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Heavy Machinery

Level Number 18
Number of crates 33
Gem type Clear
Bonus round(s) Tawna
N. Brio
Previous level Koala Kong
Next level Cortex Power
Wow! Third island, you've beaten the muscle mountain Koala Kong! Hurry, Tawna needs your help!
- Level description

Heavy Machinery (きかいか けいかく lit. Mechanization Plan in Japanese) is the eighteenth level (including boss fights) in Crash Bandicoot and is the first level of Cortex Island, as well as the first level of the Cortex Power Refinery side. It features both a Tawna bonus round and a Brio bonus round. It has a secret area where Crash can jump down a gap guarded by two robots near the start of the level.

Heavy Machinery was one of the two playable levels in the PlayStation Experience 2016 demo of the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, the other being N. Sanity Beach.

Level Description

The level is a welcome start to the heavily industrialized Cortex Island compared to the other islands. As the name hints, Heavy Machinery is situated inside a large factory with many mechanisms such as boiling pipes (Which can burn Crash.) and cold pipes, conveyor belts, and spring platforms, overseen by various robots working for Cortex. One robot crawls along the floor while another spiked robot floats in the air. There are also Hologram Probes watching the bandicoot. Toxic waste can be seen in drain pipes on the wall in the background.

Types of crates

Stage parameters

  • Aku Aku Crates: 3
  • TNT Crates: 1
  • Other Crates: 29
  • Tawna Bonus Round Crates: 19
  • Brio Bonus Round Crates: 30
  • Cortex Bonus Round Crates: None.



This corresponds to a save file at this level (45%, 0 keys, 6 gems).


This corresponds to a save file at this level (51%, 1 key, 8 gems).



Translation of Aku Aku Hints in the Japanese Version


  • This is the first level in the series to feature robots.
  • During development of the game, this level was the first successful one. The second being Generator Room.
  • The Brio bonus round in this level is arguably the hardest bonus round in the series to complete.
  • In the prototype, Heavy Machinery is the second level of the third island instead of Cortex Power. Also, the hologram probes had not yet been finished and appear as floating orbs. They will still harm Crash if he touches them. The probes also appear like this in Generator Room.
  • In the prototype, the gap that Crash can fall into to break open some crates acts as a shortcut through the level. The shortcut takes Crash up to the point where he acquires a Brio bonus mug and extra lives.

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