Moon Crystal

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Moon Crystal
Moon Crystal
Japanese Famicom box art
Developer(s) Hect
Publisher(s) Hect
Programmer(s) Tomonari Matsumoto
Composer(s) Tsukasa Tawada
Platform(s) Family Computer
Release date(s) JP 19920828August 28, 1992
NA Canceled[1]
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single-player

Moon Crystal (ムーンクリスタル?) is a 1992 action video game developed and published by Hect for the Family Computer. The game was released in Japan on August 28, 1992, and had a planned North American release before being cancelled.

Cinematic cut scenes are done with a higher resolution of 8-bit graphics that are rarely seen on the Family Computer.[clarification needed][2]

Gameplay[edit]

Looking for the opportune moment to fight the enemy.

Players must guide Ricky on a quest to rescue his father from the evil necromancer Count Crimson. The rest of Ricky's family has also been kidnapped; prompting him to fight even harder against Crimson's forces.[3] Seven stages are in this game; with each level ending with a boss fight.[2]

While beginning with a simple knife, players can improve the range of the knife by picking up power-ups.[2] The final boss of Moon Crystal is inside an unusual building. Defeating the dragon-like enemy will force the player to evacuate the building before it collapses.[4] There are an unlimited amount of continues in the game.[2]

Players can grab on to ledges that are too high to reach and attempt to grasp them like in Prince of Persia.[5]

Plot[edit]

Ricky Slater, the son of a local inventor from Cirrus Village, has to save the world from the evil Count Crimson after his father was kidnapped. A magic stone called the Moon Crystal has the ability to power up the Lunasystem; that turns the dead back into the living. While the rest of the village is being used for slave labor, Ricky teams up with a mysterious girl named Rosina in a quest to put a stop to Count Crimson's evil plot.[6]

After defeating the final enemy, the Lunasystem goes haywires and causes undead to become dead again. The mine begins to sink into the bottom of the sea; bringing the Lunasystem down with it. Both Ricky and his sister learn that abusing power has great consequences and return home in order to help his father make a better world.[7]

Reception[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moon Crystal Release Information for NES, GameFAQs, archived from the original on 2012-06-27, retrieved 2013-09-07 
  2. ^ a b c d Overview of Moon Crystal, MobyGames, retrieved 2013-01-23 
  3. ^ "Story information (second reference)". Hardcore Gaming 101. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  4. ^ "Advanced overview of Moon Crystal" (in Japanese). FC no Game Seiha Shimasho. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  5. ^ "About the Edge Grab technique". Vintage Computer. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  6. ^ "Story information". Deviant Art. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  7. ^ "Ending for Moon Crystal". Video Game Museum. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 

External Links[edit]

Moon Crystal (Famicom) at GameFAQs