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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.


Crystalis NES The Equipment Screen of a low-level hero
Crystalis NES The mightiest power-up of the wind sword unleashes mini-tornados
Crystalis Game Boy Color Another wizard from intro
Crystalis NES Introduction Sequence

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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 NES patrick quinn (7)
Really great and involving original RPG... NES Cormana6868 (16)
A favorite game of my youth. NES Zukunft (13)

Critic Reviews

Daily Radar Game Boy Color 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 100
NES Archives NES Nov 18, 2008 A- 91
Gamervision NES Nov 07, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Retro Game Age NES Sep 30, 2013 9 out of 10 90
Game Informer Magazine Game Boy Color Jul, 2000 8.5 out of 10 85
Nintendojo Game Boy Color 2000 8 out of 10 80
RetroGame Man NES Feb 29, 2016 8 out of 10 80
RPGFan Game Boy Color Jul 30, 2001 74 out of 100 74
Random Access NES Apr 16, 2011 7 out of 10 70 NES Oct, 2008 6.3 out of 10 63


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