Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 14
  2. Negative: 11 out of 14
Buy On
  1. I like the game, but unless you’re comfortable with the cost to take advantage of the multiplayer functionality – the entire point of the game – I can’t recommend it.
  2. This genre has been done better. Looks like Crash has been used to sell yet another crappy game.
  3. It could have been an interesting title but the problems with control, weird gameplay style, terrible graphics and rigged, repetitive games just kill any joy that would be garnered from playing it.
  4. Games Master UK
    Passes the time of day in multi-player but single player is slow and dull. [Christmas 2006, p.101]
  5. Although it lets you wander around a game board and participate in various multiplayer challenges as your favorite Crash Bandicoot characters, the game ultimately crashes and burns because the majority of its minigames are lifeless and uninteresting.
  6. The minigames don't play any better with real-world opponents and the few games available for single-cart download play are not worth sharing.
  7. 20
    Crash! Boom! Bang! looks good, sounds pretty okay, and has had a decent amount of focus put into the multiplayer support of the Nintendo DS. It's just a terrible, terrible game with poor organization...Easily one of the worst games on the system.
  8. Nintendo Gamer
    Not actually broken in any way, it's just an oddly vacuous and simplistic take on the poisoned ground previously laid down by Hudson. [Nov 2006, p.69]
  9. Nintendo Power
    Unless you're a die-hard fan of the series, you may want to wait for the bandicoot's next offering. [Nov. 2006, p.88]
  10. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Despite showing enormous potential, Crash Boom Bang! is hampered by dodgy controls and a testing user interface. It's disappointing because this could have been a great multiplayer game. [Christmas 2006, p.80]
  11. 30
    A dull and poorly designed game. The mini-games are boring, you can't save in-game and you'll be waiting around a lot of the time. This is just a quickly rushed license title.
  12. A distinct average and oddly passionless collection of touchscreen mini-games.
  13. Games like this ought to be easy to pick up and play, but “Crash Boom Bang” is so confusing and unnecessarily complicated that it will make any player shut off the DS in frustration.
  14. Crash Boom Bang is a mess. There are too many unneeded features, not enough time was spent developing the important ones, and hundreds of small hiccups and issues make this game feel like it should have gone through more inspections at every level of design.

Awards & Rankings

#28 Most Discussed DS Game of 2006
#47 Most Shared DS Game of 2006
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 40
  2. Negative: 21 out of 40
  1. HeidiT.
    Jul 16, 2007
    I had no clue on what to do in this game I regret buying it.
  2. CameronC.
    Nov 5, 2006
    Crash did not leave with a bang. Crash has really gone down hill since he isn't developped by Naughty Dog.
  3. CrashedBandicoont
    Oct 22, 2006
    Horrible. I loved ol' Crash back in the PS1 days, but the well has run dry on this franchise.