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Crystal Castles

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Atari ST
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ZX Spectrum
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4.6
Amstrad CPC
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Description

Bentley Bear is trapped in the Crystal Castles! To get out, he will need to collect all of the gems located throughout the castle. The game is played with an isometric view of the multi platformed castle. When Bentley collects all of the gems on the current castle, he will move on to the next, more difficult castle. Wandering throughout the castles are a wide variety of dangerous creatures, which Bentley should avoid. From time to time, a magic hat will appear. If Bentley collects the hat, he will temporarily be invincible to the castles inhabitants.

Screenshots

Crystal Castles Amstrad CPC The castles become increasingly more complex
Crystal Castles Commodore 64 One of the numerous, gem filled castles
Crystal Castles Apple II Title screen
Crystal Castles Atari 2600 Collecting gems...

Alternate Titles

  • "Crystal Castles: Diamond Plateaus in Space" -- BBC Micro + Commodore 64 tag-lined title
  • "Crystal Castles: Bentley Bear's A-maze-ing Adventures" -- Atari 2600 tag-lined title

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The Press Says

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Aug, 1987 10 out of 10 100
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Nov, 1989 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The Atari Times Atari 8-bit Mar 15, 2006 95 out of 100 95
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Sep, 1988 81 out of 100 81
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Nov, 1989 78 out of 100 78
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Nov, 1989 70 out of 100 70
Tilt ZX Spectrum Apr, 1987 13 out of 20 65
ST Action Atari ST Aug, 1988 54 out of 100 54
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 36 out of 100 36
Computer Gamer ZX Spectrum Jan, 1987 35 out of 100 35

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Crystal Castles appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Spectrum release

In a rather strange marketing move, US Gold made the Spectrum version 'Limited Edition', not pressing any more copies after the initial run. Stranger still, they later reissued the game on budget, and on a magazine cover-tape later still. The conversion was some time after the other formats, and not perceived as being of a high quality, so perhaps they wanted to limit the damage to their reputation.
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