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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.9
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.9
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.1
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.1
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.9
Overall User Score (25 votes) 4.0

Critic Reviews

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RPGFan (Jul 17, 2000)
As any gamer over the age of fourteen knows, all of the best games were made for all of the old systems. Modern games waste too much time trying to look pretty and sound cool. I do like that, but I play games mostly because they're fun, and this game is just that, and still managed to have some of the best graphics, music, and quests of its time.
The Video Game Critic (Apr 03, 2010)
Crystalis is generally well designed but I dislike how you must "level up" to initiate key actions or defeat certain bosses. You'll experience the 1990 equivalent of "grinding" as you wander the wilderness searching for unsuspecting mushrooms to slay for the sole purpose of padding your experience points. One excellent feature is the save system, which provides two battery backed-up slots. You'll probably need to replace the battery in your cartridge (it's been 20 years for Pete's sake!) but it's worth the effort. As a potent mix of exploration, problem solving, and combat, Crystalis almost manages to out-Zelda Zelda!
NES Archives (Nov 18, 2008)
Some people say that Crystalis is better than The Legend of Zelda. I say that those people drank too much Kool-Aid. While Crystalis is an excellent adventure/RPG it does not measure up to the greatest adventure game of all-time. But the fact that it is even close tells you that it is an extremely fun game that should be picked up by any adventure game fan.
The mixture of fantasy and post-apocalyptic worlds create a fun game world to explore. Quality graphics and a wonderful score are additions that put this one over the top. Absolutely recommended.
Retro Game Age (Sep 30, 2013)
In the end however they do little to keep Crystalis from excellence. This is one of the best eight bit games of all time in spite of its low profile and one that I give one of my highest recommendations. I would stay away from the Gameboy Color remake as it changes enough of the content to feel like a different game.
Gamervision (Nov 07, 2007)
I have to say that overall, I’m very pleased. This game is every bit as wonderful as I remember it and even stands the test of time. I wish it had been more well-known, because this is something I definitely would have loved to see a sequel for, or at least a really good remake. Although I never finished the game the first time around (keep in mind I was only 7 when it was released), I definitely won’t be making that mistake this time. If Nintendo ever does get around to putting this on the virtual console, I would definitely recommend that you download it. That way, you too will be able to embark upon this awesome futuristic adventure.
Finally, Crystalis is very fun. You can save your game in two slots and play the game another time. You should get around 50 hours out of this game if you don't use walkthroughs or stuff like that. Believe me, I've only scratched the surface to this great game. If you can find it, GET IT!! One last note. The bosses and enemies on Crystalis are AWESOME, especially near the end.
RetroGame Man (Feb 29, 2016)
Overall, this is a hidden gem on the NES. It plays like a mix between Legend of Zelda and Secret of Mana (in 8-bit, 1 player form). It has great graphics, interesting magic and weapon mechanics, and some of the best music found in a NES game. The game looses some marks on its simplistic dungeons but it otherwise great!
Good control, fast movement and fast game play. It has a conventional theme but it is unique enough to still be worth the trip.
Legendra (Oct 13, 2008)
Crystalis reprend la recette Zelda en apportant un côté RPG plus ancré et son petit lot d'innovations dans le gameplay. De bonnes idées aidées par un scénario sympathique et une réalisation colorée et chatoyante entachée par quelques ralentissements. Dommage car mis à part ça et des musiques trop peu variées, on se retrouve devant un vrai bon petit jeu qui vous gardera manette en main une petite vingtaine d'heures en y allant tranquillement.
Random Access (Apr 16, 2011)
Considering how few action-RPGs were really available on the NES, Crystalis is a boon to fans of the genre. It's not the finest game for the console, and likely won't be making any major publication's Top 10 lists, but it's a good game on its own, if you can overlook a few notable flaws. Crystalis never sold in droves, but it was prominent enough to warrant a remake on the Game Boy Color in 2000, courtesy of none other than Nintendo itself. However, due to some of the more glaring changes made, particularly the heavily revised storyline, it is often considered a downgrade from the original. If you must select the superior Crystalis, seek out the NES version.
Questicle.net (Aug, 2011)
The mechanics, graphics, music, and controls are all solid, but there’s nothing about this game that screams “underrated.” Games rarely scream at me anyway, but if this one were to provide me with an utterance, I’d like to think it would say, ” SLIGHTLY ABOVE AVERAGE! CRYSTALIS, GO!”
GameCola.net (Oct, 2008)
Anyway, if you were too young to remember The END DAY, as most gamers and Internet users seem to be…. Be…. To seem.… Then, maybe you’d prefer to play Super Smash “Bros.” Brawl, or some other modern hype-fest. If you can appreciate a Xenogears of the 8-bit era like Crystalis, however, you should definitely check out it!

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