Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back

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After the last battle with Crash Bandicoot, Cortex is thrown down to Crash' island. In a cave he finds a crystal which he finds out holds great powers. Cortex plans to use these powers for an improved Cortex Vortex which will turn everyone on Earth into his mindless slaves. But in order to do that he has to find 25 other crystals to power the Cortex Vortex. He recruits his old enemy, Crash, to find them, but Crash doesn't know about Cortex' evil plans.


Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back PlayStation Expect to see this guy a lot.
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back PlayStation Communicating with Coco.
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back PlayStation Dark ruins overview!
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back PlayStation Rolling Stone. Literally.

Alternate Titles

  • "Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex no Gyakushuu!" -- Japanese title
  • "Crash 2" -- informal name
  • "クラッシュ・バンディクー2 コルテックスの逆襲!" -- Alternate Japanese Spelling
  • "クラッシュ・バンディクー2 コルテックスのぎゃくしゅう!" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Consoles Plus PlayStation Dec, 1997 94 out of 100 94
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Jan, 1998 92 out of 100 92
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Jul 15, 1999 A- 91
Joystick (French) PlayStation Jan, 1998 90 out of 100 90
Netjak PlayStation Apr 12, 2005 9 out of 10 90 PlayStation Oct 31, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Retro Spirit Games PlayStation Oct 24, 2013 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
PSX Extreme PlayStation 1999 8.8 out of 10 88
IGN PlayStation Nov 04, 1997 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Revolution PlayStation Jun 04, 2004 B 75


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References to the game

In The Simpsons sitcom, episode Lisa Gets an "A" (10th season), Lisa plays video game called Dash Dingo. It's parody of Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back. The music that plays when the game starts is similar to the music when the Crash game starts. Also, the evil floating Australian head is a parody of the Crash games' villain, Doctor Neo Cortex. The game also revolves around finding and devouring "seven crystal babies", referencing the Azaria Chamberlain disappearance and the Crystals in the aforementioned game.


  • PSXExtreme
    • 1997 (Vol. 3, Iss. 3) - Best Arcade/Platform Game of the Year
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