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Crush

MobyRank MobyScore
Nintendo 3DS
74
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 The first theme, the city (2D)
Crush PSP Close to falling
Crush PSP Help screen with button configuration
Crush PSP Starting of with tutorial mode (3D)

Alternate Titles

  • "Crush 3D" -- Nintendo 3DS title

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The Press Says

Modojo PSP Jun 04, 2007 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
UGO (UnderGroundOnline) PSP 2007 A- 91
The A.V. Club PSP Jun 18, 2007 A- 91
GamerDad PSP Jul 13, 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
IGN UK PSP May 25, 2007 8 out of 10 80
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) PSP Jul 21, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Game Revolution PSP Jun 05, 2007 B 75
Jeuxvideo.com PSP May 30, 2007 15 out of 20 75
AceGamez PSP 2007 7 out of 10 70
Game Critics PSP Aug 15, 2007 7 out of 10 70

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Contributed to by CrankyStorming (2678) and Ben K (23018)