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Crash Bandicoot 4 Gems, Hidden Crates and Flashback Tapes: WumpaLewis gives his top tips

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time recently made its debut on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles, complete with some flashy new visuals and gameplay tweaks.

Nintendo Switch fans can also play Crash 4 on the go, and just in time to celebrate the iconic character’s 25th anniversary later this year.

Crash Bandicoot 4 It’s About Time PS4 review: Don’t let the cuddly exterior deceive you

Rewinding time back to the end of Crash Bandicoot: Warped, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time picks up after Neo Cortex, Dr. N. Tropy and Uka Uka were last stranded in an interdimensional prison.

To celebrate the launch of the game on new platforms, YouTuber and Crash Bandicoot expert WumpaLewis has put together a handy list of top tips.

And you’re going to need help, because despite the cartoonish exterior, Crash 4 will challenge the most skilled and battle-hardened gamers on the planet.

Things get even tougher when hunting for all of the game’s bonus gems, hidden crates and Flashback Tapes. 

Fortunately, that’s where WumpaLewis comes in…

How to earn the gems in each level

In Crash 4, you can earn six clear gems in each level. One gem is earned for collecting 40% of the Wumpa Fruit in each level, two gems for 60%, and another for 80%.

A fourth gem is earned by smashing every crate and you’ll earn a fifth gem when you complete the level, but only if you died three times or less. A final gem is hidden somewhere in the level.

… and the best way to do this

The easiest way to secure all the gems is to focus on collecting the crates and exploring different parts of the level for the hidden gem in your first playthrough, then play the level a second time but only focusing on getting to the end in three deaths or less.

Exploring the level for crates and gems can often result in death, and you’ll find that the three-death gem is much easier when that’s all you’re focusing on.

Finding hidden crates

There’s quite a lot of hidden crates in this game, some of them are hidden nearly off screen or blend in with the background making them easy to miss. This is where the right thumb stick comes in handy.

The camera is fixed in Crash 4, however, you can at least get a better view of your surroundings by moving the right stick in the direction you want to see more of.

It will help you tremendously when looking for crates up high or off to the side.

Unlocking skins made easy

Skins for Crash and Coco are earned by collecting a certain amount of clear gems during a level.

If there’s a level you’re struggling to earn the gems in, you can play the level in N.Verted mode and collect the last few gems you need there instead.

Each level has an N.Verted version, where it is flipped and all the crates are in the same location, but the hidden gems are located somewhere else and can be easier to find.

Flashback tapes

Be sure to collect these tapes to play the fun and challenging flashback levels. They aren’t hidden so you won’t have trouble finding them, but you can only pick them up if you get to them without dying – if you die even just once you’ll have to restart!

Crash Bandicoot 4 PS5, Xbox Series X, Switch release date and time for FREE upgrade

Crash Bandicoot 4 is coming to even more platforms this week, including PS5 and Xbox Series X.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time made its PS4, Xbox One and PC debut late last year.

The hard-as-nails platform game was well received by fans and critics, earning an 83% score over on Metacritic.

With the game proving popular, Activision recently announced plans to port the game to PS5, Xbox Series X and Nintendo Switch.

The Crash 4 ports have a March 12 release date on the aforementioned platforms. While there’s no official launch time, UK fans should be able to download and play from midnight tonight.

Even better is the news that the PS5 and Xbox Series X upgrades are free if you own a digital or physical version of the game on PS4 and Xbox One.

The new and improved Crash Bandicoot 4 features a whole host of next-gen enhancements for PS5 and Xbox Series X.

READ MORE: Crash Bandicoot 4 It’s About Time PS4 review – Don’t let the cuddly exterior deceive you

First and foremost are the visual and performance upgrades over the original versions of the game.

As part of the PS5 and Xbox Series X upgrade, Crash Bandicoot 4 will run at a native 4K and 60 frames-per-second. The Xbox Series S version will feature 4K support.

The PS5 version has one or two exclusive upgrades not found on Xbox. This includes 3D Audio with a compatible headset, as well as Adaptive Trigger and haptic feedback.

“The DualSense wireless controller adds a whole new level of immersion to Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, making this the most tactile Crash experience yet.

“Using the controller’s adaptive triggers, you’ll feel the force of Neo Cortex’s DNA-changing blaster, the grip of Tawna’s Hookshot, the power of Crash’s Jetboard, and really feel the suction when you vacuum with Dingodile.

“Experience dynamic and immersive play, whether you’re dodging pirates and TNT in the Salty Wharf or crunching on the snow in the Eleventh Dimension.”

Elsewhere, fans can expect speedier loading times, as well as a selection of retro skins available after the second level.

The Nintendo Switch version, on the other hand, lets users enjoy the game on a TV and in handheld mode.

“It’s About Time – for a brand-wumping new Crash Bandicoot game! Crash fourward into a time shattered adventure with your favourite marsupials,” reads the official game description.

“Neo Cortex and N. Tropy are back at it again and launching an all-out assault on not just this universe, but the entire multiverse! Crash and Coco are here to save the day by reuniting the four Quantum Masks and bending the rules of reality.

“New abilities? Check. More playable characters? Yep. Alternate dimensions? Obviously. Ridonkulous bosses? For sure. Same awesome sauce? You bet your sweet jorts. Wait, are they actually jorts? Not in this universe!”