Moon Crystal

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Moon Crystal
Developer(s) Hect
Publisher(s) Hect
Programmer(s) Tomonari Matsumoto
Composer(s) Tsukasa Tawada
Platform(s) Family Computer
Release
  • JP: August 28, 1992
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. It is a Japanese exclusive.[1]

Gameplay[edit]

The gameplay plays some similarities to Zelda II.[2] It includes the ability to grab onto ledges, which is a rare features for Famicom games.[3]

Plot[edit]

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.[4]

Release[edit]

The game was released in Japan on August 28, 1992 for the Famicom.[5] A version published by DTMC for North America was planned.[3] It was shown at the Consumer Electronic Show, and it was previewed by several American gaming magazines.[6][7] An advertisement for the game even appeared in the June 1992 issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly.[6] However, it was cancelled.[3] 1up.com believes the reason it wasn't released was because it came out at a time when the NES was not popular in America.[2]

The game has been known to fetch as much as 30,000 yen in Japan.[8]

Reception[edit]

Famitsu gave it a score of 24 out of 40, while praising the smoothness of the character animations.[9] 1up.com called it one of many Zelda II clones on the system, but stated the graphics and animation were higher quality than the others.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Retro/Active - NES from 1UP.com". 2006-03-23. Retrieved 2018-08-18. 
  2. ^ a b c "Hidden Gems: The Rest of the NES". 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2018-08-17. 
  3. ^ a b c "Afterlife from 1UP.com". 2015-07-25. Retrieved 2018-08-17. 
  4. ^ "Hardcore Gaming 101: Moon Crystal". 2013-02-12. Retrieved 2018-08-17. 
  5. ^ "ムーンクリスタル [ファミコン] / ファミ通.com". www.famitsu.com. Retrieved 2018-08-17. 
  6. ^ a b "Next Wave". Electronic Gaming Monthly (35): 100, 104. June 1992. 
  7. ^ "What's Hot? News from Summer CES". Game Informer: 37. Summer 1992. 
  8. ^ Nostalgic Guide of Family Computer. Japan: M.B.MOOK. 2016. p. 41. ISBN 9784906735891. OCLC 961800615. 
  9. ^ "Cross Reviews". Weekly Famitsu. September 4, 1992. 

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