Rilla Roo is a character that was introduced in Crash Bash. He is a hybrid between a gorilla and a kangaroo.
Rilla Roo is one of the playable characters in the game. He helps Uka Uka's team against Aku Aku's team and is the same player type as Dingodile. In the Pogo Pandemonium levels, he uses a power drill as a pogo stick but has weak throwing power in Crate Crush levels. In the outro credits of the Japanese version of Crash Bash, it's revealed that after the events of the game Rilla Roo wished to become Koala Kong's agent so he opened up a restaurant in Hollywood with Dingodile.
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
After initially being teased in a cameo on a banner in Koala Carnival, Rilla Roo was added to the game post-release as part of the Winter Festival Grand Prix. He can be purchased from the Pit Stop for 1500 Wumpa Coins. This marked the first time Rilla Roo has appeared in a Crash game since Crash Bash and his second appearance in the Crash series overall.
An updated redesign for Rilla Roo titled "Fixed Rilla Roo" was given for free to anyone who had unlocked Rilla Roo prior to the post-Grand Prix update. Otherwise, Fixed Rilla Roo is available for purchase from the Pit Stop for 1500 Wumpa Coins. This was done in response to the mixed reception of Rilla Roo's initial redesign in the game, as many felt it wasn't faithful from his original Crash Bash design.
|Rilla Roo||Fixed Rilla Roo|
Driving Style: Turn
Driving Style: Speed
According to the Crash Bash Manual, Rilla Roo has the disposition of a train wreck and prefers to take his time around the arena, suggesting that he is rather patient. Despite this, the same manual also states that he is a first stringer and that he considers himself a closer.
Rilla Roo can often be seen jumping around, hooting wildly and laughing as he taunts his foes. Along with his circus-like attire and tendency to linger around in a battle, he appears to have a clownish, prankster personality. Making fools out of his opponents seems to be equally important to serving his master Uka Uka. His eagerness to go into business with Dingodile and Koala Kong in the Japanese epilogue to Crash Bash also suggests that he is surprisingly entrepreneurial and possibly a bit of a spendthrift.
Rilla Roo's upper half is that of a brown gorilla with fair skin, while his lower half, including feet and tail, is that of a beige kangaroo. He wears red and white striped pants and a black belt with a golden buckle. He has a comb-like quiff on top of his head, and thick, black eyebrows adorning its long face. His mouth, consistently in an o-shape, is at the very bottom of his face, just above his chin.
In Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, Rilla Roo has been given a redesign. While still being a brown gorilla-slash-beige kangaroo, it's Rilla's face that has been given the most changes. His eyebrows are thicker, he gained a goatee, and most notably, his mouth is bigger and has been placed higher up his face, right under his nose (which has also been moved up slightly). Rilla has also gotten more expressive with his mouth. The other notable change is that Rilla Roo's armpits are completely furless. This was later fixed after mixed reception of Rilla's redesign.
Fixed Rilla Roo was introduced later in Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, which has a smaller mouth, placed back just above his chin again, but still as expressive as the previous Rilla Roo's mouth. His goatee also became smaller as a result and the excessive amount of hair all over him has been trimmed down.
- Manual (NTSC-U)
“Rilla Roo has the disposition of a train wreck. Though he prefers to take his time around the arena, his huge whipping tail delivers a nasty blow. Rilla Roo is a first stringer and considers himself a closer – and he doesn’t like to have his photo taken. Watch out for this guy – he’s not one to monkey around!”
- Manual (PAL)
“RILLA ROO – new freak on the block”
See: Rilla Roo/Gallery
- Rilla Roo was going to be a playable character in Crash Nitro Kart, but got cut along with N. Brio, Nina Cortex, and The Komodo Brothers.
- He was called Kanga-Rilla when the game was in production. It is similar to the names of mutants Dingodile created after Crash Team Racing, the Kanga-Rooster and the Dingo-Rilla.
- He is one of the two kangaroo characters that have been mutated. The other is Ripper Roo.
- In the Crash Bash manual, he is explained as having "the disposition of a train wreck", and his photo is a black silhouette with a description saying "he doesn't like having his photo taken".
- He is one of the only two major characters before Crash of the Titans whose species is a hybrid. The other is Dingodile.
- He was featured on MTV Multiplayer's blog as part of their article, "Who Is The Best Video Game Monkey, Ape Or Other Primate?". The Doom Monkeys were also featured in that article.