Who’s going to the Crash team fight bash? Has your favourite hero or bad guy bandicoot made the list?
Crash Bandicoot crashed the game awards to bring us Crash Team Rumble, a 4v4 game where teams fight to collect the most wumpas, which are the main fruit in the series. Not much is known about how the game will be played, except that it will also be a platform game.
But we do know that there will be more than one possible character, and that each will have its own skills. In the first video, we saw eight of these characters, which was enough to get us interested in a 4v4 game. It’s time to take a look, from the obvious to the fan favourites and even a newbie.
- Role: Scorer
The main character of the story is here, as he has been for a long time. His controls are almost the same as in Crash 4. The only change is that he slides with the right trigger and does an instant belly flop with the circle/B button. His slide also pushes people away, which can help him get away from them or throw them off the stage.
In the game, each character has a role. Crash’s part is “Scorer,” which means he needs to move quickly to get lots of wumpas and bring them back to base. Still, since he has been the main character in more than one game, he is the best choice for new players and those who have played other games.
- Role: Booster
Coco is another character who makes sense to be in a game like this. One of the possible characters is Crash’s younger sister. In Crash 4, she plays exactly the same as Crash, but in this game, she has her own moves, even though they are still similar. She does almost everything he does, except the slide. Instead, she makes a Quantum Wall that blocks and pushes enemies away while speeding up her friends. She can also move faster in the air, making her, at least for now, one of the fastest characters in the game.
Her part is “Booster,” and it’s her job to get Relics for power-ups and set off Gem stations. Basically, she is a support character. She helps out wherever she can by giving people extra powers and making it easier to get Wumpa, which is how the part got its name.
The body slam strikes of both Crash and Coco can stop the nasty Dingodiles that are waiting for you at the bank.
- Role: Blocker
Dingodile, a fan-favorite bad guy who quit being a servant to work on his diner, is also back from Crash 4. Since he’s also playable in Crash 4, you can expect to see most of his moves: a spin, the ability to use his hoover to grab crates and people, as well as a faster version for situations, and the ability to hover with his gun. The biggest change is that he can charge his attack to make a fast and powerful spin attack that makes Crash and Coco’s spins look bad.
He is the only Blocker in the game right now, and his job is to go after enemies and stop them from scoring. He’s the best at fighting and has the most strength of any character, but he’s also too slow to keep up with the others. This is why many Dingodiles act as “goalkeepers” and wait at the enemy bank to kick the Wumpas out of everyone.
Dr. Neo Cortex
- Role: Booster
A hero is only as good as their worst enemy, and Cortex will follow Crash wherever he goes. Even though Cortex has been in platform games before, being able to walk around with him is still new, and it’s nice to have more chances to do things with him. Also, Cortex can finally double-jump based on his Crash 4 moves. His dash keeps going, and he can also hit people from far away, which makes him pretty unique in this group. With a charged shot, he can turn enemies into animals. He can also, in a very Looney Tunes way, call up and drop a piano on a small area.
Like Coco, he is also a Booster. Cortex has the most difficult learning curve of any character in the game, and it shows. Using him well takes time and effort, but that gives him a lot more room to mess with enemies. For example, the animal shot is a great way to stop goalkeepers from getting to your bank.
- Role: Scorer
Tawna, who was in Crash Bandicoot 4, is also back. That means she’s not the same version we saw in the first Crash game. Instead, she’s the one in that game. Compared to Crash 4, her kicks are a bit faster, and her grappling hook is back. When you use it, it can catch air and pull her forward, which is weird but fun and funny. With her circle/B move, she can also send people up, and if she’s in the air, she can send them down again. This gives her some good combo options.
She, too, is a Scorer, like Crash. She moves faster, can carry more food, and fights better than he can. However, she is harder to control and has a very low health bar. In other words, using her is riskier, but you could get more benefits if you do.
From here on out, we still don’t know how these characters play, so we’ll have to wait until the full game comes out before we can say more.
Dr. Nitrus Brio
Brio is the enemy of our enemy. He used to work for Cortex and sometimes still does, but he always plans to betray him. He is already known to be in the game, and the trailer shows us his “Hulk” form, in which he turns into a big monster. Brio will be fun to play with for the first time on a platform, especially if we can also direct him in his transformed form.
Dr. Nefarious Tropy (Female)
The master of time is here, and it’s strange that it’s the version from Crash 4 instead of the one from Warped. Since this N. Tropy was able to kill her form of Crash, that means she is a fierce enemy.
Also, it’s too early to tell, but it’s possible that she’ll either fly all the time or only a few times during Slope Game. It’s still not clear if the male N. Tropy will be a different character, a skin, or not even be in the game.
Even though we met Catbat in a secret clip at the end of Crash 4, this is the first time we get to see them for real. And it’s pretty cool that they’re already playable when they get their big break. Sad to say, this also means that we don’t know much about what skills to expect. The only thing that can be said is that, since they have wings, you can also expect someone with restricted (or unlimited) flight, like N Tropy. For now, this one is still a riddle, but it will be fun to figure out in the future.