Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex

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Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex is the first Crash Bandicoot game for a system other than the original PlayStation. The story is set some time after Warped: Dr. Cortex wants revenge after being defeated by Crash (again). For this purpose, he creates Crunch, a super-bandicoot who can destroy everything that crosses his way. So Crash needs to defeat Crunch (and in the end, Dr. Cortex).

The game is a typical jump and run, with some other action passages, like air combat and a sequence where Crash is trapped inside a giant sphere rolling around in some sort of rollercoaster. All graphics are in 3D, and the sound is typical for cartoon games like this. The whole game is pretty straightforward in design, getting stuck on a puzzle is not really possible.


Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex PlayStation 2 Slippery. Hit the box with the "!" on the left, to materialize the boxes on the right. Their outlines are visible.
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex PlayStation 2 Main game screen
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex PlayStation 2 Ooga-Booga
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex PlayStation 2 Crash flying.

Alternate Titles

  • "Crash Bandicoot: La Vengeance de Cortex" -- French title
  • "Crash Bandicoot: La Venganza de Cortex" -- Spanish title
  • "Crash Bandicoot: De Wraak van Cortex" -- Dutch title
  • "Crash Bandicoot: Der Zorn des Cortex" -- German title
  • "Crash Bandicoot 4: Sakuretsu! Majin Power" -- Japanese title
  • "Crash Bandicoot 4" -- Informal title
  • "CB: WoC" -- Common abbreviation
  • "クラッシュ・バンディクー4 さくれつ!魔神パワー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Nothing really Original about it PlayStation 2 Mario Duenaz (32)
Not as good as Warped PlayStation 2 qwertyuiop (32515)
Not as lackluster as everyone says it is!!!! Xbox Weston Sharpensteen (32)

Critic Reviews PlayStation 2 Jan 03, 2002 81 out of 100 81
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Xbox May 21, 2002 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Worth Playing GameCube Nov 27, 2002 6.8 out of 10 68 PlayStation 2 Nov 26, 2001 13 out of 20 65
Meristation Xbox May 24, 2002 6.5 out of 10 65
XBox Solution (XBS) Xbox Oct 11, 2002 6 out of 10 60
GamePro (US) Xbox May 02, 2002 3 out of 5 60
Officiel Nintendo Magazine GameCube Dec, 2002 5.5 out of 10 55
GameSpot GameCube Sep 24, 2002 5.1 out of 10 51
Electric Playground PlayStation 2 Nov 13, 2001 4 out of 10 40


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PlayStation 2 version

The PlayStation 2 Greatest Hits version has quicker load times than the original release.

References to the game

The game didn't sell as well as Universal expected: Eventually the company would reference this in Crash Twinsanity when Dr Cortex confronts a hoard of angry penguins and says "It's been a difficult couple of years Wrath of Cortex didn't sell as well as we'd hope and....Fish?" This is followed by one of the penguins firing a laser gun at Cortex.


  • 4Players
    • 2002 – #2 Best Xbox Game of the Year (Readers' Vote)
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