Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage Game Boy Advance

Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
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  1. The gripes are really mainly relating to the individual games, which for anyone remotely experienced will quickly become far too familiar and untaxing to warrant extended interest.
  2. 70
    Offers a lot of challenge and variety with a ton of single and multiplayer mini-games, and it's this that saves the entire design. It's just a shame that all of it is loosely constructed with a comparatively wimpy, underdeveloped overworld design.
  3. Nintendo Power
    70
    It presents a steady stream of minigames with tons of variety. [July 2004, p.122]
  4. Rather than having to find a save point or complete a level to save the game, Crash will update the save every time after a mini game which makes it perfect for a quick game while on the go.
  5. 69
    My biggest gripe would have to be with the lack of any record of your mini game times. This alone would serve to at least add a few more hours onto the gameplay, and that would be a large improvement over the 5 or 6 hours this game will last you.
  6. A great concept marred by a few design flaws and an overall lack of depth and content.
  7. It's all pretty simple. Crash collects Wumpa fruit, Spyro collects crystals, and they both jump over lots of spikes.
  8. Essentially, Crash Bandicoot is an average 2D platform game with excellent graphics and a few very enjoyable minigames that could have had so much more if more time and imagination was invested within it and the ‘fusion’ idea.
  9. 60
    Crash Purple doesn't come anywhere near the superb mayhem of "WarioWare," while the platform segments are poorly developed and feel like an afterthought.
  10. The platforming levels are derivative and uninspired. Though dull, these sections are broken up frequently by minigames that, more so than in "Spyro Orange," are frustrating and not very much fun at all. [June 2004, p.139]
  11. Play Magazine
    58
    When compared to its crossover cousin, "Spyro Orange," Crash Purple is clearly a superior game...It still feels cheap, but it's much easier to stomach. [June 2004, p.72]
  12. If you feel that 25 mini-games ranging from a bland tank blaster game to sheep shooting and a few multiplayer games are worth full price, I recommend this video game. Otherwise, stay away.
  13. A pretty lackluster package that could have been so much more if the platform elements, which previous games focused on, were given attention in the newest game. Instead, the platforming is mainly a way to get in between mini-games and offers no challenge at all.
  14. Mini-games aplenty, but where has all the adventuring gone? Where's the platforming action? Or the excitement? They're nowhere to be found in this game.

Awards & Rankings

#32 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2004
User Score
6.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jul 8, 2017
    6
    This game gets a lot of hate but I am mixed with Ripto's Rampage. The minigames are mostly a hit or miss and the story is just plain stupid.This game gets a lot of hate but I am mixed with Ripto's Rampage. The minigames are mostly a hit or miss and the story is just plain stupid. But, I still had fun unlike....Mind over Mutants. Full Review »
  2. Jul 26, 2016
    9
    This game is a bit cliche and bland but besides that everything averages to good to great! It is one of the best Gameboy Advanced games I ever played.
  3. May 8, 2016
    6
    With Crash Bandicoot Purple being focused on minigames, but also involving much platforming, neither aspect of the gameplay goes beyondWith Crash Bandicoot Purple being focused on minigames, but also involving much platforming, neither aspect of the gameplay goes beyond mediocre level. Also there's the fact that it is unacceptably short. Its a shame that such a great idea for a crossover ended up being so... just okay. (The graphics are good for GBA though) Full Review »