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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Protect your party's crystals from encroaching monster hordes in Crystal Defenders, a defensive strategy game featuring characters from Final Fantasy Tactics A2. Deploy your various units in strategic locations to prevent the enemy from escaping the area with your crystals. Favorite characters: Popular characters such as Black Mages and Soldiers are used from Final Fantasy Tactics A2. Use them to protect your crystals. Tons of gameplay: Over 300 stages of action are included with three different game versions. Try W1 to learn game basics, W2 where Power Crystals are introduced for deeper, more detailed strategies, and W3 that features complex maps and fierce monsters to challenge even the most seasoned players. Fun and intuitive: The simple, multi-faceted game system is easy for a novice to pick up, and hard for a veteran to put down. [Square Enix] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 15
  2. Negative: 4 out of 15
  1. Crystal Defenders is a very original game for the Xbox Arcade scene and is a real challenge to play.
  2. Unfortunately it falls short on map variety, and graphical polish, which is what is stopping me from really recommending this game.
  3. 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.
  4. Yes, people, it finally happened - a phone game's been ported to Xbox Live Arcade! [June 2009, p.79]
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Not only a poorly disguised mobile game but one of the shallowest Tower Defence strategy games ever.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. JoshStreet
    Mar 19, 2009
    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 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. Expand
  2. hanshouse
    Mar 16, 2009
    Well...Its a Tower Defense Game with a Final Fantasy Theme. Thats what i wanted and i am totaly pleased with it. Nothing to complain about.
  3. jacobyk
    Mar 28, 2009
    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! Expand
  4. jormao
    Mar 26, 2009
    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. Expand

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