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The Kristal of Konos is a magical artefact described as the key to world peace. However, an evil being known as Malvalla has taken it, releasing Chaos into the universe. A space pirate named Dancis Frake ventures on his twin cannon space galleon to the planet Meltoca, where he hopes to find clues concerning the Kristal's whereabouts.

Based on the theater play The Kristal of Konos (1976), The Kristal is primarily an adventure game with space shooter and fighting segments. The adventure portions consist of exploring populated planets, gathering clues and talking to characters in order to gain information. When traveling between planets, the player-controlled ship may be attacked be enemies, which must be eliminated in shooting sequences. Dances has special strength and psychic ratings, which may increase or decrease depending on his actions. He may participate in swordfighting to improve these parameters. "Skringles", a form of intergalactic currency, can be found, earned, and spent in the game.


The Kristal Atari ST Starting screen
The Kristal Atari ST Little aliens run around
The Kristal Atari ST another building
The Kristal Atari ST exploring the gardens

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Atari ST User Jun, 1990 9 out of 10 90
The Games Machine (UK) Jul, 1990 83 out of 100 83
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jun, 1989 79 out of 100 79


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The graphics for The Krystal are in 640x200, so the CGA support is in CGA's 640x200 monochrome mode.


An entire disk of the 360K diskette distribution is dedicated to a 40-second long digitized speech introducing the gameworld.
Kabushi (163278) added The Kristal (Atari ST) on May 26, 2004
Other platforms contributed by John Scott (435) and Will D (785)