Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced is a platform game developed by Vicarious Visions and published by Universal Interactive for the Game Boy Advance.
There are cut scenes after you beat each boss. There are some pretty funny parts, too! As Crash games go, this is most certainly up to the standard of storylines. It’s not in-depth, of course, but entertaining enough.:)
The significant portion of the game. There’s a wide range of level types and, aside from the controls, all are quite enjoyable. The good ol’ atmosphere (hamster ball) is back, along with the classic chase levels. You get the usual white gems for getting all the boxes, relics for beating the time, crystals for… just finding them… and then a new addition: gem shards. These are hidden away, and once you’ve collected all the shards of one color and have completed the gem, an extra level opens up. The boss fights are a nice challenge, although, in the last one, the pattern doesn’t stay the same, and being unable to know what moves to perform can cause your demise. You’ll figure it out eventually, though. All in all, we were quite please with the gameplay.
Another innovation of N-Tranced is different ways to play the levels. While most levels see you controlling Crash, certain levels have you playing as Crunch in the Atlas Sphere or as Coco, strapped to a speeding rocket! There are even levels where Crash is on a wakeboard, escaping from a Jaws-like shark! All these little things really make N-Tranced fun to play!
Despite the different levels, though, the objective remains the same: collect the Gem Shard and escape the level! Each Gem Shard you collect helps Aku Aku break free of the dimension he and Crash are stuck in. Aside from the Gem Shards, you can also collect special gems. Try breaking all those crates… There are even Relics you can win, although these depend solely on your time.