Tips and Tricks to Take Your Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Skills to the Next Level


Wow, the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is really, really hard.  In fact, it is so hard that it might leave you wanting to take a break and get out a Dark Souls game to relax.  Yes—it really is that challenging.

Before you break your controller by throwing it across the room, here are some tips and tricks which can help you to get the upper hand in the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.

  1. Watch your shadow.

Your shadow isn’t just there to look nice—it is actually there to serve a functional purpose.  By watching it, you can see where you are going to land.  So keep an eye on it.

  1. Return to levels later.


There is no way you are going to achieve 100% completion on every level in order on your first play-through.  So the best advice is not to try.  If you want to get all the colored and white gems, you will have to return again later.  Remember, that was how these games were originally designed to be played, because the levels were a lot faster and easier back in the old days.

  1. Return to easy levels to stockpile retries.

Running out of retries?  Go back to levels you can beat easily to stock up on lives.  A good example would be the N. Sanity Beach stage.  You will need those lives for the tougher levels, and they give you a shot at a Trophy (99 lives will earn you a Trophy in each game).


  1. Be careful with your save slots.

You’ve got four save slots for each game.  Three are manual saves and one is the auto-save.  Use these to save at strategic points where you have plenty of lives and a challenging level ahead.

  1. Mind your timing


Timing is everything when it comes to getting around obstacles.  Pause and think before you start sprinting right through.

  1. Use the d-pad


Even though the controls for these remasters are optimized for the PS4 analogue stick, they were originally designed for a d-pad.  So try using one.

  1. Hang in there.

As with the Dark Souls games, you are going to die over and over and over in these games.  So try to relax and don’t pressure yourself too much.  Be patient, jump around between the three games if you have to, and eventually you’ll get it!