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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 Pendulum
Crash Bandicoot PlayStation Rickety bridge
Crash Bandicoot PlayStation Pinstripe Potoroo
Crash Bandicoot PlayStation Once you acquire the colored gems, new paths open up.

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 Katakis | カタキス (41895) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
Conventional Platformer in 3D Evan Agresti (7) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
The Original & The Best! Jim Fun (243) unrated
One of Playstation's finest games Fraser Wilson (5) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Jul 15, 1999 A 100
Gaming Target Aug 16, 2002 9.3 out of 10 93
Game Informer Magazine Sep, 1996 9 out of 10 90
Mega Fun Oct, 1996 86 out of 100 86
Absolute Playstation Sep, 1996 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Revolution Jun 04, 2004 B 75
Entertainment Weekly Oct 11, 1996 B 75 / Dec 01, 2012 75 out of 100 75
RetroGame Man Aug 03, 2017 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot 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.

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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Kartanym (12738) added Crash Bandicoot (PlayStation) on Aug 06, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Corn Popper (69066), GTramp (68082) and CrankyStorming (3003)