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Controls are simple and easy to become accustomed to. You run through levels, collect items, and jump on enemies or items to get rid of them. Crash's special abilities come very fluidly and almost seem second nature after just a few short sessions. With 24 different levels, packed with bonus stages, originality, and intrigue, N-Tranced solidifies Crash's presence on the Game Boy Advance. N-Tranced is a welcomed alternative to Mario and Sonic. People who enjoyed the first game will enjoy the new environments and settings Crash engages himself in for N-Tranced, while gamers who long for a change to traditional side-scrolling action titles should find the creativity found in N-Tranced to be right up their alley.
Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced blows any other recent incarnation out of the water. If you liked the original PSX titles, you should definitely pick this one up. If you were disappointed with The Huge Adventure or The Wrath of Cortex, try picking this one up and give Crash another go. N-Tranced offers a lot of entertaining gameplay and is highly recommended to platform fans of all ages.
There are certainly a whole list of differences between the original Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure and Crash 2: N-Tranced, but they're not all as cut-and-dry obvious as you might expect. For the sequel, the developers took what worked, removed what didn't, and added a couple of unique ideas; this follow-up is definitely a much better game than the original, but don't expect a night-and-day difference.
Crash Bandicoot: N-Tranced is a lot of fun and manages to maintain the same level of quality found in the major console versions of Crash. There is a substantial single-player game and plenty of added value with the link capabilities. If you are a fan of the bandicoot or just want to play an excellent platform game, you will definitely want to add this one to your GBA library.
Crash Bandicoot: N-Tranced is a tribute to those great platform games that are not just highly enjoyable but also deliciously addictive. The game doesn’t offer anything really new or inventive to the mix but it does manage to keep things interesting by adding different elements we seen and loved before. This is platform gaming at its most fun and Crash Bandicoot fans will definitely enjoy this one.
The differences between the N-Tranced and The Huge Adventure aren’t immediately apparent, but truth be told, the entire game is full of significant improvements. Its variety of challenges and colorful cosmetics make for a fond fixation, especially on a system with so many subpar platform titles. Whether you are a fan of the initial Bandicoot bash or a newcomer to the Crash craze, you’ll have no trouble being entertained by this game.
Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced is an entirely respectable sidescrolling platformer with all the right moves. Satisfying level progression, excellent visual presentation, and a surprising amount of diversity thrown in for good measure ensure that you’ll have a Bandicoot-tastic time. While N-tranced brings nothing new to the table for fans of the furry bandicoot, it does manage to replicate a good chunk of his glory days from when Crash was making the rounds on the original Playstation. Seeing Crash perform double-jumps, spins, and slides just like in his console counterpart but on a handheld system is quite impressive.
The GBA is awash in an ocean of SNES remakes these days; it's to the point where it's hard for original platformers like N-Tranced to stick their necks above the surface. Which is kind of a shame because Crash, while exhibiting only scant traces of innovation here and there, is expertly designed and deserves attention from GBA owners.
The Video Game Critic
The vine-climbing controls are poorly devised and nearly impossible to navigate. Had the developers possessed any knowledge whatsoever of old school gaming, they would have adopted the same mechanics that Donkey Kong Junior perfected over 20 years ago! Sheesh! And then there are the "Atlasphere" stages - the one bright spot in Wrath of Cortex (PS2, Xbox). Unfortunately, these ball-rolling stages do not translate well to the Gameboy, thanks to lousy collision detection and bizarre physics. The 3D Jaws-inspired water skiing stages feature remarkable water effects, but don't play as well as they look. Entranced has its problems, but if nothing else, it offers some fresh and exciting new environments for this Bandicoot to roam. Let's face it, there's a Bandicoot in all of us, and he must be unleashed.
Si la série des Crash peine un peu à se renouveler, elle constitue toujours un excellent divertissement pour ceux et celles désireux de s'aventurer dans le domaine de la plate-forme. Riche, un gameplay très bien adapté à la GBA, un design d'enfer, Crash Bandicoot 2 : N-Tranced est sans conteste un de ces titres qui se doit de figurer dans votre logithèque.
Game Informer Magazine
Crash’s latest foray into the handheld arena holds tight to the tried and true. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but certainly doesn’t pummel into new ground, as we’re used to the old Bandicoot doing.
Next Level Gaming
With tons of levels (40 in all), extras such as flying carpet riding and boss levels, this game really stands out as a great platformer. I can’t say this game is for everyone, but if you want a game that gives you a quick fix, this is it. The graphics are great, the music even better, and its fun to boot! Other than a little more innovation, you can’t ask much more from this Crash Bandicoot 2:N-Tranced!
Otherwise, Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced is a solid effort all around. The graphics aren't as artistic as those of other games, but the backgrounds have multiple layers of scrolling, and the character animation is exceedingly smooth, possibly more so than in any other GBA game to date. The music and sound effects are on par with those of the other action games available for the system, which is to say that they fit the onscreen events without drawing positive or negative attention.
Crash N -Tranced is forgettable but playable. With few faults, fans of the first who want more of the same should check it out. Otherwise, with so many great platformers to choose from on the GBA, I suggest N-Tranced only to the kids who have never experienced the joys of Crash on the bigger screen.
If you're a die-hard Crash fan, there's no doubt plenty on offer here to quench your thirst for platforming thrills, and it won't disappoint. The game succeeds in delivering another typically tailored and cheery Crash adventure to satisfy its massive audience, but given its high price tag and scant innovation Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced is unlikely to win over any new converts by playing it so safe and so young. But you knew all that anyway, yeah?
Overall, N-Tranced is an amusing romp through the bizarre Crash Bandicoot universe. It's not the best game of its kind, but it's certainly worth a visit.