Crash Bandicoot: Warped is a platform video game published by Sony Computer Entertainment, produced by Universal Interactive Studios (now the defunct Vivendi Games) and developed by Naughty Dog for the PlayStation. It was released in North America on October 31, 1998, in Europe on November, 1998 and in Japan on December 17, 1998. It was re-released for the Sony Greatest Hitsline-up on August 23, 1999 and for the Platinum Range on 2000. The game was made available for the PlayStation Store in Japan on September 27, 2007, in North America on February 7, 2008 and in Europe on October 23, 2008.
The game's story takes place immediately after the events of its predecessing game: Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back. The ruins of a space station called the Cortex Vortex owned by the series antagonist, Doctor Neo Cortex, crash-lands on Earth and unleashes an evil entity known as Uka Uka. Uka Uka, in collaboration with Cortex and the time-obsessed Doctor Nefarious Tropy, plans to gather powerful Crystals in their original places in time and use their energy to enslave the Earth. The game follows the main characters Crash and Coco Bandicoot as they travel through time and prevent the villains from gathering the Crystals by collecting them themselves.
Crash Bandicoot: Warped received universally positive reviews from major critics, who noted a high quality in many areas, including graphics, audio and gameplay. The game went on to sell 5.7 million units as of 2002, making it the tenth best-selling PlayStation video game of all time. In Japan, the game surpassed the sales of its two predecessors and became the first non-Japanese title to sell over one million units in the country.