Crystal Defenders Xbox 360

Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 15
  2. Negative: 4 out of 15
  1. Unfortunately it falls short on map variety, and graphical polish, which is what is stopping me from really recommending this game.
  2. Crystal Defenders doesn’t do much that’s new or revolutionary, but with very slim tower defense competition on the 360, it’s an addictive distraction.
  3. X-ONE Magazine UK
    70
    The tactical pace of events will ensure you won't feel ripped off, making this an inoffensive enough waste of time for fans of the genre or the Final Fantasy series. [Issue#45, p.101]
  4. The tactics are fairly simple (especially considering their source material) and the small scope of the game will turn off many who expect more depth from their tower defense titles. The game also looks too much like a mobile title for a console port, and it just doesn't really stand up as its own tactics title.
  5. Square Enix's Crystal Defenders is just a correct game and one of the weak tower defense-style games of the last months. Challenging, but not specially deep; fun, but too short. For people who have never played a game like this, it can be a nice option, but definitely not for the hardcore gamers who are waiting for a new Ninja Town.
  6. Odds are if you have access to any other console, there are plenty of better tower defense games to enjoy.
  7. 55
    As both the first Square Enix game and the first tower defense game on Xbox Live Arcade, Crystal Defenders is a disappointment. Yes, it succeeds in providing a tower defense experience with Final Fantasy job classes, but what’s the real value in that? There is a ton of content here, with hundreds of stages to plow through, but I was bored and unimpressed in the first five minutes.
  8. Official Xbox Magazine
    55
    Yes, people, it finally happened - a phone game's been ported to Xbox Live Arcade! [June 2009, p.79]
  9. Regardless of the decent strategic elements that Crystal Defenders offers, the fact that there is no story, any sort of progression or reward makes this a hard game to recommend to anyone. With so many other quality tower defense games available, you would have assumed something set in the Final Fantasy universe would have given gamers a better experience rather than something so completely basic.
  10. This Final Fantasy-themed tower defense game is bland and uninspired.
User Score
6.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. jacobyk
    Mar 28, 2009
    9
    The graphics are certainly poor, but the gameplay is absolutely addicting. if you're into tower defense, and happen to love the final The graphics are certainly poor, but the gameplay is absolutely addicting. if you're into tower defense, and happen to love the final fantasy genre, this game is a must! Full Review »
  2. jormao
    Mar 26, 2009
    0
    Straight copy of a FREE game playable on web browser. How could have been Square Enix put name on this product? Even animation of the Straight copy of a FREE game playable on web browser. How could have been Square Enix put name on this product? Even animation of the characters is not good. Rate 0. Full Review »
  3. JoshStreet
    Mar 19, 2009
    10
    I absolutely love this tower defense game. It may be a little more simple than most of the ones you can find on the internet, but I am so gladI absolutely love this tower defense game. It may be a little more simple than most of the ones you can find on the internet, but I am so glad to see it come to the Xbox 360. Hopefully if they get enough positive feedback, they will make a sequel that will be more in depth. Full Review »