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Crash Team Rumble Review – Crash, Bang, Wallop!

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Crash Bandicoot fans rejoice – another game featuring the cheeky marsupial is here. But no, it’s unfortunately not Crash Bandicoot 5. Instead it’s Crash Team Rumble, a team-based competitive multiplayer game. And while it might not be exactly what fans wanted, it’s actually worth giving a go.

In Crash Team Rumble, the aim of the game is collecting fruit. Two teams of four players must race to collect Wumpa fruit and then return it to their base to add to their score. The first team to reach the reach target score wins, it’s that simple. Well, okay, so not quite. You see, there are some additional mechanics to make the competition a little more heated.

Attacking other players, for example, will result in them dropping some of the fruit they’re carrying. And to make the fruit you bank more valuable, you can activate and take control of groups of crystals placed on each map – just watch out for them being contested. Alongside fruit, there are Relics to pick up, too. These can be used to purchase a range of power-ups that allow you to get one up on the competition.

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And there’s more. The characters you can play as, including Crash (obviously), Coco, Dingodile, and more to unlock, each fall into one of three classes – Scorers, Blockers and Boosters. Scorers, for example, are capable of holding an increased number of Wumpa fruit, while Blockers are best used to combat the enemy team in the hopes of preventing them from scoring. You’ll perhaps want to get to grips with all of them, making sure your team is well-rounded for a better chance at success.

All in all, then, while there’s a simple concept at the heart of Crash Team Rumble, there’s enough complexity to make for entertaining matches that can be unpredictable and exciting at times. You might be way behind in a match, but taking control of multiple crystals and preventing your opponents from scoring for a short while your own scorers put in some work can soon see things turned around.

There are some issues, though. Some combinations of characters and equipment, power-ups you can summon in the middle of a match, can feel a bit cheap. If a Blocker camps at your base with a healing station that they’ve planted, for example, it will take a concerted effort by multiple team members to overcome them and enable you to score again. But more problematic is the issue of longevity.

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With just the one game mode, as fun as Crash Team Rumble is, it soon gets a bit repetitive. Granted, the characters available to unlock add a bit of variety, and there’s a decent range of maps, but it’s just a shame that there aren’t more game modes. Ultimately, Toys for Bob and Activision are going to need to keep adding content to the game to keep it interesting, especially if they hope to keep selling Battle Passes for it. Because of course it has one.

Ask yourself: have you long wondered what a competitive multiplayer Crash Bandicoot game would be like? If the answer is yes, then you should probably give Crash Team Rumble a try, especially given its budget price. Crash Bandicoot fans with open minds might also want to dip their toes in – there’s fun to be had, after all. But to really draw players in, we can’t help but feel that this would have been better off as a free-to-play title.

Crash Team Rumble Review – GameSpew’s Score

This review of Crash Team Rumble is based on the PS5 version, with a code provided by the game’s publisher. It’s available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One & Xbox Series X/S.

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Editor in Chief // An avid gamer since discovering the wonders of the Acorn Electron in the '80s, Rich has nearly played more games than he's had hot dinners. Not one to put all his eggs in one basket, Rich is happy to play games of all genres, but he particularly enjoys racing games and anything that's full of non-stop action, especially if it includes a good dose of humour, horror or crudeness!