Tomb Time (ピラミッド けんせつちゅう lit. Pyramid Under Construction in Japanese) is the ninth level and is the fourth level of the second warp room in Crash Bandicoot: Warped and its remake in the N. Sane Trilogy.
This levels name appears to be a reference to Tool Time, the show-within-a-show from the sitcom Home Improvement.
There is a secret path that is normally accessed with the purple gem. It allows the player to get all boxes in the level and contains a secret clear gem. However, the path can be accessed without the purple gem by long-jumping left from the middle of the stretch before the stairs to the end of the level, and then long-jumping across the platforms.
A exploit of the games mechanics can be performed in this level to earn extra lives. If Crash breaks the crates at the start of the level and takes all the wumpa fruit from the boxes and then enters the time trial and restarts the trial immediately, the boxes will be restored with new wumpa fruit in them. This allows you to collect an endless amount of fruit, earning you lives for every 100 you collect.
Two extra lives can be also found on each side of the Cortex sphinx head at the start of the level using the bazooka. This earns the "The Riddle of the Sphinx" trophy in the N. Sane Trilogy. This can also be obtained early by glitch slide jumping the edge and belly flopping to reach the lives.
Translation of Aku Aku Hints in the Japanese Version
- The bright spotlights are traps. Poisonous arrows will fly from the left. What will happen?
- If you break all the boxes in a stage, you get a diamond. Head for perfect!
- Have you played a time attack? Start by getting the yellow clock. You can get trophies.
- If you get five trophies, go to the center of the Warp Room. The shocking fact will turn round.
- The left door is opened with the purple diamond. Go to find it.
- A few ! crates in this level activate moving platforms. This is the only level in this game that contains such crates that do something other than filling in outline crates, which were also found in a few levels in Crash Bandicoot, most notably The Lab.
- In the NTSC version of the level, there is a line of Wumpa Fruit after the first set of spotlights. They are replaced with a Flame Thrower Lab Assistant in the PAL version. On the N. Sane Trilogy, this follows the NTSC version.
- The crate outside the Purple Gem Door is an Aku Aku Crate in the NTSC version, it is a ? Crate in the PAL version.
- In the original version of Warped, the second set of spears in the gem path are unique as they extend and retract in three short waves rather than simultaneously. In the N. Sane Trilogy, however, these spears function simultaneously like the rest in the game do.
- In the alpha release of Warped, the gem path was initially a "hard" path that was accessible from the start, although the entrance door was on a timer instead and would lock the player out if they took too long to enter.
- However, unlike not having the purple gem in the final release, the platforms at the exit of the alternate route in the alpha version were ever-present and could be used to jump into it the from the end, which protruded back onto the main path so it could be entered without the Double Jump and Death Tornado Spin superpowers.
- As a result, the purple gem path was originally in Gone Tomorrow.
- This is the only level in the game where it's impossible to break all boxes the first time the player enters it. However a glitch does exist which allows the player to access the purple gem path early.
- Tomb Time and Sphynxinator are the only levels with the same developer time.