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Together with Spyro Orange, Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Rampage provides a sort of foreign exchange program for two of VU Games' most recognizable characters. Ripto's Rampage features the endearingly goofy bandicoot questing through Spyro's realms, on a mission to stop the dragon's arch nemesis Ripto. Meanwhile, in the companion game, Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy, Spyro side-scrolls through Crash's jungle game worlds on a quest to defeat bandicoot's usual opponent, Dr. Neo Cortex.
While each game poses different goals and challenges, the two share similar settings and overlapping storylines. Both games feature a trading card collection system, as well. Cards can be found, won, or purchased in the course of the main game and are used to unlock mini-games, additional characters, cheats, and other extras. Both titles feature single-cartridge mini-games, and more options become available when the two games are linked. Additional party-style mini-games may be played, and players can wager or trade cards through the link cable connection. ~ T.J. Deci, All Game Guide