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The Dark Crystal is closely based on Jim Henson's film of the same name. The game is set in Thra, a world with three suns, which come together every thousand years in an event known as "The Great Conjunction". The player controls Jen, the last survivor of the Gelfings, a race of mole-like people. He must find a dark crystal and its broken shard, and repair it to end the reign of a tyrannical lord.

Like other installments of the Hi-Res Adventures series, the game is entirely text-based, with non-animated graphics to illustrate the areas. Movement between areas and interaction with the game world is performed by typing commands consisting of either one or two words (a combination of a verb and an object).


Hi-Res Adventure #6: The Dark Crystal Atari 8-bit I'm entering a dimly lit cave...
Hi-Res Adventure #6: The Dark Crystal Atari 8-bit There's quite a few paths to follow and locations to visit
Hi-Res Adventure #6: The Dark Crystal Browser As with Gelfling Adventure, this game lists available actions multiple-choice style rather than via traditional text parser. Here, we have only one thing we can do -- walk.
Hi-Res Adventure #6: The Dark Crystal Browser It doesn't take long at all for us to meet Augra.  She asks a riddle, and we automatically answer correctly.

Promo Images

Hi-Res Adventure #6: The Dark Crystal Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "Gelfling Adventure: a Junior Adventure Game for Ages 9 & Up" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Gelfling Adventure" -- Re-Release with simpler interface

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User Reviews

A nice, short game based on the movie Apple II Katakis | カタキス (43089)

Critic Reviews

Micro 7 Apple II May, 1983 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 100
Computer Games Atari 8-bit Feb, 1984 A- 91
Happy Computer Apple II Mar, 1984 Unscored Unscored


Topic # Posts Last Post
Gelfling adventure, enhanced, reimplemented 1 Pseudo_Intellectual (64844)
Aug 23, 2014


Version differences

This game was also published as Gelfling Adventure with a slightly different interface. Gelfling Adventure allowed you to select actions from a short list instead of typing in commands.

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