Crash: Mind Over Mutant

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Satiric platformer is fun but uses camera poorly.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Crash is the diligent hero, but his enemies and friends can be crude in their humor. One of the themes in the game is how too much consumerism is bad.

Violence

The violence here is of the very mild cartoon variety that includes whirling punches and some shooting. No blood.

Sex

There are some suggestive moments and innuendo, but nothing even a tween hasn't seen on the Web.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

No actual products, but if you're a fan of pop culture, you'll notice that there are parodies of, say, South Park.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is a satire. And while it can be a joy-inducing 3-D platformer game, the camera is static. That means younger kids and some older kids may be somewhat stymied by the inability to look around to find certain collectible items. Kids will experience mild cartoon violence including punching and shooting, but there's no blood. Parents will appreciate the anti-commericialism theme.

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What's it about?

Fifteen games ago, Crash Bandicoot took the video game world by storm as Sony's mascot for the original PlayStation. For a while in the 90s, the strange, fearless Australian marsupial's popularity rivaled that of Sonic and Mario in the platformer department. But once Naughty Dog, the original developers, left the gamemaking to others, the franchise suffered. CRASH BANDICOOT: MIND OVER MUTANT offers a brand new parody that pits the protagonist against his goofy nemesis, Dr. Neo Cortex, a mad scientist who invents a PDA device that controls the thoughts and actions of mutants and bandicoots alike. For some reason though, Crash is immune. But his pals Coco and Crunch are not and they have become evil beings. Crash must save them and the rest who live on his island.

Mind over Mutant is a satirical running, jumping, and hitting game. As you move through Wumpa Island on varied missions that are all about the evils of too much consumerism, Crash talks to residents who have a '!' over their heads to garner gameplay information and move the story ahead. You have two attacks, one more powerful than the other as you block, dodge, and whack enemies, and collect what's inside crates to (most often) increase your health. You'll find lots of fun powerups and when enemies are defeated, you collect Mojo, which strengthens your resolve against some very huge and dominant bosses, called Titans.

Is it any good?

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Perhaps the most innovative twist in the game is your ability to take over the Titans by stunning them, jumping on their backs, and controlling them as if you were a parasite who suddenly manipulates the host being. You'll sometimes have to work at this, but once you get them, you can shrink them down and put them in your pocket to use as a kind of arsenal. Titans also have impressive super attacks which you must use with prudence since one move drains your health meter for a while.

There's a good deal to like about the game, including the parody of comic books and the television show South Park. The voice acting is full of personality, and is on par with what you would hear in, say, a Pixar movie. And taking over those Titans is a ton of fun. But the camera is too static for nook and cranny exploring in a game that's just not that different enough to warrant complete glee on the parts of gamers. Because you can't look around, you'll inevitably miss surprises that are tucked away. Also, the game can display some noticeable jerkiness and slowing when a few characters are onscreen. Nor is there online play, just two player coop. Finally, you should be able to save the game a bit more frequently than you're allowed to do.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it would be like to take over someone's mind and body. If you could take over anyone's mind and body, whose would it be? What went into your decsision? Can you think of another game or book that is a satire?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PSP, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360
Price:$30-50
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Vivendi Universal Games
Release date:October 7, 2008
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E10+ for Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor, Mild Suggestive Themes (Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2, PSP, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 14 years old Written byshanno15 April 25, 2010
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10
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Crap

What the crap happened to Crash and all the characters. They changed all of them, they look like crap now!!!!! Hate this game they should've stopped at Crash Twin Sanity!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written bylukeadog April 20, 2014
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Ahh come on, seriously

OH my god tens holy hell common sense you guys say everything is INAPPROPRIATE. Buts it's not true. This game is so much fun I love it but rated tens that's messed up this game is certainly not tens it should 3's yeah the camera angle is a bit wonky but other than that it's fine. There's a small bit of violence like jumping on the enemy and it turns into a blue cloud. Stop writing crap about awesome games. Read this and cram it in your brain and stop making parents paranoid about what they buy for there kids. Kids deserve a game like this and your saying that kids under ten can't experience a great time, like to me that's cruel.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Written byAnonymous August 23, 2011
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A painfully average experience

This video game is the first Crash Bandicoot game for the wii. It has an interesting story which i never cared for, even if it had some occasional funny moments. Ultimately the game is a simple platformer which gets dull fast. There are a lot of boring levels in the game, because the gameplay is too slow and crawls along at a ridiculous pace. Its not entertaining because its barely exiting. This video game needs speed and pace. I also think the game needs more variety. The first hour or so is played in generic looking snow which I never cared for. The graphics and the quality of the artwork is not up to par for the wii, but the problem is more about concept than excecution. The game is so slow, and the presentation is so poor, that it makes me not want to continue playing. The pace of the game is slowed more by the titans that you ride on, which continue to chug around and just completely dull the experience. The camera isnt terrily helpful either as it would often switch into angles that would not give me a decent view of the action. Levels did contain some fun moments though, just not enough to worthy a purchase. While I think Crash fans should try it out, they really wont think it to be anything more than decent.

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