Ruination is the nineteenth level in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back. The level is located in Warp Room 4.
Ruination is a temple ruins style level, with many obstacles standing in Crash's way. Many of the paths to travel on fall down, due to them being weak and brittle (like many temple flooring is). The level features a lot of platforming, due to the player having to jump and attack frequently. There are tiki objects that shoot fire; touching the fire will hurt Crash. Some platforms also move around, making the level challenging for some. There is a Bonus Round in the level, as well as the Green Gem Path. In this area, it begins to rain much more vigorously. The main difference between the earlier ruins level (Road to Ruin) other than it being harder, is the climate. In Ruination, there is a storm brewing, with the rain getting louder as Crash progresses through the level. It really picks up when Crash goes through the Green Gem Path; the sound can barely be heard. In addition, Ruination contains the following enemies that a player will face:
Like in every level, the regular Clear Gem is present. To obtain this gem, a player must collect every box in the level. There is another Clear Gem in the level, and the player is required to go through the Green Gem Path. To unlock the Green Gem Path, one must obtain the Green Gem in The Eel Deal At the end of the path is the other Clear Gem.