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Here's a look at this week's batch of the games included in CBS Consumer Correspondent Herb Weisbaum's 1998 CBS This Morning Toy Test.

Crash Bandicoot: WARPED

Crash Bandicoot: WARPED

From: Sony Computer Entertainment America
When available: November 1998
Game Plan: Maintaining all of the best features of Crash Bandicoot and Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, Crash Bandicoot: WARPED provides a whole new meaning to bigger and better! This time, Crash travels through time with little sister Coco and once again sets out to demolish the diabolical plans of Dr. Neo Cortex.
The D-Show

The D Show
From: Disney Interactive
For ages: 7 and up
When available: August 18, 1998
Game Plan: The D Show tests your knowledge of all things Disney, challenging each player to out-wit, out-smart, out-guess or out-luck their fellow contestants by accumulating the most D-Bucks for the highest score.

Gex: Enter the Gecko

Gex: Enter the Gecko
From: Crystal Dynamics
When available: Now
Game Plan: Gex: Enter the Gecko is a 3D action game featuring the TV addicted, tail-whipping, gravity defyin, wise-cracking gecko, GEX. GEX is reluctantly recruited by secret government agents to keep his arch nemesis, Rez, from taking over the country's television broadcasts. Full of tongue-in-cheek references to pop culture and American media, GEX: Enter the Gecko artfully combines humor, stunning graphics and challenging gameplay.

Iggy's Reckin' Balls

Iggy's Reckin' Balls

From: Acclaim
When available: August 1998
Game Plan: Players slide their balls around the tracks, using a grappling hook which shoots from the top of a ball's head to thwart enemies. The hook also grapples onto the ceilings of hovering tracks, whereupon players can pull themselves up. The concept sounds sill and it is, but it's also a lot of fun.
Shangai: Dynasty

Shangai: Dynasty

From:Activision
For ages: All
When available: Now
Game Plan: Four distinctive game modes - Classic, Pandamonium, Dynasty and Kids - offer hours of captivating gameplay as opponents attempt to match tiles, clear layouts and test their strategy against the clock, computer or other players via the Internet. Easy to learn, yet difficult to master, Shangai: Dynasty, is more addictive than ever before!
Tomba!

Tomba!

From: Sony Computer Entertainment America
When available: Now
Game Plan: Tomba! is truly a unique game that puts a ew twist into the platform category. It's a refreshing combination of an action-packed platform game with the added depth of adventure. Tomba! delivers a fun and humorous ride where players will encounter interesting creatures, visit magical places, battle humorous yet challenging enemies, search fro new items and weapons, unveil hidden paths and discover loads of sub-quests.
Turbo Prop Racing

Turbo Prop Racing

From: Sony Computer Entertainment America
When available: Summer 1998
Game Plan: Turbo Prop Racing combines unparalleled water simulation with realistic water spray and wake effects, creating a totally immersive gameplay experience. Feel the shock of blasting through 10-foot waves as you power-up any one of 10 turbo-fueled watercrafts. With fluid handling dynamics and extraordinary speed effects, Turbo Prop Racing is sure to wet your palette for manic boat racing action.
Diddy Kong Racing

Diddy Kong Racing

From: Nintendo
For ages: 6 and up
When available: Now
Game Plan: Take a car, an airplane and a hovercraft and stir vigorously with a Super Mario 64-style adventure. Fold in a world-famous video game character named Diddy Kong. Sprinkle in a new graphic technology called Real-Time Dynamic Animation. Shake generously with the Nintendo 64 Rumble Pak, and top-off with a blue, clue-dispensing elephant genie.
F-Zero X

F-Zero X
From: Nintendo
When available: October 1998
Game Plan: Based on F-Zero, F-Zero X features up to 30 machines on-screen at one time ALL moving at breakneck speeds-making it the fastest moving racing game available for any home ideo game system. Players speed into the future from behind the wheel of a revolutionary hovercraft in an intergalactic race of champions.
Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside

Kobe Bryant in NBA Courtside
From: Nintendo
When available: Now
Game Plan: The first National Basketball Association (NBA) licensed property from Nintendo, the five-on-five basketball game features the endorsement of one of the league's brightest and youngest superstars - Kobe Bryant. With more than 1,000 voice samples, three different modes of play, and the faces of virtually every NBA player, this game proves to be a success.
Pinball Arcade

Pinball Arcade
From: Microsoft
When available: Now
Game Plan: This combination of seven licensed pinball table games that represent the evolution of pinball around the globe, takes players on a nostalgic trip through the 20th century. It offers players a realistic physics model, superior graphics, and a quick, action-packed break for stress relief or fun.
Revenge of Arcade

Revenge of Arcade
From: Microsoft
When available: Now
Game Plan: Revenge of Arcade is like owning five arcade machines that can be easily and uniquely customized. A combination of Ms. Pac-Man, Xevious, Rally-X, Mappy and Motos, Revenge of Arcade offers players a compelling arcade game from the early 1980's. These games have been exactly replicated from the original coin-operated machines to produce the most realistic arcade experience available for the PC.
Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II
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Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II
From: Lucas Arts Entertainment Company
When available: Now
Game Plan: Jedi Knight: Dark Foces II allows Star Wars fans to experience the amazing powers of the Force for the first time. Use of the Force is based on an experience points system that allows players to customize the game. As each mission unfolds, players earn experience points that are tallied when a mission is complete.
Wetrix

Wetrix
From: Infogrames Entertainment
When available: Now
Game Plan: This 3-D water-based puzzler pits players against shifting shapes and falling elements in an effort to survive swelling flood waters. Wetrix offers multiple modes of play, making the game endlessly challenging for repeat play, even for the experienced fan.


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