By Gary Eng Walk
Updated October 11, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT

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