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Dr. Neo Cortex and Dr. Nitrus Brio, two evil doctors determined to take over the world, create two devices to turn innocent creatures into genius destroyers of the world. One particular animal, a Bandicoot, is chosen to be the leader of the pack, but when the devices fail in their attempts, the animals are turned into crazy monsters. Only Crash Bandicoot survives with brain intact, now knowing that Neo Cortex is the real bad guy. Cortex notices the threat that Crash may cause, and banishes Crash to another island. So it is up to Crash to find his way through the islands monster population and stop Cortex from destroying the world, as well as saving his girlfriend who is next on the devices list.

In Crash' first appearance on the Playstation, you must run, jump and spin your way through this part 3D platform/part Side Scroller/part Mario 64 style adventure.


Crash Bandicoot PlayStation Mad scientist
Crash Bandicoot PlayStation Main menu
Crash Bandicoot PSP Here's a 1-up right in the beginning!
Crash Bandicoot PlayStation Enemy throwing barrel.

Promo Images

Crash Bandicoot Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "Crash 1" -- Informal name
  • "クラッシュ・バンディク-" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Sony's answer to Mario... until the PS2 was released anyway PlayStation Katakis | カタキス (42793)
Conventional Platformer in 3D PlayStation Evan Agresti (7)
The Original & The Best! PlayStation Jim Fun (243)
One of Playstation's finest games PlayStation Fraser Wilson (5)

Critic Reviews

Gaming Target PlayStation Aug 16, 2002 9.3 out of 10 93
NowGamer PlayStation Nov 08, 1996 9.1 out of 10 91
Retro Spirit Games PlayStation Oct 24, 2013 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
TigerChainsaw PlayStation Oct 09, 2021 8.5 out of 10 85
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Sep, 1996 8.5 out of 10 85
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) PlayStation Oct, 1996 33.5 out of 40 84
Entertainment Weekly PlayStation Oct 11, 1996 B 75 / PlayStation Dec 01, 2012 75 out of 100 75
Impulse Gamer Android Nov, 2011 7.5 out of 10 75 (UK) PlayStation 3 Jun 29, 2007 7 out of 10 70


Topic # Posts Last Post
Very underrated platformer 5 Jason S
Sep 20, 2009



In the Japanese PlayStation TV ads, Crash shared a house with Parappa the Rapper.

Cut level

During the production of this game, Naughty Dog has been eliminated a level called Stormy Ascent (a sequel of Slippery Climb) because the level was too hard.


One of Crash Bandicoot's composers, Mark Mothersbaugh, was the lead singer of the 80's pop band Devo.

Regional differences

In the Japanese version, the password saving system has been removed as well as Tawna in bonus rounds, the TNT crates has a bomb instead the TNT letters and Papu Papu must be beaten by 5 hits instead of 3.


  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • October 1996 (Issue 87) - Game of the Month
Information also contributed by //dbz: and Zaibatsu

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