Crash takes the best parts of Nintendo's Mario Kart and Diddy Kong Racing (which by the way was also fabulously unoriginal), brews them up in to a fresh polygonal world, and puts a Crash Bandicoot face on the kart genre. But the kart formula hasn't changed much here since Mario Kart on the Super NES. Race for first place and tag buddies with as many power-ups as possible to dismantle, destroy, and undermine their chances in every single lap. At the same time, players need to look for shortcuts, learn the ins-and-outs of the courses, and become a better driver, too.
Players can choose from all of the goofy characters in Crash's world, including Crash, Dr, Neo Cortex, Tiny Tiger, Coco Bandicoot, Pura, Polar, Dingodile, N. Gin, plus bonus characters, and play through several play modes. For quick and dirty one-off, players can choose Arcade Single, but if they want to blast through more than 17 of the courses than they should choose Cup, a race that pits you in four races in which the winner gets the best accumulative point score. There are four cups, each with four races in them, and a big winners parade at the end.
Also selectable is Adventure, which mimics Diddy Kong's single-player mode almost perfectly, except they don't get to pilot a plane or a hovercraft (Darn!). Players do, however, get to explore new and freaky areas of Crash's world, from sandy deserts to polar caps to mountainous ranges, too. Each time Crash wins trophies, keys or special icons, he opens up a new course, or an entirely new realm filled with new challenges. Bosses appear at the end of each of the worlds to signify your success in that area.
Another mode to play is Time Trial, which is based solely on time, and then save their best times as a ghost to play against in any future race. Or, when as many as three other friends are available, you can turn to Battle, a multiplayer kart racing section that makes use of the Multitap peripheral.
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