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Together with Crash Bandicoot: Purple, Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy provides a sort of foreign exchange program for two of VU Games' most recognizable characters. The Cortex Conspiracy features the brave little dragon Spyro platforming through Crash's jungle game worlds, on a quest to stop the bandicoot's arch nemesis Dr. Neo Cortex. Meanwhile, in the companion game, Crash Bandicoot Purple: Ripto's Revenge, Crash puts his own spin on Spyro's usual adversaries as he makes his way through the Dragon Realms towards a final showdown with the evil Ripto.
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, 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