Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back

Crash2Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back was published by Sony Computer Entertainment in 1997 and is a direct sequel of the first Crash Bandicoot.

Cortex_HologramThe story of Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back takes place shortly after the events of the first Crash Bandicoot. Crash is looking for a spare laptop battery for his sister coco and when Cortex abducts him, tricking him into believing he’s changed his ways and into gathering the crystals for him.

Crash gets contacted by Coco  who tries to help and Dr. Nitrus Brio, who tells him that if he wants to save the world he should collect the gems instead of the crystals.

When Crash gets all the Crystals Cortex reveals his true intentions of turning every creature into a slave, but again Crash defeats Cortex and banishes him into space. If Crash collects all the gems, N Brio uses them to destroy Cortex’s  space station.

Considered superior to the first Crash Bandicoot, and praised for its graphics, control and music. It is one of the best selling PlayStation 1 games of all time.

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Crash Bandicoot (video game)

SCUS-94900-I-1Crash Bandicoot is a platformer game published in 1996 by Sony Computer Entertainment, and produced by Universal Interactive Studios for the PlayStation. The first game of the Crash Bandicoot series, the game follows the main protagonist Crash in his journey to defeat his creators Doctor Neo Cortex and Doctor Nitrus Brio, stop their evil plans and save his girlfriend Tawna.

120px-24cv0p1The story takes place on the fictitious Wumpa islands, located off the southern coast of Australia. Crash has to travel through the three islands, progressing level by level and occasionally having to defeat a boss, usually one of Neo Cortex’s henchmen, including Papu Papu the village chief, Ripper Roo a crazy blue kangaroo, Koala Kong the herculean boulder throuing koala, Pinstripe Potoroo a tommy gun wielding mob boss, Dr. Nitrus Brio the scientist who eventually experiments mutation on himself turning into a green rage monster and finally Dr. Neo Cortex the main antagonist who uses a plasma gun.

Through the level there are a number of crates the player can break, they often contain Wumpa fruit that give the player an extra life if 100 are collected. There are many types of crates in the game including the Witch Doctor Aku Aku’s mask that protects Crash from danger or even Nitro crates, that explode on contact.180px-My1-36

If the player breaks all the crates in a level and completes it without losing a life, the player is awarded a gem, which allows them to enter new areas in previous levels that weren’t available before. If the player collects all the gems, Crash can avoid the final boss battle by taking a secret path in the previous level, and escape with his girlfriend Tawna.

 

Crash Bandicoot received very positive reviews, specially for the detailed, lush and colorful environments and visual graphics, but most of all praised for the character design and animation.

 

 

 

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Crash Bandicoot (Character)

Crash_Bandicoot_in_Crash_Bandicoot_2Crash Bandicoot, the title and main character of the Crash Bandicoot series was introduced in the first Crash game in 1996. Based on an Eastern Barred Bandicoot, he was genetically modified by the series’ main villain Doctor Neo Cortex and Doctor Nitrus Brio’s Evolvo-Ray. Crash, banished by Cortex for  his apparent uselessness, fights against Neo Cortex to save his girlfriend Tawna, and stop Cortex’s evil plans for world domination.

Originally designed by Charles  Zembillas, Crash was intended to become the Sony PlayStation Mascot, competing with Nintendo’s Mario and Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog.

Before production, Universal Interactive Studios wanted the main character to be named Willie the Wombat, which Naughty Dog didn’t like at all.

Crash is portrayed as a “goofy yet heroic” protagonist. Taking the role of the silent hero, Crash doesn’t speak, the only word he can say being his catchphrase “Woah” which he shouts when he dies. He has a trademark ability where he spins like a tornado to damage and launch enemies away, though he learns more abilities and skills throughout the games.  CB1_Characters