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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 Preparing to dive in water with eel.
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back PlayStation Intro scene: N. Gin is experimenting with the master crystal but they need 25 slave crystals
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back PlayStation On the water board avoiding whirpools!
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back PlayStation Being chased by a huge boulder.

Promo Images

Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back Concept Art Naughty Dog official page in 1997.

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

The Video Game Critic PlayStation Jul 15, 1999 A- 91
PSX Extreme PlayStation 1999 8.8 out of 10 88
GameSpot PlayStation Nov 25, 1997 8.6 out of 10 86
Mega Fun PlayStation Nov, 1997 86 out of 100 86
IGN PlayStation Nov 04, 1997 8.5 out of 10 85
Gamezilla PlayStation 1997 85 out of 100 85
Video Games PlayStation Nov, 1997 82 out of 100 82
Bravo Screenfun PlayStation Mar, 1999 2 out of 6 80
Game Revolution PlayStation Jun 04, 2004 B 75
Random Access PlayStation Sep 16, 2014 4.5 out of 10 45


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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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