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Crash Bandicoot

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Sony hopes that this Crash Bandicoot‘s eponymous orange marsupial, decked out in baggy pants and hightops, can outrun Nintendo 64’s souped-up Mario. But the game’s tasks — jumping over logs and pits, collecting apples, and battling cranky skunks and crabs — are mundane and derivative. Still, the vivid backgrounds (such as the realistic running water) and multi-perspective angles save it from mere mediocrity. Neither crash nor smash, Bandicoot is just a solid game that really is no match for Super Mario 64. B