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Crash Bandicoot: Warped
Crash Bandicoot Warped cover.jpg
Developer(s) Naughty Dog
Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date(s) PlayStation:
USA October 31, 1998[1]
Europe December 13, 1998
Japan December 17, 1998
USA August 22, 1999 (Greatest Hits)
Japan October 14, 1999 (Best for Family)
PlayStation Network:
Japan September 27, 2007
USA February 7, 2008
Europe October 23, 2008
Genre(s) Platformer
Rating(s) Original release:
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
ACB:ACB G.png - General
PlayStation Network:
PEGI:PEGI 3.jpg - Three years and older
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
Console(s) PlayStation, PlayStation Network
Mode(s) Single player
Media CD-ROM (PlayStation)
Digital download (PSN)
Input PlayStation Controller
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Crash Bandicoot: Warped is the third game of the Crash Bandicoot series. It was developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation in 1998. It is the last Crash Bandicoot platformer that was developed by Naughty Dog, thus concluding the original Crash Bandicoot trilogy. In 2008, Crash Bandicoot: Warped was re-released for the PlayStation Network. In 2017, a remake of the game, along with its two predecessors, was included on Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. The story centers on Crash and Coco Bandicoot and their mission to gather Crystals scattered across time before Neo Cortex can obtain them.

In 2020, a direct sequel, titled Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time, was released.

Plot

Aku Aku alerts Crash and Coco that Uka Uka has been freed

The game takes place immediately after Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, in which Doctor Nitrus Brio uses the gems Crash had collected to power his giant laser weapon to destroy Doctor Neo Cortex's space station. As a result, large chunks of the space station's debris plummet down to Earth and crash into an ancient monument. When the smoke clears, an evil entity flies off into the night.

Back on N. Sanity Island, the home of Crash and his friends, an evil laughter rings through the air. Aku Aku appears shaken and urges everyone to come inside, as a great evil has come.

In an as-of-now unknown area, Doctor Neo Cortex is seen cowering before Uka Uka, who appears to have saved Cortex from the depths of space and is now upset that Cortex has failed him twice. Cortex insists that it is all Crash Bandicoot's fault but Uka Uka's patience is spent, as there is now no other power source on the planet. But since Cortex has indirectly set him free, Uka Uka spares Cortex's life and introduces Doctor Nefarious Tropy, master of time and the creator of the Time Twister that the trio is currently standing on. With N. Tropy's Time Twister, the villains plan on gathering the Power Crystals in their original places in time.

Inside Crash's home, Aku Aku tells the Bandicoots a story of how many eons ago, Uka Uka, Aku Aku's evil twin brother, was locked in an underground prison by Aku Aku to protect the world from his malice, and now that he is free, he must be stopped at all cost. With that, Crash and his friends travel to the Time Twister Machine, where their adventure begins.

After Crash and Coco have defeated N. Tropy (along with Cortex's minions, Tiny Tiger, Dingodile and Dr. N. Gin) and collected all of the Crystals and all of the Gems, Crash battles Doctor Cortex in the core of the Time Twister Machine. Upon Cortex's defeat, the Time Twister implodes (due to N. Tropy's defeat), taking Cortex, Tropy, and Uka Uka with it. Crash and the others escape just in time for the snow season. As the ending credits roll, it is seen that the three villains are trapped in a time prison, with Cortex and Tropy transformed into infants and fighting over Uka Uka's possession.

Gameplay

Crash in the first level, Toad Village

Crash Bandicoot: Warped takes place in a hub area titled the Warp Room, which every level is accessed from. There are five Time Warp chambers, each containing five levels and a boss fight, which can be accessed once Crash completes the five levels and obtains the crystal in each one. After completing the boss fight, Crash can access the next Time Warp chamber. The game supports the DualShock controller, which gives off a vibration in certain parts, such as while Crash or Coco are riding a vehicle. Whenever Crash starts one of two certain levels of a Time Warp chamber or its boss battle, a cutscene is shown in which that chamber's boss talks to Crash.

The gameplay is largely similar to the first two games, because in most levels, Crash or Coco must follow a path to the end. Crash Bandicoot: Warped emphasizes the use of vehicles, such as a plane or a jetski. There are a few prehistoric-themed levels in which Crash can ride a baby T-Rex and a few China-themed levels where Coco can ride a small tiger, Pura. Super Powers are introduced in the game, and are obtained for defeating a boss. Super Powers permanently give Crash an extra ability, such as a longer spinning attack or a double jump.

In every level, Crash can obtain a Clear Gem if he has destroyed every box. Some levels allow Crash to obtain another gem if he has completed a certain task, such as winning a race. By doing so, the Clear Gem appears at the end, in front of the exit portal. Some levels have a Colored Gem, which Crash can obtain by completing a level's secret area.

Crash Bandicoot: Warped introduces a Time Trial mode in each level, where the goal is for Crash to race through a level as quickly as possible. Time Boxes are laid throughout, and can freeze time for either one, two, or three seconds. If Crash is quick enough at completing a level in Time Trail, he is rewarded a Relic, which is either sapphire, gold, or platinum, depending on the completion time.

If Crash collects all five Relics of a Time Warp chamber, a platform appears in the middle, and it takes him to a hidden sixth Time Warp chamber. Each of its five levels are unlocked individually, by collecting every Relic from a certain Time Warp chamber, including the ones before it. Two of the levels in the hidden Time Warp chamber are a secret entrance to an earlier level. In total, there are 32 regular levels (30 if the two "secret entrance" levels are excluded) and five boss fights.

To complete the game, Crash must have collected all 25 Crystals, 45 Gems, and 30 Relics. If Crash has earned a 100% completion score, a second and final battle against Cortex is unlocked, and completing it unlocks an alternate ending.

Levels

The game has a time travel theme, so each level, and by extension the Time Warp chambers, are themed after a certain time period or setting.

Medieval Location[2]
No. Level Boxes Relic times Theme
1 Toad Village 42 Sapphire: 1:03:00
Gold: 0:57:50
Platinum: 0:44:03
Medieval
2 Under Pressure 92 Sapphire: 1:46:00
Gold: 1:10:90
Platinum: 1:03:50
Underwater
3 Orient Express 51 Sapphire: 0:41:00
Gold: 0:27:80
Platinum: 0:18:10
China
4 Bone Yard 66 Sapphire: 1:45:00
Gold: 1:40:20
Platinum: 1:21:00
Prehistoric
5 Makin' Waves 37 Sapphire: 1:11:00
Gold: 1:03:23
Platinum: 0:56:23
Jet skiing
Arabic Location[2]
6 Gee Wiz 100 Sapphire: 1:35:00
Gold: 1:22:73
Platinum: 1:05:90
Medieval
7 Hang'em High 96 Sapphire: 1:24:00
Gold: 0:52:63
Platinum: 0:43:80
Arabian
8 Hog Ride 13 Sapphire: 0:48:00
Gold: 0:44:43
Platinum: 0:38:06
Desert, Racing
9 Tomb Time 95 Sapphire: 1:42:00
Gold: 1:10:00
Platinum: 0:53:90
Tomb
10 Midnight Run 35 Sapphire: 0:53:00
Gold: 0:38:20
Platinum: 0:18:20
China
Oriental Location[2]
11 Dino Might! 112 Sapphire: 1:34:00
Gold: 1:25:73
Platinum: 1:05:00
Prehistoric
12 Deep Trouble 83 Sapphire: 1:37:00
Gold: 1:15:12
Platinum: 1:08:33
Underwater
13 High Time 85 Sapphire: 2:12:00
Gold: 1:04:10
Platinum: 0:56:93
Arabian
14 Road Crash 25 Sapphire: 1:31:00
Gold: 1:26:70
Platinum: 1:23:10
Desert, Racing
15 Double Header 91 Sapphire: 1:27:00
Gold: 1:21:12
Platinum: 0:59:40
Medieval
Egyptian Location[2]
16 Sphynxinator 105 Sapphire: 1:42:00
Gold: 1:22:63
Platinum: 0:56:70
Egypt
17 Bye Bye Blimps 11 Sapphire: 0:49:00
Gold: 0:38:40
Platinum: 0:31:50
Plane
18 Tell No Tales 61 Sapphire: 1:42:00
Gold: 1:25:63
Platinum: 1:05:23
Jet Skiing
19 Future Frenzy 133 Sapphire: 2:01:00
Gold: 1:34:00
Platinum: 1:19:62
Future
20 Tomb Wader 88 Sapphire: 2:44:00
Gold: 1:45:03
Platinum: 1:24:00
Tomb
Future Location[2]
21 Gone Tomorrow 87 Sapphire: 2:05:00
Gold: 1:25:60
Platinum: 1:02:10
Future
22 Orange Asphalt 20 Sapphire: 1:38:00
Gold: 1:33:30
Platinum: 1:23:80
Desert, Racing
23 Flaming Passion 75 Sapphire: 1:43:00
Gold: 1:13:10
Platinum: 0:59:40
Arabian
24 Mad Bombers 11 Sapphire: 2:18:00
Gold: 1:15:23
Platinum: 0:58:13
Plane
25 Bug Lite 120 Sapphire: 1:49:00
Gold: 1:34:83
Platinum: 1:14:90
Tomb
Secret Levels
26 Ski Crazed 100 Sapphire: 1:19:00
Gold: 0:53:50
Platinum: 0:36:30
Jet skiing
27 Hang 'em High (revisited) None None Arabian
28 Area 51? 24 Sapphire: 2:01:00
Gold: 1:49:80
Platinum: 1:44:50
Desert, racing
29 Future Frenzy (revisited) None None Future
30 Rings of Power 33 Sapphire: 1:20:00
Gold: 1:01:43
Platinum: 0:51:73
Plane

There are two extra levels that can only be accessed from another level:

Level Boxes Relic times Theme Accessed from
Hot Coco 70 Sapphire: 1:00:00
Gold: 0:30:10
Platinum: 0:19:96
Jet skiing The level Road Crash, by running over a street sign with an alien on it.
Eggipus Rex None Sapphire: 0:57:00
Gold: 0:52:03
Platinum: 0:47:74
Prehistoric The level Dino Might!, in the Yellow Gem path and jumping onto the second pterodactyl.

Boss fights

No. Boss Super Power
1 Tiny Tiger Super Body Slam
2 Dingodile Super Double Jump
3 N. Tropy Death Tornado Spin
4 N. Gin Bazooka
5 Neo Cortex and Uka Uka Crash Dash

Items

Name Description
Colored Gem There are a total of five Colored Gems, and collecting one unlocks a path in a certain level. Each gem is a different color and is found in a certain level: red (Deep Trouble), blue (Tomb Wader), green (Flaming Passion), yellow (Hang'em High), and purple (High Time).
Crystal The main collectibles of the game. All five must be collected in each Time Warp chamber to unlock its boss stage.
Relic A Relic is rewarded to Crash if he completes a level in Time Trial mode within a certain time. Relics come in three colors — sapphire, gold, and platinum — and the one rewarded depends on the completion time.
Stopwatch Starts the Time Trial mode in a level. Only appears once Crash has completed the level at least once.

Vehicles

Vehicle Description Levels
Bi-plane Piloted by either Crash or Coco in levels where they must shoot down blimps and fighter planes. A directional arrow points out where they must go. Bye Bye Blimps, Mad Bombers, Rings of Power
Jet Ski A vehicle that can travel on water surface. It is used by Coco in four levels, one of which is a hidden level. Like the Bi-plane, a directional arrow points out the correct way, except in the hidden level. Makin' Waves, Tell No Tales, Ski Crazed, Hot Coco
Jet Sub An underwater vehicle that Crash can use to fire missiles and travel underwater faster. Under Pressure, Deep Trouble
Motorcycle In four levels, Crash must ride a motorcycle to race against the hot rods. Hog Ride, Road Crash, Orange Asphalt, Area 51?

Spyro the Dragon demo

Crash Bandicoot: Warped has a playable demo of Spyro the Dragon, making it the first Crash Bandicoot game to have a playable demo of a Spyro game. The demo can be accessed from the title screen by inputting Up Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, and lastly the Square button. The code is similar to the Konami Code but with a Square button at the end rather than a "B" button and then an "A" button.

Reception

  • GameSpot: 8.9 out of 10
  • IGN: 9.1 out of 10
  • GamePro: 5 out of 5
  • The Electric Playground: 8 out of 10
  • All Game Guide: 4.5 out of 5
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly: 9.1 out of 10
  • PSM: 4.5 out of 5
  • Official PlayStation Magazine: 5 out of 5
  • Play UK: 90 out of 100

Gallery

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Crash Bandicoot: Warped.

Trivia

  • The Japanese version exclusively featured compatibility with the PocketStation, allowing the player to play exclusive minigames.

External links

References

  1. "Naughty Dog - 30 Year Timeline". Naughty Dog official website (archived).
  2. a b c d e Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (Prima Guide), pages 146, 159, 175, 194, 210.