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Crystal Castles

MobyRank MobyScore
Apple II
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5.0
Arcade
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3.5
Atari 8-bit
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4.5
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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 Apple II Gameplay on the first level
Crystal Castles ZX Spectrum This level features a tunnel...
Crystal Castles Atari 8-bit Gameplay on the first level
Crystal Castles Apple II Those springs try to collect gems too

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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User Reviews

One-line summary not available Commodore 64 *Katakis* (37801)

The Press Says

The Atari Times Atari 8-bit Mar 15, 2006 95 out of 100 95
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Apr 09, 2004 B 75
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Sep, 1988 7 out of 10 70
Retroage Atari 2600 Oct 23, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Tilt ZX Spectrum Apr, 1987 13 out of 20 65
64'er Commodore 64 Feb, 1987 6 out of 15 40
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 36 out of 100 36

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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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