Crash Bandicoot

What you are about to read is highly confidential. In the wrong hands, this could be a nightmare to the world. This is a strategy guide which will help you beat the game. Every level hint isn't complete, but it will point you in the right direction. Good luck!

The Gems are the most sought after item in Crash Bandicoot. If you find one, you can consider yourself an avid gamer. However, if you happen to find them all, you will be praised by whoever witnesses this feat, and be hailed among the ranks of Zeus and Icarus as the ultimate gaming God.

There are two different kinds of Gems, the white and the multiple colored. White Gems can be considered as the easy to find generic brand. These only come into play at the very end of the game, forming a path to something terrific. The colored Gems are one per color and are used as links to hidden areas that will allow you to find certain boxes on specific levels. Example: Let's say you find the Blue Gem on The High Road level. This Gem will open up other areas in certain levels (such as Cortex Power) where it forms a bridge across a slime pit. Before you find these colored Gems you may see a glimpse of a placement piece which is the same color as the Gem. This means you need that colored Gem to pass a certain feat on the level. Now, begin your hunt.

To find one Gem is a task in itself. You must pass a level without dying and destroy every box on the level. Most boxes are easy to reach, although maybe one or two are hidden. If you beat a level without dying, you'll be greeted with either a Gem Screen (if you find all the boxes), or a Box Screen (meaning you've missed one or more). This screen will show you how many boxes you missed by dropping them on Crash's head. Do the level over, until you get a perfect.

Bonus Level
The Bonus Level is the only point in the game where saves or passwords are available. To find a Bonus Level you'll have to find three strange clown-like icons hidden within a level. Once the third one is picked up, you'll instantly be teleported to the hidden area where certain obstacles must be overcome before a save can be managed.

There is also Boss Bonus Icons and Super Bonus World icons. Collecting three Boss Icons brings you to a Bonus Level that doesn't allow you to save, though it does offer many free lives. The Super Bonus Icon acts in the same manner, but it holds a great surprise for those who find its three icons. These icons are spread throughout the land. Three icons, three islands. Hint. Hint.

Aku Aku
Meet Crash's mighty sidekick. He not only journeys with Crash but also gives him hit points. The hit point meter goes up to two (once two Aku Aku masks are obtained). If you pick up three, Crash will throw on the Aku Aku mask and promenade around with partial invincibility. Look for this mask in boxes, around corners, and sometimes floating in the open.

These are what you're looking for. Seek and destroy! The boxes come in all different shapes and sizes. Some are damaging to your health, others are bonuses that will put a smile on your face. Here's a breakdown of what to look for.

Aku Aku
Smash one of these and Crash will gain a hit point.

This box has a picture of Crash on it. Open it and add the 1-Up to your arsenal.

This box will trigger all the clear silhouette boxes you see.

Breakable Arrow
Jump on this to reach new heights.

Question Mark What's inside is a mystery...?

Unlabeled These boxes always contain one mango.

Unlabeled With Stripes These boxes always contain ten mangos. Must be jumped on or bumped from the bottom to access this delicious fruit.

Dynamite Ouch. These hurt Crash. Nonetheless, they come in handy for destroying multiple boxes while on the run.

(Island 1 )

This island acts as both an introductory course for the gamer and an essential base for Gem collecting. Learn how to move and pick up the accessible Gems before you proceed to Island 2.

LEVEL 1 -- Sanity Beach (White Gem)

LEVEL 2-- Jungle Rollers (White Gem -- requires Green Gem)

LEVEL 3-- The Great Gate (White Gem -- requires Yellow Gem)

LEVEL 4 -- Boulders (White Gem)

LEVEL 5-- Upstream (White Gem -- requires Gold Gem)

Papu Papu (Boss)

LEVEL 6-- Rolling Stones (White Gem -- requires Blue Gem)

LEVEL 7 -- Hog Wild (White Gem)

LEVEL 8-- Native Fortress (White Gem -- requires Pink Gem)

(Island 2 )

Island 2 holds the first key and the first colored Gem. The stages are tough but not unbeatable.

LEVEL 9-- Up the Creek (White Gem)

Ripper Roo (Boss)

LEVEL 10-- The Lost City (Green Gem)

LEVEL 11-- Temple Ruins (White Gem)

LEVEL 12-- Road to Nowhere (White Gem-- requires Red Gem)

LEVEL 13-- Boulder Dash (Key and White Gem-- requires Red Gem)

LEVEL 14-- Sunset Vista (White Gem)

Koala Kong (Boss)

(Island 3 )

All but one of the colored Gems are located on this island. If you want to conquer the game thoroughly, you'll need to find all the boxes on each of these difficult levels.

LEVEL 15-- Heavy Machinery (White Gem)

LEVEL 16-- Cortex Power (White Gem-- requires Blue Gem)

LEVEL 17-- Generator Room (Gold Gem)

LEVEL 18-- Toxic Waste (White Gem)

Pinstripe (Boss)

LEVEL 19-- The High Road (Blue Gem)

LEVEL 20-- Slippery Climb (Red Gem)

LEVEL 21-- Lights Out (Purple Gem and Key #2 -- requires Yellow Gem)

LEVEL 22-- Jaws of Darkness (White Gem-- requires Blue Gem)

LEVEL 23-- Castel Machinery (White Gem -- Needs Green Gem)

Nitrus Brio (Boss)

LEVEL 24-- The Lab (Yellow Gem)

LEVEL 25-- The Great Hall (requires all White Gems)

LEVEL 26-- Dr. Neo Cortex (Boss)

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