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By Kayleigh Partleton

I didn’t even have to search Google Play this week to find my choice.

To be honest, I have known since February 2020 that it will be my mobile game of the week when this game hits mobile devices for the second time.

King finally has Crash Bandicoot: On the Run! released a charming runner using the famous IP.

I think we all agree that it is time for Crash to spin on the phone in the shape of a runner. The franchise is perfect for this, especially if you look at levels from 1996. Boulder Dash, I’m looking at you.

Even then, the lovable marsupial was running for its life. Be it running away from boulders, riding a polar bear, surfing. Well you get the point.

Crash Bandicoot has been training for this day for almost 25 years. So sit back, don’t relax, and jump in.


As you’d expect in a game in the runner genre, controls are quick and easy. Slide left and right to change lanes, swipe up and down to jump and crouch.

The game mechanics are just as simple, Crash has to reach the end of a level by avoiding obstacles, smashing boxes and spinning through enemies.

After completing a level, the marsupial is rewarded with gems – as if it could be something else – which will later be needed to improve different parts of Wumpa Island.

Sounds easy and it is. Fortunately, King really put Crash into thought, and many of his signature moves are present throughout the game – jumping, sliding, twisting, and breaking.

Oh, and words cannot describe my immense joy in witnessing Crash’s signature dance defeating a boss. You know the one, he ends it by whirling around with a goofy face and jazz hands.


Visual Crash Bandicoot: On the Run! is breathtaking. It certainly captures the cartoonish essence that fans have come to know and love. King did a great job paying homage to a popular franchise while adapting it to mobile devices at the same time.

Long-time fans will be happy to see many familiar faces in addition to Crash and his little sister Coco. In addition, there are a number of skins that players can unlock.

Personally, I enjoyed walking around as a blue hyena. A skin that fans of Crash Team Racing will recognize. However, there are many costumes, such as Biker Crash, that many will instantly remember.


The game is filled to the brim with bosses, some of which are very well known. The mastermind of this, of course, is Neo Cortex, because it’s not enough to hit the guy four or five times.

As for the levels themselves, longtime fans may only recognize their surroundings. Given the many lives I lost in the Lost City as a child, I would know the life-destroying level everywhere.

Other such locations include temple ruins, which also made their debut in the game in 1996.

Wump, wump

Okay, I think I realized that there is a lot to love in Crash’s latest adventure. However, there is one hiccup that I have a problem with. It’s too easy. Don’t get me wrong now, I definitely like the variety as Crash 4 took my mind off and destroyed my soul.

But on the run is just too easy. I haven’t encountered a single obstacle, I haven’t died once, and frankly, that makes me feel uncomfortable. Since when have crash bandicoot games been a walk in the park?

Crash games should be at least the odd level that will make you question every decision in your life. Road to Nowhere is so angry but the feeling of crossing that broken bridge is like no other.

In addition, it is difficult to distinguish between an average level and a boss round. You run to the end in both, and to be honest, defeating advanced enemies is incredibly easy.

There’s so much time left to dodge what’s coming, so bosses pose little or no threat.

Ultimate nostalgia

Despite the ease of the game, Crash Bandicoot: On the Run! is a great experience for every fan of the series.

We now come to the section where I talk about microtransactions because the game is full of them, of course. However, they are never indispensable. You don’t have to spend a dime to experience the game.

Players can purchase crystals, which in turn can be used to purchase skins and speed up the crafting process while waiting for an item to continue the journey.

Purchases can start at as little as $ 1.99 and go as high as $ 99.99. When players are low on crystals but don’t want to part with their hard-earned cash, they can always do some Challenge Runs instead.

Overall, the marsupial latest adventure is a great mobile experience that should give all players a chance. Though the lack of difficulty may be a turn off for some. I mean, who is playing Crash Bandicoot to relax?

To be honest, Crash Bandicoot: On the run! Has lived rent-free in my head for more than a year, and the game will now live rent-free on my phone for some time.


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