Parents' Guide to

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Family-friendly action game delivers retro fun.

Game PlayStation 4 , Xbox One 2020
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

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age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

age 9+

A game for the older Crash fans, kind of

(This review contains spoilers) I've been a huge Crash fan ever since I was a kid and this game was really enjoyable for me, it has everything I wanted in a Crash game - new powers and playable characters that nonetheless don't get in the way of the game's core (platforming, collecting boxes and fruits and such), challenging yet fun gameplay and fun cartoony antics of the lovable Crash and his friends and even foes... That said, this game isn't very beginner friendly if you haven't played the previous games and the story and the characters have slightly more edge to it than in the previous games. The game is almost as hard (if not as hard or even sometimes harder) as the first game, which was already pretty difficult, especially if you are trying to 100% it. If your child is patient and can handle hard games, it shouldn't be a problem, but it's important to keep in mind. As for the slightly inappropriate content... Violence/Scariness: The violence is very cartoony, there is no blood and while some parts may be scary to younger kids (like the levels where Crash/Coco are running from the T-Rex), they aren't extremely scary or anything. That said, the game very clearly states that there is at least one timeline where Crash and Coco died and it's shown that their friend Tawna still misses them, which could be potentionally upsetting. Bad language: The game contains words like "bastards", "kickass", "bloody", "buggers", "bollocks" and "hell". One of the skins is called "Mother Clucker". At one point, Cortex (the main villain of the franchise) almost says that he wants to shove something up another character's butt, but is interrupted. Sex: Nothing explicit, but the game is filled with some innuendos and jokes that were clearly more aimed at adults. There are levels called "Booty Calls" and "Rock Blocked", as well as a skin called "Big Horn Energy". Also, there is a scene where two characters flirt with each other in a rather suggestive manner (which is even worse when coupled with the fact that they are alternate universe versions of themselves). So yeah, while the game is still cartoony and fun, younger players may need some parental guidance. However, if your kid is fine with a bit of difficulty in their games, some swearing and some dirty jokes, they shouldn't have problems with this game.

Is It Any Good?

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Fans of the original games (released as a trilogy in 2018) and newcomers alike will fall for the charm of this colorful platformer. While it remains faithful to what made this series so popular -- accessible gameplay, responsive controls, imaginative (and varied) environments and high replayability -- Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time introduces clever ideas, multiplayer support, and a ton of collectibles, secret areas, and more. As you embark on this time-traveling adventure -- with the story told through several cut-scene sequences -- you'll visit worlds ranging from Road Runner-like desert environments and futuristic cities to prehistoric lush jungles and underwater scenes. And it's not just a cosmetic change, but the goals and many of the gameplay mechanics change as well to keep the gameplay fresh. The quantum masks you find, when activated, will also give you new abilities in the level, which adds even more fun. At the end of each level, you'll see how many items you've collected (in case you want to go back and do a better job), while also unlocking Time Trials, extra costumes, and more. And why not go back and play as Dr. Cortex, Dingodile, Tawna, Coco, and others? Each character adds something new, too.

While the game can be picked up easily by younger or novice players, some levels may frustrate you as you die again and again (hopefully after crossing a Checkpoint) until you master the moves or timing just right. While you might want to throw you controller on occasion, it doesn't make you want to abandon the game altogether. Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time is the sequel gamers want: It doesn't mess with the original formula but provides enough new features and variety to keep you engaged for hours on end.

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