Hi-Res Adventure #6: The Dark Crystal

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The Dark Crystal is closely based on Jim Henson's film of the same name. The game is set in Thra, a world with three suns, which come together every thousand years in an event known as "The Great Conjunction". The player controls Jen, the last survivor of the Gelfings, a race of mole-like people. He must find a dark crystal and its broken shard, and repair it to end the reign of a tyrannical lord.

Like other installments of the Hi-Res Adventures series, the game is entirely text-based, with non-animated graphics to illustrate the areas. Movement between areas and interaction with the game world is performed by typing commands consisting of either one or two words (a combination of a verb and an object).


Hi-Res Adventure #6: The Dark Crystal Atari 8-bit Examining a shell
Hi-Res Adventure #6: The Dark Crystal Apple II Kira has wings. Jen hasn't.
Hi-Res Adventure #6: The Dark Crystal Apple II Some feasting skeksis. Eavesdropping may be rewarding.
Hi-Res Adventure #6: The Dark Crystal Apple II A babbling brook may babble interesting things if only you listen...

Alternate Titles

  • "Gelfling Adventure" -- Re-Release with simpler interface

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A nice, short game based on the movie Apple II *Katakis* (37904)

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Computer Games Atari 8-bit Feb, 1984 A- 91


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Gelfling adventure, enhanced, reimplemented 1 Pseudo_Intellectual (45140)
Aug 23, 2014


Version differences

This game was also published as Gelfling Adventure with a slightly different interface. Gelfling Adventure allowed you to select actions from a short list instead of typing in commands.

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