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A few quick comments about the game Crash of the Titans, featuring one-time woulda/coulda/shoulda/had been mascot for Sony and the original Playstation console, Crash Bandicoot, the game is bright and colorful with gameplay that is simple enough for just about anyone to pick up and play.
If anyone is looking for a kid friendly (cartoon violence and such) linear platformer type game, Crash of the Titans isn't bad. I'm not sure it's a game that requires purchase as opposed to simply renting and playing that way, but it's at least worth a rental if you like this type of game.
As noted, Crash of the Titans plays as previous (except for Crash Team Racing) Crash Bandicoot games did with players controlling Crash or other characters from the Crash Bandicoot universe and moving them through linear tracks to eventually encounter a boss (or bosses) that must be beaten in order to continue on through the storyline. Basically the game plays through pre-set paths and is 'on rails' with players only able to move around slightly within the width of the path that is available. In some cases the path may move straight into the screen, in other cases, it may involve moving from left to right slightly, or in a combination of those directions. No matter what though, players aren't able to just go running around in a 3 dimensional environment. You either move forward or back and in many cases there is no back to move through.
Game play involves some puzzle solving type efforts where you may have to figure out the right combination of moves to defeat the 'bad' characters or force objects to drop within the path and provide new paths to get from point A to point B.
Crash Bandicoot originated back on the original Playstation console (PS1). At that time it wowed gamers with beautiful graphical environments and a highly immersive experience. The graphics were very detailed, even while being cartoon styled. Plants had leaves that moved as you walked past them, or as breezes in the environment affected them. Crash would destroy boxes to get to objects inside of them, and players would be impressed with the remnants of the destroyed box being spewed throughout the space where it had been.
Crash of the Titans isn't a game that most people would find a ton of replay value in, but it is quite enjoyable. Priced at an in-between price that isn't quite up there with the normal next-generation range, but isn't deeply discounted either which makes the choice of renting or buying a bit more difficult. Once the price comes down somewhat I could see the game being a great cheap purchase for adding to a video gamers collection. Until then, perhaps rental is best.