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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 At end the end of each level you are displayed your "question box" score.
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back PlayStation Intro scene: Cortex is falling from his ship
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back PlayStation The last hub. 5 crystals to go.
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back PlayStation Rolling Stone. Literally.

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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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One-line Summary not available *Katakis* (38210) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars

Critic Reviews

Consoles Plus Dec, 1997 94 out of 100 94
The Video Game Critic Jul 15, 1999 A- 91 Jan 31, 2006 90 out of 100 90
Retroage Oct 11, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Ultra Game Players 1998 89 out of 100 89
GameSpot Nov 25, 1997 8.6 out of 10 86
IGN Nov 04, 1997 8.5 out of 10 85
Bravo Screenfun Mar, 1999 2 out of 6 80
Game Revolution Jun 04, 2004 B 75
Random Access 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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qwertyuiop (32517) added Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (PlayStation) on Sep 05, 2001
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