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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.

Screenshots

Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back PlayStation Title screen
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back PlayStation Where's Crash? Underground.
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back PlayStation Beware of the Nitro boxes. They won't boost your speed. More like instant kill.
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back PlayStation Expect to see this guy a lot.

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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User Reviews

One-line Summary not available Katakis | カタキス (39505) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars

Critic Reviews

GameTrip.net Oct 31, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Netjak Apr 12, 2005 9 out of 10 90
VicioJuegos.com Jan 31, 2006 90 out of 100 90
Joystick (French) Jan, 1998 90 out of 100 90
Retro Spirit Games Oct 24, 2013 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
PSX Extreme 1999 8.8 out of 10 88
GameSpot Nov 25, 1997 8.6 out of 10 86
Mega Fun Nov, 1997 86 out of 100 86
Video Games Nov, 1997 82 out of 100 82
Random Access Sep 16, 2014 4.5 out of 10 45

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Trivia

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.

Awards

  • PSXExtreme
    • 1997 (Vol. 3, Iss. 3) - Best Arcade/Platform Game of the Year
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qwertyuiop (33318) added Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (PlayStation) on Sep 05, 2001
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