Crash Bandicoot: On The Run – Gameplay Guide

How do I smash two crates that are on either side of my character?

You’ll face lots of tricky challenges while you play Crash Bandicoot: On the Run, so you’ll need to stay alert and use your reflexes.

On some levels, you might find yourself with crates on either side of you. You can smash these at the same time with a powerful Body Slam!

It’s easy to do a Body Slam: swipe up to jump and then swipe down while you’re in the air.

What is XP and what does it do?

Earn as many Experience Points (XP) as possible to level up and get smashing rewards!

How do I earn XP?

You’ll earn XP in lots of different places as you crash through the Multiverse. Complete runs, finish missions, dispatch Henchmen, and more to earn valuable XP.

Progress through the Bandicoot Pass, too, and you’ll earn valuable XP points that help you to level up.

What do I get for leveling up?

Level up and you’ll earn a mixture of exciting rewards like Skins, Purple Crystals, Ingredients, Portal Weapons, and more!

What is the Refill Timer?

To defeat Cortex and his henchmen, you’ll need to collect valuable ingredients and craft them into powerful portal weapons.

Those ingredients are rare, though, and you’ll need to wait for them to reappear before you can collect them again. This is where the Refill Timer comes into play – here’s everything you need to know about how it works.

Where can I find the Refill Timer?

You can find the Refill Timer on the Island overview screen. Here, you’ll see what quantity of ingredients you’ll find on your run and how long you’ll need to wait for those ingredients to regenerate.

If you need specific ingredients, make sure to time your runs properly so that you can maximize the amount of ingredients you can collect!

Can I speed up the Refill Timer?

If you’re in a hurry, you can use Purple Crystals to speed up the Refill Timer and replenish the ingredients in a certain land.

What do Buttons do and how do I activate them?

On your rush through the diverse lands in Crash Bandicoot: On the Run, you’ll come across mechanical blue buttons in your path. Here’s what those buttons do and how you can activate them.

What do Buttons do?

Those Buttons will trigger complex mechanisms in the level, opening up new paths and moving large objects. You might need to activate a button to clear a path up ahead, for example, or to reveal some hidden secrets!

Experiment with the Buttons that you find and stay on your toes – you’ll need to pay careful attention to how the level changes around you!

How do I activate Buttons?

Simply run over Buttons in the game to push them into the ground and activate them!

In some situations, you might see buttons on the wall. Make sure that you throw a well-timed berry to activate those buttons!

How do I use checkpoints?

On your mission to defeat Cortex, you’ll run through challenging and dangerous lands. This is why it’s important that you keep an eye out for checkpoints and use them to achieve your objective!

How do checkpoints work?

If you smash a checkpoint crate (the one with a big “C” on it), you’ll restart from that checkpoint crate to continue the run from that position.

This means that these crates can help you to conquer even the trickiest levels and give Crash and Coco a bit of a break!

How do I unlock checkpoints?

It’s simple to activate a checkpoint – simply look out for checkpoint crates on your runs and smash them to pieces! These crates will appear throughout your runs, so try to find them and tackle any obstacles in your way to reach them!

What do Eggs do?

You’ll see that Eggs play a part in Crash Bandicoot: On the Run. Here’s a look at how to collect them and what you can do with them.

How do I collect Eggs?

To collect Eggs, you’ll need to make the necessary repairs to the Base. You’ll find a range of chicken coops on the left side of the island – use Parts to repair them and attract Mutagen Chickens!

Once you have the coops repaired, you’ll need to feed the adorable Mutagen Chickens with the right ingredients to get the right variety of egg.

What do I do with Eggs?

To craft some of the most powerful weapons, you’ll need to use eggs as ingredients. Use the right variety of egg to unlock potent weapons and take down Cortex’s henchmen!

What do Time Trial Relics do?

There are lots of mysterious secrets hidden across the islands in Crash Bandicoot: On the Run. If you go off the beaten track, you’ll eventually have the opportunity to win some exciting Time Trial Relics!

Here’s everything you need to know about how these Time Trial Relics work.

What do Time Trial Relics do?

If you are skillful enough to earn a Time Trial Relic – congratulations! You’re a very talented player and you’ve uncovered some amazing secrets.

These Time Trial Relics are for bragging rights only. Get the best time possible to earn more Time Trial Relics than your friends and put yourself at the top of the leaderboard – can you make yourself unbeatable?

How do I earn better Time Trial Relics?

Even after you’ve earned a Time Trial Relic, you’ll want to improve your time to get the best rank possible! There are three versions up for grabs, so keep experimenting to get the best time possible: Sapphire is the least valuable, Gold is in the middle, and Platinum is the most valuable.

What do Purple Crystals do?

Purple Crystals are shiny goodies that can help you in lots of ways as you crash through different lands to battle against Cortex.

Here’s a closer look at the ways these Purple Crystals work in the game.

Speed up the Refill Timer

On your collection runs, you’ll find the precious resources that you’ll need to defeat henchmen in the game. Those resources are rare, though, and you’ll need to wait for them to refill before you can collect them again. If you’re in a hurry, you can use Purple Crystals to speed up the Refill Timer.

Continue running in Survival Runs

On your Survival Runs, you’ll pick up speed and earn more Trophies the further you get. If you bite the dust, you can use Purple Crystals to maintain your current speed and also your position in the race against the other players!

Get more orders during Seasons

During Seasons, you’ll be given special orders that you can complete to earn rewards. Once you complete your orders you’ll have to wait a while to receive new ones, but you can unlock new orders right away by using Purple Crystals.

Revive with Steps and Aku Aku

When you bite the dust on a level, you’ll have the option to use Purple Crystals to keep the Steps that you earned and restart with an Aku Aku Mask – perfect for those tricky spots.

Speed up crafting

To defeat Cortex’s henchmen, you’ll need to craft weapons in the lab using ingredients. Don’t forget about farming, too! If you are in a hurry, you can use Purple Crystals to speed up the crafting or farming process to get your weapons right away and embark on new missions!

Unlock new Skins

You also have the option to buy new Skins using Purple Crystals! You can do this from the shop, or before you start a level. Choose the right Skin and you’ll get awesome bonuses (while also crashing through levels in style, of course).

What do Colored Gems do?

You’ll find mysterious and beautiful Colored Gems throughout the lands that you discover on your mission to stop Cortex… But what are they for, you ask?

Bragging rights!

Colored Gems are difficult to find, tough to earn, and only the most accomplished players will seize them. That’s why Colored Gems don’t do anything in the game, but they give you lots and lots of bragging rights!

Show off your collection with friends, or even tell them where you found those Colored Gems… if you’re feeling nice!

What do Power Gems do?

Power Gems are also very powerful items that have a lot of uses in Crash Bandicoot: On the Run. They’re also shiny and valuable… what’s not to love?

Here’s a closer look at how you can use Power Gems in the game.

Unlock new lands and islands

To unlock new lands and islands, you’ll need to collect a certain amount of Power Gems by beating henchmen. Visit the island map to see how many Power Gems you are missing before your next unlock!

Open gates and paths

On your collection runs, you’ll come across mysterious gates that are sealed until you earn a certain number of Power Gems. Once you have the right number of Power Gems, you’ll be able to run on through to explore new paths.

Unlock new repairs

The Base isn’t in the best shape, and you’ll need to carry out a lot of repairs using the Parts that you find on your collection runs. Before you can do some repairs, though, you’ll need to earn a certain number of Power Gems – make sure to check how many you need!

Power up the Mission Computer

The Mission Computer helps you to locate henchmen. The more Power Gems you earn, the more missions you’ll unlock to get closer to Cortex!

What are the different crates in the game?

On your mad dash to defeat Cortex and his henchmen, you’ll find lots of crates in your path. Here’s a look at the main crates that you’ll find.

Wumpa Fruit Crates

Bash open these crates to collect the delicious contents inside! You can use Wumpa Fruit in lots of different places in the game.

Part Crates

You’ll need lots of alpha and beta parts if you’re going to repair Coco’s base and upgrade its different areas. You’ll see which part is inside each crate based on the picture on the outside.

Ingredient Crates

Ingredients come in all shapes and sizes – break apart different crates to add these useful ingredients to your Silo and craft awesome weapons.

TNT Crates

These crates are truly dynamite – avoid them at all costs or you’ll take damage if you’re caught in their blast! You can jump on top of them to set off the trigger, though, and leave a mighty blast behind you.

Nitro Crates

These green crates go “boom” at the slightest touch, so be sure to avoid them at all costs! If you are caught in the blast, you’ll take damage!

Nitro Trigger Crates

If you see a lot of nitro crates up ahead, keep an eye out for these handy trigger crates that will help you to get rid of them in no time at all!

Switch Crates

On your journey you’ll see that some parts of the stage are hollowed out – activate nearby switch crates to make those hollow areas solid and reach new areas!

Checkpoint Crates

Checkpoint crates are awesome – die and restart, and you’ll start off from the last checkpoint crate that you unlocked!

Aku Aku Crates

The magical Aku Aku Mask can help you to deflect damage and protect against harm. Collect multiple Aku Aku Masks to stack this effect and earn temporary invincibility!

Trophy Crates

On your Survival Runs, you’ll find Trophy Crates – smash them to bits to collect the valuable Trophies stored inside!

“?” Crates

These valuable crates are super rare but if you’re lucky you’ll find them during your Collections Runs. Smash open these crates to unlock some serious goodies…

Plain Crates

  • Not the most exciting…
  • No goodies inside…
  • Still fun to smash!

How do Steps and the Tiki Head work?

On your journey to save the Multiverse, you’ll accumulate some serious steps! Here’s everything you need to know about using those steps to your advantage in Crash Bandicoot: On the Run!

How do I collect Steps?

In the Game, your steps are represented by a brown token with a shoe on it. You’ll accumulate these Steps automatically as you race your way through the game to stop Cortex.

How do I convert my Steps for Trophies?

Here are the steps that you’ll need to follow to trade your Steps for Trophies. Please note that you can also trade your delicious Wumpa Fruit for Trophies too!

  1. Repair the Tiki Head that’s found toward the bottom of your base.
  2. Press on the Tiki Head.
  3. Choose the number of Steps you’d like to convert (the more Steps you convert at a time, the better the conversion rate!).
  4. Drag and drop the token in the Tiki Head’s mouth!

After completing these steps, you’ll see your number of Trophies increase!

How do I use the Silo?

You’ll collect lots of goodies on your journey to defeat Cortex, and those will be stored safe and sound within your Silo.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Silo and how it works.

What can I store in the Silo?

Here’s a look at the items that you can store within your Silo:

  • Ingredients
  • Farming items
  • Parts
  • Silo parts
  • Batteries

Try to keep a balance of these items so that you can craft weapons, make repairs, and more!

How do I upgrade the storage capacity of the Silo?

As you collect more and more items, you’ll need to expand the storage capacity of your Silo to fit them all in!

To do this, simply head to the Silo and from the main screen, press the arrow in the top-right of the screen. This will take you to the upgrade screen. Here, you’ll see the current capacity of your Silo and the parts that you’ll need to make the upgrade.

Upgrade your Silo whenever you can to make sure that you can keep as many items as possible!

How do I sell items in the Silo?

To manage your items effectively, you’ll need to keep an eye on the items in your Silo: keep too many, and you’ll need to sell them before going on another run.

To sell items, simply head to your Silo and then press the item that you’d like to sell. Here, you’ll be able to choose how many you’d like to sell of that item and you’ll also see how many Trophies you’ll get in exchange!

How do I fix the base?

Crash and Coco’s base has seen better days, but you’ll be able to get it back in perfect working condition in no time at all! Repair buildings on the base to unlock new items, functionality, and areas to explore!

How do I repair buildings?

You’ll need to use the Parts that you discover on your collection runs to repair buildings. Collect a blend of Alpha and Beta Parts in your silo, and then use them to commission your repairs!

Keep an eye on the number of Power Gems that you’ll need before you can make a repair, too. You’ll need to advance through the game before you can repair some buildings.

Which buildings can I repair on the base?

There are lots of buildings that you can repair. Click around to explore the base and plan your repairs!

How do I fix the base?

Crash and Coco’s base has seen better days, but you’ll be able to get it back in perfect working condition in no time at all! Repair buildings on the base to unlock new items, functionality, and areas to explore!

How do I repair buildings?

You’ll need to use the Parts that you discover on your collection runs to repair buildings. Collect a blend of Alpha and Beta Parts in your silo, and then use them to commission your repairs!

Keep an eye on the number of Power Gems that you’ll need before you can make a repair, too. You’ll need to advance through the game before you can repair some buildings.

Which buildings can I repair on the base?

There are lots of buildings that you can repair. Click around to explore the base and plan your repairs!

How does the Aku Aku mask work?

Aku Aku, the powerful witch doctor spirit living inside a wooden mask, is here to help Crash and Coco defeat Cortex for good!

Here’s everything you need to know about the Aku Aku mask in Crash Bandicoot: On the Run.

How do I collect the Aku Aku mask?

You can collect Aku Aku masks by smashing the appropriate Aku Aku Crates on your run. Bear in mind that Aku Aku masks are valuable, so you’ll need to search high and low to make sure that you find as many as possible!

What does the Aku Aku mask do?

An Aku Aku mask will protect you against a hit – run into an obstacle or get hit by an enemy and your mask will absorb the impact! Get hit, though, and you’ll lose a mask.

You should also remember that the Aku Aku mask can’t protect you from everything… if you fall into a pit, for instance, you’ll have to restart!

If you collect three Aku Aku masks, you’ll have temporary invincibility. Use this time to crash your way through enemies and obstacles with complete confidence.

What are ingredients for and how do I collect them?

Cortex’s henchmen need to be taken care of using the right cutting-edge weapons. To craft those, you’ll need ingredients – here’s all the info you need to become an ingredients master!

What are ingredients for?

Ingredients can be used to craft powerful weapons that make quick work of henchmen alike.

If you go to the labs, you’ll see which ingredients you need to craft your weapons. Those ingredients are also valuable – head to the silo and sell them to get more Trophies!

How do I collect ingredients?

You’ll find ingredients scattered throughout the different islands in the game. Certain ingredients can only be found on certain islands, so make sure to earn Power Gems to unlock new areas to explore.

Keep an eye out for ingredients boxes on your runs, and smash through them to collect the powerful goodies inside. If you pay attention to signs and paths, too, you’ll be able to collect lots of ingredients on your runs.

Which types of ingredients are there?

Ingredients come in four categories:

  • Nitro
  • Frost
  • Inferno
  • Oxide

Try to keep a diverse blend of ingredients in your silo to get the weapons you need, when you need them!

What are Parts for and how do I collect them?

If you’re going to stop Doctor Neo Cortex, you’ll need to collect Parts as you crash through the Multiverse. Here’s everything you need to know about these shiny and durable goodies.

What are parts for?

As you battle through the multiverse you’ll need to collect different types of Parts to repair your labs, fix up some buildings, and unlock new crafting slots. They’re also valuable if you’d like to sell them in a pinch for more delicious Wumpa Fruit!

How do I collect parts?

If you have a keen eye and fast reflexes, you’ll be able to collect lots of parts while you crash through the Multiverse.

On your runs, you’ll see boxes that have parts on them – smash away to collect the goodies inside. Make sure to pay attention to the paths that you take on collection runs, too, to maximize your chances of collecting the valuable parts that you need.

How do I unlock new lands?

Crash Bandicoot: On the Run is packed with lands that you’ll need to conquer to defeat Dr. Neo Cortex.

How to unlock new lands

To unlock new lands, you’ll need to earn Power Gems by defeating Cortex’s henchmen!

You can track how many Power Gems you need to unlock each new land on the Collection Run screen. You’ll see how many Power Gems you have earned in each land, too.

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