Crash Bandicoot: On The Run comes to iOS in early 2021

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Crash Bandicoot
Coming soon to an App Store near you. Well, relatively soon.
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Crash Bandicoot’s first game on iOS in a decade will arrive on the App Store on March 25, 2021, the game’s developers have revealed.

The game, which is an endless runner entitled, appropriately, Crash Bandicoot: On the Run, is available to pre-order in the App Store now.

Crash Bandicoot is getting a new iOS game

Back in the 1990s, when Apple very, very briefly competed with the Sony PlayStation with its Pippin games console, it seemed highly unlikely that PlayStation mascot Crash would ever appear on an Apple platform. In fact, Crash has been in a couple of App Store games before. Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D was one of the first games for the App Store, appearing way back in 2008. It was among the top-earning games of its day.

That kart-racing game received a sequel in 2010, although since then Crash has been MIA in the App Store. (During that time, other early PlayStation mascots like Tomb Raider‘s Lara Croft and Metal Gear Solid‘s Solid Snake have also enjoyed their own games on iPhone.) The new Crash game, while using the endless runner formula, certainly looks more like the classic Crash Bandicoot games I remember.

The App Store preview promises “Classic Crash Bandicoot gameplay” with iconic locations such as Turtle Woods, Lost City, Temple Ruins, and the Lab. There will also be classic bosses such as Scorporilla, Nitrus Brio, Nina Cortex, Dingodile, and Fake Crash. In addition, there will be the opportunity to upgrade your character and also an intriguing sounding multiplayer mode.

A ready made hit for 2021?

Can Crash Bandicoot: On the Run join other ’90s revival properties like Pokémon Go and Mario Kart World in carving out a lucrative niche for itself in the App Store? We’ll have to wait and see. It’s definitely one to keep an eye out for, though.

The game will be free-to-play, although in-app purchases will be on offer. Those who pre-order it will receive an “exclusive blue hyena skin” for Crash at launch.

Of course, there’s still another five months to wait until we get the chance to take Crash for a spin. Then again, for fans who have been waiting a decade, five months will be over in a heartbeat!

Via: Touch Arcade