|Publisher(s)||Universal Interactive Studios|
|Engine||Game Object Oriented Lisp|
|Platform(s)||PlayStation, PlayStation Network|
|Release Date||PlayStation |
Crash Bandicoot is a 3D platformer game developed by Naughty Dog, published by Universal Interactive Studios, and distributed by Sony Computer Entertainment America. It is the first installment in the Crash Bandicoot series.
The game takes place on the fictional Wumpa Islands which are nearby Australia. Dr. Neo Cortex plans on creating an army of mutant animals and mutates Crash Bandicoot so that he may be the leader of the army. However, a failed experiment that involved trying to brainwash Crash causes Crash to escape Cortex Island. Cortex keeps Crash's girlfriend, Tawna, hostage as Crash attempts to make his way back to Cortex Island in order to foil Cortex's plans and to save her.
The game is a 3D platformer where the player controls titular character, Crash Bandicoot. Crash can spin to attack enemies and can jump to jump over holes or other obstacles. In each level, there are crates scattered everywhere and Wumpa Fruit. Crates often have Wumpa Fruit in them and destroying every crate in the level rewards the player with a gem. In certain crates, icons of Tawna, N. Brio, or Dr. Neo Cortex can be found and collecting three of the same icon takes the player to bonus stage where the player can earn extra lives. If the player dies, they cannot try the bonus stage again unless they start the whole level all over. At the end of bonus rounds, Tawna, N. Brio, or Cortex, depending on the icon, will be by the exit back to the main level. Reaching the end of a bonus round let's the player save their game to the memory card or get a code if no memory card is present. Earning a gem will also let the player save. Other crates include standard regular ones that have Wumpa Fruit inside, question mark crates that may contain a bonus level icon or fruit, crates with up arrows that act as trampolines, checkpoint crates which is where Crash will respawn if a life is lost, Aku Aku crates that contain Aku Aku, and the explosive TNT crates. Breaking Aku Aku crates releases Aku Aku who protects Crash. Crash has only one hit point while with each Aku Aku crate opened adds an additional one point of health to Crash. Once a third Aku Aku crate is broken open, without getting hit prior, Crash becomes invulnerable for a short period of time, however can still die by obstacles such as holes.