Stormy Ascent

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Stormy Ascent
Stormy Ascent Begining

Number of crates 34
Gem type Clear
Bonus round(s) Cortex
Previous level Fumbling in the Dark
Next level Dr. Neo Cortex

Stormy Ascent is a cut level from the original Crash Bandicoot. The level consists of fast retracting steps, vertically and horizontally-moving birds, vial-throwing Lab Assistants, many iron spikes, and moving platforms in complicated patterns. It's not accessible through normal means, but it can be played by using a GameShark code. Naughty Dog removed this level due to its extreme difficulty, as it's essentially a harder version of Slippery Climb (which is already considered one of the hardest levels in the game), its counterpart, and also because it had many bugs that Naughty Dog couldn't fix in time. It's also the last level of the Crash Bandicoot prototype. Collecting Cortex Tokens in this level increases the frequency that the split-second freezes occur, and collecting 3 tokens cause the game to crash in the retail versions of the game because no Cortex bonus round corresponds to Stormy Ascent, and the game doesn't assume a default bonus round (unlike in the prototype). The clear gem in this level does not count towards completion, nor total gem count.

In response to a question that was asked on a blog article, some Naughty Dog members explained their thoughts about this level being cut. Andy Gavin said, "Stormy Ascent was just cut because it was too long and too hard and we ran out of time. I wish we had put it in as some kind of easter egg, as it was an awesome level, one of my favorite in the game. Long, a bit brutal, but it looked great, and had a real rhythm to it." Jason Rubin said, "There was never anything sadder than dropping a level that close to completion. The work that went into making a level like that is incredible. To see it on the cutting room floor was always a tragedy."

Types of crates

Stage parameters

  • Aku Aku Crates: 2
  • Checkpoint Crates: 3
  • Other Crates: 29
  • Tawna Bonus Round Crates: None
  • Brio Bonus Round Crates: None
  • Cortex Bonus Round Crates: 5


-Crash Bandicoot - Unused Removed Level Stormy Ascent (Gem Run)05:04

-Crash Bandicoot - Unused Removed Level Stormy Ascent (Gem Run)

Enemies/Hazards that appear

  • Evil Hand
  • Iron Spikes
  • Lab Assistant
  • Birds
  • Retracting Steps
  • Falls
  • Moving platforms


  • The first Cortex Token is inside the ? crate.
  • First checkpoint.
  • Second checkpoint.
  • The second Cortex Token is inside the bottom ? crate.
  • Third checkpoint.
  • The last Cortex Token is inside the ? crate, near the exit.


  • On the back of the PAL Crash Bandicoot case, one of the pictures has the level Stormy Ascent on it. Whether this was intentional or not has not been confirmed.
  • It is unknown if Stormy Ascent will be included in the N. Sane Trilogy or not.

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