The Time Twister is a hub which can open large, orb shaped passageways thoughout time and space. It was built by Dr. N. Tropy and was used to gather Crystals from the past to be used to power up the newly rebuilt Cortex Vortex.
There are five warp areas in the main level of the Time Twister, each of which has up to 6 warp portals to different historial areas. Below the main level is a factory where Dr. Cortex manufactures robotice clones of his lab assistants and sends them through various portals through time to search for more crystals. The lower level also contains 5 warp portals which can be activated by collecting the relics and provide alternative entrances to previous levels, alongside new levels.
After defeating Dr. N. Tropy, Dr. Cortex and Uka Uka, Crash and Coco are chastised for putting them all in danger as without N. Tropy looking after the machine, nobody could predict what the outcome would be. When Crash and Coco have collected all the crystals and gems, the time twister begins to fall apart and overload which causes a massive time portal to open up which swallows Uka Uka, Cortex and N. Tropy and traps them in the prehistoric past as children.