The zany Bandicoot has finally spun his way onto mobile devices in Crash Bandicoot: On the Run, an endless runner where you play as Crash and Coco as they battle against Nitros Oxide and his band of goons from Crash’s history! Run, jump, and of course spin your way through carefully crafted levels, grabbing all of the wumpa fruit along the way.
Despite being an endless runner kind of game, On the Run has some interesting mechanics for the genre, including crafting and base building. We’ve got all the tips and tricks you need to know in our Crash Bandicoot: On the Run tips and tricks strategy guide!
Keep your Labs Busy
One important thing to keep in mind as you’re running through the world of Crash Bandicoot: On the Run is to keep your laboratories busy. You start the adventure with just one laboratory, but you will unlock more as you progress through the game and take down Nitro’s goons.
It’s a good idea to keep your laboratories mixing serums and other items at all times, even if you don’t need it right away. It’s better to be prepared rather than having to sit around waiting for a serum to finish so you can get back into the running faster. You’ll need them sooner or later!
When you’re about to log off from the game for a while, you should queue up the more expensive items that take longer to craft, like the bombs, rayguns, and bazookas. When you queue them up before you stop playing, they should be ready by the time you log in again.
Go through Collection Runs Thoroughly
When you’re about to start a collection run, you can see the general quantity of materials left in the area as indicated by the bars. Green bars means there’s plenty of materials, yellow means the resources are starting to dwindle, and red means there is hardly any materials left. Materials restock automatically over time.
Collection runs can theoretically go on forever! You see, one interesting tidbit about Crash Bandicoot: On the Run is that levels actually aren’t completely procedurally generated – only sections of the levels are. You will eventually run through the same sections but in different orders.
What this means is that you can essentially keep going through a collection level and grab every single material box until you’ve wiped the place clean, and we recommend doing this especially when you’re waiting on an item to finish crafting. It’s better to go through thoroughly than have to come back later and get more materials.
As you’re running through the level, try to keep a mental note of which paths you take at the junctions. When you see that same junction come up again, make sure to take the other path to get more goodies. If you pick a path you’ve already gone down, don’t sweat it – you’ll get some wumpa fruit for your troubles.
Don’t forget all of your movement techniques! You can run, jump, slide, and most importantly spin. One thing to know about the spin is that it has no internal cooldown, which means you can just keep tapping your screen to make your Bandicoot continue to spin and spin! This makes it a little easier to time hitting boxes when the game starts to speed up.
Don’t forget about your ground pound either! You can perform the ground pround by swiping down when in the air: your Bandicoot will smash into the ground at high speed. The secret about this technique is that it’s capable of destroying boxes around you. So, if you’re in the middle lane and you have boxes on both sides, you can unleash a ground pound and you can get them both!
Keep Recovering Power Gems
Many of the game’s modes are locked behind power gem progression, so you should make taking down Nitro’s gang your first priority. Even when you level up and start unlocking things like the Survival Runs, you should still try to focus on getting power gems back.
The reason being is that you want to unlock all of the features of the Coco’s base before you start to dive into the more competitive stuff. You’ll also unlock all of the collection islands this way as well, making it easier to farm for materials.
Complete Gem Runs
Collect enough power gems and you’ll unlock challenge modes for the various collection islands. One such challenge mode is the Gem Run, where you must get to the end of a difficult course with no skin bonuses active! These challenges are difficult, but completing them will reward you with a giant gem.
Even better is that the Gem Run levels are repeatable, and they reward you with purple crystals, the premium currency of the game. Granted, you only get a few of them, but still – it’s a way to farm the premium currency of the game! You also have to wait a whole day before you can repeat the challenge too.
Big Tiki Trades
Once Coco gets the tiki statue back up and running, you can exchange steps and wumpa fruit for trophies, the experience required for the Bandicoot Pass, a season pass-type of deal for the game. You can get trophies by competing in the Survival Runs naturally, or you can trade for them.
When trading, you have the option to trade a small, medium, or large amount of currency for trophies. If you want the most efficient option, always choose the largest amount for the most return. The other options are good but less effective in the long run compared to the big trade.
That’s all the Bandicoot tips we have for now! If you have any other tips or tricks to share, please let us know in the comments below!