Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is both respectful of the series that came before it while also giving it the modern update it needed with new gameplay, depth of character, and a beautiful look. Toys for Bob just gets Crash. Its fresh new ideas, from big gameplay additions like new playable characters to supplementary but no less enjoyable aspects like the N. Verted mode to quality-of-life improvements like the shadow circle under Crash’s jumps, all now feel as natural to Crash as though they’d been there all along. Read the full review here.
Gamesradar+ – 4.5/5
Nitpicks aside, though, Crash 4 earns its title as a worthy sequel to Warped, one that preserves the series’ timeless charms while bringing bold iteration where it’s needed. Toys for Bob’s clear love and understanding of what makes Crash tick manifests in every aspect of It’s About Time’s design, but to call it a love letter would be to unfairly gloss over the important strides it makes for the franchise itself. Instead, this is exactly the sequel I could imagine Naughty Dog wishing it had made 20 years ago, and one that can stand proudly alongside the best of the Bandicoot’s back catalog. Read the full review here.
Gameinformer – 8.5/10
In many ways, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time feels like a game that shouldn’t work. Single-player, mascot-driven, hardcore platformers are few and far between these days. Moreover, most franchises born in the mid-‘90s have had to continually reboot themselves to match the tastes of an ever-changing market. At its core, Crash 4 remains rooted to the old way of doing things, but that’s not a bad thing. The visuals are cleaner now and Crash has a few new gimmicks, but if you squint, Crash 4 looks like the same old platformer you’ve always loved. Read the full review here.
Destructoid – 9/10
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is a strong return for the series, and a showcase of what might have been if we got a true follow-up to Crash 3. I sincerely hope that Activision entrusts Toys for Bob (and Vicarious Visions) with the keys to the Crash kingdom from here on out. I wanna see more of the little guy. Read the full review here
God is Geek – 8.5/10
Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is a great platformer, with enough fun new mechanics and side concerns to keep you interested. It helps that it’s gorgeous in motion, the animations fluid, and the bright, colourful environments full of life and detail. Crash and Coco are adorable, and while the enemy design isn’t as far out as some things we’ve seen, it’s still just zany enough to hook the youngsters. It’s just a shame that the coolest elements in it (the mask powers) are limited to scripted moments. That said, this is still a fantastic return for one of platforming’s most lovable mascots. Read the full review here.