Flowers of Crystal is an educational game from the author of Granny's Garden. The game was designed to provide for creative activities in the classroom and is built around puzzle-solving. It consists of three parts: an introductory story and an adventure in two parts. A password from the first part is required to start the second. The introductory story is also included recorded on an audio tape as well as printed in a booklet.
The game takes place on the planet Crystal which once had vast expanses of colourful flowers that are now thought to be extinct. The player is a visitor from Earth who explores the planet in an attempt to find the last remaining flower. In the first part, the player has to find four objects (special water, gold pot, fertiliser and soil). The gameplay involves travelling between seven locations (centre, city, factory, forest, lake, desert and mountains) and choosing which items to carry. The game starts out at the centre where the player chooses four items from three different menus. Items are needed when visiting some of the locations or give some protection when encountering hazards or some of the world's hostile creatures. The second part involves finding six parts of a flower dream to recreate a complete flower picture and then go to a castle. To progress it is necessary to obtain spells and use them at the right location.
Dave for super illustrations (and moral support), Tim and Andy for their enthusiasm in producing the audio tape (they're pretty good on the radio as well), Susan for scouring the library shelves, Teresa, Peter and Pat for putting pen to paper, Bernard Lane (for all his encouragement), All the schools that tested the program and sent useful comments, Mike Partridge, Andrew Vasey, Brian Richards, for their assistance, All the people who telephone and write to us, Jean for answering the phone, Neil Souch (as Neil (with whom 4MATION would not exist cos he's the one who processes your orders placates the VAT person and speaks nicely to the bank manager))