Crash Bash

After the huge success of Mario Party on the N64, Sony has followed suit with Crash Bash, a collection of mini games that are tailor made for multiplayer competition.

After the huge success of Mario Party on the N64, Sony has followed suit with Crash Bash, a collection of mini games that are tailor made for up to four player competition. That's not to say that Crash Bash can't be played alone, but when there's a room full of people, Crash Bash suddenly becomes ten times more fun.

There are three different modes of play, including Adventure, Battle, and Tournament. Adventure Mode is the single player game where you pick a character and compete against AI controlled opponents in a series of mini-games. You need to win three times to advance to the next game. Battle Mode enables you to pick a quick game from unlocked levels, and Tournament Mode has you play four different variants of the same mini-game in order to determine a winner.

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The mini games themselves range from good to goofy to great. In Pogo Paintball, you try to nab powerups and smash crates for points on a grid gameplay area. Of course, your opponents can zap you with a missile, or blow by you with a speed burst. Ballistix is kind of like a four player Pong where you try to knock balls past your opponent's guard. Polar Panic has you try to bump other players off the ice surface while you ride a polar bear. Jungle Bash has you chucking crates at the other characters. There are twenty-eight events in all, and although a few of the games are similar, there's enough overall variety to keep Crash Bash entertaining. However, in some games, it's very easy to get confused in the mayhem. The game characters often get bunched up in several of the games, and better camera angles would've helped.

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The graphics in Crash Bash are colorful, simple, and fast. The style is very similar to the previous Crash Bandicoot games, even though the original developer, Naughty Dog, has nothing to do with this Crash game. There aren't any fancy effects, but the character animations and the settings make for good eye candy. The popping audio tracks are simple, but bounce along with the games well enough.

Crash Bash is a fun four-player PlayStation game, even if there is really nothing revolutionary about it. Younger gamers will appreciate the simplicity of games like Polar Panic, while more complex and faster paced games will keep more experienced gamers crashing and bashing for a good long time.

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