Crash Bandicoot Mind Over Mutant PS2 Review


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Crash Bandicoot is almost as famous as that little blue hedgehog fellow that runs around collecting rings, but I think Crash should be the more famous one as he’s got a lot more charm and pizzazz about him.

In the latest Bandicoot adventure we see him up against his arch nemesis Neo Cortex, who’s devised yet another fiendish, and dastardly devilish, evil scientist plan to take over the world. This time he’s using basically a brain control device to turn the denizens of Wampu island into his unwitting pawns, and of course they fall for it through Neo’s clever use of infomercials. So it’s up to our friendly neighborhood bandicoot to come save the day once again, this time though he’s got some special tricks up his sleeve, or should I say in his pockets. Crash has the ability to ‘jack’ monsters, or take control of them to do his bidding to help him fight Neo Cortex and his hordes of henchmen. When Crash doesn’t need the monster he puts it in his pocket for later use, Crash and his monsters can be upgraded as well by collecting jewels, or Mojo.

Crash Bandicoot – Mind Over Mutant is a rather fun game, but it can get repetitive at times. Even with the repetition I found I had to keep playing because the cut scenes are just great, from spoof infomercials, old style cartoons and to even anime inspired movies, they’re just well worth playing to get to them.

So continue on for a bunch of screen shots, and two movies for you, including one of the aforementioned cut scenes..

So we’ll start off with a few box shots:

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Specifications:

Crash Bandicoot Mind Over Mutant 

In the deepest Crash adventure yet, Crash: Mind Over Mutant arms players with new features, including the ability not only to control enemies once they are ‘jacked,’ but to store the mutants in Crash’s pocket, upgrade them and utilize their unique powers. Players can also roam through Wumpa Island in a two-player cooperative mode with Crash’s sister Coco.

In Crash: Mind Over Mutant, a rejuvenated Neo Cortex is taking over the world one brain at a time! Cortex and N. Brio devise a new kind of evil — a text-messaging, do-anything device that controls both mutant and bandicoot minds. The "free-romping" experience allows players to voyage and explore through intersecting worlds, giving them a new game play experience depending on which mutant Crash stores in his pocket for the ride. Armed with his quick-wits and lightening agility, Crash must free his friends, the titans and save the day!



First up here’s the Intro movie and the basic options for you, it’s a little under two minutes but it’s rather cool:

Here’s about nine minutes of gameplay, including one of the cut scenes, which in itself is over four minutes long, but well worth watching:

Gameplay takes a bit to get accustomed to, but it could be me as I really don’t have much time to play consoles games, so it took a bit for me to get using the controller again. Once I played for a bit everything was fine, it’s like riding a bike, you never really forget, you just have to remember the motions.

In the beginning of the game you’re pretty much doing find things and bring them back tasks, it’s not until after quite a bit of playing do you really learn the premise behind the game and finally the tutorial kicks in where you’ll learn how to fight and control the mutants on the island. Each mutant has a special ability that can be utilized by hitting the R1 and then the square button, even though the mutants are tougher than Crash, depending what you’re doing, you may need to dismount from your mutant to continue with the level.

The controls themselves seem very responsive, if you don’t count the lack of camera control, and really Crash Mind Over Mutant is a fun game to play for a while, if only to see the cut scenes. About the cut scenes, they’re very well done and some are rather amusing, with subtleties that only older folks will get. The cut scenes are in fact so good that they sort of take away from the actual game, it seems more time went into the movies than actual development of the game itself. It’s a platformer, you collect things, been there, done that, too many times actually, sure they added a reward system for collecting the gems or Mojo, but it’s still collecting things everywhere you can.

They do mention one of the features is that it’s a free roaming style game, or as they put it ‘free-romping’, but it really isn’t, you still have to get a mission, keep going forward till it’s accomplished, and probably the most frustrating part is that once you complete a goal you backtrack to the beginning.

Considering it’s rated E for Everyone with a 10+ tag on it, it works well for children as well, there’s nothing bad about the game in any way, my six and seven year old have been dying to play it since I got it for review, and I can easily let them have it with no problem or worries. There’s no blood or anything, just clean, comical fun, but it’s done in a way that works well, they’ve seen worse things on Saturday morning cartoons.

The whole game though doesn’t really bring much new to the Crash series, sure we’ve got the ability to control mutants, and it’s fun for a while, but it’s very repetitive, still though I found it to be quite fun and amusing. I’ve got fond memories of Crash on the PS1, and Mind Over Mutant does do it some justice and bring some of the memories back as to why I liked the kookey little bandicoot in the first place.

One thing that irked me though about Crash is there seems to be no way to control the camera, I couldn’t find any, there’s nothing in the manual and pushing buttons did nothing like moving the camera. You’ll find that at certain points in the game only a very small part is visible and you can easily be attacked, in other parts like jumping from rock to rock, it would be much easier to change the camera angle, it just seems the camera is very far away at points making it very hard to figure out the jump timings, especially when things are moving.


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Conclusion:
Crash Bandicoot Mind Over Mutant is a fun and entertaining game, it brings back fond memories of why I liked the little bandicoot on the PS1.

The game doesn’t bring much really to the Crash series, it’s an attempt to revitalize it that I’m not sure is going to work really. A platformer where you run around collecting things has been done to death, and now we’ve just added another to the mix.

The lack of camera controls does make the game a bit harder than it should be.

Crash Bandicoot Mind Over Mutant is not a bad game overall, it is fun, and amusing at times, but it just feels a bit unfinished, like they wanted to do something spectacular but just ran out of time with it.

Pros:
Fun game overall
Funny cut scenes
Lots of cool monsters, or mutants to control

Cons:
Camera is goofy, makes game harder than it should be

Grades:  
Overall score-7-10
Design score-7-10
Performance score-8-10
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  • crash

    how make your own monster

  • calvin

    how do you play crash bandicoot mind over mutant i want to know because i am getting it for chistmas

  • calvin

    loser!

  • calvin

    hi

  • tracy

    hi calvin i’m bored!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Niki

    Does anyone know how to beat mission 22??! I been stuck on it for a while and need help!

  • Sandy

    to Niki, in the beginning when you have to complete a mission for coco to find the three spanner pieces, you haveto go up into that entrance to coplete level 22!!

  • Corey

    Sandy, where is this entrance? The opening graphic shows that I need to go in a tube to the right of my house but it is closed. There is nothing where the Doominator was… just the mini 10 game mission.

  • Corey

    GOT IT! The entrance is a square hole over the blocked tube to the right of Crashes house. There is a full walkthrough on YouTube.

  • Tannersmom

    I cant figure out how to help my son get back to wampu island! Every time were back follow the track back we end up going in a circle! right back to the place where it tells us to follow our way back! lol My son is five, so he has played most of this game himself! I dont know what im doing and hes to young to figure it out on his own… any help would be great!!!

  • waymond

    I’ve completed mission 21 and uka uka’s transporter is not appearing. when i take the other transporter back to wumpa island the entrance to the doominator isn’t open. any ideas

  • Peter

    Out of all the crash bandicoot games that i have played, this is by far the best of the series!!!

  • TJ

    Hi Im stuck on mission 16, just killed all teh glops and opened a gate i cant get through, anyone know what im supposed to be doing next?

  • Tarble

    I heard of a new Crash game called Crash Bandicoot: Wumpa War, is it real?

  • Anonymous

    To Tarble: no it’s confirmed that it’s not, but can you share the source with me? If it’s from Wikipedia, then it’s a definite no.

  • lollercoaster

    Hi guys and girls,

    Can anyone tell me where the secret school is in level 12? I cant finish this level?

    Cheers,
    Tom

  • Sandra

    I am on the rhinoroller island & have done everything there. Where do I find the key to open the gate to get back to wumpa island?

  • Caitlin

    i have just completed mission 12.
    and currently on 13, “Protect nina’s project”.. where the hell do i go? i really dont understand, ive looked on youtube for walkthroughs etc but cant find anything!
    pleaseee can someone tell me what to do!
    Thankss
    x

  • Tarble

    to anonymous, it was wikipedia, … got excited

  • Yowuza

    @ Tarble: If Wikipedia’s the only source it’s fake, because the editors need a site to get the info from. If it’s on another site however, that’s a different story.

  • Crash Adik

    to enter the doominator u must go back to wumpa island ang go back to ur house and there climb at the eyes of the doominator and there ur inside the doominator…….

  • Crash Adik

    this is the mission 22 but b4 u can enter the doominator u must talk to uka-uka and go back to wumpa island and do wat i say earlier…

  • Brian

    I am at a stage at the ruins were they say I must fight the Snipes and then jump over the ruins to a next level. There are no Snipes and I don’t know what to do. Any assistance please?

  • Levi

    I dont know where the key is to get into Rhino roller village.If any one could help it would mean alot, thanks!, Levi

  • Crash

    do you know where’s the doominator?

    i cant find it

  • Crash

    i know it’s in wumpa island but idk know how to get in

  • Crash

    i know it’s in wumpa island but idk how to get in T_T pls help me

  • humi

    i have saved nina’s project and came all the way back to wumpa island and went into the house… thats it… i dn’t know where to go or what to do after this…. any help?

  • reagan lim

    how to go back to wumpla island after finisihng mission 7

  • Julia

    Im on mission 12 but I can’t get to Nina’s school. There are 2 locked gates, just after killing all the spike mutants, one on ground level and one above. The only time I did somehow get through the top one, the door closed behind me and although there is a button inside, it doesn’t seem to do anything!!!!!! PLEASE HELP, this is driving me crazy.

  • ??????

    Does Crash Bandicoot: Mind over Mutants have a walkthrough so I could just read what to finish the game?

  • Rebecka

    I’m trying to figure out how to come into Nina’s school. I think I’m supposed to spin on a swirly thing, that way the gate opens. But the swirly thing spins right back again. If I’d be supposed to have another mutant than the sorta hedgehog-y one/spike-mutant, then they’d put one there, right.. ?
    Ah.. I’ll figure out eventually.. I hope.

  • Rebecka

    Okay, so I was supposed to press the square-button while spinning.. great. Well, now you guys know how to open the door! :)

  • Rikke

    HELP!
    My son is playing mind over mutants and we got to a place (around 10% inside the game) where a round monster with laser have to moove some bricks in the wall in/out to climp up. Once u get up there is a snow area with a big door on the left – how do we open this door??! I think I tried everything. There is no keyhole or anything and I can´t seem to brake it down.

  • Marisa

    I finished the game and now want to go back to all the missions to play again – (with all the other Crash games you can go back to any stage you want) , but can’t! I can only access what is saved on my memory stick.

  • http://www.technogog.com/review/crash-bandicoot-mind-over-mutant-ps2-review/ Crash Basher

    to finish mission 22 talk to uka -uka 3 time or more

  • Shannon

    (Help getting into the ice Prison) I need to freeze water that is shooting sideways. I got the first one but I’m having trouble with the second one and so on.

  • http://hotmail Tsaki

    help meeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!! pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!! what do I have to do to save nina’s project in level 13?????????????

  • Dawn

    im at mission 12 on this game for xbox 360 it has a check mark next to it but i cant get in ninas school?? can someone tell me how to do this ive been tryin it for 2 days :)

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