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.
Crash is warped back to Ancient Egypt in this level. This level introduces players to common elements in the Egyptian levels such as slippery oil-covered floors and switches that open doors.
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 Warped where the ! crate does 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 and an Aku Aku Crate in front of the Purple Gem door. They are respectively replaced with a Flame Thrower Lab Assistant and a ? Crate (changes into Aku-Aku through DDA) in the PAL version. The N. Sane Trilogy, which has no regional differences, follows the NTSC version of the original.
- 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. Rather than needing a purple gem, the entrance door was on a timer and would lock Crash out if not reached in time. The purple gem path in this version was instead in Gone Tomorrow.
- The "hard" path of Tomb Time was still accessible by jumping to it from the end of the main path, which was made easier in this version by there being an extension on the return to the main path and the deactivated platforms to reach there being ever-present.
- This is the only level in Crash Bandicoot: Warped where it's impossible through normal means to break all crates the first time through.
- A glitch known as the "Extra Items Cheat" does exist, which allows the player to collect the purple gem (opening the path) early.
- Tomb Time and Sphynxinator are the only levels with the same developer time.
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