Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto’s Rampage (2004)

by Christopher
6 minutes read


A crossover adventure with Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon, featuring multiplayer modes, card trading, and unique content unlocking by linking with Spyro Orange.


Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto’s Rampage is a unique crossover handheld game that features the worlds of Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon, offering multiplayer modes and card trading.


“Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto’s Rampage”, also known as “Crash Fusion” in European languages, is a unique crossover game that brings together two beloved video game characters: Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon. Released on the Game Boy Advance in June 2004, this game is one part of a crossover pair, the other being “Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy”.

The plot of the game is centered around a nefarious plan hatched by Doctor Neo Cortex and Ripto. These two villains join forces to rid themselves of their respective adversaries, Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon. They achieve this by genetically modifying Ripto’s “Riptoc” minions and disguising them as Crash and Spyro. This leads the two protagonists to believe they are against each other.

In Crash’s world, the monsters have dressed up as Spyro, and in Spyro’s world, they have dressed up as Crash. This causes a bridge fight between the two heroes. However, they soon realize that they have been tricked by their enemies, which sparks a new friendship.

Despite the efforts of Tiny, Crush, and Gulp, the newly formed team of Crash and Spyro cannot be stopped. In a desperate move, Cortex steps in with the big guns and orders Nina to kidnap Coco and the Professor. Spyro manages to free them while Crash distracts Nina with Polar’s help.

Coco then comes up with an idea: if Crash and Spyro can put tracers on Cortex and Ripto, they would be able to find their secret base. Crash fights Ripto but forgets to put the tracer on him. However, Spyro successfully places a tracer on Cortex, leading them to the villains’ lair.

In the final showdown, Crash and Spyro defeat Cortex and Ripto, saving their respective worlds from the villains’ clutches. After their victory, they say their goodbyes and return to their respective home worlds.

The gameplay of “Ripto’s Rampage” is a single-player side-scrolling crossover adventure game. While the game features platforming elements that allow Crash and Spyro to navigate different areas, the main focus is on a series of mini-games that make up the core of the gameplay. These mini-games involve distinctively different gameplay elements, such as destroying enemies in a Breakout-inspired challenge or racing through an area with a jet pack, tank, or inner tube.

In conclusion, “Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto’s Rampage” is a unique crossover game that combines the worlds of Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon. With its engaging plot and diverse gameplay, it offers a memorable gaming experience for fans of both franchises.


Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, Ripto, various characters from both franchises


Side-scrolling action with platforming challenges, mini-games, and a card collection system for multiplayer modes and content unlocking.


While not without its flaws, Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto’s Rampage stands out for its crossover appeal and multiplayer features, capturing the hearts of fans of both series.

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