Crash Bandicoot: Warped
|Crash Bandicoot: Warped|
|Publisher||Sony Computer Entertainment|
October 31, 1998
December 13, 1998
December 17, 1998
August 22, 1999 (Greatest Hits)
October 14, 1999 (Best for Family)
September 27, 2007
February 7, 2008
October 23, 2008
|Rating(s)||Original release: |
|Console(s)||PlayStation, PlayStation Network|
Digital download (PSN)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
|1||Toad Village||42||Sapphire: 1:03:00
|2||Under Pressure||92||Sapphire: 1:46:00
|3||Orient Express||51||Sapphire: 0:41:00
|4||Bone Yard||66||Sapphire: 1:45:00
|5||Makin' Waves||37||Sapphire: 1:11:00
|6||Gee Wiz||100||Sapphire: 1:35:00
|7||Hang'em High||96||Sapphire: 1:24:00
|8||Hog Ride||13||Sapphire: 0:48:00
|9||Tomb Time||95||Sapphire: 1:42:00
|10||Midnight Run||35||Sapphire: 0:53:00
|11||Dino Might!||112||Sapphire: 1:34:00
|12||Deep Trouble||83||Sapphire: 1:37:00
|13||High Time||85||Sapphire: 2:12:00
|14||Road Crash||25||Sapphire: 1:31:00
|15||Double Header||91||Sapphire: 1:27:00
|17||Bye Bye Blimps||11||Sapphire: 0:49:00
|18||Tell No Tales||61||Sapphire: 1:42:00
|19||Future Frenzy||133||Sapphire: 2:01:00
|20||Tomb Wader||88||Sapphire: 2:44:00
|21||Gone Tomorrow||87||Sapphire: 2:05:00
|22||Orange Asphalt||20||Sapphire: 1:38:00
|23||Flaming Passion||75||Sapphire: 1:43:00
|24||Mad Bombers||11||Sapphire: 2:18:00
|25||Bug Lite||120||Sapphire: 1:49:00
|26||Ski Crazed||100||Sapphire: 1:19:00
|27||Hang 'em High (revisited)||None||None||Arabian|
|28||Area 51?||24||Sapphire: 2:01:00
|29||Future Frenzy (revisited)||None||None||Future|
|30||Rings of Power||33||Sapphire: 1:20:00
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
|Jet skiing||The level Road Crash, by running over a street sign with an alien on it.|
|Eggipus Rex||None||Sapphire: 0:57:00
|Prehistoric||The level Dino Might!, in the Yellow Gem path and jumping onto the second pterodactyl.|
|1||Tiny Tiger||Super Body Slam|
|2||Dingodile||Super Double Jump|
|3||N. Tropy||Death Tornado Spin|
|5||Neo Cortex and Uka Uka||Crash Dash|
|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.|
|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.
- 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
- For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Crash Bandicoot: Warped.
- The Japanese version exclusively featured compatibility with the PocketStation, allowing the player to play exclusive minigames.
- "Naughty Dog - 30 Year Timeline". Naughty Dog official website (archived).
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (Prima Guide), pages 146, 159, 175, 194, 210.