In memoriam, Donald Sutherland

Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back

aka: Crash 2, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex no Gyakushuu!
Moby ID: 4952


Cover Art

The initial North American releases had lenticular cases that gave the illusion of the front insert's image moving.

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.

Regional differences

The game has a different title theme in the Japanese version, which uses a light-hearted, lyrical song; this can be compared to all other versions of the game, which use an instrumental track.


  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • March 1998 (Issue 104) - Action Game of the Year Runner-Up (Readers' Choice)
  • PSXExtreme
    • 1997 (Vol. 3, Iss. 3) - Best Arcade/Platform Game of the Year

Information also contributed by Big John WV

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