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Crystal Castles

aka: Crystal Castles: Bentley Bear's A-maze-ing Adventures, Crystal Castles: Diamond Plateaus in Space
Moby ID: 9174

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Bentley Bear is trapped in the Crystal Castles! To get out, he will need to collect all of the gems located throughout the castle. The game is played with an isometric view of the multi platformed castle. When Bentley collects all of the gems on the current castle, he will move on to the next, more difficult castle. Wandering throughout the castles are a wide variety of dangerous creatures, which Bentley should avoid. From time to time, a magic hat will appear. If Bentley collects the hat, he will temporarily be invincible to the castle's inhabitants.

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Average score: 69% (based on 19 ratings)


Average score: 3.7 out of 5 (based on 43 ratings with 1 reviews)

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The Good
Crystal Castles is a 1-2 player isometric game that features a lovable character called Bentley Bear. He is trapped inside several castles that are home of Berthilda the Witch. Each castle is full of gems, and if Bentley wants to get out of all of them, he needs to collect all the gems. Collecting all the gems means that Bentley will move on to the next castle.

There is one problem though. You see, certain types of enemies, including monster balls, trees, and tornadoes, are placed in the castles by Berthilda to make sure that Bentley doesn't escape. Bentley either jump on them or say bye-bye and lose a life.

Collecting each gem will award you points. Instead of just Bentley, his enemies are also capable of collecting all the gems. He must get the last gem in the castle, but if Bentley fails to do this, then he will receive no bonus at the end of the level. Another way to score points is to get a pot of honey which will award Bentley 1000 points. Bentley can also wear a magic hat that will allow him to become invincible ... but not for long.

Most of the castles are multi-floored, and require Bentley to get to them using elevators that go up and down constantly. Multi-floored structures were very rare at the time Crystal Castles was released. The game gets more difficult as you progress from one castle to another, with enemies becoming faster and following you every step of the way, which causes you to jump all over the place.

I reviewed the Commodore 64 version of the game. In this version, I found the graphics to be good, but they are the same standard as the Apple ][ version. The enemies are drawn quite nicely with the tornado colored brown and the monster balls blue, and each gem is colored black. And the sound is OK. When you collect gems, the sound is played at the same tone. When you are collecting gems while going uphill, this sound changes pitch to reflect this, going from a low note to a high note, and going downhill causes the sound to start from a high note to a low note.

The Bad
The trees that scatter around some castles could have had more detail.

The Bottom Line
If you like games like Boulder Dash, which require you to collect gems before you move on to the next level, then this game may be for you.

Rating: ***

Commodore 64 · by Katakis | カタキス (43093) · 2004


1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Crystal Castles appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Character renaming

Bentley Bear was originally to be called Braveheart Bear, but a Native American activist group protested the name.

Spectrum release

In a rather strange marketing move, US Gold made the Spectrum version 'Limited Edition', not pressing any more copies after the initial run. Stranger still, they later reissued the game on budget, and on a magazine cover-tape later still. The conversion was some time after the other formats, and not perceived as being of a high quality, so perhaps they wanted to limit the damage to their reputation.


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Servo.

Electron added by Trypticon. Arcade added by Michael Cassidy. Windows, Xbox 360 added by Alaka. ZX Spectrum added by Martin Smith. Atari 8-bit added by ZZip. BBC Micro added by Jack Lightbeard. Antstream added by lights out party.

Additional contributors: Martin Smith, formercontrib, Patrick Bregger, FatherJack.

Game added May 12, 2003. Last modified February 5, 2024.