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Slippery Climb is the twenty-fourth level (including boss fights) and is the seventh level of the third island in Crash Bandicoot and the N. Sane Trilogy remake of the first game. In this level, Crash must traverse the outside of Cortex Castle while avoiding a gauntlet of traps and tricky jumps. There is only 1 checkpoint crate in the whole level, or 2 if the player enters the N. Brio bonus round. It is the only castle exterior type of level in the game. The Tawna bonus round in the previous level, The High Road, saves at this level.

In the Japanese version of the original game, this level was switched with Sunset Vista in the level order, and contains a clear gem instead of the red gem. Also in the Japanese version, this level contains a Tawna bonus round, which is not included in the other versions.

Level design[]

Slippery Climb takes place during a stormy night on the exterior of Cortex Castle. Crash must reach the top of the castle by jumping through a series of moving platforms and elevators. The majority of this level requires the player to performed time jumps in order to reach other platforms. There are also times where a vulture must be jumped on to reach other platforms. Some of the enemies that Crash will meet include lab assistants that will throw beakers at him and evil hands that will try to swipe at him. Crash will be able to collect tokens for a Brio bonus round. The red gem can be obtained from this level if the player successfully breaks all of the crates without dying.



This corresponds to a save file at this level (68%, 0 keys, 14 gems).


Translation of Aku Aku Hints in the Japanese Version[]

  • The second island is also to be finished. Climb the castle, and two researchers are placed there. Cortex's fortress has been spread out. Hurry, Crash!


Names in other languages[]

Language Name
Japanese あらしの こじょう
Arashi no koji ~you


  • This is the only level to contain a non-Tawna bonus round (in this case Brio) without also containing a Tawna bonus round (except in the Japanese version). The cut level Stormy Ascent was supposed to be the other such level; it was going to contain a Cortex bonus round but no Tawna bonus round.
  • Due to a localization error, in the Japanese version of the N. Sane Trilogy, this level takes the Japanese name of Sunset Vista and vice versa.