The tenth game in the Crash Bandicoot series, released in 2004 for the Game Boy Advance, and the final game in Vicarious Visions's trilogy of Crash platformers on the GBA. This game is a crossover with the Spyro the Dragon franchise. Also known as Crash Fusion in European languages.
Cortex and Ripto agree to destroy Crash and Spyro together using genetically altered Riptocs to trick them into fighting each other. This plan works for a while, but during their fight, Crash and Spyro realize what's really going on and team up to save their worlds from Cortex and Ripto.
Spin-offs aside, Ripto's Rampage was followed on the GBA by Crash of the Titans in 2007, with a new developer and many gameplay and graphical changes to match. Vicarious Visions helped win back the crowd for the Crash series in 2017 via the hit console remaster Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.
This video game contains examples of:
- 100% Completion: Getting all the cards in either this game or its sister game requires not only both games, but another copy of the corresponding game as well. Meaning the single cartridge release may even be beneficial to those who initially bought the two games separately if they seek to achieve this.
- Crossover: Crash and Spyro, of course!
- Damsel in Distress: Coco and the Professor are caught by Nina, leaving Crash and Spyro to rescue them in a boss battle.
- Dressing as the Enemy: A unique variation, Cortex and Ripto disguise their minions as Crash and Spyro in the other's respective worlds, hoping to distract them by framing the two and making them fight each other.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Nina Cortex made her very first appearance in both this game and its sister game, before Crash Twinsanity. She was actually created by Traveller's Tales, the developer of that game, and apparently, they were unhappy to learn that she appeared in this game without being informed, since they planned for Twinsanity to be her grand debut. The same applies to Blink before he made his own series debut in Spyro: A Hero's Tail.
- Minigame Game: What this more or less amounts to; most of the primary missions in the game are done via minigames you must complete.
- Oh, Crap!: After his battle with Ripto, Coco asks if he remembered to place a tracker on him so they could find out his and Cortex's hideout. Crash gives a very worried look.
- One Game for the Price of Two: This game has a counterpart where you play as Spyro himself, called Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy. If you want to get the full story, you have to get both, though later releases had both in a single cartridge, averting this somewhat. That said...
- Socialization Bonus: By itself, you're able to get many of the Crash cards and only a small number of Spyro cards (often the very common "blue" variety). If you want the higher-tier Spyro cards, you must trade and play multiplayer games with a player with Spyro Orange.
- Stock Sound Effects: When Aku Aku shows you the location of a nearby level portal, he makes the "bionic" sound from The Six Million Dollar Man.
- Third-Person Person: Nina Cortex is depicted as speaking like this. This is the only game where she displays this trait.
- Villain Team-Up: Crash's Arch-Enemy Neo Cortex with Spyro's, Ripto.