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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 PSP Ripper Roo boss fight
Crash Bandicoot PSP Technology-themed stage
Crash Bandicoot PSP Acid-filled stage
Crash Bandicoot PlayStation You did it, you win a gem.

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 (41291)
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

NowGamer PlayStation Nov 08, 1996 9.1 out of 10 91
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation Sep, 1996 9 out of 10 90
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Sep, 1996 8.5 out of 10 85
Video Games PlayStation Oct, 1996 82 out of 100 82 PlayStation Jul 20, 2006 8 out of 10 80 / PlayStation 3 Feb 05, 2009 79 out of 100 79
IGN PSP Feb 16, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
IGN PlayStation Nov 21, 1996 7.5 out of 10 75
RetroGame Man PlayStation Aug 03, 2017 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot PlayStation Dec 01, 1996 6.8 out of 10 68


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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.


  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • October 1996 (Issue 87) - Game of the Month
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