Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced

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Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced
Crash Bandicoot 2 N-Tranced cover.jpg
Developer(s) Vicarious Visions
Publisher Universal Interactive
Release date(s) USA January 7, 2003
Europe March 14, 2003
Japan December 4, 2003
Genre(s) Platformer
Rating(s)
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
Console(s) Game Boy Advance
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Media Game cartridge
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Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced is a direct sequel to Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure. Like its predecessor, the game was released for the Game Boy Advance. Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced was developed by Vicarious Visions and published by Universal Interactive in 2003.

Story

N. Tropy plots to get the Bandicoots to forcefully join their side

Deep in the heart of hyperspace, Uka Uka complains about Doctor Neo Cortex's incompetence, and how his last scheme to shrink the Earth failed miserably. He now trusts Doctor Nefarious Tropy with the task of aiding him in universal domination. N. Tropy sees into the future as phase one in his new scheme. He sees himself standing among the Bandicoots, and concludes that since the Bandicoots keep thwarting them, their only solution is to bring them to their side. With this, he recruits N. Trance, a master of hypnotism.

Meanwhile, back on N. Sanity Island, Crash Bandicoot sleeps away while his friends, Crunch and Coco are abducted by a strange vortex. Aku Aku alerts Crash of the situation and tells him to bring him a Power Crystal so that he can see into what's going on. But when he does, Crash begins to be sucked in by the vortex. While Aku Aku tries to rescue Crash, he uses the Power Crystal's power to discover that N. Tropy is behind this. With the last of his power, he rescues Crash. N. Tropy ends up abducting a strange character named Fake Crash, but he doesn't seem to notice. He has N. Trance successfully hypnotize the Bandicoots into doing his every whim.

Meanwhile, somewhere else in hyperspace, Crash and Aku Aku plan to collect more Power Crystals so that Aku Aku can open more areas of hyperspace, free Coco and Crunch, and foil N. Tropy's plan. Crash frees Crunch after a battle in the skies, and Coco is freed after a battle inside a volcano After Crash defeats Fake Crash, N. Tropy realizes that what they captured the wrong Crash. N. Trance ensures N. Tropy that the Bandicoots will never find their hideout. With a few more Power Crystals, Crash and Aku Aku enter the hideout. When Crash and Fake Crash defeat N. Trance, N. Tropy flees into one last vortex. Crash defeats N. Tropy after a long and tough battle. With N. Tropy's defeat and capture, Aku Aku decides they should take a picture to celebrate. The Bandicoots group around N. Tropy and the picture is taken by Fake Crash. This turns out to be the future N. Tropy saw. Meanwhile, Uka Uka is upset over N. Tropy's defeat, and promises a tougher adversary in the future.

Gameplay

Gameplay screenshot of Crash in the first level, Island Intro.

The gameplay is similar to the game's predecessor, Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure. Crash is the main and playable character, and similar to Crash Bandicoot: Warped, there are a few levels for Coco, all of which occur in outer space, and some for Crunch, all of which involve him moving around in a ball.

Crash can jump, spin, do a Body Slam, slide across the ground, and crawl to get past low areas. After defeating a boss, Crash obtains a new Super Move. Crash starts the game with six lives. He loses a life if he is hit by either an enemy or obstacle or falls down a pit. Collecting 100 Wumpa Fruits or collecting a head from a Crash Crate grants Crash, Coco, or Crunch an extra life. Crash has an additional hit point if he is with Aku Aku, and breaking a second Aku Aku Crate turns Aku Aku gold. Collecting three of these masks allows temporary invulnerability except for falling into a pit.

Much of the game takes place in a dimensional bubble that Crash and his mentor Aku Aku are trapped in. The inside of the bubble is displayed as a map with portals to different levels. Connecting the portals are dotted lines which Crash can use to travel between portals; initially, only a few dotted lines are visible. The goal of each level is to find and obtain any Crystals and Gems within the area. As more Crystals are retrieved from the levels, more dotted lines become visible on the map, allowing for further exploration. Gems allow access to special levels that are necessary to complete the game. After completing a level, Crash can re-enter it and touch a stopwatch to start a Time Trial. If Crash manages to complete it on time, he is rewarded a Relic. Once Crash has defeated every boss and has collected every Gem, Crystal, and Relic, the game is completed.

Controls

  • Control Pad: Move
  • A: Jump
  • B: Spin
  • L (when held): Turbo Run
  • L + A: Rocket Jump
  • L + R: Super Slide
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Levels

Area 1
No. Level Collectibles Crates Relic times Theme
1 Island Intro Crystal Clear Gem 23 Sapphire: 0:26.40
Gold: 0:24.00
Platinum: 0:12.80
Volcanic island
2 Prints of Persia Crystal Clear Gem Green Gem Shard 29 Sapphire: 0:36.20
Gold: 0:32.90
Platinum: 0:28.90
Arabian
3 Lagoony Tunes Crystal Clear Gem 49 Sapphire: 1:20.70
Gold: 1:13.40
Platinum: 1:05.70
Wakeboarding
4 Globe Trottin' Crystal Clear Gem 112 Sapphire: 0:45.20
Gold: 0:41.10
Platinum: 0:31.50
Atlasphere
5 Pharaoh's Funhouse Crystal Clear Gem Red Gem Shard 54 Sapphire: 0:33.40
Gold: 0:30.40
Platinum: 0:18.80
Egyptian
6 Runaway Rug Crystal Clear Gem Green Gem Shard 62 Sapphire: 1:01.80
Gold: 0:56.20
Platinum: 0:47.60
Arabian
Boss fight: Evil Crash Arabian
Area 2
7 Tiki Torture Crystal Clear Gem Blue Gem Shard 57 Sapphire: 0:27.40
Gold: 0:24.90
Platinum: 0:19.60
Volcanic island
8 Hoppin' Coffins Crystal Clear Gem Red Gem Shard 71 Sapphire: 1:04.50
Gold: 0:58.60
Platinum: 0:40.70
Egyptian
9 Barrel Roll Crystal Clear Gem 101 Sapphire: 1:18.30
Gold: 1:11.20
Platinum: 1:07.00
Atlasphere
10 Flockful of Seagulls Crystal Clear Gem 30 Sapphire: 1:23.50
Gold: 1:15.90
Platinum: 1:12.50
Wakeboard
11 Magma Mania Crystal Clear Gem Blue Gem Shard 73 Sapphire: 1:00.10
Gold: 0:54.60
Platinum: 0:44.60
Volcanic island
Boss fight: Evil Coco Volcano
Area 3
12 Run From the Sun Crystal Clear Gem 21 Sapphire: 1:45.50
Gold: 1:35.90
Platinum: 1:31.10
Outer Space
13 Now It's Istanbul Crystal Clear Gem Green Gem Shard 92 Sapphire: 1:10.60
Gold: 1:04.20
Platinum: 0:58.30
Arabian
14 Mister Lava Lava Crystal Clear Gem Blue Gem Shard 89 Sapphire: 1:04.00
Gold: 0:58.20
Platinum: 0:50.90
Volcanic island
15 Water Logged Crystal Clear Gem 23 Sapphire: 0:58.10
Gold: 0:52.80
Platinum: 0:46.10
Wakeboarding
16 Slip-N-Slidin' Sphinx Crystal Clear Gem Red Gem Shard 91 Sapphire: 0:53.80
Gold: 0:48.90
Platinum: 0:43.50
Egyptian
Boss fight: Fake Crash Egyptian
Area 4
17 Rocks Can Roll Crystal Clear Gem 114 Sapphire: 1:10.40
Gold: 1:04.00
Platinum: 0:55.70
Atlasphere
18 Rock the Casaba Crystal Clear Gem Green Gem Shard 109 Sapphire: 1:20.90
Gold: 1:13.50
Platinum: 0:58.90
Arabian
19 Eruption Disruption Crystal Clear Gem Blue Gem Shard 108 Sapphire: 1:05.90
Gold: 0:59.90
Platinum: 0:50.30
Volcanic island
20 Spaced Out Crystal Clear Gem 25 Sapphire: 3:06.20
Gold: 2:49.30
Platinum: 2:30.90
Outer space
21 King Too Uncommon Crystal Clear Gem Red Gem Shard 91 Sapphire: 0:58.40
Gold: 0:53.10
Platinum: 0:50.70
Egyptian
Boss fight: N. Trance Egyptian, Volcanic island
Area 5
22 Wild Nile Ride Clear Gem Red Colored Gem 97 Sapphire: 1:24.60
Gold: 1:16.90
Platinum: 0:45.90
Egyptian
23 101 Arabian Kites Clear Gem Green Colored Gem 64 Sapphire: 1:52.10
Gold: 1:41.90
Platinum: 1:06.70
Arabian
24 Fire Walker Clear Gem Blue Colored Gem 115 Sapphire: 1:38.60
Gold: 1:29.60
Platinum: 1:20.50
Volcanic island
Boss fight: N. Tropy Arabian, Egyptian, Volcanic island

Gallery

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クラッシュ・バンディクー アドバンス2 ぐるぐるさいみん大パニック!?
Kurasshu Bandikū Adobansu 2: Guruguru Saimin Dai Panikku!?
Crash Bandicoot Advance 2: Round and Round Time See Panic?!