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A mouse-driven game in which the player controls a small, circular spaceship which must travel around the screen collecting crystals. This task is made more difficult by the aliens which constantly swarm out from the portals on both sides of the screen. These can be shot down by the ship's gun (which has unlimited ammo) or eliminated by activating one of the player's limited supply of "smart bombs", which will clear the screen of all current enemies.

The physics of the game were quite unusual for the time; the ship does not simply follow the mouse's movement like a mouse cursor. Rather, it retains its inertia, and must be carefully guided around so it does not crash into anything. Bullets, when fired, travel in the direction of the ship's movement, requiring the player to actually travel toward enemies in order to shoot them down.

This was the first color game for the Macintosh, although it was business-as-usual for the IIgs.


Crystal Quest Game Boy Wave 1
Crystal Quest Amiga Hall of fame
Crystal Quest Amiga Instructions
Crystal Quest Amiga Enemies come out from the gate on the left and right sides

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Techtite Macintosh 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100 Xbox 360 Feb 19, 2006 8 out of 10 80
AceGamez Xbox 360 2006 7 out of 10 70
Extreme Gamer Xbox 360 Feb 16, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Game Chronicles Xbox 360 Sep 08, 2006 6.5 out of 10 65
IGN Xbox 360 Feb 13, 2006 6.3 out of 10 63
GamingExcellence Xbox 360 Jun 21, 2006 6 out of 10 60
Play Time Game Boy Dec, 1991 48 out of 100 48
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Game Boy Dec, 1991 5 out of 12 42
Play Time Macintosh Dec, 1992 39 out of 100 39


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The Amiga version of Crystal Quest is very unique in that it runs in the "lowres interlaced" (320x512) mode. As is written in the documentation, this "can result in annoying flicker".

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