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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 defeated Cortex and his thugs, and sabotaged the facilities 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. The levels of the third and fourth Warp Rooms take place on this Island.

In 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.


In Crash Nitro Kart A part of the castle was left on Velo's planet in Crash Nitro Kart (though this is non-canon). Canonically, since the fire, the island is still supposedly abandoned, along with its two facilities, the Cortex Power Factory, run by Pinstripe Potoroo, and the Cortex Castle.



Crash Bandicoot

Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back






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Title Description Composer Game
Cortex Island (PSX)
The machinery music was considered the Cortex Island theme from the fact that this scenery appears in Cortex Power and Cortex Castle. Josh Mancell Crash Bandicoot
Machinery (PS4)
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy


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