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Crystalis (NES)

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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 powered-up WIND SWORD can blow down walls
Crystalis NES Title Screen
Crystalis NES The Equipment Screen of a low-level hero
Crystalis NES A terrible looking boss monster

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 patrick quinn (7) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Really great and involving original RPG... Cormana6868 (16) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
A favorite game of my youth. Zukunft (13) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

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

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WildKard (12149) added Crystalis (NES) on Nov 26, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Freeman (16824)