We learned a lot from the 2016 E3 presentations, but there was one announcement in particular that made fans of 90’s and early 2000’s Playstation proclaim “Ooga, ooga,” or maybe “Rutabaga.” However you interpreted Aku Aku’s signature phrase, Crash Bandicoot is back and prepared to tornado spin his way into our hearts once more.
Last year during the 2015 E3 announcements, Shawn Layden (Sony Interactive Entertainment, Worldwide Studios) walked onto the stage sporting a t-shirt portraying none other than that mischievous little eastern barred bandicoot himself, Crash. Confusing fans everywhere, Layden completed his presentation without a mention of Crash or his game at all.
Such a tease.
Though there’s no news in sight regarding a new adventure for Crash, Coco, Doctor Cortex, and friends; we do have confirmation from Layden himself (no t-shirt, mind you) that there will be a remastered version of the beloved series coming to PS4 in the future. Sony and Activision have made some sort of deal in order to make this project a reality, so hopefully this decision will be the first step in the direction of a possible sequel to the Bandicoot series.
Now that we know what to expect, what are fans excited to see? There are so many unique levels, characters, and skills in the Crash Bandicoot series, but a few details stand out as major moments that will be exciting to experience in a modern way.
Aku Aku and his gibberish
Crash’s very own spirit guide is a floating mask named Aku Aku, who began as a simple, endearing mask that gave you a few moments of pure immunity when you collected him in multiples of three, and became a trusted advisor to the Bandicoot siblings.
Dave Baggett, a programmer on the original game, is quoted saying that Aku Aku’s famous saying is actually, completely gibberish. Sorry, folks, but that doesn’t make copying him any less fun.
Riding around with Pura and Polar
When you weren’t jumping on them to release extra lives or wumpa fruit, Pura the tiger cub and Polar the baby polar bear acted as companions and vehicles for Crash and Coco throughout their story. Certain rounds were completed by riding Pura or Polar through the level, while other times they simply walked by your side looking amazingly adorable.
Livin’ that bonus level life
To a Crash Bandicoot fan, wampa fruit truly is life. The more fruit you collect, the more lives you collect in order to come back to the game after falling into a pit, getting blown into bits by a TNT crate, or being flattened by a rolling disc.
The bonus levels give players opportunities to rack up as many fruit and lives as possible without the threat of the powers of Dr. Cortex. Keep a snack handy, because watching characters obtain wampa fruit left and right can leave you with hunger pains.
When the Warp Room feels like home
One of the aspects of the game that continues to draw in players throughout the series is the layers of locations and challenges located inside of each of the Warp Rooms. Arctic tundras, the Great Wall of China, ocean obstacle courses, and many more landscapes offered adventure and escape to fans, and every one of them was accessible from the Warp Room.
Crash’s Victory Dance
If you didn’t move and shake along with Crash after a successful gem excursion, your childhood was sorely missing something special.
Shake to the right, shake to the left, down, down, pump, pump, noodle arms, and surprise!
What are your thoughts on the Crash Bandicoot news? Would you prefer a new game altogether? Let us know in the comments, or talk with me on Twitter @bekahbabble!
Featured Image Credit: Activision
Image Credit: Activision