Crash Bandicoot Deserves Temple Run Treatment
Although he's fallen on hard times, Crash can still make a comeback.
The 90s gave birth to some of the greatest characters in gaming, from the thrill-seeking Lara Croft to the super speedy Sonic the Hedgehog. Chief among them? Crash Bandicoot, a fun-loving critter that quickly became the face of Sony's PlayStation console. He starred in some of the coolest games for the system, titles that (as some will argue) stood side-by-side with the best Mario and Sonic had to offer during this period. Let's also not forget about Crash Team Racing, a game that gave the Mario Kart series serious competition.
Unfortunately, Crash hasn't faired nearly as well the past 10 years. Not only did he change developers since the original Naughty Dog days, but also publishers, companies that proceeded to churn out games that failed to recapture the old magic. Today, it would appear he falls under Activision's wing, with the publisher releasing two Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart games on the App Store.
Unfortunately, Crash is in a sort of limbo, fondly remembered by a generation of gamers, but without a recent hit, which is why we'd love to see him return to form on iOS and Android, not in a port per se, but an endless runner, similar to Temple Run, but with a higher level of polish.
When you think about it, the original Crash Bandicoot was in a sense one of the forefathers of today's running games. Sure, you had full control over Crash, but the initial stages were all about platform hopping through the jungle collecting mangos and leaping over obstacles. Naughty Dog even switched things up by readjusting the camera in such a way that players looked directly into Crash's eyes instead of relying on the much easier over-the-shoulder perspective. Then, to up the ante, the developers threw a Raiders of the Lost Ark inspired boulder sequence into the mix. Yes, we had no idea where we were going, but somehow, it worked beautifully.
On that note, it's not hard to imagine a similar game on mobile, one that restricts player control (as in Crash constantly runs forward) in exchange for tilting the smartphone or tablet to move him left and right, while swiping up to jump and down to slide; you can even tap to spin. We could even see Crash riding animals, like the baby polar bear from Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back.
It's easy to take this idea and label it a Temple Run clone, but as we mentioned, Crash pretty much got the ball rolling in this popular sub genre, and there's still room for a company to bring a more feature-packed experience to mobile. With this in mind, we'll cross our fingers that someone makes this happen, as it would be a shame to close the door on such a beloved character.