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Crash Bandicoot Games

The Crash Bandicoot game franchise consists of primarily platform-style video games, featuring numerous different worlds and levels, starring the titular character, Crash Bandicoot. The Crash game franchise began with Crash Bandicoot in 1996, which led to the release of several additional video games, many of which became financial and critical successes in a short period of time. Overall, the game series consists of 18 separate video games, three of which are considered to be the main trilogy, and it has sold over 50 million individual game copies.

What are the primary video games in the Crash series?
  • Crash Bandicoot: (1996 release on PlayStation) In this game, evil Doctor Neo Cortex has created the Evolvo-Ray, which mutates animals into dangerous beasts. He attempts to use a separate device, The Cortex Vortex, on Crash Bandicoot, the main character, but it doesn’t work, and Crash escapes. After escaping, Crash Bandicoot goes on a mission to defeat the villain and rescue female bandicoot, Tawna.
  • Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back: (1997 release on PlayStation) After the first game, in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, the villain discovers that an upcoming solar vortex may destroy the Earth, so he devises a plan to get Crash Bandicoot to retrieve the crystals he needs to contain the vortex. After he convinces Crash Bandicoot to do this, in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, the key is for the player to play through a variety of the game's worlds while attempting to collect the needed crystals. It isn't until the crystals are collected that Crash Bandicoot discovers the villain's plan is not quite what it seems.
  • Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped: (1998 release on PlayStation) After successfully passing through the events and levels of the previous game, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, gamers are introduced to an entity known as Uka Uka (a new character), who teams up with Cortex. In this game, Crash Bandicoot, Crash's sister Coco, and their mystical companion Aku Aku go through different periods to collect crystals and gems, in order to stop Uka Uka and Cortex’s mischievous plan. The ending of Warped, which contains more than 30 levels, marks the end of the main Crash trilogy.
What are non-trilogy games?
  • Crash Team Racing (1999), PlayStation
  • Crash Bash (2000), PlayStation
  • Crash Bandicoot: Wrath of Cortex (2001), PlayStation 2, Xbox, Gamecube
  • Crash Bandicoot: Twinsanity (2004), PlayStation 2, Xbox
  • Crash Bandicoot: Crash of the Titans (2007), PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Game Boy Advance, Wii, PSP, Nintendo DS
What are Crash Bandicoot video games known for?
  • Music: Many of the Crash games are known for their varied and upbeat music.
  • Gameplay: Many game reviews praised the video games’ ability to allow the player to be flexible on various levels while playing as Crash.
  • Time mechanics: Many of this game series’ levels have limits, allowing for greater challenge and re-playability while attempting to surpass levels reached in previous play-throughs.
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