Time is the name of the game in Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time
, and a new feature revealed by developer Toys for Bob is bringing players all the way back in Crash and Coco’s history to before the original trilogy.As revealed during Gamescom 2020, Crash 4 will feature tough, throwback levels that players can unlock via discoverable VHS tapes. Check out our interview with TFB’s Lou Studdert for a first look at the gameplay from these levels and for more info on what to expect.
In an homage to the Crash Bandicoot death run levels of yesteryear, players can only discover the VHS tapes in levels if they make it to them without dying
. When playing these levels, players will have to navigate some particularly challenge test chambers because, well…they actually are tests. These levels are presented as VHS’es with Dr. Cortex’s voiceover commenting on Crash and Coco’s performance from experiments back before the events of the original Crash Bandicoot.
These levels won’t be the only new twist on the Crash Bandicoot formula coming in Crash 4 — villains like Dr. Neo Cortex and Dingodile will be playable, and a new N. Verted mode for Crash 4 offers a unique take on mirror mode and an extra incentive to replay its levels.
Be sure to check out our Crash Bandicoot 4 hands-on preview for more on the upcoming sequel, and learn about the developer’s stance for no microtransactions in Crash 4.
And stay tuned to IGN’s full gamescom 2020 schedule for reveals, gameplay, interviews, and more. And be sure to check out the gamescom 2020 highlights so far.