‘Akano’s power is NOT invincible, though. So while you will likely have to use this move to reach some pretty out-there crates, spinning into a TNT or Nitro crate will still cut your run short.
Thankfully, the power can be used for combat purposes, as we see one example in the new gameplay of Crash bouncing an enemy projectile back at the foe. And, wonderfully, it doesn’t spin away Wumpa fruit. And according to Game Informer, the spin from ‘Akano can run indefinitely, but can also be cut short if needed.This power joins the other masks and the new abilities they offer Crash and Coco, including Lani-Loli’s ability to shift the player between phases or different versions of the same level; Kupuna-Wa’s power to slow down time; and Ika Ika’s gravity-defying skills.
The four masks aren’t the only new addition to the sequel — Crash 4 features flashback levels that offer punishing trials for players, N. Verted mode is Crash 4’s unique take on mirror mode that changes up every level; and new playable characters like Neo Cortex, Dingodile, and Tawna join the lineup.
Crash Bandicoot 4 is set for an October 2 launch on PS4 and Xbox One. For more ahead of its launch, check out our hands-on preview of Crash Bandicoot 4, read about why Crash 4 won’t feature microtransactions, and stay tuned to IGN for more ahead of launch.
Jonathon Dornbush is IGN’s Senior News Editor and host of Podcast Beyond! Talk to him on Twitter @jmdornbush.