Stormy Ascent, a level planned for the original Crash Bandicoot but cut due to being too difficult, is now available for the PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC versions of the game. It seems Stormy Ascent is indeed an incredibly challenging level, so we’ve put together a Crash Bandicoot Stormy Ascent Walkthrough and guide. Follow this and you’ll be through the level in… well, quite a lot of time probably as you still need to skills to follow our instructions.
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How to Access Stormy Ascent in Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy
The Stormy Ascent level in Crash Bandicoot PS4 is available as free DLC, purchasable from the PlayStation Store and included in all new versions of the game for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. Once purchased, load up the game and then go into the original Crash Bandicoot.
When the game loads you should see the small cutscene that shows a new level and a number of new level pads added to the map. The purple pad on the far left takes you to the new area, and from here you can navigate to the Stormy Ascent level. That’s the easy part done!
Why is Stormy Ascent so Hard?
Stormy Ascent is hard for a number of reasons. The level is full of disappearing platforms, spikes that make jumping tricky, and loads of moving platforms. Timing is crucial as you attempt to make your way through the level. Storm Ascent is also a long level, with a handful of checkpoints to reach. Unless your jumping is on point, you’re going to struggle with this DLC level.
Stormy Ascent Walkthrough
The first few sections of the Stormy Ascent level are pretty straightforward, but you’ll soon come to an awkward jumping section up a set of disappearing stairs. Time your jump so you land on the appearing platform as soon as it emerges, then hop into step one, then 3, then onto the platform above. Timing is critical and what looks like an easy section can be rather frustrating.
Make your way up to another tricky disappearing staircase, and leap up it starting from the second grey step to the left. Once again jump onto the first step, third step, then the lift to the right.
A series of moving platforms and a hop onto and off a bird, you’ll find yourself trying to get across a series of concrete blocks that move down when you land on them. The key is to jump rapidly from the first to the middle, then the middle to last and then immediately to the safety on the right.
A fairly lengthy sequence of well timed platform hopping combined with off-bird jumping follows. Be careful to time your jumps so Crash is able to reach the platforms you’re aiming for.
You’ll make it to a set of disappearing steps that lead down, next to a platforming that comes out of the wall. Jump onto the third step down and then leap from there to the platform to the right just as it emerges from the wall. Then leap onto the concrete stairs for a moment of safety. A much-needed checkpoint is the the room up the stairs.
The next part isn’t tricky to work out, but you do have to be careful about timing and where you jump from. A number of spikes are dotted around the disappearing stairs, so you can’t jump too early or too late. Make it across a set of birds (just beyond the entrance to the bonus level) and there is another checkpoint.
Be careful with the jumps that follow as spikes are placed in the most awkward places. You’ll reach a sequence that will test your patience to its limit as there are a series of disappearing platforms that must be crossed rapidly. There’s nowhere to pause, so just keep going until you reach the end.
When you encounter disappearing stairs with four steps, leap onto the second step then onto the safe platform at the top. Climb a couple of these and there is another checkpoint. Numerous tough jumps are ahead, but they just require you to work out the timing of the disappearing platforms.
A group of moving platforms are next, which look tricky but you can leap onto the platform that moves next to Crash and stay on it until it reaches the other side. Don’t try to jump to other platforms. Cross a particularly tricky set of moving birds and you’ll be at the end of the level.
Well done! You’ve finished the Crash Bandicoot Stormy Ascent level. You might want to check out how to get all the gems in Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy or find all the secret levels in Crash Bandicoot.