|Level Number||17 (Warp Room 4)|
|Number of crates||95 (26 in bonus, 14 on Death Route)|
|Gem type||Power Crystal, Clear Gem (x2)|
|Previous level||Hangin' Out|
|Next level||Cold Hard Crash|
Diggin' It is the seventeenth level in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back. Crash finds himself in a snowy environment similar to the snowball chase levels, but it's not snowballs that are in the level - it's snow-dwelling bees. Bees will go down to a simple spin attack, so they're not a huge factor here - Crash should be far more careful of the undefeatable sentient statues, mallet-wielding lumberjack Lab Assistants, and red Venus Fly Traps, which spit grenade-like seeds and will only fall to a belly flop....or a spin from underground. Crash can dig into the patches of magenta soil throughout the latter half of the level. There's also a secret warp area here which transports Crash to Warp Room 6 and reveals the alternative route in Road to Ruin, which is accessible by jumping on the platform that's in the middle of a pit, which is occupied by a Venus Fly Trap, shortly after the Death Route rejoins the regular route. You can also access the second clear Gem without completing the Death Route. This can be done by going down the left split path when the two rejoin, and jumping along the green grass to the left edge of the colossal pit. You can then backtrack to the gem, and leave via the exit platform, or kill yourself, ending up at the last checkpoint you hit or backtrack the entire route and smash all the crates, if necessary.