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Crash Bandicoot
Developer(s)Naughty Dog
Publisher(s)Sony Computer Entertainment America
Producer(s)Dave Siller
Programmer(s)Andy Gavin
Dave Baggett
Artist(s)Charles Zembillas
Joe Pearson
Composer(s)Mutato Muzika (Mark Mothersbaugh and Josh Mancell)
SeriesCrash Bandicoot
EngineGame Oriented Object Lisp
Platform(s)PlayStation, PlayStation Network
NA August 31, 1996
EU November 2, 1996
JP December 6, 1996[1]
PlayStation Network
NA December 4, 2006 (PSP)[2]
JP January 25, 2007[3]
NA May 3, 2007 (PS3)[4]
PAL June 22, 2007[5]

Crash Bandicoot is a platform game made by Naughty Dog in 1996 for the PlayStation, featuring the character by the same name. In it, Crash must fight Dr. Neo Cortex's henchmen (bosses) in order to save Tawna, his beloved bandicoot girlfriend for revenge on Cortex. The game sold 6.8 million copies, becoming the 8th best-selling PlayStation video games of all time.[6]


Crash Bandicoot has 33 levels. Two of these levels can be activated by collecting a key. Each level has a particular theme. No theme is shared by more than two levels. For example, on two levels, Crash runs toward the camera from a boulder (that is heading towards him), an allusion to Indiana Jones. On another level, henchmen throw barrels of toxic waste at Crash as he progresses toward the level's goal. There are also unlockable bonus levels by collecting three Nitrus Brio, Dr. Cortex (only in 2 levels) and Tawna icons. These pictures are always in boxes which gives the player a reason to break open boxes since you can't save your progress unless you complete a Tawna bonus round or a Cortex bonus round. You can also save by collecting a gem.

You can also collect gems in Crash Bandicoot. To collect a gem, you must break all the boxes on that level without losing a life. There are several different colored gems in the game. Some levels require that you complete another level before every box on a certain level is revealed. For example, the Jungle Rollers level requires that you collect the green gem from the Lost City level before every box on that level is unmasked.


The boss levels feature the following characters, in order of appearance:

  • Papu Papu
  • Ripper Roo
  • Koala Kong
  • Pinstripe Potoroo
  • Dr. Nitrus Brio
  • Dr. Neo Cortex



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