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Crash Bandicoot: Mutant Island

For: Mobile

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Product: Crash Bandicoot: Mutant Island | Developer: Vivendi Games Mobile | Publisher: Glu Mobile | Format: Mobile | Genre: Action, Platform | Players: 1 | Format: J2ME | File size: 918KB | Reviewed on: N95 other handsets | Version: Europe
 
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Being a console icon from the 1990s is a bit like being a pop star from the 1990s. Once seen as young, fresh and cutting-edge, you’re now reduced to releasing mediocre cash-ins to an ever-dwindling fan-base.

Just ask Sonic, who can’t seem to buy a decent game nowadays – except on the handheld systems.

Following in the footsteps of the blue hedgehog’s recent (and largely successful) mobile rehabilitation comes Crash Bandicoot, one-time pin-up for the mighty Sony PlayStation brand. After the dodgy Crash of the Titans and some admittedly decent side-projects, Crash Bandicoot: Mutant Island is a return to the form and genre that gave the orange marsupial his initial bout of success.

This is old-skool platforming, plain and simple. You run around twisty levels, leaping from vines, sliding down slopes and collecting lots and lots of arbitrary knick-knacks. In fact it’s easy to be underwhelmed based on your first few minutes with the game. Give it enough time, though, and its charms will soon emerge.

For one thing, it controls beautifully. Unlike many of its rivals, you’ll never find yourself hankering for a more traditional control set-up. Negotiating the gaps and traps here is painless and – more to the point – great fun.

It also looks great, with detailed sprites and some charming incidental animations, like birds twittering in the trees. The end-of-level bosses, meanwhile, are impressively rendered Titans that stand several screens tall. These must be beaten in order to bring them under your control, which is just one of many neat touches that keep Mutant Island interesting.

Chief among its qualities, though, is the excellent level design, with a nicely judged ebb and flow to each stage. There’s just enough variety here to keep you pushing on further into the game.

A hint of repetition does sneak in as you make your way to the second island, though, and there are a few annoying difficulty spikes, not to mention a slightly clunky button-mashing combat system.

But while Mutant Island never quite scales the heights of the likes of Castle of Magic, it stands as a successful rehabilitation for Crash and one of the mobile’s better platformers.
 
Crash Bandicoot: Mutant Island
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Jon Mundy | 17 July 2009
Excellent level design and tight controls combine to make Crash Bandicoot: Mutant Island one of the best mobile platformers in recent times, and a massive improvement over its predecessor
 
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fathy | 20:05 - 5 October 2013
can't use the mutant p0wer d0n't kn0w why. According on the instructi0n press # then the picture of the mutant you will use but i've tried so many times to tap the image but n0thing happens.. It seems the game hang that i need to tap the pause ic0n or the instructi0n ic0n f0r me to able to play again w/o using the titan power.. But h0w can i pr0gress in this game w/o using it.. What must be the pr0blem is?
Anonymous | 16:17 - 2 September 2009
the n85 and n95 is great but is so slow on n73 and on the new phones its fast , i love this game , but , its not has a lot of levels like the titans.
Anonymous | 17:11 - 2 August 2009
yeh, im having the same problem..how do you kill the ice giant on the second round!? :(
Anonymous | 13:25 - 30 July 2009
What the????? This game looks very different in my mobile!!
Anonymous | 10:07 - 26 July 2009
Super game......thanks
Anonymous | 17:46 - 25 July 2009
Great game!!! I am playing it on SE C702 and the controls are very responsive, nice graphics and good animations. It really deserves an "8".
I am not at the end yet but I guess the game will be too short (mainly because we like to see good things last forever...). The length is in fact very correct too.
By the way:
Could someone tell me how to kill the Ice Giant please???
Anonymous | 16:23 - 25 July 2009
this game is wonderfu,l go vivindi !!
Anonymous | 17:14 - 18 July 2009
Overkill !!!