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Crash Team Racing (CTR) is a kart racing game a la Mario Kart, featuring popular characters from the Crash Bandicoot series of games - Crash, Coco, Neo Cortex, N. Gin, Penta Penguin, Polar, Pura, Papu Papu, Komodo Joe, Pinstripe, Tiny, Dingodile, Ripper Roo, Fake Crash and N. Tropy.

The player can race a full storyboard game as any one of the characters, fighting to beat the ultimate (and cheating) racer from another planet, Nitrous Oxide, who wants to turn the Earth into a car park. Each of the main races are against 7 other AI competitors, with 5 "boss" races against a single boss character.

To help you along your way are a whole bunch of weapons, ranging from missiles and rolling bombs to booby-trapped TNT crates and the leader-seeking orb.

There are also a few arcade modes, sub-games and battle games against up to 4 other players.


CTR: Crash Team Racing PlayStation Zooming along.
CTR: Crash Team Racing PlayStation Title screen
CTR: Crash Team Racing PlayStation Split screen in an underground lab
CTR: Crash Team Racing PlayStation A shield is a useful thing, it also is a very soothing shade of green.

Promo Images

CTR: Crash Team Racing Screenshot
CTR: Crash Team Racing Render
CTR: Crash Team Racing Concept Art Naughty Dog official page in 1999.
CTR: Crash Team Racing Other

Alternate Titles

  • "CTR" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Crash Bandicoot Racing" -- Japanese title
  • "クラッシュ・バンディクー レーシング" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Crash Bandicoot challenges Mario. PlayStation Michael B (358)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) PlayStation Nov 24, 2000 5 out of 5 100
GamesFirst! PlayStation Nov 24, 1999 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Jan 15, 2000 A 100
Absolute Playstation PlayStation Nov, 1999 92 out of 100 92 PlayStation 1999 A- 91
Gamezilla PlayStation Nov 01, 1999 91 out of 100 91 (UK) PlayStation 3 Jan 21, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Meristation PlayStation Oct 21, 1999 9 out of 10 90
IGN PlayStation Oct 29, 1999 8.5 out of 10 85
Super Play (Sweden) PlayStation Jan, 2000 6 out of 10 60


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Crash Team Racing is the last game in the Crash Bandicoot series developed by Naughty Dog. Other companies took over afterwards.


Each of the tracks are actually included as both high polygon count and lower polygon count models. The high polygon count tracks with maximum detail are used when playing in full screen single player mode, and the lower polygon tracks are used in the split screen multiplayer modes. This was done to get better performance when the game has to render up to 4 screens at the same time. The lower polygon count isn't as noticeable because it's rendered inside smaller view ports.

Other Appearances

The game makes a short appearance on the episode The One With Monica's Thunder from the TV show Friends, in which the character Joey (Matt LeBlanc) enters the living room of his apartment and sees Chandler (Matthew Perry) playing CTR as Crash on the track Hot Air Skyway.

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