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Crystalis

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Released
Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
Game Boy Color
82
3.5
NES
83
4.1
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Description

October 1st, 1997 is known as END DAY. A great war encircles the globe and brings about an end to civilization. The surviving humans concluded that they could never repeat their mistakes and build a great tower in the sky to watch over the world and act accordingly to combat "evil". One hundred years have passed since then and a hidden cryogenic chamber in the mountains springs to life...

Crystalis is a top-down action role-playing game. Starting from the cryogenic chamber, the player takes the role of a mysterious hero who must uncover the mystery of the tower. The character may equip weapons, armor, shields and globes or bracelets on his body and a single item from his inventory for use in the field. To aid the hero on his quest, four wise people will gradually teach him offensive and healing magic, which requires MP to use.

The protagonist will also obtain four elemental swords which will help him progress. Each sword can be charged for a powerful ranged attack; if special items are found, this attack can be enhanced for two additional levels. The hero gains experience and gold from defeating monsters. The experience is used to gain levels and improve statistics, however a minimum level is required before one can do damage to specific bosses. Gold is used to purchase items in shops.

Screenshots

Crystalis NES A terrible looking boss monster
Crystalis Game Boy Color Another wizard from intro
Crystalis NES Chased by enemies on the mountain
Crystalis Game Boy Color Stats

Alternate Titles

  • "God Slayer: はるか天空のソナタ" -- Japanese Spelling
  • "God Slayer - Haruka Tenkuu no Sonata" -- Original Japanese Title

User Reviews

Complete Action-Orientated RPG package NES patrick quinn (7)
Really great and involving original RPG... NES Cormana6868 (16)
A favorite game of my youth. NES Zukunft (13)

The Press Says

Daily Radar Game Boy Color 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 100
Nintendo Land Game Boy Color 2003 93 out of 100 93
RPGFan NES Jul 17, 2000 92 out of 100 92
The Video Game Critic NES Apr 03, 2010 A- 91
NES Archives NES Nov 18, 2008 A- 91
Hardcore Gaming 101 NES 2000 9 out of 10 90
Gamervision NES Nov 07, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Random Access NES 2005 7.1 out of 10 71
Legendra NES Oct 13, 2008 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GameCola.net NES Oct, 2008 6.3 out of 10 63

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