Cortex Island (also known as the Iron Island) is the third island in the Wumpa Archipelago that previously served as Dr. Cortex's primary base in the series.
Formerly as Iron Island, is an island with double rocky mountains that had only beaches, a old rope bridge connected the two mountains, ruins, lava cave and a an
ancient temple shaped like an animal's face where Uka Uka was imprisoned. But with the Cortex Commandos inauguration, this island was altered containing machineries, a power plant in the plateau, a castle above in Uka Uka's temple prison and sewers.
Prior to Crash Bandicoot
Eons ago, this island was inhabited by primates where it shows the stages
Road to Ruin and Ruination. Also this island became the Uka Uka's prison where his twin brother Aku Aku holds him in a temple built on a high mountain.
Eons later, this island served as a shelter for Cortex and
N. Brio to hide from various forces where the pair is wanted. The construction of Cortex's two facilities changed the island's environment where it was completely polluted by toxic waste refinery and patrolled by robots & mutants.
During the events of the
first game, this island served as the final step when Crash Bandicoot defeat Cortex with his thugs and
sabotaged the facilities from same to save Tawna Bandicoot.
One year later in
second game, this island served as housing for N. Brio and all flora begins to produce after the disarming of the harmful facilities in the first game.
third game, once again this island is shown where a piece of Cortex Vortex spacestation goes towards it where destroys the Uka Uka's temple prison.
The island returns and serves its original purpose in the
N. Sane Trilogy
A part of the castle was left on Crash Nitro Kart Velo's planet in (though this is non-canon). Canonically, since the fire, the island is still supposedly abandoned, along with its two facilities, the Crash Nitro Kart Cortex Power Factory, run by Pinstripe Potoroo, and the Cortex Castle.
Cortex Island in
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
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The machinery music was considered the Cortex Island theme from the fact that this scenery appears in Cortex Power and Cortex Castle.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
Crash Nitro Kart
Racers ( Team Bandicoot Crash Bandicoot, Coco Bandicoot, Crunch Bandicoot, Fake Crash) | ( Team Cortex Doctor Neo Cortex, Doctor N. Gin, Tiny Tiger, Doctor Nefarious Tropy) | ( Team Oxide Nitros Oxide, Zem, Zam, Velo) | ( Team Trance N. Trance, Polar, Dingodile, Pura) | GBA Only ( Krunk, Nash, Norm, Geary, Spyro the Dragon) | Removed: ( Nina, Doctor Nitrus Brio, Rilla Roo, Komodo Brothers, Ripper Roo)
Bosses Krunk | Nash | Norm | Geary | Emperor Velo XXVII
Supporting characters Aku Aku | Uka Uka
Race tracks ( Terra Inferno Island, Jungle Boogie, Tiny Temple) | ( Barin Meteor Gorge, Barin Ruins, Deep Sea Driving (Crash Nitro Kart)) | ( Fenomena Out of Time, Clockwork Wumpa, Thunder Struck) | ( Teknee Assembly Lane, Android Alley, Electron Avenue) | ( Velo's Vault Gem Cups, Hyper Spaceway)
Battle Arenas Temple Turmoil | Frozen Frenzy | Desert Storm | Magnetic Mayhem | Terra Drome
Items Wumpa Fruit | ? Crates | Trophies | Crystals | Gems | Relics | CNK Tokens | Keys
Power Ups Missiles | Bowling Bombs | TNT Crates | Static Orbs | N. Tropy Clocks | Turbo | Ice Mines | Power Shields | Aku Aku/Uka Uka/Velo Masks | Tornado Tops | Invisibility | Super Engines | Red Eye Missiles | Removed: Voodoo Doll
Crash Bandicoot | Doctor Neo Cortex | Aku Aku | Nina Cortex
Nitros Oxide | Polar | Crunch Bandicoot | Doctor N. Gin | Doctor Nitrus Brio | Doctor Nefarious Tropy | Ripper Roo | Tiny Tiger | Farmer Ernest | Evil Crash | Pinstripe Potoroo | Koala Kong | Papu Papu | Rusty Walrus | Cortex's mother | Spyro the Dragon | Mecha-Bandicoot | Coco Bandicoot | Removed: Evil Coco | Good Cortex | Capu Capu | Evil Capu Capu | Fake Crash | Komodo Brothers | N. Trance |
Doctor Neo Cortex | Mecha-Bandicoot | Tikimon | Uka Uka | Doctor N. Gin | Doctor Nefarious Tropy | Doctor Nitrus Brio | Dingodile | Madame Amberly | Evil Twins | Removed: | Ant Leader | Rusty Walrus
Crates ( Cortex Crate - Crash Crate - Nina Crate - Bounce Crate - Basic Crate - ? Crate - Locked Crate - Iron Crate - Iron Arrow Crate - Arrow Crate - Ammo Crate - Nitro Switch Crate - Nitro Crate - TNT Crate - Checkpoint Crate - World Crate - Aku Aku Crate - Uka Uka Crate - Detonator Crate - Activation Crate - Outline Crate) - Wumpa Fruit - Crystal - Gem - Weak platforms - Sequence platforms Removed: Relic
( N. Sanity Island Jungle Bungle, Cavern Catastrophe, Totem Hokum) | ( Iceberg Lab Ice Climb, Slip Slide Icecapades, High Seas Hi-Jinks) | ( Academy of Evil Boiler Room Doom, Classroom Chaos, Rooftop Rampage) | ( Twinsanity Island Rockslide Rumble, Bandicoot Pursuit, Ant Agony) | Removed: Gone a Bit Coco, Megalomaniac Mind Mania, Harbor level, Uka Tree level, Lava Caves, Rehab Lab, Security Insanity, Cut Rollerbrawl level, | Train Express | | 9th Dimension | 11th Dimension Canyon Level | | Wumpa Island Komodo Bros. Race | | Space Dimension | Temple Level ( Ocean Dimension Coco sub level, Ocean Commotion ) Cut UFO level | Cut Ant lab level | Cut Sport level
Crab | Chicken | Tikimon's Minions | Monkey | Skunk | Venus Fly Trap | Worm | Ant | Rat | Bees | Bear | Tribesman | Hog | Bat | Penguin | Hologram Probe | Barrel Throwing Rhino | Guard Dog | Hall Monitor | Robot Dummy | Robotic Janitor | Experimental Frog | Beetle | Gargolye | Removed: Ant Pet | Flying Swordfish | Greyscale Ant | Pink Elephant | Flowers | Teddy Bear | Robots | Pigs | Turtles | Solid Rock Bee | Walking fly trap | Fire-Breathing Creature | Striped Snake | Lab Assistant | Twin Tech Robotic Snake | Lion | Ostrich | Snake Pirates | Pirate Platypus | Piranhas | Sharks | Sea Monster
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
Protagonists Crash Bandicoot | Aku Aku | Tawna | Coco Bandicoot | Fake Crash | Polar | Pura | Penta Penguin | Baby T | Doctor Nitrus Brio (Crash 2 only)
Levels Crash Bandicoot N. Sanity Island: N. Sanity Beach • Jungle Rollers • The Great Gate • Boulders • Upstream • Rolling Stones • Hog Wild • Native Fortress
Wumpa Island: Up the Creek • The Lost City • Temple Ruins • Road to Nowhere • Boulder Dash • Whole Hog • Sunset Vista
Cortex Island: Heavy Machinery • Cortex Power • Generator Room • Toxic Waste • The High Road • Slippery Climb • Lights Out • Fumbling in the Dark • Jaws of Darkness • Castle Machinery • The Lab • The Great Hall
DLC: Stormy Ascent
Cortex Strikes Back Intro
First Warp Room: Turtle Woods, Snow Go, Hang Eight, The Pits, Crash Dash
Second Warp Room: Snow Biz, Air Crash, Bear It, Crash Crush, The Eel Deal
Third Warp Room: Plant Food, Sewer or Later, Bear Down, Road to Ruin, Un-Bearable
Fourth Warp Room: Hangin' Out, Diggin' It, Cold Hard Crash, Ruination, Bee-Having
Fifth Warp Room: Piston It Away, Rock It, Night Fight, Pack Attack, Spaced Out
Sixth Warp Room: Totally Bear, Totally Fly
Warped First Chamber: Toad Village, Under Pressure, Orient Express, Bone Yard, Makin' Waves
Second Chamber: Gee Wiz, Hang'em High, Hog Ride, Tomb Time, Midnight Run
Third Chamber: Dino Might!, Deep Trouble, High Time, Road Crash, Double Header
Fourth Chamber: Sphynxinator, Bye Bye Blimps, Tell No Tales, Future Frenzy, Tomb Wader
Fifth Chamber: Gone Tomorrow, Orange Asphalt, Flaming Passion, Mad Bombers, Bug Lite
Sixth Chamber: Ski Crazed, Area 51?, Rings of Power
Secret Levels: Hot Coco, Eggipus Rex
Seventh Chamber (DLC): Future Tense
Items Crates ( Basic Crate • Aku Aku Crate • Bounce Crate • Arrow Crate • ? Crate • Time Crate • ! Crate • TNT Crate • Big TNT Crate • Crash Crate • Checkpoint Crate • Iron Crate • Iron Arrow Crate • Nitro Crate • Nitro Switch Crate • Locked Crate • Slot Crate • Iron Checkpoint Crate) | Wumpa Fruit | Gem | Key | Relic | Crystal
Enemies Crab | Turtle | Skunk | Venus Fly Trap | Monkey | Tribesman | Flying Fish | Bat | Snake | Spider | Hog | Holo-Projector | Crawling | Spiked Saucer | Machine Gunner | Barrel Thrower | Evil Hand | Lab Assistant | Beaker-Throwing Lab Assistant | Rat | Blob | Electric Lab Assistant | Armadillo | Echidna | Penguin | Seal | Mechanical Piranha | Orca | Electric Eel | Scrubbing Bubbletron | Spike Rat | Sewer Worker Lab Assistant | Parka Lab Assistant | Cyborg Clamidosaur | Gorilla | Possum | Hunter Lab Assistant | Polar Bear | Bee | Sledgehammer Lab Assistant | Spitter Plant | Tiki | Barricading Lab Assistant | Robot Walker | Sparky Tentaclebot Unit | Frog | Goat | Knight Lab Assistant | Moray Eel | Pufferfish | Shark | Pterodactyl | Triceratops | Wave Lab Assistant | Seagull | Wizard Lab Assistant | Scorpion | Crocodile | Bandifish | Arsonist | Double-Headed Lab Assistant | Beetle
Bosses Papu Papu | Ripper Roo | Koala Kong | Pinstripe Potoroo | Doctor Nitrus Brio (Crash 1 only) | Doctor Neo Cortex | Komodo Brothers | Tiny Tiger | Doctor N. Gin | Dingodile | Doctor Nefarious Tropy | Uka Uka