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Rant Of The Day THIS RANT 07/06/99

Rant Of The Day is where I get to mouth off about whatever I feel like for however long I like. Theoretically, I'll update my whinge/opinion piece every weekday; in practice, maybe not so often.

Coming to grips with Crash

Back in January, I noted that I'd become addicted to Crash Bandicoot over the Christmas holidays. Back then, I'd completed 23 of the game's 32 levels. It will give you some idea of how busy I've been that I only managed to finally complete the bloody thing on the weekend.

In part, this can be attributed to my general lack of skill at most arcade games, but the fact that I can't remember even touching my Playstation (no smutty gags, please) in February or March is also probably a factor. Bandicoots don't just save themselves, you know!

Of course, the other unfortunate reality is that even though I've finished the game, I haven't actually finished it. True Crash perfection can only be achieved by finishing every level without losing a life and hence collecting the gemstones, which open up secret areas in each level. Because I'm not a very good player and can't be bothered breaking all the boxes on every level, I've not done this. Merely getting through every one, in some form, was enough.

Curiosity, though, did get the better of me, so I obtained the widely circulated all-levels-complete password to see what the extra stuff was like. It's neat, but not essential., ranging from small rooms with extra lives to whole new sections which look suspiciously like other levels in the game Just in case you want to try them out for yourself, this is the password:

T T T T X S T T
T T S X T O T T
T O S T X X X X

There's also a useful strategy guide for the game here.

Incidentally, the rather stunning image you see here was used for promotion of the original game in Europe. Tasteful, hey?


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