How to Power Slide Boost in 'Crash Team Racing'
By Diana Zwinak
Updated September 22, 2017
"Crash Team Racing" is a kart racing game developed by Naughty Dog that was released in 1999 for the PlayStation 1. "Crash Team Racing" is a spin-off game of the "Crash Bandicoot" series. As a kart racer, "Crash Team Racing" pits Crash Bandicoot characters against each other in kart races on various tracks. This game also introduces new characters to the series such as Nitros Oxide, an alien character who drives a hover kart. A major gameplay mechanic in "Crash Team Racing" is the ability to power slide boost in order to gain speed and overtake your opponents during a race. Although useful, power slide boosting can be difficult for newcomers.
Look for turns on the track that are conducive to the three maximum boosts available from one power slide. Generally, wide gradual curves are the best for power sliding. Use wide curves to get the best possible power slide with three boosts in one slide.
Press and hold "R1" when going into the turn in order to jump and begin your slide. It is best to perform this jump at the very beginning of the turn in order to have maximum distance for your slide.
Watch the “Turbo Boost Meter” in the far right corner of the screen. When, during your power slide, the meter fills and becomes red, press the "L1" button in order to initiate a boost while still holding "R1." After pressing "L1," your Turbo Boost Meter will begin to fill again. When the meter turns red a second time, press "L1" again for a second boost. Repeat this one more time for a third boost. Your meter will not fill again until you initiate another power slide.
Diana Zwinak, a freelance writer from Illinois, has written professionally for more than 20 years. She has written for the "Chicago Tribune" and papers in the Copley Newspaper chain. Zwinak teaches high school English and founded Teen Writers and Artists Project, a group that mentors creative teens toward careers in the arts. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Northern Illinois University.