The High Road

Level Number 23
Number of crates 18
Gem type Clear
Bonus round(s) Tawna
Previous level Pinstripe Potoroo (Road to Nowhere in Beta)
Next level Slippery Climb (Lights Out in Beta, Sunset Vista in NTSC-J)
Great! The CEO has been defeated! Now you must keep going right, but carefully; this level is Road to Nowhere; hard, very hard version!
- Level description

The High Road (カメカメ ジャンプ lit. Turtle Turtle Jump in Japanese) is the twenty-third level (including boss fights), is the second and last bridge type of level and is the sixth level of the third island in the original Crash Bandicoot. This level is like Road to Nowhere, but with more complex jumps. It has slippery platforms and platforms that break. There are many turtles which can be knocked over so Crash can bounce further and is essential for proceeding through the level.

There is a secret area behind the entrance to the level, in which Crash can move and jump and bridge platforms will appear in certain spots. This leads to some crates.  A wumpa fruit hanging over the edge is the hint that there is a path there.

Types of crates

Stage parameters

  • Aku Aku Crates: None.
  • TNT Crates: 1
  • Other Crates: 17
  • Tawna Bonus Round Crates: 28
  • Brio Bonus Round Crates: None.
  • Cortex Bonus Round Crates: None.
  • Total Crates: 46


The High Road - Clear Gem - Crash Bandicoot - 100% Playthrough (Part 20)02:05

The High Road - Clear Gem - Crash Bandicoot - 100% Playthrough (Part 20)


Translation of Aku Aku Hints in the Japanese Version

  • Have you learned the basics? Look at your own shadow, combine small jumps with big jumps. Wait on the left or right end, and the hogs will be easier to dodge.


  • In the background of the level, Cortex Castle is the same size as in the level Road to Nowhere. This should not be possible since the player is already on the third island.
  • In levels prior to The High Road, there are never two consecutive levels without a Tawna bonus round. They are located either in every other level, or occasionally in consecutive levels. However, starting with The High Road, Tawna bonus rounds are only located in every third level, which means there are fewer places to save the game's progress as the player reaches the later stages of the game.
  • The Tawna Bonus Round of this level is one of two bonus rounds in the game, where it is not possible to break all the crates by normal means: At the end of the bonus round, there's a single wooden arrow crate located right over the abyss. Only with the use of a well-timed glitched move, it can be broken without dying.
  • In the prototype and E3 demo versions of the game, The High Road comes immediately after Road to Nowhere on the third island. Road to Nowhere was moved to the second island, while The High Road was kept in the same place.
  • A glitch occurs at the password screen, where the names of this level and Road to Nowhere are reversed upon entering a password for a save point at either of these levels. This leads to speculation that the names of these levels were swapped at some point during the game's development.
  • This level is cut to almost half in the Japanese versions of the game, and there is an Aku Aku mask right at the start, making this level much shorter than its predecessor, Road to Nowhere.
  • In the Japanese version of the game, this level is called "Turtle Turtle Jump", literally suggesting that the players should use turtles to make jumps.

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