Crash Bandicoot 4 - Review

Crash Bandicoot4 – by Toys for Bob

We can finally look forward to a brand new, built-from-the-ground-up Crash Bandicoot game.


We now know that Crash 4 will launch on the Switch, PC, and new consoles in 2021. It's just a matter of time. Following these patterns, it's likely that Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time will be on PC by around October 2021.


Crash 4 is definitely coming to PC. Activision have confirmed they're planning for it to launch later in 2021

Crash 4 also launches on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and the Nintendo Switch on March 12, 2021 and had already released on October 2, 2020 for the PS4 and Xbox One.


Toys For Bob revealed a new Crash 4 level type: the Flashback Tapes. Flashback Tapes are a collectible hidden throughout normal levels that unlock "really hard" puzzle rooms.


It won't appear unless you've reached it without dying.

Crash is such a frenetic game

Fatboy Slim's The Rockafeller Skank, the legendary Digimon Movie soundtrack hit released in 1998

To add the right amount a chaotic fun

  • You can earn outfits for Crash by completing in-game challenges, no microtransactions!
  • You can play the entire game as Coco
  • In some levels you'll play as Neocortex and Dingodile
  • Inverted mode versions of levels will add extra challenges and art styles for completionists
  • You'll be able to wall run, zipline, rope swing, and rail grind

The level are the dino level' a la Dino Might!, a sci-fi style level like Future Frenzy, a surfboard adventure like Hang Eight, and new takes on the underwater, snow and sewer levels, plus what looks like a pirate themed hub.

Toys For Bob's Paul Yan told Geoff Keighley at the Summer Games Fest. Crash, however, has always been "more dense," and so it shall remain.

New Characters- Definitely. There's four new masks which all have different powers; Kupuna-Wa, Ika-Ika, Lani-Loli, and Akano.

Power-ups –

There are four distinct power-ups, but so far we only know two. Ika-Ika has been out in the wild for a little while now, first spotted in a general PlayStation advert swarming around behind Crash in his Nitro Kart.


Ika-Ika is a round white gravity mask that allows Crash to float to the ceiling to either collect boxes and wumpas, avoid enemies, or both.


Kupuna-Wa is a little different. Longer, closer in design to Aku-Aku but an icy blue, it can slow down time. This power can be turned on and off, and was used in the trailer to allow Crash to jump on rapidly falling icicles across a cavern.


Lani-Loli lets Crash control the environment my phase shifting certain parts in and out of existence. In the State of Play video where it was revealed, we saw Crash shifting platforms into existence to cross gaps in the level. 


We don't know what the last mask Akano will do, but we do know that, you unlock them by defeating bosses.


12 years since the last release and 22 since Warped

It's About Time takes place after N. Tropy, Neo Cortex and Uka-Uka were banished from the planet. On their way back, they've opened up the multiverse and have unlocked once again the power to leap forwards and backwards in time.

With multiverses in play, could we see a link to Glimmer or Avalar for Spyro to join in the fun? Will Gasmoxia introduce Oxide into the canon fully? Honestly… maybe.


How does it play

We've also learned that we can play as both Crash and Coco interchangeably, and—much like in the N. Sane Trilogy remaster

His running now has a slightly bouncier rhythm, much like Spyro's gallop.

His style of play is more "cerebral," with his ray gun able to "transmogrify enemies and hazards into platforms

As well as the bouncier movement from Spyro, the rail grinding looks like it takes cues from both Ratchet & Clank and Sonic Forces