Baron Dante has imprisoned all the Gobbos. Croc must travel through Gobbo to set them all free.
Platform: Playstation One, Sega Saturn, Microsoft Windows, Game Boy Colour
Players: 1 player
Age: 3 plus
Game Time: 12 - 20 hrs
Developer or Designer: Argonaut Software
Publisher: Fox Interactive
One day, King Rufus of the Gobos is strolling along the river when he sees a basket floating towards him across the water. Inside the basket is a baby crocodile, who he and his people raise as part of the family.
Everyone is happy on Gobbo Island until Baron Dante and his minions imprison all the Gobbos. Just before he is captured, King Rufus gets Croc to safety so that he may go on a quest to rescue his family.
The original concept for Croc: Legend of the Gobbos
was for a Mario
game spin off starring Yoshi, but this was rejected by Nintendo. Argonaut then decided to create their own original character that would be available on many platforms rather than be exclusive to Nintendo. Croc: Legend of the Gobbos
was released in 1997 for the Playstation One, Sega Saturn, PC, and Game Boy Colour. It is a traditional 3D platformer with that involves the usual tasks of collecting items through various environments before reaching the end of the level.
Croc can be compared to many of its contemporaries. For example, Croc has to free the Gobbos from cages just like Rayman, has to free the Electoons; Croc collects crystals that protect him from dying, just like rings keep Sonic the Hedgehog alive. Croc has to break crates with his spin and jump attacks, just like Crash Bandicoot. If you like any of these games, then you will like
Aside from clear crystals, each level has coloured bonus crystals. Collect all six and you open the bonus door at the end, where you can find the final Gobbo to free.
Each level also has a password that you unlock when you complete it. This allows you to move onto the next level even if you have not saved. This is useful if you do not have any save blocks left on your memory card. All these passwords are also available online if you want to cheat and not complete a previous level first.
The characters are cute, the graphics great for its time, and the music really catchy. The only thing stopping this from being the perfect game is the controls. Croc is difficult to manoeuvre, and it is made all the more tricky due to the awkward camera angles, which can lead you off cliffs or into enemies. Despite this, it is well worth the hassle because it is so fun to play.