Crash Bandicoot 4 Movement Guide – How to Slide & Body Slam

The demo for Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is live for PlayStation 4 owners and it’s giving players a chance to try out three different levels. Similar to previous Crash Bandicoot games, users will run, jump, slide, spin, and belly flop their way to success. This is easier said than done, as there are a ton of fearsome foes and treacherous traps standing in your way. Because of this, you’ll need to master every trick in the book to keep Crash alive – even in the demo! While many will be familiar with the basics such as running, jumping, and spinning, sliding and performing a belly flop can be easily overlooked.

Here’s how to utilize these abilities and what they are for in Crash Bandicoot 4!

(Author’s Note: Since the game still hasn’t released, we will update this guide with any new information about how these moves are utilized.)

How to Slide

To perform a Slide you need to run in any direction and then press with Circle or R1 (PS4)/B or RB (Xbox One) to perform slide. Doing so will propel Crash quickly in the direction he is moving while dropping his profile so he can dodge attacks. Additionally, the slide will damage any enemy it hits, but there are obvious exceptions to this.m If a foe is protected from spin attacks then they will be invulnerable to slide attacks as well.

Crash can also perform a slide spin attack by pressing the spin button about midway through the slide. This will cause him to do a low attack that as a wider radius than just dashing into someone. However, you will mainly use this to grab boxes that are stacked below TNT crates. In the demo, you won’t really need to use this until you reach the secret area in Dino Dash. There will be two crates you have to get by that are stacked below TNT and a solid metal box. Keep in mind, Crash will carry his momentum in whatever direction your dash, so make sure you don’t slide into a hazard or off the map!

Remember, you can also perform a jump right out of a dash. This will be key for navigating tricky platforming sections that demand precision. I recommend practicing this movement so you can get the timing down before trying to dash jump over a bottomless hole or pit of lava.

How to Body Slam

Just like sliding, the belly flop is tied to the same buttons and is mainly used to break crates open. To perform a body slam, jump into the air and press Circle or R1 (PS4)/B or RB (Xbox One). This will send Crash slamming straight down, shattering boxes, or killing any enemy below him. If an enemy has any protection from jumps, this will also kill Crash if he connects with someone. You will almost exclusively use the belly flop in the demo to destroy crates that have a metal X across the sides. These can only be broken by the bandicoot’s body slam, so make sure to not just leave them alone!

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Collin MacGregor

Collin MacGregor is the Guide Staff Writer at Fanbyte. He's also the person who willingly plays the support class (you're welcome) and continues to hold out for an Ape Escape remake.