Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced Game Boy Advance

User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 27
  2. Negative: 4 out of 27
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  1. GeorgeF.
    May 10, 2003
    10
    It's new and yet more challenging.
  2. ÓscarS.
    Mar 26, 2003
    10
    It's just great. It is very original and you'll spent lots of hours of fun!
  3. CarlosP.
    Feb 13, 2003
    10
    It's cool.
  4. DavidV.
    Feb 15, 2003
    10
    Cool.
  5. Daz
    Mar 26, 2005
    10
    The best gameboy game out there. I bought my gameboy sp recently (mar 05) and bought 5 game second hand on ebay for it. This is by far the best and has hardly been out of the sp. While some of the levels are simliar there are quite a few variations liek when you are water skiing with a big shark behind you. Although this is not an easy game it does have a faily ok difficulty curve and itThe best gameboy game out there. I bought my gameboy sp recently (mar 05) and bought 5 game second hand on ebay for it. This is by far the best and has hardly been out of the sp. While some of the levels are simliar there are quite a few variations liek when you are water skiing with a big shark behind you. Although this is not an easy game it does have a faily ok difficulty curve and it is addictive. Highly recommended. Expand
  6. RayF.
    Mar 28, 2003
    10
    Very challenging yet fun at the same time.
  7. Jan 19, 2011
    8
    Vicarious Visions 2nd Handheld Crash Bandicoot game, Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced does what their previous Crash game, Crash Bandicoot XS did: Take the game play from previous Crash games and emulate it onto a less powerful console. Thankfully, this game does that pretty well. The story takes place right after where Crash XS finished off. N. Tropy has created a new adversary called N.Vicarious Visions 2nd Handheld Crash Bandicoot game, Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced does what their previous Crash game, Crash Bandicoot XS did: Take the game play from previous Crash games and emulate it onto a less powerful console. Thankfully, this game does that pretty well. The story takes place right after where Crash XS finished off. N. Tropy has created a new adversary called N. Trance and uses him to hypnotise the Bandicoots Crunch, Coco and "Crash". It's actually one of few games that Cortex isn't the main antagonist and doesn't even make an appearance in this game, nor does his cronies. The game play is similar to the last game: side-scrolling platform stages are present with a few different "vehicle sections" such as the Atlasphere levels, the skiing levels and Coco's space levels which do mix up the game play a bit. As with the last game, the graphics are great with detailed character models in the way that Crash, N. Tropy, Crunch and other characters are represented perfectly, the level backgrounds and the levels themselves. The Atlasphere levels - where you roll a metal ball with Crunch or Crash inside it through a 2.5D arena avoiding Nitro crates and other hazards - and the Ski levels - where you play as Crash with the camera facing towards you while you try to avoid being eaten by a shark and jumping on ramps and avoiding Nitro crates - present you with some great 2.5D effects and some new game play design integrated into a handheld Crash Bandicoot game. The themes (or environments) of the levels in N-Tranced, like Crash XS, borrow from past Crash games. Most of the environments are taken from Crash Bandicoot 3 and the Ball sphere levels are ripped right out of Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex. The backgrounds of the side scrolling levels display great detail and are appropriate according to the theme of the level. The background design is simple but they get the job done and I'd say they are less repetitive than those found in Crash XS. The sound is well executed and remixes some VGM's found in earlier Crash games and Vicarious Visions has even composed some original music for the bosses. The catchy bonus round music is still there and the music used for some of the cut scenes sounds awesome! The enemy and obstacle design will be extremely familiar to any Crash veterans. The retracting spikes (from Crash 3's Egyptian levels), deadly Scorpions (from Crash 3's Arabian levels) and more familiar enemies/obstacles make an appearance in this game. The powers that Crash obtains by defeating a boss make a return but now there are two new powers that Crash can gain. There's the Rocket Jump and Super Slide which in turn can be used to access areas in levels that could not have been accessed without these powers. The game play is traditional Crash Bandicoot side-scrolling action and I actually found this game a little more challenge than its predecessor, Crash XS. The relic time trials are still here where you race through a level as fast as you can to earn a Sapphire, Gold or Platinum relic and the gems that you can earn by smashing every box in the level. The coloured gems (Green, Red and Yellow) are obtained by finding 4 of the same coloured gem shards scattered across the levels. There are 3 new crates that Crash can smash alongside the other familiar ones like the TNT crate and the question mark crate. There's the freeze crate which freezes enemies in place for a few seconds, a helicopter crate which allows Crash to fly with a heli-pack on his pack, through the molten caves in the Prehistoric levels and a carpet crate that allows Crash to fly on a carpet (not freely though) and hit enemies with a projectile in the Arabian levels (kind of like a side-scrolling shooter).The Atlasphere levels are great to play although Coco's space levels, despite being a bit entertaining, feel empty (probably because the levels are set in space). The water ski levels are a little bit annoying because Crash is skiing towards the camera, you have little time to react to what's coming up. If you want to aim for Platinum on those Atlasphere levels, prepare to have sore thumbs. At least the boss battles are a delight to fight, more original than Crash XS and challenging to fight. Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced is a good end to the Game Boy Advance Crash Bandicoot story arc (the other 2 Crash GBA games are spin-off titles). This game doesn't reinvent the Crash series but it does stick to what Crash Bandicoot should be like: Colourful, entertaining platform games. Expand

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#26 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2003
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Given its high price tag and scant innovation Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced is unlikely to win over any new converts by playing it so safe and so young.
  2. GMR Magazine
    50
    The short of it is -- you've played it before. N-d of story. [Mar 2003, p.72]
  3. Repeated playthoughs are marginally less frustrating as you already know what's coming, but hardly counter for the sloppiness of level design.