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Road to Nowhere (きりの つりばしで lit. On the Foggy Suspension Bridge in Japanese) is the fourteenth level (including boss fights) in the game and the fifth level of the second island in Crash Bandicoot  and the N. Sane Trilogy remake of the first game. It is the first bridge type of level and involves Crash running along several very old collapsing bridges, with several planks that fall when he walks on them casting him into the spike filled abyss below.

Level design

The entire level takes place on an old abandoned bridge that is overlooking a deep chasm filled with pointed rock-like structures protruding from the bottom of the chasm. At the beginning of the level, there is a giant "DANGER!" sign possibly warning individuals of the hazards of the bridge. The whole level is shrouded with a heavy fog, making it hard for an individual to see ahead. The bridge itself is worn out and falling apart in certain places. Certain planks on the bridge will collapse under one's feet if they stand in that place for too long. Likewise, there are various forms of wildlife roaming the bridge, including wild hogs and turtles. The bridge is also supported by large stone pillars, with the letter "C" engraved on each of the pillars, possibly referring to Dr. Neo Cortex.

Crash must cross the bridge in order to progress on the Wumpa Island. Since the entire bridge is shrouded in a heavy fog, Crash must take extreme caution when proceeding on the bridge. Since the bridge is old and worn out, many of the planks underneath his feet will begin to fall. Likewise, there are also many gaps he must jump over while crossing the bridge. While running across the bridge, he must look out for wild hogs. The hogs will run back and forth along the bridge, and cannot be defeated by any of Crash's moves. It is better for him to avoid the hogs as they can be jumped over easily. Crash will also come across turtles and turtle shells along the bridge, which he must use their shells to jump over even wider chasms.

Gem

In order to get all 33 crates and the clear gem, Crash must first get the red gem in the level Slippery Climb (or The Lost City in the Japanese version).

Relic Times

  • Sapphire: 1:24.00
  • Gold: 1:03.26
  • Platinum: 0:57.85

Walkthrough

Enemies and obstacles

  • Wild Hogs - These wild hogs guard the bridge by running back and forth across it. Crash is unable to damage the hogs at all, so ignoring them is his best solution. Since the view of the bridge ahead is clouded by the fog, Crash must be wary while crossing the bridge as the hogs can be cloaked by the heavy fog. If you run into the Hog with an Aku Aku mask, you simply lose the mask, but the Hog doesn't die (this is fixed in the N Sane Trilogy)
  • Turtles - The turtles appear in certain sections of the bridge, acting as an obstacle in Crash's path. They can be easily defeated by spinning them away. Crash must use the turtle shells in certain sections of the bridge though to jump over wide gaps in the bridge. There are also idle turtle shells laying around the bridge, which Crash must use to maneuver around these large gaps.
  • Falling Planks - There are certain planks on the bridge that will fall once Crash walks on them. These planks can be distinguished by their dark brown color and chipped pieces in the base of the wood. When Crash walks on one of these planks, he must jump away as fast as he can so he doesn't fall into the chasm below.

Translation of Aku Aku Hints in the Japanese Version

  • The footings are weak here, and you have to advance with good tempo. Look at your own shadow carefully. Combine big jumps with small jumps. Hogs aren't on your side.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Crash can jump onto the ropes and can walk on them. This is very helpful for time trials in the N. Sane Trilogy as players can skip across areas faster.
  • The name of this level is a humorous reference to the song of the same name by the band The Talking Heads.
  • As the Japanese version has the red gem in the level The Lost City, repeating this level is not mandatory for 100% in it.
  • The name of this level is swapped with The High Road's in the password input screen.
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