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The Kristal

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MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
80
3.2
Atari ST
...
4.0
DOS
...
2.9
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Description

The Kristal of Konos is a magical artefact described as the key to world peace. However, an evil being known as Malvalla has taken it, releasing Chaos into the universe. A space pirate named Dancis Frake ventures on his twin cannon space galleon to the planet Meltoca, where he hopes to find clues concerning the Kristal's whereabouts.

Based on the theater play The Kristal of Konos (1976), The Kristal is primarily an adventure game with space shooter and fighting segments. The adventure portions consist of exploring populated planets, gathering clues and talking to characters in order to gain information. When traveling between planets, the player-controlled ship may be attacked be enemies, which must be eliminated in shooting sequences. Dances has special strength and psychic ratings, which may increase or decrease depending on his actions. He may participate in swordfighting to improve these parameters. "Skringles", a form of intergalactic currency, can be found, earned, and spent in the game.

Screenshots

The Kristal Atari ST exploring the gardens
The Kristal Amiga Introduction: A galaxy.
The Kristal Amiga Standing before a door.
The Kristal Atari ST Little aliens run around

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The Press Says

Atari ST User Atari ST Jun, 1990 9 out of 10 90
Dragon Amiga Dec, 1989 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
The One Amiga Apr, 1989 88 out of 100 88
The Games Machine (UK) DOS Apr, 1990 88 out of 100 88
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Jul, 1990 83 out of 100 83
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Jun, 1989 79 out of 100 79
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Jun, 1989 79 out of 100 79
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Feb, 1989 9.2 out of 12 77
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Jul, 1989 704 out of 1000 70
Power Play Amiga Apr, 1989 63 out of 100 63

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Trivia

Graphics

The graphics for The Krystal are in 640x200, so the CGA support is in CGA's 640x200 monochrome mode.

Speech

An entire disk of the 360K diskette distribution is dedicated to a 40-second long digitized speech introducing the gameworld.
Contributed to by John Scott (441), Kabushi (125890) and Will D (789)