Until a year ago, Crash Bandicoot was synonymous with the PlayStation console. Then, Universal Interactive released a Crash title that broke all barriers. Released for the Game Boy Advance, Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure
became a sudden success. Universal Interactive is at it again, releasing Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced
for the GBA. N-Tranced
builds upon The Huge Adventure
's success, stealing much of the same graphical modes as its predecessor. Though they are not overwhelming, the graphics in N-Tranced
feature smooth character animations that rival that of any other previously released GBA title. N-Tranced
also utilizes the two-dimensional world well with layers and art that make Crash Bandicoot appear almost like 3D polygons instead of 2 dimensional sprites. Different modes of visuals keep N-Tranced
visually stimulating as players see Crash in basic side-scroller views, traditional Crash-like front view scenes, and a new Atlasphere level that has Crash constantly rotating inside of a ball.
The attention to audio adds just the right amount of color to N-Tranced to keep it upbeat and exciting, matching events to different effects and sounds.