Warped, The Wrath of Cortex, and The Huge Adventure
In these games, balloons are found in flying levels, where they are attached to crates and hold the crates in the air. A few of them are health balloons. The health balloons are white with a red cross on them. Breaking a health balloon adds to Crash or Coco's health, with the amount added depending on the game, although health can never go above 100%. Additionally, the stopwatch to start time trial mode is attached to a balloon.
In Crash Bash, they are the items that players must pop in the Ring Ding minigame in order to score points. A player pops a balloon by pressing to jump into it.
The majority of balloons in Ring Ding are colored yellow, red, blue, or green. If a player pops a balloon of his/her own color, the player will score one point. The colors are the same as those for coloring squares in Pogo Pandemonium minigames, and are as follows:
Player 1: Yellow
Player 2: Red
Player 3: Blue
Player 4: Green
A player will be temporarily stunned by popping a balloon of the wrong color. In the crystal challenge, the player will fail if he/she pops a balloon of the wrong color.
The other balloons in the arena are black. Any player can pop these. When a black balloon is popped, one of the following happens.
Turn all of the balloons temporarily to their color. However, other black balloons will not change color. After five seconds, balloons return to their original color.
Pop the opponents' balloons.
Change the direction of the ring.
Each of the above possibilities happens roughly one third of the time. Although the player does not get an advantage when the ring's direction is changed, and as a result will have wasted time by popping the balloon when that happens, it is still worthwhile to pop the black balloon because of the other possibilities that can occur.