Crush

Critic Score User Score
Nintendo 3DS
73
3.0
PSP
83
4.7
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Description

Danny is troubled with insomnia. Desperate for sleep and unable to get it, he finds himself a test subject in the mad Dr. Reubens' crowning achievement, C.R.U.S.H. (or Cognitive Regression Utilizing pSychiatric Heuristics, if you prefer). C.R.U.S.H. puts the subject under hypnosis and allows them to explore their psyche and confront their own deep, dark secrets.

Crush is a platforming game with puzzle elements. Initially, it looks like a third person platformer, but you'll soon discover the game's hook - as Danny, you can "crush" the landscape based on the camera direction, giving you a new perspective on a previously impassable situation. Huge gaps become mere footsteps wide, or may even disappear. Tall buildings can be squashed flat, allowing you to walk over previously impossible terrain. By rotating the camera with the D-Pad, you can choose to crush the level sideways, similar to a 2D platformer like Super Mario Bros., or top-down, somewhat like Bomberman.

However, there are, of course, restrictions. Not all blocks can be crossed when crushed. In addition to this, some blocks that you can stand on in 3D simply don't exist in 2D. And then there's creatures lurking based on Danny's fears: giant cockroaches roam around some levels, and need to be squashed before Danny can get past them. Some blocks contain nightmarish limbs that swipe at Danny when he gets too close. And some blocks (representing Danny's childhood fear of building blocks) even come to life and patrol the 3D levels.

Screenshots

Crush PSP Close to falling
Crush PSP Tutorial mode (2D)
Crush PSP Plenty of blocks (2D)
Crush PSP Game art

Alternate Titles

  • "Crush 3D" -- Nintendo 3DS title

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Critic Reviews

1UP PSP May 29, 2007 A 100
VicioJuegos.com PSP Jun 01, 2007 91 out of 100 91
The A.V. Club PSP Jun 18, 2007 A- 91
GameZone PSP Jun 07, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Worth Playing PSP Jun 29, 2007 8.7 out of 10 87
4Players.de PSP May 31, 2007 85 out of 100 85
Game Freaks 365 PSP 2007 8.1 out of 10 81
Pocket Gamer UK PSP May 30, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Official Nintendo Magazine Nintendo 3DS Jan 12, 2012 70 out of 100 70
Jeuxvideo.com Nintendo 3DS Jan 19, 2012 13 out of 20 65

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The PSP version of Crush appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2007 – #2 Best PSP Game of the Year

Contributed to by CrankyStorming (2759) and Ben K (23057)