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Up the Creek is the tenth level (including boss fights) and is the first level of the second island (or penultimate level of the first island in the Beta) in Crash Bandicoot and the N. Sane Trilogy remake of the first game. It is the second river type of level in the game and is similar to Upstream. Crash and Coco encounter venus fly traps and other enemies here.



Translation of Aku Aku Hints in the Japanese Version

  • If you pass this stage, you'll fight the boss Ripper Roo. He is a crazy guy who constantly jumps around, his way of jumping has regular patterns. Look at him, he has serious characteristics.

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese じょうりゅうを めざせ
Jōryū o mezase
Aiming Upstream


  • The level title could be a reference to the popular saying "up the creek without a paddle", a reference to the fact that Crash/Coco do not wield a paddle in this level.
    • It also could be a reference to the 1984 movie of the same name.
  • In the prototype, Up the Creek is on the first island instead of the second island.
  • The two bounce crates in the prototype of this level both contain Tawna Tokens.
  • The same pause glitch found in the prototype of Upstream is present here.
  • The Tawna Bonus round on the prototype is the same as in Native Fortress in the prototype.