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Croc: Legend of the Gobbos

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Released: 1997

Genre: Platformer

Format reviewed: PlayStation

Publisher: Fox Interactive

Developer: Argonaut

Submitted by: Richard Moore

Poor Croc: the cute hero of only a handful of platform games is all but forgotten. Outshined by the likes of Mario, Spyro and Crash, the little green crocodile is rarely mentioned when it comes to gamers listing their favourite 3D platformers from days past. A shame too, considering that Croc’s adventures were actually pretty good games.

Croc: Legend of the Gobbos marked the debut for the big-eyed reptilian hero and saw the player guiding Croc around increasingly fiendish levels in order to rescue the titular Gobbos, small furry creatures imprisoned by the evil Baron Dante. Armed with his tail whip attack and ground-pound-style attacks, Croc would “Ker-Pow!” and “Ker-Splat!” his way through levels, collecting gems (which acted like rings in Sonic) and freeing Gobbos from their cages.

It’s a pretty straightforward idea but the levels soon get tougher with quicksand, slippery ice and crumbling platforms – to name a few – all doing their best to thwart the player’s progress. It’s worth mentioning that some of the later levels can border on infuriating with pinpoint timing and patience required to save all of the Gobbos and make it to the exit. Of course, if you’re prepared to take risks rather than make a beeline for the exit, each level includes five unique gems that unlock a bonus round for earning extra lives and gems.

Legend of the Gobbos doesn’t really do anything new or different by 3D platforming standards but it is nonetheless a charming game that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. If you’re into platforming games, you could do a lot worse than giving Croc a chance.