We’ve finally completed a list of the best Croc games of all time, but don’t snap at us if you disagree with out choices…
… that’s the best crocodile joke I could come up with… I’ll try again later alligator….
The first Croc game for the PS1 was an unprecedented success, selling over 3 and a half million copies.
The second sold just under three-quarters of a million, and the third game was cancelled completely.
Talk about a quick decline!
Sadly, Croc just didn’t cut the mustard in a world of Bandicoots and fire breathing dragons, not to mention Italian plumbers.
Still, his short run did bring some pretty exciting, albeit similar-themed adventures, so let’s check out the best Croc games to have dropped over the years…
… it won’t take long as there’s only 7 in existence!
7. Croc Mobile: Pinball (2006)
Croc Mobile Pinball kickstarts out best Croc games of all time!
As you might have guessed, this is a pinball game a little like Pokemon Pinball… or any other Pinball game you’ve ever played.
Characters from the Croc series appear as focal points on the board for players to ‘ooo’ and ‘wow’ at, but apart from that it’s not got any new features to revolutionise the game.
Hit objects to rack up points, get combos, and flip like crazy.
Unfortunately, we can’t find a copy of this game anywhere anymore, so unless you’ve still got it on an old phone, you’ll have to take our word for it!
6. Croc Mobile: Jungle Rumble! (2005)
Back in the days of Q*bert, Isometric platformers were all the rage. Before the best retro handhelds came onto the scene, this is what we had to play with!
And to be fair, Jungle Rumble is a good little game!
With 16 levels, it keeps you suitable occupied over a longish train or bus journey. Plus the story isn’t half bad either!
Baron Dante is up to his usual tricks and has snaffled all the Gobbos. Croc has to save them from their imprisonment by collecting keys and collecting gems.
If you liked Landstalker, one of the best Sega Genesis games, then you’ll feel right at home here.
5. Croc Mobile: Volcanic Panic! (2006)
To be honest, there’s nothing new about Volcanic Panic once you’ve played Jungle Rumble. I just like this game more, that’s why it’s ranked one place higher.
Baron Dante has kidnapped someone different this time, and instead of the game taking place in a jungle, you play through a lave volcanic world.
Lose all your hearts and it’s game over time, so wield that tail carefully and don’t die!
Players must collect 9 crystals from each level, get a key, and free a tonne of Gobbos.
4. Croc 2 (2001)
Croc 2 marks the arrival of our first actual tangible game in this list of the best Croc games!
Many of the following games play and feel very similar across both the GBC and the PS1. In this instance, we’ve moved from isometric play to more of a top-down Link’s Awakening style feel.
Ok, so it’s not the best of the best Gameboy Color games by any stretch of the imagination, but it is bright and exciting to play and features some pretty creative worlds and levels for gamers to explore.
If you’ve already guessed that Cros is going to be rescuing Gobbos and stopping Baron Dante, then you would be correct.
This time he has to rescue Professor Gobbo, which I think you’ll agree is much more of a big deal.
Oh, and our green friend also hangs out with an anthropomorphic cat in this one.
Croc 2 might have clawed it’s way into our best GBC articles, but it has to be to make up the numbers…
3. Croc (2000)
Even though the graphics received a little upgrade in the second GBC title, I still prefer the original Croc outing.
My personal nostalgia aside, so did everyone else.
More Gobbo saving, more Baron Dante casing a ruckus, more of Croc saving the day.
There are 30 side-scrolling levels to play through in the first (of two) Croc GBC game. The levels resemble early Super Mario games in pretty much every way.
Pounce, swim, jump, tail attack, and do everything possible to not lose those life cryatals.
Find keys on the way through each level and take part in Crash Bandicoot-style bonus levels.
Crank up your old handheld and give this one a go, or check it out using the Analogue Pocket!
2. Croc 2 (1999)
Croc 2 takes the silver medal in this list of the best Croc games every to grace our screens!
We’ve finally made it to actual 3D Croc games; how does it feel?
Baron Dante has kidnapped Croc’s parents this time…
… I’m beginning to see why these games never went on to produce Croc 15 or The Return of Croc… the storyline is getting a little lame now.
Still, if we’re ranking the best Croc games (which is essentially while we’re all here), then this is one of his most prolific adventures.
Croc follows a very similar structure to the Spyro games. Roam around a level freely, 48 in this case, and fight bosses on their own stage.
The gameplay is fun, the levels look good, but I don’t think we’ll be seeing a Croc 2: Remastered version any time soon…
1. Croc: Legend of the Gobbos (1997)
Croc: The Legend of the Gobbos is the best Croc game of all time.
Or in other words, it all went downhill from here.
Critics gave this game some serious stick back in the day, but the people loved it and still do. Serving as a mixture of Crash and Spyro with more a cutesy Nintendo-style character, Croc’s first adventure looked set to take the entire world by storm.
And to be fair, it did shift a fair few units. Not enough to topple Mazza, however.
This is where the Gobbos first came into being. They saved Croc and raised him just in time for him to save them from Baron Dante.
Move through different Island levels while searching high and low for your stollen Gobbo comrades.
Collect items, find secret stages, swing your tail… you know the story by now.
It might be a little cliche to say that the first game in the series is the best, but the truth is that it just is. This was sadly where the series peaked, so if you’re going to play any Croc game, make sure it’s this one!
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Seb Santabarbara has bought every Nintendo console that has ever been released in his 31 years on Planet Earth. His favourite game franchise is Zelda, and he’s patiently waiting for Banjo-Kazooie to come back to the fold. When he’s not playing games, he’s travelling the world in his self-converted camper van.