Keys have appeared in Crash Bandicoot, Crash Team Racing, Crash Nitro Kart, Crash: Mind Over Mutant, the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy remaster of the first game, and the Nitro-Fueled remaster of Crash Team Racing.
Crash obtains keys in the Cortex bonus rounds. Once Crash reaches the end, Cortex drops a key and Crash can use it to get into a locked level. There's two of these bonus rounds and each are found in Sunset Vista and Jaws Of Darkness. These keys unlock Whole Hog, which is on the second island, and Fumbling In The Dark, which is on the third. This is the only time up to Crash: Mind Over Mutant that keys have appeared in the main series. This game has only two keys.
Crash Team Racing
Keys serve a different purpose than in Crash 1: they now play a role in the story. The player has to get the keys from Ripper Roo, Papu Papu, Komodo Joe, and Pinstripe Potoroo by racing each of them and winning their keys in order to race the alien Nitros Oxide. Then, once the player beats them, they give the player the key to the next door which leads to the next world. With the exception of Ripper Roo, they almost always give a warning that Oxide won't be as easy (although in Ripper Roo's unused sound clips in which he talks in normal English, he does warn the player about Oxide).
Crash Nitro Kart
The keys in Crash Nitro Kart have the same purpose as Crash Team Racing had. They still play a role in the story and the player needs to race against each of Velo's galactic champions, Krunk, Nash, Norm, and Geary, for each of their keys to become the galactic champion. Keys also open gates which lead to different worlds. Like Crash Team Racing, this game has four keys.
Crash: Mind Over Mutant
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
Keys reappear in the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy remaster of the first of the original three Crash games. They have the same purpose as they do in the original version of the first game.
Keys reappear in Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled where they reprise the same role that they had in the original version of Crash Team Racing.
- Crash Bandicoot
- Crash Team Racing
- Crash Nitro Kart
- Crash: Mind Over Mutant
- Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
- Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
|Crash Mind Over Mutant|
|Protagonists||Crash Bandicoot | Aku Aku | Coco Bandicoot | Crunch Bandicoot|
|Antagonists||Dr. N. Cortex | Dr. N. Brio | Dr. N. Gin | Nina Cortex | Uka Uka|
|Titans||Spike | Ratcicle | Magmadon | TK | Sludge | Rhinoroller | Scorporilla | Grimly | Battler | Stench | Yuktopus | Snipe | Titan Heroes|
|Items||TNT Crate | Basic Crate | Wumpa Fruit | Mojo | NV|
|Levels|| Console: Wumpa Island | Ratcicle Kingdom | Wasteland | Junkyard | Mount Grimly | Space Head|
DS: Crystal Mountains | Deserted Wasteland | N. Jin Labs
|Enemies||Ratnician | Brat Girl | Doom Monkey | Znu | Slap-E | Spike Crate|
|Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled|
|Racers|| Default: Crash Bandicoot | Doctor Neo Cortex | Tiny Tiger | Coco Bandicoot | Doctor N. Gin | Dingodile | Polar | Pura|
Unlockable (Bosses): Ripper Roo | Papu Papu | Komodo Joe | Pinstripe Potoroo | Nitros Oxide
Unlockable (Misc.): Penta Penguin | Fake Crash | Doctor Nefarious Tropy
Pit Stop Purchases: Crunch Bandicoot | Krunk | Small Norm | Big Norm | Nash | N. Trance | Real Velo | Geary | Zam | Zem
Bonus: Tawna | Ami | Megumi | Liz | Isabella | Baby Crash | Baby Coco | Baby T | Spyro | Hunter | Gnasty Gnorc | Komodo Moe | N. Brio | Nina Cortex | King Chicken
Grand Prix Limited: Koala Kong | Pasadena O'Possum | Ebenezer Von Clutch | Rilla Roo | Yaya Panda | Hasty | Chick | Stew | Mega-Mix
|Supporting characters||Aku Aku | Uka Uka | Sparx | Velo Mask | Apo Apo|
|Customization||Skins | Bodies and Decals | Wheels | Paint Jobs | Stickers|
N. Sanity Beach: Crash Cove | Mystery Caves | Sewer Speedway | Roo's Tubes
|Battle Arenas|| Original: Skull Rock | Nitro Court | Parking Lot | Rocky Road | Lab Basement | Rampage Ruins | The North Bowl|
From Crash Nitro Kart: Temple Turmoil | Frozen Frenzy | Desert Storm | Magnetic Mayhem | Terra Drome
|Collectibles||Trophy | Crystal | Gem | Relic | CTR Token | Key | Wumpa Coin|
|Power Ups||Missile | Bowling Bomb | Warp Orb | TNT Crate/Nitro Crate | Power Shield | N. Tropy Clock | N. Brio's Beaker | Turbo | Invisibility | Super Engine | Invincibility Mask (Aku Aku/Uka Uka/Velo Mask/Sparx/Apo-Apo)|
|Misc.||Pit Stop | Grand Prix (Nitro Tour | Back N. Time | Spyro N. Friends | Spooky | Neon Circus | Winter Festival | Rustland)|