Published by: Sony Computer Entertainment America
Developed by: Cerny Games, Eurocom Developments Ltd
Platform: PlayStation (PSX, PS1)
It belongs to the genre of so-called mini-games (such as those in the Mario Party series). The game is the fifth installment of the Crash Bandicoot saga, although it has no direct relationship with the events of Crash. It is composed of a series of mini-games in which the different characters have to be able to eliminate the others or get the maximum score. It is organized in the typical phases of this saga, the Warp Room phases, each with a final boss that the player has to face after overcoming the previous mini-games.
In an unknown part of the cosmic atmosphere, Aku Aku argued with his twin brother Uka Uka about what is stronger: good or evil. Decree Decree believes that he is the strongest, and that evil can surely defeat. Aku Aku decides to resolve this dispute once and for all. Decree Decree is about to attack his brother, but Aku Aku stops him, recalling that the Ancients would not have suffered violence between them. Then Uka Uka agrees to hold a competition - his players against the players Aku Aku. Aku Aku agrees and teleports two players to himself: Crash and Coco. At this time, Uka decree teleports his players to himself: Doctors Neo Cortex, Nitrus Brio, Tiger Tiny, Koala Kong, Dingodile and Rilla Roo. Aku Aku notices that his brother has too many players, and demands to give him two. Uka Uka gives him Tiny Tiger and Dingodile, and the game begins.
The end of the game depends on which player the game was played by - one of the players Aku Aku (light side) or Uka Uka (dark side).
If the player has a bright side: Uka Uka is furious trying to find out what tricks Aku Aku used to defeat him. Aku Aku replies that he did not use any fraud, that he knew in advance that Uku Uk was trying to realize his plan to steal crystals. While Uka Uka rips off the anger on his players, Aku Aku hides the crystals in a stone box, saying that they are safe there. Decree Decree requires that which belongs to him, and he receives it - punishment for disturbing the crystals. Uka Uka falls into a whirlwind and is thrown into space.
If the player is on the dark side: a storm begins in the Universe, announcing that Uka has decreed. He tells Aku Aku that he had a secret plan - to steal all the crystals and take on their energy. Aku Aku is surprised at how naive it was to think that good always conquers evil by itself. Now that Uka Uka has become strong, Aku Aku orders Crash and Coco to run away and escape. The mighty Decree Decree loudly announces that now there is nowhere to run and nowhere to hide.
If there is a draw: (in multiplayer mode, one participant played for the bright side and the other for the dark) Aku Aku and Uka Uka decide that their players must meet face to face. Players will be offered a mini-game where they will fight among themselves only together, as in the "Jungle Bash". After each round, "Good wins" or "Evil wins" are declared, depending on who won the round. After three rounds played, the ending will be shown, again depending on whether the player on the light or dark side won.
The game takes place in five warp rooms, on each floor there are a different number of portals leading to a mini-game or a battle with the boss. The mini-game involves four players. You can play alone against the three players controlled by the computer (on the principle of "each for himself"), or you can play together against two computer players (on the principle of "two for two"). Passing mini-games, the player collects trophies (cups), then gems, crystals, gold and platinum relics.
Types of Minigames
- Ballistix is a game reminiscent of Pong in a square arena with four gates. Each player must defend his gates by moving the ship and repelling the balls flying in his direction. Players start with a certain number of balls on the account (15, 12 or 20), each missed ball is removed from the account. A player with 0 balls left loses, and his goal is blocked. The winner is the last remaining one.
- Polar Push - the arena is located on the iceberg, in which four polar bear players try to push each other off the iceberg. From time to time, amplifications appear in the arena with which you can temporarily stop opponents, increase your bear, or automatically get rid of one of your opponents.
- Pogo Pandemonium - the game takes place in an 8 by 8 square arena, on which players move. Each player, passing through the square, repaints it in its own color. At all levels of this type, except one, you need to open the purple boxes with an exclamation mark, so that a number equal to the number of fields repainted in the player’s color is added to the account. The player with the highest score wins.
- Crate Crush - in the open arena there are four players and boxes - standard, TNT- and nitro-boxes. The goal is to get rid of your opponents by throwing boxes at them or attacking them in close combat. When a player does not have health, he disappears from the arena. The last remaining player wins.
- Tank Wars - the game takes place in the arena in the form of a grid, the appearance of which changes depending on the level. Each player has a tank, three mines and an unlimited supply of weapons. The goal of the game is to destroy enemy tanks.
- Crash Dash - race against the clock on an open ring track. To speed up your car, you need to pick up Wumpa fruits, to delay other players, you need to pick up rockets. The player who first goes through a certain number of laps wins.
- Medievil mayhem - levels of this type differ markedly from each other. What they have in common is that they need to score more points than other players who will interfere with doing this.
Getting rewards for completing
- Trophy - beat opponents in three rounds before they do it.
- A gem - most often, win one round in a short period of time (for one player this interval is either 30 or 60 seconds; for two it is always 30 seconds). In some mini-games - this number of points must be reduced to zero before the time runs out or opponents do it, while opponents have fewer points.
- Crystal - win in one round; but the rules of the game change a bit, and so that the game becomes more difficult. In some mini-games, the player loses the ability to make any moves, unlike opponents; in some, additional obstacles appear. (During the game for the crystal, the appearance of the arena changes, and it does not look like in games for other rewards).
- Golden relic - twice in a row to beat the champions of this arena. The composition of the players is changing, so winning two rounds in a row becomes more difficult than winning three rounds in a trophy game.
- The platinum relic is the same as the gold relic, but now you need to win three rounds in a row.
Aku Aku players
- Crash bandicoot
- Coco bandicoot
- Tiny tiger
Uka UkA players
- Dr. Neo cortex
- Doctor Nitrus Brio
- Koala kong
- Rilla Roo
Non-human-controlled characters (bosses)
- Papu Papu - the first boss in the game
- Bearminator - the second boss in the game
- Komodo Brothers is the third boss in the game
- Nitrous Oxide - the fourth boss in the game
Neutral characters (most often are no more than a background level)
- Ripper Roo - found in one of the Pogo Pandemonium levels on the third floor of the warp room. He puts dynamites on the playing field and shoots rockets at the players
- N.Gin - found in one of the Ballistix levels on the third floor of the warp room. Periodically appears in the middle of the arena and creates balls with great speed
- Penta Penguin - Found in the Snow Bash level on the third floor of the warp room. He sleeps until he is attacked; after waking up and starting to spin around the arena, hitting the players
- Eggipus Rex - Riding game for players on the fifth floor of the warp room.
Japanese version of Crash Bandicoot Carnival
- Fake Crash - is present as a controlled character, but does not occupy either the side of Aku Aku or the side of Ukaz Uk, moreover, it does not have its own storyline and is controlled by the player only in battles and tournaments, it opens with a code. There are no other controlled characters in Crash Bandicoot Carnival.
Platinum Relic Race
- After defeating the last boss, go to the room 5 Warp Room. Win one of the cups and win the Golg Relic race, then the Platinum Relict Race will be available to you. Defeat the champion of this track three times and you will be able to return to other worlds and participate in the Platinum Race, whenever you want, if you have a gold relic Gold Relic.
- When playing at the Ballistix Level, press the Square button to hit the ball harder than other players. At the bottom of your “ship” there are three lights on each side. When you press the Square button, they turn off and on. However, if you press the Square button, your shield will be “disabled” for a few seconds. To avoid this, press the Square button only when the “ball” approaches you. If you fail, then you will be vulnerable to all the "balls" in the arena.
- When you are in Warp Room 4, return to any level that you have previously visited, where you will have to find Relic (after you press the X button. To select this level). You have to go through this level, but this time it will be much more difficult. To get Relic, you must successfully complete the level twice in a row.