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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 Loading screen
Crush PSP Theme select (ie. level select)
Crush PSP Plenty of blocks (2D)
Crush PSP Playing the first theme (3D)

Alternate Titles

  • "Crush 3D" -- Nintendo 3DS title

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Critic Reviews

Modojo Jun 04, 2007 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
allaboutgames.co.uk Jul 04, 2007 9 out of 10 90
GameTrailers 2007 8.9 out of 10 89
4Players.de May 31, 2007 85 out of 100 85
GamePro (US) Jun 25, 2007 4.25 out of 5 85
Deeko Jun 05, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Digital Entertainment News (den) Jul 13, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
Gamer 2.0 Jun 06, 2007 8.4 out of 10 84
IGN UK May 25, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Gamestyle Oct 04, 2007 6 out of 10 60

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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

Ben K (23053) added Crush (PSP) on Jun 11, 2007
Other platforms contributed by CrankyStorming (2756)