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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 castles inhabitants.


Crystal Castles Electron If you get the last gem on the level before the enemy does, you will get a bonus.
Crystal Castles Atari 2600 Collect the hat to become invincible
Crystal Castles ZX Spectrum Title screen
Crystal Castles BBC Micro Starting level two, tree wave.

Promo Images

Crystal Castles Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "Crystal Castles: Diamond Plateaus in Space" -- BBC Micro + Commodore 64 tag-lined title
  • "Crystal Castles: Bentley Bear's A-maze-ing Adventures" -- Atari 2600 tag-lined title

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User Reviews

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Critic Reviews

The Atari Times Atari 8-bit Mar 15, 2006 95 out of 100 95
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Dec, 1989 90 out of 100 90
The Video Game Critic Atari 2600 Apr 09, 2004 B 75
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Sep, 1988 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic Arcade Nov 07, 2004 B- 67
Tilt ZX Spectrum Apr, 1987 13 out of 20 65
Woodgrain Wonderland Atari 2600 Nov 24, 2016 C+ 58
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jan, 1987 45 out of 100 45
Computer Gamer ZX Spectrum Jan, 1987 35 out of 100 35
JoyStik Arcade Dec, 1983 Unscored Unscored


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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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