Road to Ruin (まよいの はいきょ lit. Ruins of Illusion in Japanese) is the fourteenth level and is the fourth level of the third warp room in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy remaster of the second game. It is somewhat similar to the city ruin-themed levels from the first game, specifically The Lost City and Sunset Vista, though this time it takes place at night.

In order to gain this level's first gem, the player must break all the level's crates, which can be achieved by entering through the 6th warp room.

Types of crates

Hazard Count

Stage Parameters



Translation of Aku Aku Hints in the Japanese Version


  • The level's name is a reference to the 1978 Ramones album of the same name.
  • As with Ruination, the third and final island from Crash Bandicoot 1 can be seen in the background of this level, an allusion to the 'ruination' of Cortex's empire, this island can be physically reached in Crash Bandicoot 2, albeit only in the form of a secret warp room, where the other two islands from the previous game can be seen also.
  • It is possible to reach this level's secret area by doing a glitched spin jump.
  • This level only has four Nitro Crates, all located in the secret area. Unlike Turtle Woods and Hang Eight, the Nitro Switch appears along the main path of the level. This is because there were originally going to be nitro crates on the main path of the level. This can be seen in the beta version of Crash Bandicoot 2.
  • This level and Air Crash are the only levels in the game which have two alternate routes (both a secret entrance and a death route).
  • This is one of the three levels in the game that happens that is dark but still has light (coming from the moon), and the others being Ruination and Totally Bear.
  • The name of the level could also be a pun on the saying road to riches, and riches is replaced with ruin to reference the level design.