|Much better than its prequel. Good .. just not great.||Jeanne (75627)|
|Acting||The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting).||3.1|
|Gameplay||How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.)||3.2|
|Graphics||The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines||3.2|
|Personal Slant||How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes||2.6|
|Sound / Music||The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition||3.0|
|Story / Presentation||The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed||3.0|
|Overall MobyScore (8 votes)||3.0|
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Despite a few bugs, Crystal Key 2 is a fabulous adventure game, with an interesting story, challenging puzzles, and beautiful graphics. If you're a fan of the adventure game genre, you should pick this one up, even if you haven't played the original.
If you have played and enjoyed the original Crystal Key, you will probably enjoy the sequel If you are a fan of first person Myst-style games, this game will give you a pleasant journey in that mode (especially if you don’t mind consulting a walkthrough).
Crystal Key 2 is a good game that will satisfy some gamers, while leaving other gamers scratching their heads. Honestly if you’re a point and click game nut, then add an extra point to all of the scores. The game offers an easy to use control scheme, good graphics, above average music and an interesting story. For gamers that just don’t have the patience anymore for a point and click game, then this definitely isn’t your game. The game probably could have been released 5 to 10 years ago and played just the same as it does today. This is either a good thing or a bad thing and it all depends on you.
The game ran without a hitch for me and I enjoyed the challenge. I also appreciated that, in contrast to the first Crystal Key, you can't die in this game. Thanks to Earthlight for making this change and making this journey more enjoyable for many of us. If you don't want your hand held from beginning to end Crystal Key 2 is a trip worth taking.
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Crystal Key 2 represents one of those few cases where a sequel matches the value of an already high quality original. While not novel in any particular element, the polish and careful crafting evident in this release make it enjoyable to play. The way in which science fiction elements play a major part in your exploration and puzzle solving is an absolute treat. Sure, you need patience and perseverance here, far more than in more action-oriented games; but the reward for these traits is more than worth the effort. Contrary to popular belief, the point-and-click adventure genre is not dead, as you will discover if you unlock the secrets of Crystal Key 2.
I have to admit it. I am a console game player at heart. I thrive on the twitch factor of fast paced, action oriented games. Whether it’s a hack ‘n slash like Devil May Cry or a shooter like Rez, or the stealth gameplay of Splinter Cell, thumbs rule. So making the transition to point and click gameplay where the index finger rules was a striking change of pace.
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And so let me summarize: Crystal Key 2’s story is a snooze, the graphics aren’t fun to look at, and the puzzles are sort of annoying. Maybe Crystal Key was fun to play and deserved a sequel, and maybe people who played that game will like the sequel, but I’m sort of pessimistic about both suppositions. Some things are better left locked, and Crystal Key 2 is a game to be avoided.
The original Crystal Key sold reasonably well. It found a niche audience of puzzle solvers who didn't mind zany puzzles and poor production values. In comes Crystal Key 2. It picks up right where the original left off. This sequel serves up another helping of crumby graphics and tepid puzzle solving.
All in all I wasn’t that impressed with this Crystal Key 2. If I had been able to try it first, I probably wouldn’t have bothered to buy it. Now that I have bought it, I am left feeling a little cheated. The puzzles were a either a little too easy, or a little too ‘off the wall’ and most of them comprised of wandering around until you happened upon the correct sequence of conversations. The in-game lingo also seemed very forced… Some game developers are almost gifted in their ability to create new names for people and places that fall effortlessly from the tongue, while evoking a sense of the person or place they refer to. Sadly, this cannot be said for Crystal Key 2. Random syllables joined together do not make good names, not even for ‘other worlds’ and unique characters, they merely add to the disjointed feeling that dogged this game from the first frame. My recommendation for this game is definitely ‘try before you buy’ – you may enjoy it immensely, I didn’t.
PC Games (Germany)
Ihre Aufgabe in Evany: die gleichnamige Welt retten, deren Bewohner leblos umherschlurfen, als kämen sie frisch von den Dreharbeiten eines Zombie-Streifens. Die Storyschreiber schaffen es dabei, dem Spieler jegliche Identifikationsmöglichkeit zu nehmen, indem sie das angeblich grausame Schicksal von Evany zwar kurz erwähnen, aber nie zeigen.
Evany ist ein Spiel für die Art von Spieler, die Myst mag, ganz klar. Allerdings möchte sich ein Spieler, der Myst mag, auch Grafiken im Myst-Stil anschauen. Und hier mag doch Evany so gar nicht überzeugen. Da auch die anfangs gute Story zum Ende hin nicht überzeugt und die Musik einfach nur nervt ist es nur hartgesottenenen Spielern zu empfehlen, die wirklich jedes Spiel gespielt haben wollen.
Crystal Key 2 is a good game that will satisfy the point and click adventure gamers. The game offers an easy to use control scheme, good graphics, above average music and an interesting story. All I want to know is what is up with the eyeball? I want to know who the guy was in the meeting who said let's use a flowing eyeball.
So what’s my final word on The Far Realm? It’s a toss-up. While I had huge expectations for this game, I knew that I was still looking at something from The Crystal Key franchise. I walked away with a lacking plot, some silly graphics, and a less than satisfying gaming experience. While this game is not a turkey and definitely worth a look, The Far Realm proves that it is not all that far away from its original.
Let's start this review with some background information. For those unfortunate souls living under a rock for the past few years, The Crystal Key II is the sequel to The Adventure Company's best-selling game of the same name. The first game has sold in excess of 500,000 copies in North America alone, so no doubt, there was a need for a sequel. However, as we all know, sequels are a mixed bag. The vast majority are pale replicas of the original, usually missing the spark that made the first game a success. Financially, sequels make sense; there is already a built-in audience, a developed story line that can be finessed for more mileage (or in some cases blatantly regurgitated), and you already have a recognizable brand. Add to that solid sales for the original and you have what appears to be a no-brainer in the win-win department. There are even some spectacular cases, like Riven, where the sequel is superior to the original.
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Maybe the story is worth slogging through those puzzles? Unfortunately, the problem with the story is that there is no tension whatsoever. All of the characters are friendly and helpful. I understand that this is an adventure game and players aren’t going to want to shoot it out with the bad guys, but everyone is nice and instantly wants to help you out.
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
I don’t know about you, but whenever I’m trying to pull a really heavy lever that just won’t budge, I always like to capture a huge insect inside a cage and then hang It from the offending lever. That gets it moving every time. If this is the sort of logic that runs through your mind, you’ll love Crystal Key 2. You should also seek professional help.
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks
You know how sometimes you'll cook up a scheme inside your head and it's a beautiful thing? Flawless, totally cohesive, every part perfectly in synch with every other part? And then you pull it out of your head and try to put it into action and not only does it not work how you thought it would, but nobody understands what the hell you are trying to do because your synapses don't show? Mm-hmm. That's what we have here with Crystal Key 2.
UHS (Universal Hint System)
The introduction to the game (as well as the trailer distributed by The Adventure Company) held promise that there would be good, and frequent, animation in the game. Unfortunately, that was not the case.
Crystal Key 2 - действующая модель бюджетного квеста категории "B", выполненная в натуральную величину. Игра всю дорогу балансирует на грани, за которой - безвылазная пучина отчаянного трэша и циничных самопародий; и хотя избежать падений в целом удаётся, измученной игре не остаётся больше сил ни на что. Таким образом, единственное достоинство CK2 - в состоявшемся факте релиза. Поздравляем!
Si Crystal Key avait profité d'un bon écho auprès de la communauté des joueurs, Evany ne devrait pas connaître le même sort. Mal réalisé, mal conté, mal doublé, mieux vaut encore faire l'impasse sur ce titre et garder en mémoire un bon souvenir du premier volet.
Parfois correctes, les rares énigmes qui nous sont offertes sont en effet trop largement dispersées et l'essentiel du gameplay deviendra bien vite ennuyeux : il consiste en gros à se balader, à discuter avec les très rares personnages non-joueurs, à scanner l'écran au curseur histoire d'y trouver un éventuel objet et à recommencer l'exploration des lieux déjà visités à la recherche d'un mécanisme qu'on aurait débloqué par inadvertance. Le nombre d'interactions avec les décors statiques est minimal, les dialogues avec les habitants des lieux également et on se laisse donc porter par le rythme lent des allers-retours sans vraiment se passionner pour une quête rarement mise en avant. La qualité moyenne des graphismes, constitués de tableaux 2D panoramiques, n'aide pas non plus à l'immersion. Dommage.
Im Adventure Evany quälen Sie sich auf einem frenden Planeten per Mausklick durch tote Renderkulissen. Mit umständlicher Steuerung und öden Kombinationsrätseln retten Sie die Menschheit vor der Versklavung durch Aliens. Trotz guter Sprachausgabe und Cutscenes sollten Sie das Spiel auf den Mond schicken.