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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] The 1987 classic, Crystal Quest, returns with updated graphics, enhanced special effects and Dolby sound! Pilot your ship through 60 waves, collecting crystals and evading the Nasties. These unique baddies - each one different - emerge from portals on each side of the[Xbox Live Arcade] The 1987 classic, Crystal Quest, returns with updated graphics, enhanced special effects and Dolby sound! Pilot your ship through 60 waves, collecting crystals and evading the Nasties. These unique baddies - each one different - emerge from portals on each side of the screen. Fire your weapon at them, or deploy a smart bomb to vaporize every Nasty on the screen. Grab all the crystals to open the gateway at the bottom of the screen. And don't forget to gather up the goodies in each wave... you can find bonus points, extra smart bombs and even an occasional mega-crystal for massive points! [Xbox.com] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. You're just a little spaceship trying to collect crystals while dodging mines and various creatures. [Jun 2006, p.61]
  2. A kaleidoscope of trippy, tracer-leaving characters parade across the screen, dazzling you into that state of catatonic play where concerns outside the game itself become completely irrelevant.
  3. 80
    Instead of simply playing like a blatant Geometry Wars clone, Crystal Quest takes some cues from Pac-Man, making it a great game in its own right.
  4. 63
    Crystal Quest's issue is that it never manages to absorb all your attention and mental focus like "Smash TV," "Robotron 2084" or "Geometry Wars."
  5. A solid game that could have used some better presentational aspects. When put up against the surprisingly deep competition for this style of game on Xbox Live Arcade, it falls a little flat.
  6. Crystal Quest tries its hardest to bring a slower variation of the style and substance that Geometry Wars so expertly crafted but it falls short of delivering the overall fun factor that other XBLA games have.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. JohnC.
    Feb 7, 2006
    8
    Only the original CQ will do; accept no other substitutes!
  2. BrendanM.
    May 16, 2006
    8
    Although not up to the caliber of say, Hexic HD, Crystal Quest has fun, fast paced gameplay, and a fun bonus in the form of the a playable Although not up to the caliber of say, Hexic HD, Crystal Quest has fun, fast paced gameplay, and a fun bonus in the form of the a playable version of the original CQ. Expand