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Crash Bandicoot is a multi-million dollar video game series starring Crash Bandicoot as he battles his enemy and creator: the evil Neo Cortex. It was originally developed by Naughty Dog as an exclusive for Sony's PlayStation console and has seen numerous installments created by numerous developers and published on multiple platforms. The series consists predominantly of platform games, but also includes spin-offs in the kart racing and party game genres. The series was originally produced by Universal Interactive, which later became known as Vivendi Games. In 2007, Vivendi merged with Activision, which currently owns and publishes the franchise.

The Crash Bandicoot series has been a major international success, selling over 160 million in dollars and is the 25th best-selling series as of March 31, 2011 with around 40 million copies sold since its debut in 1996. In September of 2011, the series celebrated its 15th anniversary. On June 13, 2016, it was announced that the first three Crash games would be remade from the ground up. [1] The series celebrated its 20th anniversary on September 9th, 2016.

Main characters[]

  • Crash Bandicoot: The main protagonist of the series. He is a bandicoot who often foils Cortex's plans. In the earlier games, despite himself not being so strong, he can use Aku Aku to defend himself and also uses the spin attack along with a range of other moves to destroy enemies. In the later games, he is considerably stronger as he can beat up titans using his bare fists and scale certain walls.
  • Aku Aku: Once a human, his soul was absorbed inside a mask and now he acts as Crash's sidekick. He often protects Crash from hazards such as enemies. He also acts as a shield for Crash in the later games. He's the brother of Uka Uka.
  • Neo Cortex: The main antagonist of the series. He is an evil scientist with a passion for mutating animals to create an army. Crash often foils his diabolical plans. However, Cortex has made many attempts to kill the bandicoot, but has always failed.
  • Coco Bandicoot: Crash's smarter, younger sister. She is very good with technology and has created numerous inventions to help Crash and Aku Aku out on their adventures. She is the only female major protagonist. She is also good at fighting.
  • Uka Uka: Like Aku Aku, he was human until his soul was absorbed into his mask. He was then imprisoned by Aku Aku and the Ancients before meeting and teaming up with Cortex. He acts as an overarching antagonist.
  • Crunch Bandicoot: A super-warrior of unbelievable strength, he was initially created to be General of the "Cortex Commandos" after Crash defied Cortex. However, Crash freed Crunch and the Super-Bandicoot had defected to the good side.


The plot arc of the Crash Bandicoot franchise mainly focuses on Crash, an Eastern barred bandicoot who was captured and evolved by the mad scientist, Dr. Neo Cortex who plans to take over the world. During his adventures, Crash vows to stop Cortex or any other evil threat while maintaining peace around the island, with the help of his friends.

The gameplay in most of the Crash Bandicoot games is that of a 3D platformer game. The player controls Crash as he navigates through various obstacles like deep holes in the ground, moving platforms, enemies, and more. Crash's main form of attack is usually either a jump or a spin that can break crates and defeat most enemies. Some of the common collectibles in the games include crystals, gems and Wumpa Fruit. Collecting 100 Wumpa Fruit will earn the player an extra life. In certain sequences, the player would experience different challenges, such as 2D-based platforming, escaping a giant boulder or having to ride a tiger or a polar bear to navigate through a level. In some instances, the player also took control of Coco, Crunch, Cortex, and Nina.

In some multiplayer or party-style games, such as Crash Team Racing or Crash Nitro Kart, the main gameplay is racing-based or in other games, such as Crash Bash, consists of minigames for multiple players to enjoy in short sessions.

In Crash of the Titans and Crash: Mind Over Mutant, the player controls Crash going through levels collecting mojo, defeating enemies, and jacking titans.


Home consoles[]

Game Developer Release year Platform
Crash Bandicoot Naughty Dog 1996 PlayStation
Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back 1997
Crash Bandicoot: Warped 1998
CTR: Crash Team Racing 1999
Crash Bash Eurocom 2000
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex Traveller's Tales 2001 PlayStation 2/Xbox/GameCube/Xbox 360
Crash Nitro Kart Vicarious Visions 2003 PlayStation 2/Xbox/GameCube
Crash Twinsanity Traveller's Tales 2004 PlayStation 2/Xbox
Crash Tag Team Racing Radical Entertainment 2005 PlayStation 2/Xbox/GameCube/PlayStation Portable
Crash of the Titans 2007 PlayStation 2/Xbox 360/Wii/PlayStation Portable
Crash: Mind Over Mutant 2008 PlayStation 2/Xbox 360/Wii/PlayStation Portable
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Vicarious Visions 2017 PlayStation 4/Xbox One/Switch/PC
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Beenox 2019 PlayStation 4/Xbox One/Switch
Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time Toys for Bob 2020 PlayStation 4/Xbox One/Switch/PlayStation 5/Xbox Series X/S/PC
Crash Team Rumble 2023 PlayStation 4/Xbox One/PlayStation 5/Xbox Series X/S


Game Developer Release date Platform
Crash Bandicoot Tiger Electronics 1998 Tiger 99X
Crash Anywhere TBA 1999 PocketStation
Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure Vicarious Visions 2002 Game Boy Advance
Crash Bandicoot Blast!
Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced 2003
Crash Nitro Kart Game Boy Advance/N-Gage
Crash Party USA Game Boy Advance
Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage 2004
Crash Boom Bang! Dimps 2006 Nintendo DS
Crash of the Titans Amaze Entertainment 2007 Game Boy Advance
Crash of the Titans Nintendo DS
Crash: Mind Over Mutant Tose 2008


Game Release year
Crash Bandicoot 2003
Crash Twinsanity 3D 2004
Crash Nitro Kart
Crash Twinsanity
Crash Racing 2005
Crash Bandicoot Party Games 2006
Crash of the Titans 2007
Chokkan♪ Crash Bandicoot
Crash Nitro Kart 2 2008
Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D
Crash Bandicoot: Mutant Island 2009
Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 2 2010
Crash Bandicoot: On the Run! 2021


Game Release year
Interactive Pachislot Crash Bandicoot 2005
CR Crash Bandicoot 2006[2]


Compilation Release year
Crash Bandicoot Collector's Edition 2002
Crash Superpack - Crash Nitro Kart/Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex 2005
Crash Superpack - Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced/Crash Nitro Kart 2005
Crash & Spyro Super Pack Volume 1 2005
Crash & Spyro Super Pack Volume 2 2005
Crash & Spyro Superpack - Crash Bandicoot Purple/Spyro Orange 2005
Crash & Spyro Superpack - Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure/Spyro: Season of Ice 2005
Crash Bandicoot Action Pack 2007
Spyro Reignited Trilogy + Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Bundle 2018
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled/Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy 2019

Other media[]

Manga and Comics[]

Manga/Comic Release year/publication date
Crash Bandicoot 1996 - 1997
Crash Bandicoot: Dance! Then Jump! Na Daibōken 1997 - 1999
Crash Bandicoot: Kattobi! Spin World 1999 - 2004
Crash Team Racing: Turbo Time! 2000
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Digital Comic 2019
Crash Team Rumble promotional comics 2023

Artbooks and Sourcebooks[]

Book Release year
The Crash Bandicoot Files: How Willy the Wombat Sparked Marsupial Mania 2018
The Art of Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time 2020