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Android App Video Review: Crash Bandicoot

by Andrew Koziara

Hey Everyone. Welcome to the final review of Sony Xperia PLAY week. I give you another game that came pre-loaded on the device. I just saved this one for last because it’s a childhood favorite of mine. I give you the original Crash Bandicoot. I thought it would be nice to see how an ACTUAL PlayStation game worked out on the official PlayStation phone.

The game works fantastically. The game doesn’t make use of the touch sticks on the controller, limiting you to the D-pad, but it’s still easy enough to control Crash. The rest of the controls are the same, from the jumping to the spinning. As you make your way through the levels you have to avoid pits and hazards, as well as deal with a huge variety of enemies, all of which require a different strategy.

There are tons of crates that all need to be interacted with differently, from TNT crates to bouncy crates and even steel ones. There is an awesome voodoo mask, whose name I forget, that protects you from one enemy hit or hazard after you pick him up. If you pick up a second, he protects you from two. Picking up a third will make crash wear the mask and become invulnerable for a short amount of time before the mask reverts to its second form. Though, no matter what, the mask does not protect you from pits. The game is definitely very retro in the mixed password and memory slot save system, but as long as you keep progressing through the levels your progress will be saved in some way. All of the classic moments are here, from the boulder running to the hog riding, and all the colorful bosses, all the way up to Neo Cortex himself. The platforming game play definitely holds up even today. As an added bonus, going into the games options using the android options button will let you view the original game manual in its entirety, as well as stretch out the screen and all that sort of jazz.

Now that I’ve explained the game for those of you who haven’t played it, I’ll talk about the phone a little bit more. This phone is perfect for the PlayStation Classic and Mini games that you can download from PSN. Unfortunately, there is no PSN support, and you’ll have to re-buy any games that are released on both platforms if you want them. This is where the PSP definitely has an advantage over the Xperia PLAY. But as I said in my Xperia PLAY Hands-on, this is a great alternative if you don’t want to buy one of the official handheld systems and do all you gaming on your phone instead.

Thus ends Xperia PLAY week. I know it was actually a week-and-a-half, but whatever, leave me alone. It was quite the ride, for me at least, and I definitely wish I had one of these phones for myself. As a hardcore gamer I highly recommend it. Going back to playing Android games without a controller is going to be extremely depressing. I just hope I make it through OK. Thanks for joining me folks.

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