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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 Conveyor belt
Crash Bandicoot PlayStation Narrow escape
Crash Bandicoot PlayStation Indiana Jones-style

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 (42836) 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

Gaming Target Aug 16, 2002 9.3 out of 10 93
NowGamer Nov 08, 1996 9.1 out of 10 91
Retro Spirit Games Oct 24, 2013 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Game Informer Magazine Sep, 1996 9 out of 10 90
Absolute Playstation Sep, 1996 8.5 out of 10 85 Jul 20, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Nov, 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Entertainment Weekly Oct 11, 1996 B 75
Edge Dec, 1996 7 out of 10 70
RetroGame Man Aug 03, 2017 7 out of 10 70


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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 (12706) added Crash Bandicoot (PlayStation) on Aug 06, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Corn Popper (68945), GTramp (77634) and CrankyStorming (3002)
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