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Description

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.

Screenshots

Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back PlayStation Fighting the boss.
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back PlayStation How to pass this wall? It full of TNT!
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back PlayStation Crash! Turn around.
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back PlayStation There are also 2D sections.

Promo Images

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

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 (42875) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Jul 15, 1999 A- 91
Retroage Oct 11, 2008 9 out of 10 90
GameTrip.net Oct 31, 2012 9 out of 10 90
VicioJuegos.com / uVeJuegos.com Jan 31, 2006 90 out of 100 90
Netjak Apr 12, 2005 9 out of 10 90
PSX Extreme 1999 8.8 out of 10 88
IGN Nov 04, 1997 8.5 out of 10 85
Gamezilla 1997 85 out of 100 85
Game Revolution Jun 04, 2004 B 75
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jan, 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

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.

Regional differences

The game has a different title theme in the Japanese version, which uses a light-hearted, lyrical song; this can be compared to all other versions of the game, which use an instrumental track.

Awards

  • PSXExtreme
    • 1997 (Vol. 3, Iss. 3) - Best Arcade/Platform Game of the Year
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qwertyuiop (39672) added Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (PlayStation) on Sep 05, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Charly2.0 (259208), GTramp (78036) and CrankyStorming (3002)
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