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These words opened one of the best platform game I’ve ever played on PSX. My adventure with Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped! started before I had a PlayStation. Once upon a time when I was at my grandma’s house my cousin brought a PlayStation over from a friend and on one demo CD there was it. Crash, which we mistakenly named it a fox (sorry did not know English at that time) because of his red fur and everything. But let us not waste space for an introduction.
Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped! is a sequel to Crash 2: Cortex Strikes Back! It is an action packed platform game featuring Crash and Coco siblings helping Aku Aku defeat evil Neo Cortex and even more evil twin brother mask Uka Uka by travelling through time and grabbing crystals before them. Well the plot isn’t complicated but hell, what do you expect from this game? Developers put their heart into creating interesting and engaging levels rather than to the depth of story. And it is good they did. Crash has great graphics even though it is now almost 13 years old. Stages have a number of themes: there are medieval, swimming, riding, prehistoric, pirates, arabian town, motorbike ancient Egypt, flying, the future and boss stages. Each of them apart from boss stages has a crystal and gem to collect. Although crystals are easy to get, to have a gem you need to crash all of the crates and sometimes it is not that easy. In addition some levels contain coloured gems that are even harder to get than the silver ones. There are about 32 levels to be played + 5 boss stages. And even when you finished all of this there is still more to play. Now to access levels from 26 to 30 you must collect relics – basically it means going trough levels 1-25 and beating time in time trials. It certainly elongates the time we spent playing Crash. What is more there are three types of relics. Green when you beat the normal time, gold when you beat even harder time and unlisted platinum when you speed through the level like Road Runner. With new installment Crash gains new moves – each with boss defeat. So now Crash not only spins, jumps, crawls or slides but super belly flops, double jumps, spins even longer, has a fruit bazooka and runs like aforementioned Road Runner. Music once more was composed by Mutato Muzika. It fits level because it is also themed according to stages. So we have medieval, oriental, arabian and many others pieces of music which I personally don’t remember because they went so well along with the levels. But all of this I’ve seen somewhere else. Perhaps the two first games? Riding on animals, escaping from animals, boat levels. But even though Naughty Dogs repeated their own ideas they did it in a good way. One thing I certainly didn’t like was the difficulty level. This game was so easy that only gold and platinum time trials proved to be challenge. My final score for Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped! is 9/10. If you have PS3 it is available from PlayStation Network. So what are you waiting for? Buy it! :D