Crash Bandicoot Guides Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Crash Bandicoot Guides RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy: The Lost City Walkthrough Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:16:56 -0400 Zantallion

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy has launched to great success -- but as many are discovering, the Crash games may be a bit more difficult than most remember. And The Lost City level in particular seems to be giving a lot of people trouble. In order to get a special prize, you'll need to beat this stage without dying once.

In this short guide, we'll go over how you can complete this level without a single fatality so that you can earn that prize for yourself. Just stay on guard and follow the tips below, and you should clear it in no time!

How to Complete the Lost City Without Dying in Crash Bandicoot


Right off the bat, make sure to hop back from your starting point and grab Aku Aku sitting in the cave behind you. On your way out, you might notice some boxes sitting behind a wall of iron crates to your left. With a quick u-turn hop into the foreground, you can jump around the front of that box wall and grab the first two boxes in the stage.

After that, you'll need do some quick platforming involving some pushers and platforms that fall out underneath you after a few seconds -- making sure to break all the boxes in the background as you go by.

Eventually, you'll come across some hanging bats and a horde of swooping ones. If you want to get rid of the swooping guys permanently, you can spin away both of the hanging bats on either end, making the area a little safer for Crash to explore.

These guys can be a pain if you don't spin em away.

In the middle of the bat-infested area is a box with the first of this stage's Tawna Tokens. On your way out, make sure to bounce on the box in the back hallway. There's a hidden button back there that you'll hit when bouncing, which will make some invisible boxes tangible throughout the stage.

Right after that, make sure to bounce on a lone box to grab the first N. Brio token of the level.

After that comes a few more pure platforming sections with bats and pushers. As usual, make sure to grab the obvious boxes in the tunnels on your way. One of these also contains a Tawna Token.

Eventually, you'll come across a hopping lizard right before some pushers. Here, make sure to bounce on top of that lizard when it's at its rightmost position. If timed right, you'll be able to use that bounce to get up on top of the pushers, to nab an N. Brio token and (if you're fast enough) another life.

After that area, you'll find a vertical platforming section with some platforms that go in and out of the wall, and others that spin in circles. On the second set of spinning platforms, make sure to hop down and hit the ! Crate shown above before continuing your climb, as it'll make some otherwise invisible boxes tangible and, more importantly, breakable. It's a bit of a tricky jump, and if you miss, you're likely to burn up in the torch below, so take your time lining it up, or bring Aku Aku along for extra protection. 

Upon completing your climb, you'll notice an N. Brio platform off to the right, but you'll only have 2 of the needed 3 tokens. Don't panic -- you haven't missed it. Run left a bit until you can head into the background under a stone structure. There's a sneaky hidden hallway back there that has some boxes at the end of it, one of which has your final N. Brio token.

Make the quick trip back and hop on the platform to enter the N. Brio bonus stage. This bonus requires some well-timed air spins to avoid destroying TNT barrels, but don't worry about dying here. You can die as many times as you like in the bonus stages, and it won't count against your main stage death count -- so feel free to be a little riskier here than you would be otherwise.

Right after, you'll come across some platforms that look like the ones above. Be careful with these. They may look innocent, but they act like scales that tip dangerously towards the end you're standing on. Stand still and you'll get dropped into the abyss. Your safest bet is to try and jump to the safe middle, and then jump the rest of the way over the platform, in order to avoid any of the dangerous tipping altogether.

Some hopping lizards and bat-areas later, you'll come across a set of pushers. Take your time here -- if you're not used to the timing of their movement, you could easily get shoved off and lose your perfect run.

Right after, you'll see a lizard hanging out a couple of platforms away. Don't spin this guy right away, as you'll need a bounce off him to bust an otherwise unreachable box.

Once you've got the box and deal with the lizard, you'll find yourself in an area with two lizards and the ever-so-common bat swarms. Take your time here so you don't jump into the bat swarm by accident, and you should be fine.

Right after it is a breather with a box containing your final Tawna Token, and her respective Bonus Stage. As with N. Brio, feel free to die as much as you like here without consequence. You're almost there, but don't lose your cool just yet.

Up next comes some more scales platforms and a lizard hopping between pushers. Deal with these accordingly -- but when you get to the above area, refrain from spinning the lizard, as this one's important. Wait for it to jump back to the middle platform, as you need it to reach the ! Crate above. Hitting this final button will phase in and then destroy those otherwise intangible boxes in the background, hopefully giving you 100% of the level's boxes if you've been diligent.

The big ghostly box at the end will then explode, revealing the coveted Green Gem -- provided that you've managed to do all of this without dying outside the bonus rooms. Collect it, make one final hop to the end portal, and you're all done! You'll have successfully 100%'ed The Lost City, and will have nabbed that Green Gem. On to the rest of the game!


And that's our guide to The Lost City! Did it help you get through this difficult stage? Are there any other stages you'd like us to cover from Crash's latest outing? Let us know in the comments below! And while you're here, check out the rest of our Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy guides for even more help with this challenging series of platformers:

How to Make Invisible Platforms Appear in Crash Bandicoot Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:45:59 -0400 Zantallion

If you've been playing the new Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, you've no doubt at some point seen what looks like a round platform made up of wireframes. While they may look exciting, trying to jump on one will result in you just falling to your doom. So you're probably can you make these invisible platforms appear?

The way to get these phantom platforms to be substantial is simple -- you have to collecta specific colored gem in order to be able to use them. If you look at the different wireframes, you'll see each of them is colored differently. So in order to use the platform, you have to collect the gem that matches the platform's wireframe in color.

These gems are scattered around the game's different levels -- and in Crash 1, colored gems require you to destroy 100% of that levels boxes, all without losing a life. The colored gem locations in Crash 1 are as follows:

  • The Green Gem is in The Lost City
  • The Orange Gem is found in the Generator Room
  • Blue can be collected in the Toxic Waste level
  • Red is located in Slippery Climb
  • Purple is in the stage Lights Out
  • Yellow is in The Lab

If you need the locations from other games in N. Sane Trilogy, check out our guides to getting all the colored gems in Crash 2 and all the colored gems in Crash 3 for the full rundown.

Once you've grabbed these gems, you can head back to the levels in which you saw those wireframes -- and in their place will be dazzling gem platforms. These platforms will lead you to extra areas, often with a few extra boxes you'll need to 100% the level.

Don't worry, Crash can't seem to figure it out either.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and help Crash add a few prized pieces to his jewelry collection. But while you're still here, check out the rest of our Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy guides for more tips that will get you through this remastered series:

How to Break Metal Boxes & Other Boxes in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Wed, 12 Jul 2017 10:39:01 -0400 Michael Dellapi

As you jump, spin, and belly flop your way through Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, you may come upon some items that you are unfamiliar with. Some crates, for example, require special techniques to be opened.

In this short guide, we'll go over how to break each type of box you come across in these remastered Crash games -- starting with metal boxes. 

How to Break Metal Boxes in Crash Bandicoot

Unfortunately, boxes that are strictly made of metal (Iron Crates) are not breakable by any of Crash's attacks. They are mostly used as obstacles for platforming and navigating the levels. 

Locked Boxes, Which Also Have Metal, Are a Different Story

Locked Crates look similar to metal crates, but are actually breakable. They are the wooden boxes surrounded by metal locks that can be seen starting in Crash 2. Rather than using Crash's spin attack, break these boxes by doing a belly flop on top of them. These crates tend to have special rewards inside of them, so they're well worth your time to break!

How to Break Other Types of Boxes in Crash Bandicoot

Aside from unbreakable metal boxes and very breakable locked boxes, he most common boxes you will see are Basic Crates -- standard wooden boxes that can be broken witha  spin attack to obtain Wumpa Fruits. There are many variations of this crate that offer different rewards and effects. Here's the breakdown for each type:

? Crates: Cn either contain an extra life or more Wumpa Fruit. 

Bounce Crates: These boxes look similar to Basic Crates, but are marked by vertical lines surrounding them. Jump on these crates to bounce higher. 

Aku Aku Crates: These crates are marked with Aku Aku's mask, as the name would suggest. Breaking one open will give you an Aku Aku mask that will protect you from one hit. Remember: getting hit without a mask will immediately kill you, so be sure to make these crates a priority! 

  • Checkpoint Crates: Break this crate to create a checkpoint where you will respawn if you die
  • Arrow Crates: Like the Bounce Crates, these boxes will allow you to jump higher if you jump onto one. However, they will also generate Wumpa Fruit each time you bounce. 
  • Crash Crates: Breaking these crates open nets you an extra life.
  • Slot Crates: These crates randomly sort through a number of different crate types. Breaking one will grant you the reward that was most recently shown on the exterior. 
  • TNT Crates: The red TNT crates will explode upon attacking it, killing Crash instantly. If you jump on these crates, a timer will start before it explodes. 
  • Nitro Crates: Just touching these green crates ensures sure disaster, so avoid them!
  • Nitro Switch Crates: Hitting these crates will destroy all of the other Nitro Crates in the level.


That wraps up this guide! If you want more help with the game, check out the rest of our Crash Bandicoot guides for other tips and tricks:

How to Slide in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Sun, 09 Jul 2017 12:16:58 -0400 heatherew24

Players have been calling Activision's Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy an excellent remaster of the original 1996 video game. This new addition to the series includes a new soundtrack, voice actors, and a laundry list of old and well-known characters. 

Among the new features, Crash now has the Slide attack that he can use to work through obstacles. But some players can't quite figure out how to use it. But we here at GameSkinny have figured it out so you don't have to. In this short guide, we'll give you the rundown of the Slide ability and what you need to do.

How to Slide in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

To use Slide, all you have to do is make Crash run, then press O or R1, which will activate the ability. 

What Makes Slide Useful?

This move is most effective when you're building up to more advanced moves like Slide Jump (Slide+X) or Slide Spin (Slide+Square). It's also a great move to use against enemies with shields, and it helps to open certain crates (so long as they are underneath a TNT or Nitro crate). 

That's all you need to know! How has the Slide attack helped you in this game? Le us know in the comments! And be sure to check out the rest of our Crash Bandicoot guides to keep racing your way through this remaster:

Ultimate Guide to Relics in the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Fri, 07 Jul 2017 16:29:08 -0400 Autumn Fish

Relics in the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy are a reward for beating a set time in a level during Time Trial runs. And these Time Trial runs can only be accessed after the level's main objective has been completed -- Crash Bandicoot: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped ask you to find a purple Power Crystal in each level, while the first game simply wants you to complete the level.

Once a level is beaten, you can come back at any time and race against the clock for the chance to get Sapphire, Gold, and Platinum Relics (also known as Ankhs). They're really just bragging rights in the first and second games, but you need to collect relics to unlock secret levels in Crash Bandicoot: Warped. (It's the only way you'll find the Yellow Gem, too.)

It's good to note that you won't lose any lives after starting the Time Trial by picking up the clock at the beginning of the level, so you're free to attempt it as many times as you like without consequence.

Figure Out What Time to Beat Before Going After Relics

Before you attempt to earn yourself a Relic (or Ankh), it's a good idea to find out what time you need to beat to get it, that way you know what to shoot for while you're working to improve.

After you beat a level's main objective, simply stand on the level button -- or stand in front of the portal in the case of Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back -- and press the R1 button. This will show the time you need to beat in order to receive the next Relic.

Ultimate Guide to Relics Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy Tips and Tricks

If you don't have one on that level yet, it'll show you the time needed for the Sapphire Relic. If you already have the Sapphire Relic, it'll show you the time needed to get the Gold Relic, and similarly, you'll be able to see the Platinum Relic time if you have Gold.

Note that if you're just trying to unlock the secret levels in Crash 3, you only need to obtain Sapphire Relics.

Tips for Earning Relics in the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

Well, knowing how to obtain Relics is only half the battle. Actually earning these Ankhs for yourself is another story entirely. You really need a good grip on the controls and a good memory of the level layout if you hope to even get Sapphire Relics.

It's not going to be easy, but here are a few tips to make it go that much smoother:

  • Crash all the Yellow Boxes. These boxes freeze time for the number of seconds represented on the box. Don't waste time breaking these boxes, but definitely hit them when you can. 

  • Tap -- never hold -- the Slide button. Holding it will cause you to slide to a stop, wasting precious time. Couple the slide with jumps to squeeze some extra distance out of it.

  • Remember that the shortest path is often the most dangerous. Don't be afraid to take risks, it's not like your stash of lives is on the line here. Sometimes you'll need to be bold if you want to shave off the time needed to get that next Relic.

  • Watch speedruns if you need an idea of what route to take. There are plenty of full-game speedruns and Time Trial runs on YouTube that act as a great resource for figuring out how to complete levels the quickest. Keep in mind that Relics are a new addition to the first two games in the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, so you may have to refine your search.

Best of luck collecting those Relics! If you're searching for Colored Gems, check out our guides for Crash 2 and Crash 3. And be sure to hit up the rest of our Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy guides while you're at it!

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy: Crash 3 Colored Gems Locations Guide Mon, 03 Jul 2017 15:14:37 -0400 Autumn Fish

The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy got to me again. I really can't help myself, I'm a compulsive collector, I just have this obsessive need to find and hoard all hidden collectibles.

This time I dove into Crash Bandicoot: Warped -- otherwise known as Crash 3. I found another 5 Colored Gems just ripe for the taking, however, they are not easy to get to, and many of them require an insane level of precision and expertise. (If you're still working through the previous game in the trilogy, though, check out our guide to colored gem locations in Crash 2.)

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy: Crash 3 Colored Gems Guide

The Colored Gems here are listed in chronological order -- except for the Yellow Gem, as that one's just an oddball.

Red Gem Location - Deep Trouble (Level 12)

The Red Gem is hidden in an interesting underwater level with two different ways to complete it. Near the end of the level, you'll notice a steel barricade with a transparent box blocking the alternate route.

If you continue to the end of the level normally and hit the exclamation box, you can backtrack to find that the transparent box is now a bit of TNT. Bump into it to set it off and complete the alternate route to get the Red Gem.

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Purple Gem Location - High Time (Level 13)

The Purple Gem is hidden beyond the Skull Platform in High Time. To get the Skull Platform to materialize, you must reach it without dying once during the level.

After you reach the Skull Platform, you're free to die while attempting it -- just not before you activate it. The Purple Gem will be at the end of the section that the Skull Platform takes you to.

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Blue Gem Location - Tomb Wader (Level 20)

Reach about the middle of the level without losing a life to find the Skull Platform. Head to the end of the tricky section that the Skull Platform takes you to in order to find and collect the Blue Gem.

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Green Gem Location - Flaming Passion (Level 23)

Much like the last two gems, simply reach the Skull Platform without losing a life. You'll find the Green Gem at the end of the section it takes you to. Note that the level won't end at the end of the section, however. Rather, you'll be taken back to a section of the level to finish before you're home free with the gem.

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Yellow Gem Location - Hang 'em High (Level 27)

In order to even unlock Level 27, you first need to earn 10 Relics. You earn Relics by beating a set time during Time Trial runs of previously completed levels. (For some tips, check out our Relics Guide) Once you have the 10 Relics you need, stand on the platform in the middle of the warp room to descend into a secret warp room below.

Enter Level 27 and complete the gauntlet to find the Yellow Gem at the end.

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And now you're armed with the knowledge to find and collect every Colored Gem in the remastered version of Crash 3. Be sure to check out the rest of our Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy guides if you plan on tackling the other games.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy: Crash 2 Colored Gems Locations Guide Sun, 02 Jul 2017 09:14:11 -0400 Autumn Fish

Our favorite crate-smashing marsupial is back in the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy for PS4, letting us relive the original 3 games in breathtaking 4K HD -- and let me tell you, that Game Over screen is stunning.

You know what I love the most about old-school style games? Hidden collectibles! There's nothing quite like the feeling of seeing your entire collectibles screen filled.

Since gathering collectibles in the first game is pretty monotonous and straightforward, I skipped it in favor of filling out my collection of Colored Gems in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back.

Let me guess -- you're after the Colored Gems, too! Well you can't have mine, but I suppose I could tell you how to go about collecting your own. Prepare your stash of extra lives, my friend -- you're going to need them.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy: Crash 2 Colored Gems Guide

Note that the Colored Gems here are listed in chronological order, so feel free to follow along as you crash your way through the game.

Blue Gem Location - Turtle Woods

The Blue Gem is rather straightforward. Simply jump into the first level, Turtle Woods, and complete it without breaking a single box. Don't you dare even touch a checkpoint.

Be careful when killing enemies as you go for this gem. You don't want to accidentally spin them into a box, so try jumping on them instead. And when you reach the wall of boxes, just bounce over on the striped fruit box so that you don't break anything. The Blue Gem will be where the clear gem normally spawns at the end of the level.

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Red Gem Location - Snow Go Secret Portal

The Red Gem probably teased you during your first run of Snow Go, but don't go thinking you can find a way to reach it just by exploring that level. First, you must unlock the Secret Portal that acts as an alternative entrance to Snow Go.

To unlock the Secret Portal, head into Air Crash and wind your way up to the first motorboating section. Instead of jumping on the vehicle, bounce across the boxes in the water to reach the platform on the right that acts as a Secret Portal.

Back in the Warp Room, you're spit out in front of the brand new Snow Go portal. Head on in and complete the tricky platforming section, dropping down the hole at the end to snag your Red Gem. Now just carefully finish the level to add it to your collection.

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Green Gem Location - The Eel Deal

The Green Gem is simply hidden behind an illusory wall within The Eel Deal. Follow the path until you come to the first fork in the road. Hang a right into the room full of Nitro, finding a safe path to the back of the room. Jump through the illusory door and continue onward until you reach the Green Gem at the end of the path.

Die for an easy route back to the checkpoint and finish the level like normal to add the Green Gem to your Collection.

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Yellow Gem Location - Plant Food

The Yellow Gem is a bit tricky. After an early checkpoint in front of a motorboat, a timer will start counting down in the bottom-right of your screen. If you manage to beat the timer to the end of the level, you'll find the Yellow Gem waiting where the clear gem would normally be.

When going for this gem, I suggest not breaking any further checkpoint boxes until you clear it -- that way you can try again if you fail.

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Purple Gem Location - Bee-Having

About halfway through the Bee-Having level, you'll find a staircase made of Nitro. If you watch closely, however, you'll find that the Nitro aren't actually jumping, which means they're safe to jump on. Head on up the Nitro staircase to find a secret portal leading to a 2D platforming section.

Make a few careful jumps onward and collect the Purple Gem as your prize. If you have lives to spare, die here for an easy way back to the checkpoint and finish the level to add the Purple Gem to your collection.

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And with that, you know how to collect every Colored Gem in the remastered version of Crash 2. Check back with GameSkinny for more Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy guides coming your way.