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After the last battle with Crash Bandicoot, Cortex is thrown down to Crash' island. In a cave he finds a crystal which he finds out holds great powers. Cortex plans to use these powers for an improved Cortex Vortex which will turn everyone on Earth into his mindless slaves. But in order to do that he has to find 25 other crystals to power the Cortex Vortex. He recruits his old enemy, Crash, to find them, but Crash doesn't know about Cortex' evil plans.


Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back PlayStation Preparing to dive in water with eel.
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back PlayStation Skating fun!
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back PlayStation Intro scene: N. Gin is experimenting with the master crystal but they need 25 slave crystals
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back PlayStation Checkpoint reached.

Promo Images

Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back Concept Art Naughty Dog official page in 1997.

Alternate Titles

  • "Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex no Gyakushuu!" -- Japanese title
  • "Crash 2" -- informal name
  • "クラッシュ・バンディクー2 コルテックスの逆襲!" -- Alternate Japanese Spelling
  • "クラッシュ・バンディクー2 コルテックスのぎゃくしゅう!" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

One-line Summary not available Katakis | カタキス (39490) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars

Critic Reviews

Absolute Playstation Jan, 1998 92 out of 100 92
Joystick (French) Jan, 1998 90 out of 100 90
Netjak Apr 12, 2005 9 out of 10 90 Oct 31, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Retroage Oct 11, 2008 9 out of 10 90
PSX Extreme 1999 8.8 out of 10 88
Gamezilla 1997 85 out of 100 85
IGN Nov 04, 1997 8.5 out of 10 85
Meristation Nov 10, 1997 8 out of 10 80
Game Revolution Jun 04, 2004 B 75


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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.


  • PSXExtreme
    • 1997 (Vol. 3, Iss. 3) - Best Arcade/Platform Game of the Year
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qwertyuiop (33318) added Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (PlayStation) on Sep 05, 2001
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