This might not be the Crash Bandicoot news you’ve been waiting for, but it’s something to tide us over while we wait for the rumoured PlayStation 5 game to come to light. Recently, a new Crash Bandicoot mobile game (aptly named Crash Bandicoot Mobile) stealthily made its way onto the Google Play store. Unfortunately, it’s not quite available yet in the European region (which South Africa would fall under), but it is expected to come to all regions eventually (seemingly available in Malaysia for the time being as a beta test).
Crash Bandicoot Mobile isn’t like its console counterparts, but rather lifts plenty of inspiration from Temple Run and Jetpack Joyride. That’s right, the Crash Bandicoot mobile game is an endless runner from developer King, the minds behind Candy Crush. Some really enjoy this style of game (I personally do), while others find it tedious. Regardless of what you make of it, this might be the only new Crash Bandicoot title we’ll see for a while. The last entry in the series – for consoles, anyway – was Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, following the excellent Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.
The gameplay footage above (courtesy of YouTuber ProsafiaGaming) should give you a better idea of what to expect from the latest crazed marsupial’s adventure on mobile devices. For an endless runner, it does feature some pretty interesting gameplay mechanics. Boss encounters are dotted at the end of levels, and instead of running head first into them (as one might expect of a runner featuring an insanity-induced anthropomorphic bandicoot), players must return projectile attacks with cleverly implemented mini-games. We can only try this out for ourselves once the game releases in our region, but it does seem like a step above your typical runner in both the visuals and gameplay department. There’s no word yet on microtransactions, but we can surely expect them.
Crash Bandicoot Mobile is currently available in Malaysia only, so check your Google Play store in the future to confirm.