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 Title screen
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back PlayStation Don't hit the mines.
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back PlayStation One thing is to find the crystal, another one is to bring it home.
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back PlayStation Crash is furious when he's hanging.

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
Retroage PlayStation Oct 11, 2008 9 out of 10 90 PlayStation Oct 31, 2012 9 out of 10 90 PlayStation Jan 31, 2006 90 out of 100 90
Ultra Game Players PlayStation 1998 89 out of 100 89
PSX Extreme PlayStation 1999 8.8 out of 10 88
GameSpot PlayStation Nov 25, 1997 8.6 out of 10 86
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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