Crash Team Racing was the first racing game to feature Crash Bandicoot, released on the Playstation in 1999 and the 4th installment to the series, as well as the last to be developed by Naughty Dog. Crash Team Racing became a 'Greatest Hits' title in 2000 in the US, a 'Playstation, The Best' title in 2000 in Japan and a 'Platinum' title in Europe and the overall PAL region late 2000. For the Japanese localization, the game was renamed Crash Bandicoot Racing.
Crash Bandicoot, and his friends and foes are preparing to enter a kart racing tournament. Unfortunately, a space alien named Nitros Oxide travels from far out space to Earth and offers a challenge to it's inhabitants. He claims to be the fastest racer in the entire galaxy, who travels the stars looking for creatures to test his skill. So, Oxide challenges them to a game that he calls "Survival of the Fastest" and explains the rules: Oxide races against the best racer on Earth. If Oxide wins, he will turn the entire globe into a concrete parking lot and make Earth's inhabitants his slaves forever, but if Earth's driver wins, Oxide promises to leave the "miserable little rock" alone. He then exits his spaceship and flies down to Earth's surface, where the racers are getting ready for the tournament. Coco Bandicoot uses her laptop to modify her kart, while Pura rests next to her. Tiny Tiger upgrades his kart by smashing it with a hammer. Polar takes his time reading a book called "How to Drive", which is upside down. Dingodile unsuccessfully tries to repair his kart's engine, which blows up in his face. Doctor Neo Cortex uses an evil looking invention to improve his kart. Meanwhile, Crash is fast asleep.
To race Oxide, Earth's Racer needs to prove their worth by collecting all 16 Trophies (4 at a time) and then race and beat Ripper Roo, Papu Papu, Komodo Joe and Pinstripe Potoroo to earn 4 Boss Keys. Finally, when Earth's Racer has accomplished this task, Oxide challenges the driver to the race for the fate of the planet. Earth's racer is victorious, but although Oxide says that he would leave Earth alone, he declares that Earth's racer can never claim they're the fastest unless they collect all the Relics and race Oxide again.
After collecting the 20 CTR Tokens and winning the 5 Gem Cups; the player confronts Oxide again with all 18 Time Relics, and this time they race for the title. Earth's Racer is the winner and is declared the fastest. Oxide admits defeat like a sore loser and finally leaves Earth for good; heading home to Gasmoxia, never to return.
- CTR Adventure is the single player portion of the game. First, players must choose one of the eight starting racers including: Crash Bandicoot, Doctor Neo Cortex, Tiny Tiger, Coco Bandicoot, Doctor N. Gin, Dingodile, Polar and Pura. Depending what racer is chosen either Aku Aku or Uka Uka tutors the player. The player is then dropped in the starting area N. Sanity Beach. Players must race through all events and win to unlock the final event against Nitros Oxide. Players can earn a variety of awards to unlock new content for racing and show off their times to friends.
The different awards are:
- Racing Trophies
- Trophies are obtained by finishing in 1st place in a trophy race. Collect all four trophies in each area to open up the boss for that area. After gaining a trophy from one race, another one will open (with exception of starting with 2 open when you first enter an area).
- Boss Keys
- Boss races are unlocked after obtaining all 4 trophies in 1 area. Boss Keys are obtained by beating the racing the Boss of each area. The player must beat the 4 Bosses (Ripper Roo, Papu Papu, Komodo Joe and Pinstripe Potoroo) and collect their keys in order to race Nitros Oxide.
- Relic races are unlocked after beating the area boss. Relics are obtained by scoring the lowest elapsed time in a solo relic race by smashing Time Crates. These Time Crates freeze the clock for the amount of seconds shown on the box (1, 2 or 3 seconds). If the player manages to break all the Time Crates, a "Perfect" bonus is awarded, which decreases the final time by 10 seconds.
- There are 3 types of relics: Sapphire, Gold and Platinum. Sapphire is the easiest to obtain; Platinum which is the hardest, requires the fastest and lowest time.
- After earning all 18 relics, the player can then face Nitros Oxide again for an alternate ending. For a list of times to beat for each relic, scroll down to the World Map and Race Tracks section.
- CTR Tokens
- Token races are unlocked after beating the area boss. Tokens are obtained by finishing in 1st place in a token race, much like a trophy race. However this time the player must also collect the 3 letters 'C', 'T' and 'R' in addition. The letters are often hidden away or in hard to get to places or in places unfavorable for winning the race (or a combination of all three). There are a total of 20 Tokens to collect (4 Red, 4 Green, 4 Blue, 4 Yellow, 4 Purple). The Red, Green, Blue and Yellow Tokens are obtained by Token races; the Purple Tokens are awarded for beating the Crystal Bonus Rounds by collecting 20 Crystals within a certain time. NOTE: For the Token races; If the player does not collect all 3 letters, but comes in 1st place or if the player collects all 3 letters but does not come in 1st place, the token is not awarded.
- Gem Cups are unlocked after winning 4 CTR Tokens of the same color. Their warp vortexes can be found in Gem Stone Valley. A Gem Cup, played in an arcade-style tournament of the 4 races the CTR Tokens were played on and race against Crash's friends except for the Purple Gem Cup the player races against the 4 bosses on their home tracks in the respective order. Winning a Gem unlocks a character, corresponding to the Gem Color:
- Red unlocks Ripper Roo,
- Green unlocks Papu Papu,
- Blue unlocks Komodo Joe,
- Yellow unlocks Pinstripe Potoroo,
- Purple unlocks Fake Crash.
NOTE: Penta Penguin is only unlockable via cheat. Also, it is possible to have a save with 102% completion, with cheating. This is where the player has successfully completed Adventure Mode, with all relics at least Gold (101%) and Platinum (102%) with hero and villain and finished the game.
Time trial is a single player game where the player races against the clock to get the best time. If the player gets a fast enough time, he/she can challenge N. Tropy's ghosts. The player has unlocked the right to race him when he says, "You think you're fast, eh? Well, let's see if you can beat my fastest time on this track!" Upon defeating all of his ghosts, N. Tropy is unlocked as a playable character in modes other than adventure mode. After beating N. Tropy, the player can challenge N. Oxide by beating a new set of times. When the player beats all of Oxide's ghosts, the player will unlock the Naughty Dog scrapbook in the main menu.
Allows the player to quickly race on a selection of tracks against a selection of opponents. Players can race on a single track or select "CUP" in which players race over 4 tracks for the highest total score (which is 36). The for available cups in this mode are: Wumpa Cup, that is composed by: Crash Cove, Tiger Temple, Blizzard Bluff and Coco Park. Crystal Cup, that is composed by: Roo's Tubes, Dingo Canyon, Dragon Mines and Sewer Speedway. Nitro Cup, that is composed by: Mystery Caves, Papu's Pyramid, Cortex Castle and Tiny Arena. and Crash Cup, that is composed by: Polar Pass, N. Gin Labs, Hot Air Skyway and Slide Coliseum.
2 players can compete in this mode against 4 computer controlled opponents and the difficulty can be set to Easy, Medium or Hard.
Up to 4 players compete on a chosen track or across 4 tracks for points. There are no computer controlled racers on Vs.
Some graphic details and textures are missing in Vs. mode for example the mushrooms near the end in Roo's Tubes making it easier to take some shortcuts.
Up to 4 players compete in a "battle arena" against each other, armed with the weapons found within the game. Players can compete in teams or have a "free-for-all". There are no computer controlled racers on Battle.
The color mentioned in the track is the color of the CTR token. The second parenthesis show objects required to unlock the track or zone. The tracks Slide Coliseum and Turbo Track are neutral because all characters have their own track, and both of these tracks have the same decoration. Slide Coliseum and Turbo Track are the only tracks that need to be unlocked through methods other than collecting trophies.
N. Sanity Beach (Available from starting)
- Crash Cove - Crash Bandicoot's Track (Red) (Available from start)
- Roo's Tubes - Ripper Roo's Track (Green) (Available from start)
- Mystery Caves (Red) (1 Trophy)
- Sewer Speedway (Blue) (3 Trophies)
- Ripper Roo's Challenge - (Boss Challenge) (4 Trophies)
- Skull Rock - (Purple) (1 Key)
Gem Stone Valley (Ripper Roo's Key)
- Slide Coliseum (10 Relics)
- Turbo Track (All Gems)
- N. Oxide's Challenge - (Final Boss) (All Keys/All Relics)
- Red Gem Cup - (All Red CTR Tokens) - Unlocks Ripper Roo
- Green Gem Cup - (All Green CTR Tokens) - Unlocks Papu Papu
- Blue Gem Cup - (All Blue CTR Tokens) - Unlocks Komodo Joe
- Yellow Gem Cup - (All Yellow CTR Tokens) - Unlocks Pinstripe
- Purple Gem Cup - Boss Cup (All Purple CTR Tokens) - Unlocks Fake Crash
The Lost Ruins (Travel through Gem Stone Valley)
- Coco Park - Coco Bandicoot's Track (Green) (Available from the start)
- Tiger Temple - Pura's Track (Blue) (Available from the start)
- Papu's Pyramid - Papu Papu's Track (Red) (6 Trophies)
- Dingo Canyon - Dingodile's Track (Yellow) (7 Trophies)
- Papu Papu's Challenge - (Boss Challenge) (8 Trophies)
- Rampage Ruins - (Purple) (2 Keys)
Glacier Park (Papu Papu's Key)
- Blizzard Bluff - Penta Penguin's Track (Red) (Available from the start)
- Dragon Mines - Komodo Joe's Track (Blue) (9 Trophies)
- Polar Pass - Polar's Track (Green) (10 Trophies)
- Tiny Arena - Tiny Tiger's Track (Yellow) (11 Trophies)
- Komodo Joe's Challenge - (Boss Challenge) (12 Trophies)
- Rocky Road - (Purple) (3 Keys)
Citadel City (Komodo Joe's Key)
- N. Gin Labs - Dr. N. Gin's Track (Blue) (Available from the start)
- Cortex Castle (Track) - Dr. Neo Cortex's Track (Green) (Available from the start)
- Hot Air Skyway- Pinstripe Potoroo's Track (Yellow) (14 Trophies)
- Oxide Station - Nitros Oxide's Track (Yellow) (15 Trophies)
- Pinstripe's Challenge - (Boss Challenge) (16 Trophies)
- Nitro Court - (Purple) (4 Keys)
- Red Gem Cup is composed of: Crash Cove, Mystery Caves, Blizzard Bluff and Papu's Pyramid.
- Green Gem Cup is composed of: Roo's Tubes, Coco Park, Polar Pass, and Cortex Castle.
- Blue Gem Cup is composed of: Tiger Temple, Sewer Speedway, Dragon Mines and N. Gin Labs.
- Yellow Gem Cup is composed of: Dingo Canyon, Tiny Arena, Hot Air Skyway and Oxide Station.
- Purple Gem Cup is composed of: Roo's Tubes, Papu's Pyramid, Dragon Mines and Hot Air Skyway.
- Note: The rivals for this cups are the four bosses of the game without using infinite power-ups against your character.
NORMAL: Fires a tracking missile locking onto the closest driver in front of you. If it hits, the enemy kart will tumble and crash. When you are being tracked by one, a cross-hair appears on the back of your kart as the missile hunts you down. You can avoid getting hit by waiting for it to get very close and then placing a TNT, nitro crate (can be picked up as a singular or in groups of three) or N. Brio's beakers.
JUICED UP: The missile moves faster and is more accurate.
NORMAL: Roll these bombs at karts in front of or behind of you to make them tumble and crash. They only roll straight ahead or straight back so aim carefully before release. You can explode the bomb before it hits something else by pressing 'O'. (Can be picked up as a singular or in groups of three).
JUICED UP: The bomb has a bigger blast radius, which is useful for sending up to three or more players flying.
NORMAL: The green shield protects the player from being hit by a weapon for a few seconds once activated. The shield will disappear after a few seconds. The player can fire the shield like a bomb at another player. When the player gets another shield when they already have the shield pressing the circle button again will make the shield wear off. Pressing it again will use the other shield.
JUICED UP: The shield is now blue and lasts forever until hit by a weapon or fired like a bomb at another player.
NORMAL: Place the crate onto the track and if a player runs onto it, the box lands on their head. After a three seconds countdown the crate will explode causing the player to tumble and crash. The player can hop enough times to get the crate off before the TNT explodes.
JUICED UP: Instead of a TNT, the crate is now a NITRO and will explode on impact if another player drives into it.
N. Brio's Beakers
NORMAL (GREEN): Drop one out at the back of your kart (By pressing 'O'), or fire one into the distance (by pressing the forward button while pressing 'O'). the kart that hits it (including you) will spin out of control and crash.
JUICED UP (RED): Now the beaker is a poison. After a player hits it and spins out of control, a black storm cloud will appear over their head and the player will now drive slower, plus your currently held weapon will take a change.
NOTE: If too many explosive crates or beakers are present on the track, earlier ones will begin to explode.
N. Tropy's Clock
NORMAL: Usage of the clock will make other racers spin off and will be much slower.
JUICED UP: Its effect lasts longer.
NORMAL: You can use a turbo for few seconds, is the faster turbo that you can get in the game, and you can go near of a rival and jump on the rival, flattening them.
JUICED UP: Is longer and a little faster.
NORMAL: A giant blue orb targets all racers on the center of the track. It will always target the racer in first place. The Orb will not hit you if you are using an Aku Aku/Uka Uka or if you are using a shield.
JUICED UP: No physical change, however, it now targets all racers on the track in front of you. Again, if you're using an Aku Aku/Uka Uka or a shield, it will not harm you.
NORMAL: You now have invincibility. Your cart will also travel faster for the duration of its use, and you will not lose any Wumpa Fruit if you fall. You can also knock into other racers and make them tumble and crash.
JUICED UP: Lasts a little bit longer and you move faster.
Characters and Their Kart Stats
|Crash||Good||3 / 5||3 / 5||3 / 5||All Rounder||Blue|
|Cortex||Evil||3 / 5||3 / 5||3 / 5||All Rounder||Red|
|Tiny||Evil||5 / 5||2 / 5||1 / 5||Top Speed||Light Green|
|Coco||Good||3 / 5||5 / 5||2 / 5||Acceleration||Pink|
|N. Gin||Evil||3 / 5||5 / 5||2 / 5||Acceleration||Purple|
|Dingodile||Evil||5 / 5||2 / 5||1 / 5||Top Speed||Olive Green|
|Polar||Good||2 / 5||3 / 5||5 / 5||Handling||Teal|
|Pura||Good||2 / 5||3 / 5||5 / 5||Handling||Violet|
|Ripper Roo||Evil||3 / 5||4 / 5||5 / 5||
|Papu Papu||Evil||5 / 5||3 / 5||2 / 5||Top Speed||Yellow|
|Komodo Joe||Evil||4 / 5||4 / 5||4 / 5||All Rounder||Brown|
|Pinstripe||Evil||4 / 5||5 / 5||3 / 5||Acceleration||Black|
|Fake Crash||Evil||3 / 5||3 / 5||3 / 5||All Rounder||Gray|
|N. Tropy||Evil||5 / 5||4 / 5||3 / 5||Top Speed||Sky Blue|
|Penta Penguin||Good||5 / 5 (in PAL)|
2 / 5 (in NTSC)
|5 / 5 (in PAL)|
3 / 5 (in NTSC)
|5 / 5 (in PAL)|
5 / 5 (in NTSC)
|Perfect (in PAL)|
Handling (in NTSC)
|Oxide (Non Playable)||None||5 / 5||5 / 5||5 / 5||Perfect||Green|
- Note that the alignments of the characters that are protected by Aku Aku are considered to be good and the alignments of the ones that are protected by Uka Uka are considered to be evil.
- "Whoa!" (When boosting)
- "Wahoo!" (When boosting)
- "Bye!" (When boosting)
- "Yohooooo!" (When catching big air)
- "Aweeeeee!" (When catching big air)
- "Yehaa!" (When using an item)
- "Waaaa!" (When using an item)
- "He-hehe!" (When dropping an item)
- "Ha-ha!" (When dropping an item)
- "Ha!" (Hit when shielded)
- "Uuugghh!" (When spinning out of control)
- "Owwowowowowow!" (When spinning out of control)
- "Bandicoot power!" (When passing another racer(s)
- "Pass it on!" (When using an item)
- "Here ya go!" (When using an item)
- "Ow!" (When hit)
- "Hey!" (When hit)
- "Not good!" (When hit)
- "Eh, heh ha ha!" (When dropping an item)
- "Coming through!" (When passing another racer)
- "Em, hmhmhmhmhm!" (When dropping an item)
- "Yihaaa!" (When catching big air)
- "Weeeee!" (When boosting)
- "Let's go!" (When boosting)
- "Whoa!" (When boosting)
- "Oh, boy!" (When spinning out of control)
- "Whooooooaaaahh!" (When spinning out of control)
- "No sweat!" (Hit when shielded)
Dr. Neo Cortex
- "Yes!" (When boosting)
- "Leap!" (When boosting)
- "The trophy's mine!" (When passing another racer)
- "Outta my way!" (When passing another racer)
- "Take that!" (When using an item)
- "Oh, my!" (When catching big air)
- "Yee-haw!" (When catching big air)
- "D'oh!" (When hit)
- "Ouch!" (When hit)
- "Hoooaaahh!" (When hit)
- "Hmhmhmh!" (When dropping an item)
- "Ooh... My head..." (When spinning out of control)
- "Whoo-oo-oops!" (When spinning out of control)
- "Ha-ha!" (Hit when shielded)
- "No way." (Hit when shielded)
- "Oww!!" (When hit)
- "Why, you!" (When hit)
- "Noooooo!" (When spinning out of control)
- "Eh, hee, hee! Park it?"
- "Eh, heh! Too Bad."
- "Heh heh heh! One for the road!" (When using an item)
- "Eh, heh! Try again!" (Hit when shielded)
- "Yahoo!" (When catching big air)
- "This one's mine!"
- "Yay!" (When boosting)
- "Eh, hehehe!"
- "Yes!" (Hit when shielded)
- "Eh, hah hah huh he he!" (When dropping an item)
- "The speed!" (When boosting)
- "Tiny squash puny karts!" (When using an item)
- "Tiny win!" (When passing another racer)
- "Here comes Tiny!" (When passing another racer)
- "Roooaahh!" (When hit)
- "Argh!" (When hit)
- "Tiny squish puny kart!" (When passing another racer)
- "Hohohohaha!" (When dropping an item)
- "Jump high!" (When catching big air)
- "Big guys jump high!" (When catching big air)
- "Tiny Dizzy!" (When spinning out of control)
- "Move over, mate." (When passing another racer)
- "*Growls*" (When hit)
- "Oh, bother." (When hit)
- "Nyahhh!" (When hit)
- "Goodbye!" (When using an item)
- "Here's a doozy!" (When using an item)
- "Eh-hehehehe-haaa!" (When dropping an item)
- "Eh-hehehe-heee!" (When dropping an item)
- "Whooah BABY!" (When catching big air)
- "Ooohhhhhhh..." (When spinning out of control)
- "Ow!" (When hit)
- "Raaaoowww!" (When hit)
- "(insane laughter)"
- "Too bad!"
- "Got a booboo."
- "Big Bump!"
- "Look out!"
- "Ugh, ssstop that!"
- "Ssso sssorry."
- "Too bad!"
- "Ssslow down!
- "Have some o' this!" (When using an item)
- "You're mine!" (When using an item)
- "Say goodnight!" (When using an item)
- "Yeah!" (When boosting)
- "Ohh yeah!" (When catching big air)
- "Over the top!" (When catching big air)
- "Watch your back!" (When passing another racer)
- "Yeah, right!" (Hit when shielded)
- "Heehehehehe" (Hit when shielded)
- "(wheezy laughter)" (When dropping an item)
- "Ow!" (When hit)
- "Oooh!" (When hit)
- "Rats!" (When spinning out of control)
- "Huhbblblbbla!" (When spinning out of control)
- "(quark laughter)"
- "(Penguin Yay 1)" (Unfinished version of NTSC)
- "(Penguin Yay 2)" (Unfinished version of NTSC)
Dr. N. Tropy
- "Yes!" (When boosting)
- "Blimey!" (When hit)
- "Nothing doing." (Hit when shielded)
- "Bad timing."
- "Watch your luck." (When using an item)
- "Take this" (When using an item)
- "Like clockwork!"
- "No-no-no-not good!" (When spinning out of control)
- "You'll never best me!"
- "Try again!"
- "Here's a little surprise!"
- "You're no match for me!"
- "You're slower than a boat, you human scagwart!"
- "My trunk!"
- This game is currently the only canon spin-off.
- A character called Fasty was planned to be playable in the game but was scrapped.
- This is the last Crash Bandicoot game to ever be developed by Naughty Dog, then came Crash Bash by Eurocom Entertainment Software.
- Ripper Roo was originally going to speak in the game and would've made this game the first Crash game where he'd talk normally for the first time. He would say, "Are you crazy enough to race me? I should face Oxide in the big race!", with a high pitched voice. Unfortunately, the final release just had his trademarked manic laughter but had subtitles included to see what he was saying. Although, he did speak normally with some laughs in Japanese version. There's also no subtitles in Japanese version.
- Nitrous Oxide was going to be a playable character, but was scrapped. He can be played using a Gameshark code. There are also some lines he would say when you play as him, instead of the mocking he used in the boss race.
- Nitros Oxide was originally another evil scientist with a more standard human appearance. During development, the story was that he was trying to make the world faster and faster until the end of time, because of his obsession with speed. While further details about the original story are scarce, an old comic suggests Oxide would use a machine called the X Device.
- There is roughly a minute and half worth of removed dialogue from Oxide in the disc, suggesting that there were going to be more cutscenes between areas where he would taunt the player.
- Some tracks have the same names as a few real locations, likely out of coincidence. Those are Tiger Temple, Mystery Caves, Glacier Park and Dragon Mines.
- Penta Penguin is not an unlockable character in this game, he can only be obtained by a cheat code.
- The racing game was originally planned after Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back but Naughty Dog still had some ideas to put into another Crash Game so the racing game was held back until after Crash Bandicoot: Warped.
|Crash Bandicoot Series Games|
|Main games||Crash Bandicoot (1996) • Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back (1997) • Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped (1998) • Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex (2001) • Crash Twinsanity (2004) • Crash of the Titans (2007) • Crash: Mind Over Mutant (2008)|
|Crash Bandicoot racing series||Crash Team Racing (1999) • Crash Nitro Kart (2003) • Crash Tag Team Racing (2005) • Crash Nitro Kart 2 (2008) • Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D (2008) • Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 2 (2010)|
|Crash Bandicoot party series||Crash Bash (2000) • Crash Boom Bang! (2006)|
|Handheld series||Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure (2002) • Crash Bandicoot 2: N-Tranced (2003) • Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage (2004) • Crash Bandicoot: Mutant Island (2009)|
|Cancelled games||Crash Bandicoot: Evolution • Cortex Chaos • Crash Online • Crash Landed • Crash Team Racing (2010) • Crush Bandicoot • Krome Studios pitch|