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The world is enveloped in a poisonous vapor. Anyone who comes into contact with it must die. But humans have learned to develop a technology that would help them to protect themselves from the deadly vapor. The light of Crystals shines in small villages and in large towns. But those protective Crystals have to be refilled every year with the purifying Mana Water, otherwise, their energy will extinguish. Every year, villages send four youths to retrieve the Mana Water that is hidden deep in dungeons and dangerous caves.

Sounds like the story of the first Final Fantasy? The plot of this first Final Fantasy game for a Nintendo console since Final Fantasy VI goes back to the roots of the series, but the gameplay has changed a lot. Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles is an action, Zelda-style RPG. At the beginning of the game, the player chooses one of the four available character classes: magic-using Yulks, thief-like Selkies, gentle-natured Clavattes, and cute little Lilties. The game can be played with the chosen character in single-player mode, or, using the GBA-GC connection link, played with three other people, each controlling their own character.

Each character has both armor and a weapon that can be replaced by crafting a new one with the appropriate items in towns. Found in each monster-filled area are artifacts that raise statistic points until the end of the area, and upon completion one artifact can be kept to raise that stat permanently. In a multiplayer game, players will be given secret objectives, and by completing their objective they have a chance at claiming first dibs on artifacts at the end of the area. Spells are also found in combat areas, though they can not be taken out of them. If spells are placed next to each other in the quick select list, or cast near each other in a multiplayer game, they will merge and become a more powerful spell. Finally, in single-player mode a moggle will take care of holding the "bucket" that pushes away the toxic miasma around the party, but in a multiplayer game, one of the players will have to take up this ignoble task.


Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles GameCube World Map
Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles GameCube The Field Map (with a battle)
Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles GameCube Sol Racht introduces the moogle Stiltzkin
Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles GameCube You can visit a Moogle house and have a chat

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Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Magazine Advertisement
Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "ファイナルファンタジー・クリスタルクロニクル" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Fun... but not necessarily for one WWWWolf (452) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles TalesOf777 (12) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars
A great multi-player action/adventure game with a touch of RPG. Gundark Krozmotov (120) unrated

Critic Reviews

Gamezine Aug 15, 2003 18 out of 20 90
Netjak Mar 09, 2004 9 out of 10 90
N-Zone Oct 27, 2003 88 out of 100 88
64 Power / big.N / N Games Sep, 2003 86 out of 100 86 Mar 31, 2004 80 out of 100 80 Feb 28, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
Gaming Age Feb 02, 2004 B 75 Mar 10, 2004 15 out of 20 75
Game Revolution Feb, 2004 B- 67
RPGFan May 12, 2004 65 out of 100 65


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this game 10 Guy Chapman (1997)
Jun 28, 2007


1001 Video Games

Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles marks the return of the Final Fantasy series to the Nintendo consoles (if we exclude the Game Boy) since the fallout between Square and Nintendo, which saw the last Final Fantasy title developed for Nintendo become a PlayStation exclusive as Final Fantasy VII.


Related Web Sites

  • FF-Fan (A fansite that offers all kinds of information on the entire Final Fantasy franchise, including walkthroughs, game media, discussion boards and fan art.)
  • Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles. (Nintendo's Official Site.)
Unicorn Lynx (181473) added Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles (GameCube) on Oct 21, 2003