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Crash Team Racing
Crash Team Racing cover.jpg
Developer(s) Naughty Dog
Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date(s) PlayStation:
USA September 30, 1999
Japan December 16, 1999
Europe January 12, 2001
PlayStation Network:
Europe October 18, 2007
Genre(s) Racing
Rating(s)
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
Console(s) PlayStation
Mode(s) Single player, 2-4 players
Media Disc
Digital download
Input PlayStation Controller

Crash Team Racing is a racing game for the PlayStation that was developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment in 1999. It is the last Crash Bandicoot game made by Naughty Dog, who would later become an in-house developer for Sony Computer Entertainment America. The game is based on the Mario Kart games. In 2003, the game received a sequel, Crash Nitro Kart, which has very similar gameplay.

In 2007, the game was ported to the PlayStation Network in Europe. In 2019, a remake of the game was released, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled.

Story

The inhabitants of Earth are visited by an extraterrestrial named Nitros Oxide, who claims to be the fastest racer in the galaxy. Challenging Earth to a game called "Survival of the Fastest", Nitros Oxide beckons Earth's best driver to race him. If Earth's driver wins, he promises to leave Earth alone, but if Oxide wins, he will turn Earth into a concrete parking lot and enslave the Earthlings.

The player's racer manages to obtain four Boss Keys needed to access Oxide's spaceship and races him in a one-on-one match. Upon losing, Nitros Oxide temporarily leaves Earth, but later returns for a rematch once all of the Time Relics have been collected.

After losing once more, Oxide keeps his word and angrily leaves Earth forever. An epilogue is relayed during the end credits, explaining what the characters of the game did after the events of the story. Nitros Oxide himself returns to his home planet of Gasmoxia and secludes himself from society. After undergoing years of therapy to cope with his loss, he takes up unicycle-racing, only to get into a gruesome accident.

Epilogues

Because this would be the last Crash game Naughty Dog would work on, epilogues were created for each character in the game, depicting their fates after the events of Crash Team Racing. None of these epilogues are referenced or acknowledged in subsequent Crash Bandicoot titles.

  • Crash sold his life story to a major movie studio. The film entitled "The Color Orange" will be released for the Christmas season. Crash can now be found somewhere on a beach doing dancing and napping.
  • Cortex went back to scientific research and discovered a new element in the periodic table. Numerous lawsuits failed to change the name he boldly chose for Element 117... CORTEXRULESTHEWORLDIUM.
  • Tiny Tiger moved to Beverly Hills and founded the popular chain of "Pain 'N Gain" fitness clubs. His Tiny-Bo exercise video made millions on infomercials around the globe.
  • Coco went on to start her own Internet dating service. Although her company is still in the red, the share prices are going through the roof!
  • N. Gin opened a custom auto parts store in Toledo, Ohio. The store closed after a massive recall when his patented "clear-the-road" missile system sparked havoc on the nation's freeways.
  • Dingodile went on to found an animal breeding program for the creation of unique and interesting pets. His motto "combine them all" spurred such successes as the Gir-bat, Kanga-rooster, and the Dingo-Rilla.
  • Polar became the head taste tester for a leading ice cream company. Bold new flavors okayed for production include Salmon Swirl, Squishy Squid Sundae and Mackerel Mint.
  • Pura joined the Las Vegas tiger show of Zigfield and Floyd. His starring role came to a disastrous end one day when Pura accidentally closed his mouth a bit too early.
  • Pinstripe became a used car salesman in New Jersey. As top salesman each month he smirks, "People decide on a car quickly once my tommy gun comes out."
  • Papu Papu joined the Wild Wrestling Association and changed his ring name to Mr. Bad Belly. His signature move the "Bad Belly Bounce" was finally banned by the WWA after three wrestlers suffered severe rope friction burns.
  • Ripper Roo was elected state governor to everyone's surprise. His slogan "Crazy is as crazy does!" created a ground shell of public support, and even started whispers of a run for presidency.
  • Komodo Joe opened "Honest Joe's Wedding Ring and Rare Gem Outlet" in Zurich. After a series of sting operations Joe was convicted of laundering stolen Cubic Zirconias from the Couch Slouch shopping network.
  • N. Tropy began tinkering with his time machine hobby again. He was last seen entering a time warp ball traveling to some ancient rain forest. Alas, rust is timeless.
  • Nitros Oxide went back to the planet Gasmoxia a broken alien. After years of psychotherapy, Oxide emerged from seclusion to begin racing again. Unfortunately the unicycle was a poor vehicle choice and his resulting accident was too gruesome to detail here.
  • Ami became a race kart driver herself, saying, " I'm sick of giving out trophies! I want a few of my own!"
  • Isabella landed a bit part in the season finale of "Bay Waters."
  • Liz posed for Bandiboy Magazine, buying her dream Malibu mansion with the earnings.
  • Megumi shortly unveiled her new line of perfume called "Odecoot" featuring the alluring scent of fermenting Wumpa Fruit.

Gameplay

Crash Team Racing is a kart racer in which the player can select Crash Bandicoot characters to play as. In races, the player can control their character to accelerate, steer, reverse, brake, hop or use weapons and power-ups with the game controller's analog stick and buttons. Two distinct forms of crates are scattered throughout the tracks and arenas of Crash Team Racing:

  • ? Crates hold power-ups and weapons, which can be obtained by driving through and breaking apart said crates. When the player collects a weapon or power-up, it will appear in a box at the top of the screen. The player can activate the weapon or power-up to wreak havoc on the other racers or supplement the player's own performance.
  • Fruit Crates carry Wumpa Fruit, which increase the kart's speed and strengthen the player's weapons and power-ups if ten of them are obtained.

A crucial maneuver in Crash Team Racing is the power slide; the player executes the slide by holding down one of the shoulder buttons for their racer to perform a hop, and steering before the kart lands. While sliding, the Turbo Boost Meter on the lower-right corner of the screen fills up and goes from green to red. At the same time, the exhaust gas from the player's kart turns black. To get a speed boost, the player quickly presses the opposite shoulder button while the Turbo Boost Meter is red. The player can execute three speed boosts in a row during a power slide, with the third speed boost being more powerful than the previous two. If the player waits too long into the power slide for a boost, the kart backfires and the chance for a speed boost is lost; power sliding for too long causes a spin-out. Aside from power slides, speed boosts can be obtained by gathering hang time when leaping over gaps in the track. The longer the player is in the air, the bigger the speed boost is when the kart lands.

After every race, an awards ceremony is shown. Each of the characters have two unique poses, depending on whether they have won or lost.

Modes

Crash Team Racing features 5 racing modes: "Adventure, "Time Trial", "Arcade", "Versus" and "Battle". Before starting a mode, the player must select their racer. A PlayStation multitap can be installed to allow three or four-player games.

Adventure

"Adventure" is a single-player mode in which the player's racer must race through tracks and arenas and collect trophies, Relics, Boss Keys, CTR Tokens and Gems along the way. At first, the racer can only access two levels, but as more races are won, more tracks on multiple worlds become available. There are four worlds, each with four race courses and a Crystal Bonus Round. In each level, the player's racer must win a trophy by coming in first place. In doing so, the Relic Race and CTR Challenge are unlocked for that course. When the player receives all four trophies in a world, that world's Boss Garage is unlocked. In the Boss Garage, the player's racer has to race against the world boss. If the boss loses, they relinquish a Boss Key to the player's racer, allowing them to unlock the next world.

In a Relic Race, the player's racer must race on a course and complete it in the fastest time possible. They can drive through Time Crates scattered around the course to freeze the timer for either 1, 2, or 3 seconds (depending on which number is shown on the crate). If all of the Time Crates are destroyed, the player's final time is reduced by ten seconds. If the racer beats the time indicated on the screen, they win a Relic.

A CTR Challenge is played like a normal race, except that the player's racer must also collect the letters C, T and R around the course. If the racer collects all three letters and wins in first place, they earn a CTR Token. These tokens come in five different colors: Red, Green, Blue, Yellow and Purple. The Purple CTR Tokens are awarded for beating the Crystal Bonus Round by collecting 20 crystals with a time limit. If the player's racer collects four tokens of the same color, they can participate in the Gem Cup of the corresponding color. Gem Cups are racing tournaments held against other racers, and are accessed in a secret area in Gemstone Valley. A Gem Cup consists of four tracks in a row, in which the player must race for points. If the player's racer wins a Gem Cup, they are awarded a Gem.

Time Trial

The "Time Trial" mode is a single-player mode where the player's racer attempts to set the best time on any of the tracks. There are no other racers to hinder the player and no power-ups. When the Time Trial is finished, the player has the option to save a ghost, which serves as a replay of that race, so the next time the player accesses the track, they can race against the ghost. They can also race against N. Tropy and Nitros Oxide. Winning against them earns the player gold and platinum stars respectively.

Arcade

In the "Arcade" mode, the player can quickly scroll through and race on a selection of tracks. The player can choose to select a Single Race or enter a Cup, in which the player races on four tracks in a row for points. In the Single Race and the Cup Race, one or two players race with the remaining computer-controlled drivers. The difficulty of the race and number of laps can be customized.

Versus

The "Versus" mode is similar to that of the Arcade mode, with the exception that two or more human players must be involved.

Battle

In the "Battle" mode, up to four players can fight customized battles, launching weapons during combat in one of seven special battle arenas. The type and length (the latter modifies how many hit points or minutes the battle will have) of the battle can be adjusted beforehand, allowing for three types of battles. In a "Point Limit Mode" battle, the first player to achieve 5, 10 or 15 points wins. In the "Time Limit Mode" battle, the player with the highest points after 3, 6 or 9 minutes wins. In the "Life Limit Mode", each player has a set number of lives (3, 6 or 9) and the battle has a time limit (3, 6 minutes or forever). The player with the most lives at the end of the time limit wins. If "forever" is chosen as the length, the battle lasts until only one player is standing. Three and four players can team up for 2-vs.-1, 2-vs.-2, 3-vs.-1 or 1-vs.-1-vs.-2 battles.

Playable characters

Name Stats Description
Crash Bandicoot Speed: Good
Acceleration: Good
Turn: Good
The main and titular character of the Crash Bandicoot series. His stats are all rounded.
  • Winning pose: Performing a pose
  • Losing pose: Sleeping
Doctor Neo Cortex Speed: Good
Acceleration: Good
Turn: Good
The main antagonist of the Crash Bandicoot series. His stats are the same as Crash's.
  • Winning pose: Cortex slaps his knees, then raises his arms and does an evil laugh
  • Losing pose: Crying
Tiny Tiger Speed: Great
Acceleration: Good
Turn: Weak
A huge Thylacine. His weight gives him high speed but bad turning.
  • Winning pose: Leaping, clicking heels, and roaring.
  • Losing pose: Shaking his head while roaring.
Coco Bandicoot Speed: Good
Acceleration: Great
Turn: Average
Crash's brainy sister. Special computer chips give her kart excellent acceleration.
  • Winning pose: Stands up while admiring her own fingernails
  • Losing pose: Sits and types on laptop
Doctor N. Gin Speed: Good
Acceleration: Great
Turn: Average
Cortex's missile-headed assistant and an expert engineer.
  • Winning pose: Does a robot dance.
  • Losing pose: His head rocket unleashes fire.
Dingodile Speed: Great
Acceleration: Good
Turn: Weak
A flamethrower-wielding dingo/crocodile hybrid. His weight gives him high speed but bad turning.
  • Winning pose: Hops from leg to leg and shoots flame in the air
  • Losing pose: Sits down and shakes his head.
Polar Speed: Weak
Acceleration: Good
Turn: Great
A small polar bear cub and a pet of Crash Bandicoot. As a lightweight, Polar's kart has good turning but slow speed.
  • Winning pose: Sits down and barks
  • Losing pose: Sleeps
Pura Speed: Weak
Acceleration: Good
Turn: Great
A small tiger cub and a friend of Coco. His stats are the same as Polar's.
  • Winning pose: Pounces straight up in a circular path
  • Losing pose: Licks his paw

Unlockable characters

Name Stats Description
Ripper Roo Speed: Weak
Acceleration: Good
Turn: Great
A deranged blue kangaroo and the first boss of Adventure mode. During his race, Ripper Roo drops an unlimited number of TNT Crates during his race. He is unlocked by completing the Red Gem Cup in Adventure Mode.
  • Winning pose: Hops around wildly
  • Losing pose: Lays on his belly
Papu Papu Speed: Great
Acceleration: Good
Turn: Weak
An obese tribesman and the second boss of Adventure mode. During his race, Papu Papu drops an unlimited number of beakers. He is unlocked by completing the Green Gem Cup in Adventure Mode.
  • Winning pose: Shakes gut and dances
  • Losing pose: Slaps belly angrily
Komodo Joe Speed: Good
Acceleration: Good
Turn: Good
A samurai Komodo dragon and the third boss of Adventure mode. During his race, Komodo Joe drops behind an unlimited number of TNT Crates and Nitro Crates. He is unlocked by completing the Blue Gem Cup in Adventure Mode.
  • Winning pose: Dances
  • Losing pose: Covers face with arms and cries
Pinstripe Potoroo Speed: Good
Acceleration: Great
Turn: Average
A gangster potoroo with a tommy gun and the fourth boss of Adventure mode. During his race, Pinstripe Potoroo uses an unlimited number of Bowling Bombs. He is unlocked by completing the Yellow Gem Cup in Adventure Mode.
  • Winning pose: Fires his gun in the air
  • Losing pose: Lays on one knee and shakes his gun
Fake Crash Speed: Good
Acceleration: Good
Turn: Good
A "fake" version of Crash, with huge eyebrows and goofy teeth. He is unlocked by completing the Purple Gem Cup in Adventure mode.
  • Winning pose: Dances
  • Losing pose: Crosses arms and whines
Doctor Nefarious Tropy Speed: Great
Acceleration: Good
Turn: Weak
An evil time traveler and a master of time and space. N. Tropy is unlocked by beating all of his ghosts in Time Trial mode.
  • Winning pose: Raises fork and slams it onto the ground
  • Losing pose: Cries into his arm
Penta Penguin Speed: Weak
Acceleration: Good
Turn: Great
A small penguin. In PAL versions, Penta has perfect speed, acceleration, and turn. He is unlocked by holding L1 + R1 at the main menu and pressing Down, Right, Triangle, Down, Left, Triangle, and Up.
  • Winning pose: Spins and becomes dizzy
  • Losing pose: Slowly spins on his rear end

Non-playable

Name Description
Nitros Oxide The main villain of the story and the final boss. He is an extraterrestrial who claims to be the fastest racer in the galaxy. He has a number of unlimited weapons as his disposal. When Nitros Oxide loses, he stomps his feet and shakes violently.
Trophy Girls These Bandicoot women appear at the every of each race to hand out the trophy to the winner of the race. Ami is the green haired one, Isabella is the blonde girl, Megumi is the blue haired girl, and Liz is the black haired girl.

Tracks

Name Description
N. Sanity Beach
Crash Cove A short, easy course with water elements and a ship.
Roo's Tubes A race through underwater tubes with fairly tough turns and many turbo boosters.
Mystery Caves An underground course which features moving jumps over ponds and turbo jumps through flaming rock obstacles that can cause the driver to spin out.
Sewer Speedway A race through a sewer environment, based on the sewer levels in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back. It contains jump gaps in the roadway and barrels that crush drivers.
The Lost Ruins
Coco Park A colorful course with a paved road throughout. It is Coco's home course.
Tiger Temple A roughly elliptical track with fire hazards, jumps, and a secret passage.
Papu's Pyramid An elevated track that starts out with a climb up a pyramid with four sharp 90 degree turns and carnivorous plants.
Dingo Canyon A roadway enclosed by high rock walls with obstacles such as rolling armadillos, water, and a jump.
Glacier Park
Blizzard Bluff A snow level with frozen ponds and boulders that threaten to crush drivers.
Dragon Mines A windy underground course with mining carts circulating that can crush drivers and a sharp spiral ascending turn.
Polar Pass A very long snow track with numerous difficult turbo jumps, frozen ponds, and seals which cause drivers to spin out.
Tiny Arena A dirt course with many large and small dirt jumps and many sharp turns. The main hazards in this course are mud pits.
Citadel City
N. Gin Labs A laboratory-themed course with many turbo jumps, large barrels that can crush drivers, a turbo tunnel, and multiple bottomless pits.
Cortex Castle A relatively long course that is based on Bowser's Castle from the Mario franchise. Hazards include spiders that drop from the ceiling, a large turbo jump, and numerous pitfalls.
Hot Air Skyway A track that is suspended in the skies. The only obstacle is a large turbo jump where racers have a possibility of falling off.
Oxide Station This track is only playable on Adventure and Single Player modes, and it contains huge turbo jumps and numerous turbos. In Adventure mode, this is where Nitros Oxide is raced.
Gem Stone Valley
Slide Coliseum A flat track with a road surface, turns with large tires providing barriers, and a few turbos.
Turbo Track Similar to Slide Coliseum, but, as the name implies, is filled with several turbo boosters.

Time Trial times

Course Best 3 Lap Time Fastest Lap Time Who Beat It
Crash Cove 1:30:63 0:29:22 Mike G.
Roo's Tubes 1:24:45 0:27:60 Mike G.
Tiger Temple 1:47:86 0:34:75 Jon O.
Coco Park 1:29:11 0:28:77 Jon O.
Mystery Caves 2:15:17 0:44:19 Mike G.
Blizzard Bluff 1:26:68 0:26:72 Jon O.
Sewer Speedway 1:52:92 0:36:97 Mike G.
Dingo Canyon 1:37:53 0:31:40 Jon O.
Papu's Pyramid 1:41:58 0:31:06 Jon O.
Dragon Mines 1:40:22 0:32:73 Jon O.
Polar Pass 2:48:57 0:54:04 Mike G.
Cortex Castle 2:34:24 0:50:44 Jon O.
Tiny Arena 3:42:60 1:12:91 Mike G.
Hot Air Skyway 3:05:79 0:57:62 Mike G.
N.Gin Labs 2:38:45 0:51:73 Mike G.
Oxide Station 3:20:85 1:05:75 Mike G.
Slide Coliseum 2:00:35 0:38:93 Jon O.
Turbo Track 2:04:95 0:40:30 Jon O.

Battle courses

There are seven battle courses, four of which are also the setting for a Crystal Bonus Round challenge in Adventure mode.

Name Description
Skull Rock In Adventure mode, this course is the Crystal Bonus Round of N. Sanity Beach.
Rampage Ruins In Adventure mode, this course is the Crystal Bonus Round of The Lost Ruins.
Rocky Road In Adventure mode, this course is the Crystal Bonus Round of Glacier Park.
Nitro Court In Adventure mode, this course is the Crystal Bonus Round of Citadel City.
Parking Lot
The North Bowl
Lab Basement

Cheat codes

All cheat codes must be entered from the main menu. To input a cheat, the player must hold L1 and R1 and enter one of the following combinations:

Button combination Effect
Down, Up, Down, Down, Right, Up, Down, Right, Triangle, Down Single lap races
Right, Up, Down, Up, Right, Circle Beakers and Explosive Crates only
Triangle, Down, Down, Circle, Up Display boost counter
Down, Left, Right, Down, Right, Circle, Triangle, Down Icy tracks
Left, Triangle, Right, Left, Circle, Right, Down, Down Use Aku Aku or Uka Uka throughout entire races
Triangle, Right, Down, Right, Up, Triangle, Left Infinite supply of Bowling Bombs
Down, Right, Right, Down, Down Infinite supply of Wumpa Fruit
Up, Up, Down, Right, Right, Up Use Invisibility throughout entire races
Down, Circle, Triangle, Right Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! demo
Up, Up, Left, Right, Triangle, Down, Right, Down Super Engine Mode
Down, Right, Left, Up, X, Right Super Hard mode
Triangle, Right, Right, Circle, Left Super Turbo Pads
Triangle, X, Right, Left, Left, Triangle, X Unlimited turbos
Circle, Down, Down, Up, Circle, Circle, Down, Left, Right Unlock Fake Crash
Down, Circle, Left, Left, Triangle, Right, Down Unlock Komodo Joe
Down, Left, Right, Up, Down, Right, Right Unlock N. Tropy
Left, Triangle, Right, Down, Right, Circle, Left, Left, Down Unlock Papu Papu
Down, Right, Triangle, Down, Left, Triangle, Up Unlock Penta Penguin
Left, Right, Triangle, Down, Right, Down Unlock Pinstripe
Right, Circle, Circle, Down, Up, Down, Right Unlock Ripper Roo
Up, Up, Down, Right, Right, Left, Right, Triangle, Right Unlock Scrapbook
Right, Right, Left, Triangle, Right, Down, Down Unlock Turbo Track and All Arenas

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クラッシュ バンディクー レーシング
Kurasshu Bandikū Rēshingu
Crash Bandicoot Racing

Trivia

  • In an episode of the sitcom Friends, "The One With Monica's Thunder", Chandler is seen playing Crash Team Racing.

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