So you disliked Temple Ruins? You'll hate Jaws of Darkness! There are more death traps and vicious snakes - to avoid them, move carefully. Don't forget to find Cortex's challenge stage with a KEY for reward! - Level description
Jaws Of Darkness (しんでんの おくふかく lit. Deep into the Temple in Japanese) is the twenty-sixth level (including boss fights) and is the ninth level of the third island in Crash Bandicoot and the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy remaster of the first game. The level takes place under Cortex Castle and is a major death-trap for trespassers trying to enter. It is the second and last ancient temple type of level. It is also the second and last stage in the game with a Cortexbonus round and key, which unlocks the secret level Fumbling in the Dark. The blue gem from Toxic Waste is required to clear this stage with its hidden clear gem. One of the Cortex bonus round tokens is in a hidden area, where platforms appear when Crash lands on the spot. Similar to in Temple Ruins and The High Road, a wumpa above a hole is a hint that there is a hidden path.
In the prototype, there is no blue gem and the path that requires the blue gem is not there. This is because gems were not present in the prototype.
This level has the most hidden boxes in the game.
The Cortex Bonus Round of this level is one of two bonus rounds in the game, where it is impossible to break all the crates by normal means: Near the end of the bonus round, a Basic Crate is located directly under an Iron Crate and therefore, not breakable without falling into the abyss.
This is the only level in the game where the gem requires a colored gem from a previous level. In all other gem paths (except for the green gem path in Castle Machinery which isn't required for box completion), the required gem is in a later level, requiring the player to return to the level to go for the gem. It's most likely that Naughty Dog wanted all of the gem paths to be this way, but this one is different because Jaws of Darkness was moved from the second island to the third island.