Ice Station Bandicoot (くぐれ！ スカイリング lit. Pass Through! Sky Rings in Japanese) is the twenty-eighth level and is the third level of the sixth warp room in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex. Fifteen relics are needed to unlock it. In this level, Crash uses his copter pack to race a giant polar bear on a rug and fly through 40 rings.
Early screenshots of the original on-foot level.
The original area accessed in the final game (note the rings).
Comparison of pathway in prototype and final versions.
A recreation of Crash exploring the level on foot.
Its name is a reference to the novel Ice Station Zebra.
In a prototype, this level used to be an on-foot level with the polar bear roaming it, supposedly as an enemy. Its structure is noticeably different from the game's conventional levels, being wide open with multiple routes. The original pathway remains in the final level as a background below, and is still playable via hacking, though the area is empty.
The polar bear rides a flying carpet, like the ones in the famous Disney film Aladdin.