Crash Bandicoot is a little bit of a rip-off of Donkey Kong Country. DKC was selling really well in the mid-90s, so Sony clearly needed their own jungle based platform game. Simply swap Donkey Kong (a gorilla), for Crash (a bandicoot). Change all the bananas for apples. Retain jungle enemies, although change a bit, to avoid getting sued by Nintendo. Instead of riding a rhino, ride a pig. Use different camera angles, to show off the power of the PlayStation, which was brand new technology at the time.

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