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This page refers to the racing course originating from Crash Team Racing. See here for other uses of "Cortex Castle".

Cortex Castle is the 14th race course and the 2nd race course of Citadel City in CTR: Crash Team Racing and Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled. It is based on Cortex's castle from the first Crash Bandicoot game, and it is the home track of Doctor Neo Cortex.

In Adventure Mode, it is one of the first tracks available in Citadel City along with N. Gin Labs. It is in the Green Gem Cup along with Roo's Tubes, Coco Park and Polar Pass and as well as the Nitro Cup.


This race takes place in the spacious castle of Neo Cortex. Somebody call the exterminator - there are giant spiders here which drop from the ceiling. This course has a lot of right-angle turns, some big jumps, and ledges without guardrails - be careful! Look for a handy shortcut near the end of the track.

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Being one of the final tracks, Cortex Castle is quite hard; more so than N. Gin Labs. The track features near endless sharp corners and edges as well as several jumps. Obstacles in it are spiders that hang from the ceiling. Hitting them will spin the characters out.

The Nitro-Fueled remake adds quite a few aesthetic additions to the track. Many Lab Assistants can be found performing tasks around the castle. Banners of Dr. Neo Cortex wearing a crown, along with Nina Cortex, N. Brio, and Fake Crash (wearing a jester's cap) are strewn across the castle walls, as well as statues of Cortex. Inside the church-themed section with the shortcut, the stained glass windows have been given more dramatic art, showcasing Cortex's ego. On the home stretch after the big jump, the stained glass windows feature relief portraits of Cortex wearing the blonde wig when he was impersonating Coco in Twinsanity, when he was turned into an infant in the secret ending of Warped, and his normal self.

The track begins with a sharp turn to the left then another to the right shortly after over a large ramp with a boost pad on it. There is a brief straight with a stage hazard in the form of a spider that drops down in the middle before a sharp turn upwards to the right leads to a fork in the road. Each side continues uphill before joining back up towards a doorway containing a sharp upwards to the right, leading to a wooden pathway outside of the castle. The track sharply turns left before return to the right, with a boost pad to the left before sharply turning left upwards as the track returns inside. There is a sharp u-turn back to the right before quickly turning back to the left, with two more spiders in the straight ahead. At the end of the corridor is a sharp u-turn to the left, going uphill back outside.

The track continues straight wards for a while with a boost pad on the left towards the end, before curving to the left down large wooden stairs. At the bottom of the stairs is a right-angle turn to the right before going back inside. The road gently goes upwards around the walls with two right-angle left turns. Alternatively, upon going inside, players can take a sharp turn to the left to a separate small section of track, cutting the corner. After this is a giant leap back down to the track below. At the bottom are two final spiders before a sharp turn to the right, then a brief straight with a boost pad before a final sharp turn to the right back to the finish line.

CTR Challenge[]

  • C: At the corner of a ledge after the hedge section. If the player is fast enough, there is a chance to grab it without falling.
  • T: Floating in midair over the huge jump near the end.
  • R: Hanging above the drawbridge at the entrance of the castle. The player will have to jump for it.



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Names in other languages[]

Language Name
Arabic قلعة كورتيكس
qaleat kurtiks
Dutch Cortex-Kasteel
French Château Cortex
German Burg Cortex
Italian Rocca Cortex
Japanese クモクモ キャッスル
Kumokumo Kyassuru
Portuguese Castelo do Cortex
Spanish Castillo Cortex


  • This track is heavily based off the original Cortex Castle design from Crash Bandicoot, including the enemies such as the spiders.
  • On the Adventure Map, surrounding the portal to this track, there are five stained glass windows which show the mug shots of the bosses in Crash Bandicoot: Warped.
  • The track can be compared to the Crash Nitro Kart race track Clockwork Wumpa as they both take place inside a castle. Both tracks have tight corners, and they both contain ramps.
  • In Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, there are banners of Cortex, N. Brio, Nina Cortex, and Fake Crash throughout the stage.
  • In Nitro-Fueled, in the stained-glass section before the finish line, an organ joins in on the background music.
  • In the original CTR, playing Cortex Castle in multiplayer mode didn't have any rain due to technical limitations.
  • The Japanese name of the course is the only one that does not use Cortex's naming in it, instead being named after the many spiders that inhabit it.