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Endpoint: Aku Aku (Crash Bandicoot Character)

created on: 9/06/2021
by: detum (4846)

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General info :
Aku Aku is the guardian of the Wumpa Islands and the father figure of Crash and his friends. Aku Aku is the spirit of an ancient witch doctor encased in a floating, wooden mask. During Crash's missions to stop Doctor Cortex, he scattered copies of himself throughout the travels in an effort to aid him in his mission. Whenever Crash possesses an Aku Aku mask, he will be shielded from one enemy attack or contact. Collecting three Aku Aku masks gives Crash temporary invulnerability from all minor dangers. In his English speaking appearances, he was voiced by David Siller in the first and second games, Mel Winkler from Crash Bandicoot: Warped to Crash Twinsanity, and Greg Eagles from Crash of the Titans onwards.

Aku Aku was named after a Polynesian restaurant near the Alewife station that featured giant tiki statues out front. A reviewer for Game Revolution compared the mechanics of the Aku Aku masks to the shields of the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Steven Rodriguez, in his Nintendo World Report review of Crash Nitro Kart, described Aku Aku's voice when giving advice between races as "sexy" and cited it as the best part of the game's audio, but admitted that "even he gets rather annoying." In his review of Crash of the Titans, Brian Rowe of Game Revolution, while citing the ability to "slap Aku Aku’s face into the ground and ride it like a surfboard" as "harshly inconsiderate", considered it "payback for his gratingly poor impersonations of that other floating head of wisdom – Frylock."
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Submitted by : detum (4846)
on : 09/06/2021