Bear Down is a level where the player rides Polar, a miniature bear. The aim is to get to the end of the stage, avoiding animal and structural obstacles in Crash's way. The level is icy and snowy, there are small and large pits of icy water which freeze Crash if you fallen in to. Crash can make Polar jump and turn, but not attack or go backwards. The level is considerably harder than the previous "Bear" level, Bear It. Bear Down has no Bonus Round, because the player cannot stop Polar, or turn around. Bear Down also contains a hidden portal to the Sixth Warp Room, where the portal for a section of Air Crash will be unlocked. Bear Down 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. In the level, some of the boxes difficult to obtain. There is no particular strategy. There are no other gems to obtain in Bear Down.