Hologram Probes are recurring enemies in the Crash Bandicoot series. They are spherical in shape and have a telescope-like eye. They also have the ability to hover and to project holograms. Some variants have spikes sticking out their sides.
The probes are first seen on Cortex Island in the level Heavy Machinery, where they take on a basic pattern of up and down, and can only be defeated with a spin, which has to be timed depending if they are above pits. In the Generator Room level, they go around in circles, and at one point with two of them. They can also be seen in Cortex Power, where they have a left to right pattern while above toxic waste pools. They are also found in Castle Machinery, where they repeat their basic patterns.
The probes now project holograms of Cortex and sometimes Coco or even Brio for Crash in the Warp Room. During hologram messages, a probe will circle around the hologram, projecting it through their telescope-like eye.
The probes return in Crash Twinsanity after a 7 year absence from the series, but with a new dark red color to them. They are seen only in Ice Climb where they simply float in the same place they're in, but outside the caves, they move from left to right over steaming pipes. If they are hit they will fly and hit the ground, sparking and disappearing in a flash of white light.
There is another version of the probe seen in the enemy gallery but it does not make an appearance; it was most likely cut. Judging by it's design, it looks like Crash would have use the slide kick to defeat it.
The probes where colored rusty gray with several small vents on themselves and a telescope-like eye, and in Crash 2 the Crash 1 model was used. In Crash Twinsanity they had a new red color, lacking any differences.
|Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back|
|Protagonists||Crash Bandicoot • Aku Aku • Coco Bandicoot • Doctor Nitrus Brio • Polar|
|Bosses||Ripper Roo • Komodo Brothers • Tiny Tiger • Doctor N. Gin • Doctor Neo Cortex|
|Items||Crates (Basic Crate, ? Crate, Bounce Crate, Aku Aku Crate, Checkpoint Crate, Crash Crate, Arrow Crate, Locked Crate, TNT Crate, Nitro Crate, Nitro Switch Crate, ! Crate, Iron Crate, Iron Arrow Crate) • Wumpa Fruit • Crystal • Gem|
|Levels||First Warp Room (Turtle Woods, Snow Go, Hang Eight, The Pits, Crash Dash) • Second Warp Room (Snow Biz, Air Crash, Bear It, Crash Crush, The Eel Deal) • Third Warp Room (Plant Food, Sewer or Later, Bear Down, Road to Ruin, Unbearable) • Fourth Warp Room (Hangin' Out, Diggin' It, Cold Hard Crash, Ruination, Bee-Having) • Fifth Warp Room (Piston It Away, Rock It, Night Fight, Pack Attack, Spaced Out) • Sixth Warp Room (Totally Bear, Totally Fly)|
|Enemies||Armadillo • Bees • Bird • Scrubbing Bubbletrons • Electric Eel • Four-Legged Robot • Gorilla • Holo-Projector • Lab Assistant • Lizard • Monkey • Orca • Penguin • Piranha • Polar Bear • Porcupine • Rat • Seal • Sparky Tentaclebot Unit • Spike Lizard • Spike Rat • Spiked Saucers • Spitter Plants • Tiki • Turtle • Venus Fly Trap|
|Protagonists||Crash Bandicoot - Doctor Neo Cortex - Aku Aku - Nina Cortex|
|Minor Characters||Nitros Oxide - Polar - Crunch Bandicoot - Doctor N. Gin - Doctor Nitrus Brio - Doctor Nefarious Tropy - Ripper Roo - Tiny Tiger - Farmer Ernest - Evil Crash - Pinstripe Potoroo - Koala Kong - Papu Papu - Rusty Walrus - Cortex's mother - Spyro the Dragon - Mecha-Bandicoot - Coco Bandicoot (Removed) Evil Coco - Good Cortex - Capu Capu - Evil Capu Capu - Fake Crash - Komodo Brothers - Ant Leader|
|Bosses||Doctor Neo Cortex - Mecha-Bandicoot - Tikimon - Uka Uka - Doctor N. Gin - Doctor Nefarious Tropy - Doctor Nitrus Brio - Dingodile - Madame Amberly - Evil Twins|
|Items||Crates (Crash Crate - Bounce Crate - Basic Crate - ? Crate - Locked Crate - Iron Crate - Iron Arrow Crate - Arrow Crate - Ammo Crate - Nitro Switch Crate - Nitro Crate - TNT Crate - Checkpoint Crate - World Crate - Aku Aku Crate - Detonator Crate - Activation Crate - Outline Crate) - Wumpa Fruit - Crystal - Gem - Weak platforms - Sequence platforms|
|Levels||N. Sanity Island (Jungle Bungle - Cavern Catastrophe - Totem Hokum) - Iceberg Lab (Ice Climb - Slip Slide Icecapades - High Seas Hi-Jinks) - Academy of Evil (Boiler Room Doom - Classroom Chaos - Rooftop Rampage) - Twinsanity Island (Rockslide Rumble - Bandicoot Pursuit - Ant Agony) - Deleted (Gone a Bit Coco - Ocean Commotion - Meglomaniac Mind Mania - Harbor level - Uka Tree level - Lava Caves - Rehab Lab - Security Insanity - Rollerbrawl level - Coco sub level)|
|Enemies||Crab - Fish - Chicken - Monkey - Skunk - Venus Fly Trap - Worm - Ant - Rat - Bees - Bear - Tribesman - Hog - Bat - Penguin - Hologram Probe - Barrel Throwing Rhino - Guard Dog - Robot Dummy - Robotic Janitor - Experimental Frog - Beetle (Removed) - Flying Swordfish - Greyscale Ant|