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The continent of Tyramus has lived in peace for almost a century, thanks to the four elemental crystals of the kingdom of Arliel. However, peace is threatened by the invading armies of the Jyn Empire, led by Emperor Grym, who wants to use the four crystals to rule over Tyramus. Fortunately, Princess Iris can escape with one of the crystals and now the player has to protect her and the crystal and somehow find a way to drive back the hordes of Jyn.

Gameplay in Crystal Warriors is quite similar to Shining Force. The player fights in turn-based battles controlling different characters like fighters, healers, rangers and mages, all with different strengths and skills. Whenever two units engage in battle, they enter a duel mode lasting for up to two turns. In this mode the player can choose between four commands: "battle" (attack), "retreat", "spell" and "monster". While the first three commands are quite self-explanatory, the "monster" command is interesting. Whenever a non-human enemy is defeated, it can be tamed and be used in battles. While most monsters do not have many HP they can serve as good attackers for physically weak characters or take some hits in order to protect his master. In-between battles the player can visit towns to rest, buy weapons and spells or recruit new party members.


Crystal Warriors Game Gear The highlighted fields mark a character's moving range
Crystal Warriors Game Gear Introduction
Crystal Warriors Game Gear In towns, you can often hire new characters
Crystal Warriors Game Gear Battle against a Wurm

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Crystal Warriors Screenshot
Crystal Warriors Screenshot
Crystal Warriors Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "アーリエル クリスタル伝説" -- Japanese Spelling

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Critic Reviews

Sega Force Nov, 1992 91 out of 100 91
neXGam 2002 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) May, 1992 4 out of 5 80
Player One Jun, 1992 80 out of 100 80
Mega Fun Jun, 1994 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Jul, 1992 77 out of 100 77
Video Games Jun, 1992 77 out of 100 77
RPGFan Apr 23, 2000 73 out of 100 73
Play Time Jun, 1992 66 out of 100 66
Defunct Games Jun 24, 2007 60 out of 100 60


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Mobygamesisreanimated (11180) added Crystal Warriors (Game Gear) on Jun 26, 2004
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