Crash Team Racing (1999)

by Christopher
4 minutes read


A kart racing classic, Crash Team Racing seamlessly blends fast-paced action, strategic gameplay, and the charming Crash Bandicoot universe into an unforgettable experience.


Crash Team Racing brought the thrill of kart racing to the Crash Bandicoot universe, offering a unique blend of speed, strategy, and story.


The game’s story focuses on the efforts of Crash Bandicoot, Doctor Neo Cortex, and other characters in the Crash Bandicoot series, who must race against the egomaniacal Nitros Oxide to save the Earth from destruction. Nitros Oxide, an alien from far out space, comes to Earth and challenges Crash Bandicoot, his friends, and foes to a racing competition. He threatens to turn the world into a concrete parking lot if he wins.

In the game, players can take control of one of fifteen Crash Bandicoot series characters, though only eight are available at first. During the races, offensive and speed boosting power-ups can be used to gain an advantage. Two distinct forms of crates are scattered throughout the tracks and arenas of Crash Team Racing. Crates with question marks on them hold power-ups and weapons, which can be obtained by driving through and breaking apart said crates.

A crucial maneuver in Crash Team Racing is the power slide; the player executes the slide by holding down one of the shoulder buttons to perform a hop, and steering before the kart lands. While sliding, the “Turbo Boost Meter” on the lower-right corner of the screen fills up and goes from green to red.


Crash, Coco, Cortex, and others, each offering different racing styles and abilities.


Combines traditional kart racing with unique power-ups, diverse tracks, and a strategic boost system.


Crash Team Racing stands as a testament to Naughty Dog’s ability to innovate, creating a kart racer that is beloved by fans and critically acclaimed.

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