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Fazit: Weil hier Umfang wie Abwechslung stimmen und sich die spielerischen Klippen mit Schamanenhilfe leicht umschiffen lassen, werden sich zumindest nicht so versierte Abenteurer auf der Suche nach dem Kristallschädel recht ordentlich unterhalten.
Click…click…whir…click…whir. That's the extent of gameplay you get in Maxis' The Crystal Skull. Like many other video-intensive adventure games around nowadays, most of the game requires you to sit patiently as the game's characters go through their motions on screen. Fortunately, the premise of the game is interesting enough that the miles of video you watch won't leave you with your eyes glazed over. And unlike many other games similar to this one (Under a Killing Moon, Wrath of the Gods, Daedelus Encounter), the acting is actually well done, with Edward James Olmos from Miami Vice leading up the cast.
Overall, The Crystal Skull is a disappointment. While pretty to look at, the game offers little of substance besides the culture notes. The puzzles are often dreary, and the atmosphere is lacking. This is one of those products that is neither terrible nor good, only mediocre. What could have been a fascinating visit to Aztec times turns out to be merely silly and dull.
It's a bit rough around the edges, still The Crystal Skull developed into a reasonable game though it will never be one of my favourites. The excellent hint system makes it very playable for novice adventurers. In fact, considering this, together with the 'learning' aspect of the game, I'd like to recommend it more for younger players but, be warned, you will meet plenty of untimely 'deaths' and, though there is no emphasis on red splotches and death screams, your demise is, nevertheless, very unpleasant at times.
Overall The Crystal Skull is not a lot of fun. Pointing and clicking becomes repetitive, as is listening to an enormous amount of dialog. Interacting with characters is sometimes entertaining as you are given some comedic responses. There is also some educational content as historical information on the Aztecs and Mayans can be accessed from the menu.
Overall, THE CRYSTAL SKULL is a disappointment. While pretty to look at, the game offers little of substance besides the culture notes. The puzzles are often dreary, and the atmosphere is lacking. This is one of those products that is neither terrible nor good, only mediocre. What could have been a fascinating visit to Aztec times turns out to be merely silly and dull.