Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time

Game review by Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Family-friendly action game delivers retro fun.

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 8 reviews

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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.

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