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Level Number 4 (8 in Beta)
Number of crates 16
Gem type Clear
Bonus round(s) None
Previous level The Great Gate (Rolling Stones in Beta)
Next level Upstream (Native Fortress in the Beta)

"Are you an Indiana Jones or a simple player? Take your chance, survive the boulders and run to the level end!"
—Level description

Boulders (おおいわ ゴロゴロ lit. Big Rock Rattle-rattle in Japanese) is the fourth level (eight in Beta) of the first island in Crash Bandicoot. It is notable as the first chase style level in the Crash series, in which Crash must outrun a boulder that is chasing him. The Tawna bonus round in the previous level, The Great Gate, saves at this level.

Level design

Throughout the course of the level, Crash must run away from several large spherical boulders. If he is too slow, he will be crushed. Each boulder starts rolling from the top of a bridge-like tunnel. It is stopped either by smashing into the wall of the next tunnel along the way or by plunging down a hole. There are no enemies in this level apart from the boulder. However, there are several wooden obstacles along the way which will slow Crash down if he runs into them.

The level is extremely linear; the camera, however, is pointing towards Crash's front-side throughout. Players must run toward the screen, an unusual departure from the first three levels. This seems to be acknowledged by Naughty Dog, as players are pointed in this new direction at the start of the level by an arrow made of wumpa fruit. The camera angle means that players can not see what obstacles lay ahead of them until the last second, giving them little time to react. Following wumpa fruit will make sure Crash avoids the wooden obstacles however.


If all 16 crates are broken and the level is completed without dying, the player will be awarded a clear gem. Crates cannot be smashed by the boulder, as it bounces over them.

Types of crates

Stage parameters

  • Aku Aku Crates: None
  • TNT Crates: None. (1 in Beta)
  • Other Crates: 16 (15 in Beta)
  • Tawna Bonus Round Crates: None.
  • Brio Bonus Round Crates: None.
  • Cortex Bonus Round Crates: None.


  • Boulder - flattens crash
  • pit - whistle
  • wooden fence - slows crash slightly
  • wooden post - slows crash


Boulders - Clear gem - Crash Bandicoot - 100% Playthrough (Part 2)01:26

Boulders - Clear gem - Crash Bandicoot - 100% Playthrough (Part 2)


This corresponds to a save file at this level (9%, 0 keys, 2 gems).




  • The premise of this level mirrors an iconic scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark, in which Indiana Jones runs from a pursuing boulder.
    • The level description refers to this by mentioning Indiana Jones.
  • This is the first level in the series where the players must escape from a dangerous hazard that is chasing them. The format has been used several times in later games:
  • This is one of the levels with the least changes over from the prototype to the retail version.
  • This level was completely remade for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. Nathan Drake ends up telling his wife he could beat her high score in her “TV Game Thing,” which is immediately revealed to be a classic white PlayStation One with Crash Bandicoot loaded.
    • It is impossible to beat Elena in the version where she tutors you on how to play.
      • You can, however, beat her high score in the epilogue extras of the game.

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