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This article refers to the main version of Crash of the Titans for the PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, Wii and the PlayStation Portable. For other uses, see Crash of the Titans (disambiguation).

Crash of the Titans is the fourteenth installment in the Crash Bandicoot video game series, and is the sixth mainline series game. It was released for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Xbox 360, Wii, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, and mobile phones.

The game's story centers on the discovery of a substance known as Mojo, which the villain, Doctor Neo Cortex, plans to use to turn the inhabitants of the Wumpa Islands into an army of loyal mutants known as Titans, or mutants in later games. The protagonist, Crash Bandicoot, must stop Cortex by using the technique of "jacking" to take control of and destroy Cortex's titans while collecting mojo. A sequel, titled Crash: Mind Over Mutant was released on October 7th, 2008.

Gameplay[]

Crash of the Titans is a platform game in which the player controls Crash Bandicoot, whose main objective is to rescue his sister, Coco, and save his home, the Wumpa Islands, from being destroyed by the main antagonist's gigantic robot. The player's first goal is to rescue the sentient mask Aku Aku, who gives the player basic instructions, shields Crash from enemy attacks, and transforms into a skateboard to help Crash traverse slippery terrain. From there, each level (known as an "episode") demands the players to complete fights against large groups of enemies or simply progress through the episode.

Crash starts the game with three lives. The length of each of Crash's lives is tied to his health meter, which decreases whenever Crash is damaged from enemy attacks or falls down a bottomless pit. The player can replenish Crash's health meter by instructing Crash to eat Wumpa Fruit. Each time the health meter is fully depleted, Crash loses a life. However, the player can win an additional life for Crash by collecting 25,000 units of the magical substance known as mojo or by collecting a rare type of Golden Wumpa Fruit. After the last life is lost, the player can continue playing by restarting the current episode.

Each episode contains a portal leading to a Mojo Room, where the player must accomplish a task in a set time. Generally, the task involves collecting a specified quantity of mojo, using a titan's attacks to snipe targets, or simply defeating a select number of enemies. At the end of each episode, the player earns a rank of a wood, bronze, silver, or gold Voodoo idol; the rank can be improved by defeating a set number of minions, destroying three robotic toilets or inflicting a minimum number of consecutive hits in combat. All three tasks must be accomplished in an episode if a gold idol is to be obtained for that episode. Hidden Voodoo dolls unlock concept art packages for each episode. Information on new titans or enemies can also be viewed by selecting their Voodoo doll after completing the episode.

Crash of the titans screenshot

A screenshot of gameplay

The Nintendo DS version of the game contains similar gameplay to that of previous Crash installments. The game takes place on four islands, each with two levels and a boss. When a boss is defeated, a new island is unlocked. Each island has its own "Pachinko board" where players can win "on-demand items"; items that can be used to restore health, provide temporary invincibility, and set off Nitro explosions among other things. Additional content can also be won at these Pachinko boards, such as gallery art, cheats and a large quantity of mojo.

Combat[]

Whereas the previous games featured Crash spinning into or jumping on an enemy to attack, Crash of the Titans gives him more options for attack. Early in the game, Crash has a light-powered attack and a heavy-powered attack and can also block, dodge or break an enemy's block. When he defeats an enemy or destroys an object, mojo is released. When Crash collects enough mojo, he will earn either an ability upgrade or a new move, such as the Norris Roundhouse or the Triple Dragon. His classic spin attack, named "Old Skool", is an unlockable move, along with an aerial variant that allows Crash to float over chasms.

While small minions require only a single combo attack for Crash to defeat, larger enemies, known as titans, require more effort to subdue. Each of the fifteen unique titans in the game possess a star meter that indicates how close they are to being stunned. The meter rises when Crash starts attacking a titan, and depletes when he stops. When it is full, the titan is stunned and susceptible to "jacking", meaning that Crash can mount the creature and control it. While controlled by the player, the titan possesses a similar move set to Crash, although some jacked titans can shoot projectiles. Besides a greater health, the titans controlled by Crash have a purple stamina meter. When this meter is full, players can make the titan unleash a special attack, which fully drains the meter in the process.

A titan's durability depends on its size; larger titans will take more effort to defeat than others and a few are immune to Crash's attacks. To defeat them, Crash has to jack a smaller titan to fight them. On defeating the larger titan, he can dismount the titan he previously jacked and directly jack the larger titan. The dismounted titan will then disintegrate into mojo.

Co-operative play[]

A player using a second controller can join the game at any time in the form of a white-furred version of Crash known as Carbon Crash. The second player appears in the first player's backpack, and can usually enter or exit the pack. However, the second player has to stay in the backpack if the first player is in mid-air or climbing a wall. This method of play is useful for overpowering enemies and collecting mojo faster. There are two modes of co-op play; in "Leapfrog Mode", the players swap control each time the front player jumps, swings, or slides, while in "Piggyback Mode", each player is equipped with their own backpack and can hide in the other player's backpack if the action becomes too intense, such as when jumping over a chasm.

Story[]

In the beginning of the game, Crash Bandicoot aids Coco with a butter-recycling device. Doctor Neo Cortex arrives, captures Coco and Aku Aku and encases Crunch in ice. Crash throws Coco's machine at Cortex's airship, severing the chain holding Aku Aku's cage, which causes the cage to fall into the nearby forest. After Crash rescues Aku Aku, they discover that Cortex and Uka Uka are stealing mojo from a nearby temple and decide to stop them. On reaching the temple, Cortex reveals his plot to use the stolen mojo to create an army of loyal mutants, which will be used to build a robot known as the Doominator, that will crush the Wumpa Islands and take over the world. After failing to defeat Crash with his Yuktopus robot, Cortex boasts that Crash will never find his base and flies off, leaving Crash and Aku Aku to follow him.

At Cortex's base, Uka Uka is upset that Cortex had failed to destroy Crash once again, and replaces him with his niece, Nina Cortex, despite protests from Neo, N-Gin and Tiny Tiger. Nina has Coco brainwashed and makes her participate in the construction of the Doominator. Throughout the course of the game, Crash and Aku Aku interrogate Tiny Tiger, Doctor N-Gin, and Uka Uka on the whereabouts of Coco to which they all tell parts of Nina's plan.

When they confront Nina Cortex inside the Doominator robot, Nina summons her Arachnina robot and fights Crash. Crash eventually destroys the robot, liberating Coco and disabling the Doominator. The Doominator collapses and barely misses the Bandicoot home (and Crunch), sparing much of Wumpa Island. Escaping from the collapsed Doominator, Cortex praises Nina for betraying him, and promises to be more evil in the near future, though saying he was still going to "spank her stupid". The Bandicoots decide that it is time for celebration, leading Crash to shout his first word in the series and the object of their celebration: "pancakes"!

The DS version of the game largely follows the story of the home console versions, but with minor alterations such as Nina Cortex having a greater role and the inclusion of Dingodile.

The Game Boy Advance version also includes Dingodile and some plot differences, such as the Arachnina (referred to by its old name, "Spiderbot") not being the last boss, and Cortex being reinstated after Nina's defeat on N-Trapment Island.

Characters[]

Heroes[]

Villains[]

  1. Doctor Neo Cortex
  2. Tiny Tiger
  3. Doctor N. Gin
  4. Uka Uka
  5. Nina Cortex

Minions[]

Aiding the villains are a number of small fodder enemies that attempt to hinder Crash in his journey. Each fodder is affiliated with a certain villain in the game.

  • Ratnicians - Rats dressed as laboratory researchers. They work for Doctor Neo Cortex.
  • Koo-alas- Southern-accented koalas who work for Tiny Tiger.
  • Doom Monkeys - Monkey wrench-wielding gibbons who work for Doctor N-Gin.
  • Voodoo Bunnies - Spear-chucking rabbits who work for Uka Uka.
  • Bratgirls - Teenage bat girls who work for Nina Cortex.
  • Spybots - Toilet robots, of which there are three in every level.
  • Minebots - Exploding robots that appear in several levels.

Titans[]

Name Components Type Appearance in Levels Appearance in Levels (Mojo Rooms)
Spike Porcupine/Crab Small 1, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 5, 9 and 15
Goar Bear/Boar Medium 2, 3, 4 and 8 10 and 15
Snipe Fox/Parrot Projectile 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 12 2, 10 and 19
Yuktopus Yak/Octopus/Duck/Bagpipes Boss 4 N/A
RhinoRoller Rhino/Armadillo/Lion Medium 5, 6, 11, 16 and 20 8, 10, 15 and 17
Shellephant Elephant/Crab Large 6, 7 and 15 11, 16 and 20
Magmadon Turtle/Magma Small 7, 8, 9 and 19 10, 11 and 15
Stench Skunk/Vulture Projectile 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15 and 16 19
Scorporilla Gorilla/Scorpion Large 9, 10, 16 and 20 14 and 15
Sludge Chameleon/Slug/Pig Small 9, 10, 13, 15 and 19 N/A
Ratcicle Rat/Ice Small 11, 12, 13 and 18 15 and 20
Battler Bat/Razor Small 14, 15, 16, 17 and 20 18
Ee-Lectric Eel/Snake/Electricity Projectile 17, 18 and 19 N/A
Uka Uka Uka Uka/Wood/Mojo Boss 17 N/A
Arachnina Spider/Robot Mech (piloted by Nina Cortex) Boss 20 N/A

Locations[]

Episodes[]

Wumpa Island[]

  1. A New Hop
  2. A Succumbing to Age Story
  3. A Zero's Journey
  4. The Temple of Zoom

Lumber Yard[]

  1. The Emerald Pity
  2. Don't Eat the Yellow Brick Load
  3. The Blizzard of Claws

N. Sanity Island[]

  1. Life's a Beach
  2. Operation Overboard
  3. A Sludge Too Far
  4. Shock and Awesome
  5. Weapons of Mass Construction
  6. Doomraker

Uka Tree[]

  1. Family Tree
  2. Calamityville Horror
  3. Timber Trials
  4. Adolt Edumacation

Doominator[]

  1. War of the Whirls
  2. Minority Rapport
  3. Revengeance 2: The Revengicide

Achievements[]

These achievements can be earned in the Xbox 360 version of the game.

Image Name Description Criteria
WumpaWarrior
Wumpa Warrior All Whumpa Island Episodes Completed Complete all Wumpa Island episodes
GooseGooseDuck
Goose Goose Duck! Yuktopus Jacked Jack a Yuktopus
TempleOfBoom
Temple Of Boom Temple Episode Completed Complete Episode 4: The Temple of Zoom
HarderTheyFall
Harder They Fall All Lumber Yard Episodes Completed Complete all Lumber Yard episodes
TinyDetour
Tiny Detour Lava Episode Completed Complete Episode 7: The Blizzard of Claws
BeachBlanketBombardment
Beach Blanket Bombardment All Beach Episodes Completed Complete all Beach episodes (i.e. Episodes 8-10)
FactsOfStrife
Facts of Strife All Factory Episodes Completed Complete all Factory episodes (i.e. Episodes 11-13)
AllBarkNoMight
All Bark, No Might Uka Uka Jacked Jack Uka Uka
BarkingUpTheWrongedTree
Barking Up the Wronged Tree All Uka Tree Episodes Completed Complete all Uka Tree episodes
StickyFingers
Sticky Fingers Nina's Arachnina Jacked Jack the Arachnina
CourtingCatastrophe
Courting Catastrophe All Cortex Lair Episodes Completed Complete all Doominator episodes
GoldDigger
Gold Digger 1 Gold Episode Idol Earned Earn a Gold Idol in 1 episode
MojoMagic
Mojo Magic 1 Mojo Room Challenge Completed Complete a Mojo Room challenge
FiveByFive
Five By Five 5 Extra Lives Accrued Collect an extra life 5 times
EasyPickings
Easy Pickings 5 Hidden Idols Collected Collect 5 Concept Art Dolls
Ringer Ringer 5 Gold Episode Idols Earned Collect 5 Golden Idols
SoakingItIn Soaking In It 5 Creature Costume Skins Collected Collect 5 Titan Skins
LikeACat Like a Cat 9 Extra Lives Accrued Collect an extra life 9 times
MojoMania Mojo Mania 10 Mojo Room Challenges Completed Complete a 10 Mojo Room challenges
StayinAlive Stayin' Alive 15 Extra Lives Accrued Collect an extra life 15 times
CrateCrazy Crate Crazy 100 Crates Smashed Destroy 100 crates
AimingToPlease Aiming To Please 20 Projectile Creatures Jacked Jack 20 projectile titans
BrutalBuffet Brutal Buffet 5 Of Every Jackable Creature Jacked Jack 5 titans
Baker'sDozen Baker's Dozen 13 Strongs Jacked Jack 13 strong titans
AimingToPlease Aiming To Please 20 Projectile Creatures Jacked Jack 20 projectile titans
CarryABiggerStick Carry A Bigger Stick 5 Captains Jacked Jack 5 Captain titans
DuplexPlanet Duplex Planet Played Co-Op Play as the second character
FitsLikeAGlove Fits Like A Glove 1 Creature Costume Skin Collected Collect 1 titan skin
GimmeSomeSkin Gimme Some Skin 10 Creature Costume Skins Collected Collect 10 titan skins
Ringer Midas Touch 10 Gold Episode Idols Earned Earn 10 Gold Idols per Episode
MasterAtHarms Master At Harms 200 Minion Fodder Beaten Beat 200 minions
Mojophoria Mojophoria! All Mojo Room Challenges Completed Complete all Mojo Room challanges
TreasureHunter Treasure Hunter All Hidden Idols Collected Collect all Concept Art idols
SamplerPack Sampler Pack 1 Of Every Jackable Creature Jacked Jack 1 titan
MonsterWhisperer Monster Whisperer 75 Strong Creatures Jacked Jack 75 strong titans
Self-HelpGuru Self-Help Guru Health Fully Upgraded Fully upgrade health
Mojofied Mojofied All Skillsets Fully Upgraded Fully upgrade all skills
MasterOfDisguise Master Of Disguise All Creature Costume Skins Collected Collect all the titans skins
RightStuff Right Stuff Free Fell For 5 Seconds
BigSpender Big Spender 9 Lives Spent In Single Episode Lose 9 lifes in any episode
IdleHands Idle Hands Let Crash Do 10 Funny Things Stand still for Crash to do 10 idle animations
Eavesdropper Eavesdropper 5 Creature Conversations Heard Through Hear through 5 N. Gin conversations
WhereDidTheTimeGo Where Did The Time Go? Spent Longer Than 25 Minutes In A Single Episode Stand still for more than 25 minutes in any episode
JackKing JACK KING 100% Game Completed Do the 100% completion
Alive&Kicking Alive & Kicking Free Kick Unlocked Get the Free Kick power-up
OverEasyCOTT Over Easy Solid Gold for All Episodes on Easy Earn Golden Idols in all the episodes on Easy Mode
MediumRare Medium Rare Solid Gold for All Episodes on Medium Earn Golden Idols in all the episodes on Normal Mode
HardKnocks Hard Knocks Solid Gold for All Episodes on Hard Earn Golden Idols in all the episodes on Hard Mode

Reception[]

Crash of the Titans received mixed reviews upon its release. GameSpot credited it as a "fairly sturdy, combat-heavy platformer with a good hook", but concluded that it lacked the distinctive style of past Crash Bandicoot games. The DS version of the game was reviewed positively, with IGN naming it "one of the better handheld Crash games to hit the market". Nintendo World Report gave the DS version a higher score than the home console version by half a point, but dismissed it as "a short game that has very little gameplay variety". GameSpot proclaimed that "there's plenty to do, and controlling the enemy is a neat twist", but criticized the game's small length of only six to eight hours.

The more negative reviews include those from Nintendo Power, who criticized the game for its "fixed and unforgiving" camera, which they felt made the platforming experience "frustrating". GameSpy also criticized the game for its camera along with its unsteady framerate, but praised the game's attractive graphics and offline co-op mode. IGN described the game as "a good idea wrapped in a mediocre game", dismissing the game's music as "forgettable", and hoping that the jacking concept would be refined for a possible sequel. EuroGamer was also critical of Crash of the Titans, deriding its graphics as "designed primarily with the PS2 and Wii in mind, with a fairly lazy high-def makeover late in development". The PSP version received less praise than its console counterparts, with IGN remarking that it "loses out to the consoles in a number of areas; especially when it comes to multiplayer".

Crash of the Titans was a nominee in the Write's Guild To America's inaugural video game writing awards, competing against Dead Head Fred, The Simpsons Gamer, The Witcher and World in Conflict. Crash Of The Titans was also selected as a nominee in the "Best Sound Design" and "Best Character" categories of the Second Annual Elan Awards.

In Australia, Crash of the Titans was the second highest-selling game in its first week below Halo 3. The game was not as successful in the United Kingdom, where the PS2 version of the game debuted at #32 in the sales charts. The game made £3.35 million in the U.K. by the end of 2007. Despite the poor sales in the U.K., the game was re-released on Platinum for the PlayStation 2 and for the Xbox 360 classics.

Monster Edition[]

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This game saw a limited special PS2 edition in Europe called "Monster Edition".

This pack came with the normal PS2 game, a bonus DVD, a hanging decor for mobile phones (in the shape of Crash's head), a fuzzy orange pencil case, temporary tattoos, and a character sticker sheet.

The bonus DVD includes an interview with the developers, the trailer for the game, the trailer for The Legend of Spyro: The Eternal Night, hints and tips, cheat codes and a link for exclusive goodies for the Crash Village website (which, incidentally, never actually worked, as the website changed its address before this edition was released).

Gallery[]

See: Crash of the Titans/Gallery

Names in other languages[]

Language Name
Russian Крэш: Битва Титанов
Krėsh: Bitva Titanov
Spanish Crash: Lucha De Titanes

This game was developed in English and was officially localized into Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

Voice cast[]

Language Voice actor Character
English Amy Gross[1] Nina Cortex
Audrey Wasilewski[a] Additional voices
Chris Williams[1] Crunch Bandicoot
Tiny Tiger
Danny Mann[a] Additional voices
Darryl Kurylo[a] Additional voices
Debi Derryberry[1] Coco Bandicoot
Greg Eagles[1] Aku Aku
Grey DeLisle[a] Additional voices
Jess Harnell[1] Crash Bandicoot
John DiMaggio[1] Uka Uka
Kathryn Feller[a] Additional voices
Lex Lang[1] Neo Cortex
Matt Hill[a] Additional voices
Nolan North[1] N. Gin
Quinton Flynn[a] Additional voices
Richard Steven Horvitz[a] Additional voices
Tom Kenny[a] Additional voices
Italian Paolo De Santis[2] Crash Bandicoot
Additional voices
Benedetta Ponticelli[2] Coco Bandicoot
Mago Forest[2] Neo Cortex
Giorgio Melazzi[2] Aku Aku
Antonio Paiola[2] Uka Uka
Renata Bertolas[2] Nina Cortex
Marco Balbi[2] Crunch Bandicoot
Additional voices
Gianni Quillico[2] N. Gin
Additional voices
Silvano Piccardi[2] Tiny Tiger
Marco Balzarotti[2] Additional voices
Pietro Ubaldi[2] Additional voices

Trivia[]

  • The game was originally named "Crash Jackin", and changed in order to avoid inappropriate associations.
  • In an effort to make the visual style of the series more distinct from other video games, the main characters were given significant redesigns, with many incorporating a punk aesthetic in their appearances.
  • This is the first Crash Bandicoot game on the Wii and Xbox 360, and the last game on the Game Boy Advance.
  • Some of the titans had different names before the final release of the game. This includes the Foxfeather renamed to Parafox before being renamed to Snipe, Grizzly was renamed to Goar, Roller became Rhinoroller, Shurtle was the early name for Magmadon, Stinky was later called Stench, Chiratta was the original name of the Ratnician, Spiderbot came to be known as Arachnina.
  • According to the pre-production manual there were major differences that were set to be in the game:
    • Coco and Crunch were planned to be playable characters and by jacking them, the players could have controlled their special abilities, with Coco being able to para-glide and gain altitude from thermal drafts, while Crunch would use a slingshot move of some kind. This concept returned (albeit modified) in Mind Over Mutant.
    • Baby T and Pura were centered to be the main plot for the game's storyline, being kidnapped instead of Aku Aku & Coco.
    • An entirely different lineup of titans was planned.
    • Aku Aku had a feather meter to determine how much longer he could hold against an enemy attack.
    • Crash had an extra set of moves that wasn't launched in the game, including a gravity-defying wall-slide, a normal ground slide (upon landing), and a triple jump.
    • Crash's counter move was supposedly planned to be in this game but was pushed into the sequel.
  • Likewise, Tiny Tiger and Dingodile (the latter of whom only appears in the DS version) are now voiced by Chris Williams and Nolan North respectively, as opposed to John DiMaggio and Dwight Schultz. In the DS version, Tiny is voiced by Nolan North as well.
  • The flag on top of Coco's house is a reference to the Canadian flag, only with the Crash paw print icon instead of the maple leaf. Radical Entertainment was based in Canada.
  • Before his battle with Crash, Tiny Tiger breaks the fourth wall by complaining to him that he wasn't invited to "the last game", alluding to Crash Tag Team Racing (also developed by Radical Entertainment), although the last game released before Crash of the Titans was Crash Boom Bang!, which does feature Tiny.
  • A remix of the main theme from Crash Bandicoot: Warped is present in the game's data, but remains unused.
  • This is the first Crash Bandicoot game that was not released in Japan.
  • Out of all of the games in the series, this game is playable on the most consoles. Crash of the Titans was released on the Wii, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PSP, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance, and on mobile phones.
  • In the rogues' gallery, Yuktopus's blurb incorrectly refers to Wumpa Island as "Whumpa Island".
  • An advert for this game is included in the Crash Bandicoot Action Pack.
  • The game was nominated for a Writer's Guild Award and 2 Elan Awards (Best Sound Design and Best Character).
  • The game's title is a pun on the 1981 film Clash of the Titans.
  • Crash of the Titans is the first instalment in the series to be officially localized into Russian, Finnish, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian.
  • Crash Bandicoot: On the Run! has a Crash skin called Crash of the Titans which is based on this game.
  • In the Wii version of the game, the player can make Crash do arm farts by holding the Wii Remote upside-down (with the pointer end facing away from the TV) and shaking the Nunchuk. This feature also appears in the Wii version of Crash: Mind Over Mutant.

Notes[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Listed in the in-game credits under "Voice Cast" - role not specified.

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Crash of the Titans Pre-release News. Crash Mania. Archived from the original on September 3, 2008 "JumpButton has managed to get a voice actor list from Kirsten Forbes, producer of the game. They are as follow: [sic] - Jess Harnell as Crash Bandicoot. - Nolan North as N. Gin. - Debi Derryberry as Coco Bandicoot. - Chris Williams as Crunch Bandicoot and Tiny Tiger. - Amy Gross as Nina Cortex. - Lex Lang as Dr. Neo Cortex. - Greg Eagles as Aku Aku. - Tom Kenny as several of the enemies. ... again, JumpButton comes to us with new info directly from the producer: Uka Uka will be voiced by none other than John DiMaggio"
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 https://www.antoniogenna.net/doppiaggio/vgames/crashofthetitans.htm
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