Review

Crash Bandicoot: On the Run is an endless runner game, which actually has an ending. And plot. And a nice, energetic soundtrack, which makes you want to hop on the treadmill and have a mini-marathon. Crash’s new adventure begins due to the evil Dr. Neo Cortex’s plan to take over the entire world. To defeat him and his numerous minion...

Crash Bandicoot Mobile

  • Greg Burn
  • Sep 01, 2021

Crash Bandicoot: On the Run is an endless runner game, which actually has an ending. And plot. And a nice, energetic soundtrack, which makes you want to hop on the treadmill and have a mini-marathon.

Crash’s new adventure begins due to the evil Dr. Neo Cortex’s plan to take over the entire world. To defeat him and his numerous minions, which include the Pink Elephant and Scorporilla, our heroic bandicoot needs to run. Faster than the speed of light.

Bombs & Serums

Crash will perform his feats in a snazzy, 3D world, which has a vague Loony Tunes vibe. Even his body is somewhat resemblant to Taz of Tasmania. (Crash and him are neighbors, after all). 

The visuals are tropically juicy, and they also take us to different biomes. There will be an Arctic wasteland with giant snowdrifts. Mesoamerican jungles with Aztec temples and tropical forests, which seemingly belong to the Wumpa Islands — Crash’s sweet home.

Your priority is to beat levels one by one, while also collecting resources. These resources can be turned into valuable bombs and serums — you need those to enter boss fights, as well as explode those baddies, so they repent and refuse their evil ways.

Coco to the Rescue

Crash’s charming sister Coco also enters the action. While Crash is busy collecting the deadly ingredients, she transforms them into explosives at home through the magic of molecular chemistry.

However, Coco isn’t a home-sitter. She can also join an adventure, replacing Crash if necessary. 

Apart from the Story mode, in which you ruin plans of Neo Cortex, there are also special events that are limited in time and even a co-op mode.

In the co-op you can collect rare resources and trophies with two other players. The special events, at the same time, also reward you with rare goodies that players are regularly forced to buy.

A cherry on top in the game’s social component is the leaderboard system. The more levels you beat and challenges you complete, the higher your rank will eventually be.

However, the game has something like an invisible “stamina meter”. In other words, you can’t forever grind resources and participate in adventures as they expire at some point — Crash needs to lie low for some time, until the stuff is ready to be harvested again.

Slide, Jump, Dodge

As a typical runner, CBOR requires you to have good reflexes. Tap and swipe to dodge, run, jump over and evade attacks/obstacles, and you’ll be good.

It sounds easy, but this easiness is deceptive. Sub-bosses are pretty tricky bastards when it comes to attacks, and the AI will do everything to catch you off guard with a sudden surprise move.

Luckily, controls are pretty simple and responsive. It takes time to adapt your reflexes to the gameplay. But learning the ropes is simple and undemanding.

Pros:
  • Story plot
  • Coco is playable
  • Multiplayer events
  • Leaderboards & ways to grind rare resources.
Cons:
  • Limited grinding options
  • A few bosses are quite tough
  • Some cool items can only be bought.
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