Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. 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.
  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. Official Xbox Magazine
    You're just a little spaceship trying to collect crystals while dodging mines and various creatures. [Jun 2006, p.61]
  4. It is the perfect accompaniment along with other shooters like Mutant Storm, and Geometry Wars, only without the impossible factor attached.
  5. AceGamez
    The difficulty settings, responsive controls and some nice visual download content to boot make Crystal Quest stand out from a slew of other dual-stick control games.
  6. If you look closely you’ll find a very fun, challenging, easy to pick up and play shooter that will entertain you for hours when you want to take a break from all the great current generation titles.
  7. 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."
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. As brightly as it burns, it's an all-too-brief fix that doesn't leave you wanting more.
  11. Crystal Quest is a pleasant shooter, with no huge flaws, yet the gameplay lets it down. Compared to something as action-packed and addictive as Geometry Wars there isn’t much to keep you playing other than for an impressive high score to boast about.
  12. Like a boring, lazy summer time day, where all you do is sit around and drink lemonade but there is no lemonade with Crystal Quest.
  13. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Tat. [Issue#5, p.120]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. BrendanM.
    May 16, 2006
    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. Full Review »
  2. JohnC.
    Feb 7, 2006
    Only the original CQ will do; accept no other substitutes!