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User Rating: 8.5 | Crash Bandicoot XS GBA
Crash Bandicoot started out as a Mario rip-off, and has continued to mimic Mario's spin-offs throughout the years. So it was only a matter of time before Crash turned into a 2D sidescroller. It seems that the evil Uka Uka has given Cortex one last chance to take over the world. This time the mad doctor shrinks the entire earth to the size of a grapefruit. What a lunatic! Anyway, it's up to Crash to yet again journey through a variety of levels, collecting crystals near the end of each level. You start out with five levels, and you can choose the order in which to complete them. Once you've collected the first five crystals, you fight a boss, and repeat several times until you have completed the game. And you can also earn gems by either breaking all of the boxes in a level or completing a secret area. There are also relics, which you can only earn after you have collected the crystal in a level. You start time trial mode by touching the stopwatch at the beginning of the level. Then you basically earn a relic by getting through the level as fast as possible with the help of boxes that stop the clock. The visuals in the game are outstanding for the GBA, and the sound is crystal clear. The game is really short, but its play value is extended considerably by the time trial mode. Overall, Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure is a great 2D sidescroller.