|Up the Creek|
|Number of crates||15 (12 in Beta)|
|Previous level||Native Fortress|
|Next level||Ripper Roo|
Up the Creek (じょうりゅうを めざせ lit. Aiming Upstream in Japanese) is the tenth level (including boss fights) and is the first level of the second island (or penultimate level of the first island in the Beta) in Crash Bandicoot. It is the second river type of level in the game and is similar to Upstream. Crash encounters venus fly traps and other enemies here.
Types of crates
- Aku Aku Crate
- Arrow Crate - iron (only in the Tawna bonus round, not present in Beta)
- Arrow Crate - wooden
- Basic Crate
- Bounce Crate (only in the Tawna bonus round and Beta)
- Checkpoint Crate
- Crash Crate
- ! Crate
- Iron Crate
- ? Crate
- TNT Crate (not present in Beta)
- Aku Aku Crates: 1
- TNT Crates: 1 (none in Beta)
- Other Crates: 13
- Tawna Bonus Round Crates: 30 (17 in Beta)
- Brio Bonus Round Crates: None.
- Cortex Bonus Round Crates: None.
Translation of Aku Aku Hints in the Japanese Version
- If you pass this stage, you'll fight the boss Ripper Roo. He is a crazy guy who constantly jumps around, his way of jumping has regular patterns. Look at him, he has serious characteristics.
- The level title could be a reference to the popular saying "up the creek without a paddle", a reference to the fact that Crash does not wield a paddle in this level.
- In the prototype, Up the Creek is on the first island instead of the second island.
- The 2 bounce crates in the prototype of this level both contain Tawna Tokens.
- The same pause glitch found in the prototype of Upstream is present here.
- The Tawna Bonus round on the prototype is the same as in Native Fortress in the prototype.