Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back is the second version of the interesting series – Crash Bandicoot by Naughty Dog. This game was available by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation platform in two regions, Europe (on December 5, 1997) and North America (on October 31, 1997).
The challenge still focuses on the main character, Crash Bandicoot. Instead of confronting the familiar villain Neo Cortex, the mission is to collect 25 crystal stones at the Neo’s request. In which, players will have to control Crash and conquer 25 different levels (at the end of each level, there will be a crystal stone to collect). To move between levels, players will use the Warp Room, and each contains 5 different levels. After successfully conquering a Warp Room, you can engage in a fight with a boss. Defeating the boss allows you to unlock a new Warp Room and continue to challenge.
In the game, you still control Crash with a third perspective and overcome many obstacles (enemies and traps). To overcome them, players just have to jump over. As for the enemy, you have to destroy them with different attack techniques. The crash can leap into the air and land on enemies’ heads to destroy them. Or the main character can spin and create a tornado to eliminate them. Along with overcoming obstacles, players also have to collect support items. They are hidden inside wooden crates, and you only have to destroy them to collect. The most basic item is Wumpa Fruit, collecting 100 fruits, you will get a new life to use. The next support item is Witch Doctor’s Mask – Aku Aku, which allows the player to be immune to damage from attacks from enemies or traps on the way.
Besides, the game also provides additional maps to explore. Each level will have a separate sub map which is question marks. Going to the secondary maps, players still have to move skillfully to overcome the obstacles. However, the number of Wumpa Fruits will be more than the main stages. Therefore, it help players quickly collect more lives to use in battles with tycoons (complex and difficult battles).