Crystal Castles

released on Dec 31, 1983

Crystal Castles is an arcade game released by Atari, Inc. in 1983. The player controls a cartoon bear by the name of Bentley Bear, who has to collect gems located throughout trimetric-projected rendered castles while avoiding enemies out to get him as well as the gems.
Crystal Castles is notable for being one of the first arcade action games with an actual ending, whereas most games of the time either continued indefinitely, ended in what was termed a "kill screen" or simply just restarted from the first level, and to contain advance warp zones.


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To my own chagrin, this was not based on the electronic music group "Crystal Castles" (obviously) or really even inspired them as it was a quote from She-Ra: Princess of Power instead of this game. The game itself is pretty cool visually and with a cool audio motif from the nutcracker when you finish a level. The biggest thing is the finicky controls for playing in a 3D space because for some reason, this bear is legit always acting like he has to use the restroom to the point it almost looks comedic when you move him around the area. Gotten myself killed several times because of this but it's a cool concept for a game and almost fun to play barring that.

gave us Alice Glass :)

Astonishing leap in graphics and actual music but holy shit why is the bear so fast he's out of control.

(played as part of Atari 50)
Excellent isometric look and fun level designs set it apart from other PAC-MAN or DONKEY KONG clones, but the controls are super finicky and the levels seem to not really be designed with them in mind or optimized for them at all.
Definitely one where you want to keep playing to see what's coming next - something that you can't say for too many games like this.
P.S.: This reminds me of that fake arcade game from CATHERINE. Is that deliberate? Seems like an obscure reference point for those guys, so I'm guessing it's a coincidence.

~ Juegos que Hay que Jugar Antes de Morir ~
Parte 2 — Los 80: Caída y Resurgir
Juego 55: Crystal Castles (1983)
Pac-Man pero en feo, contra-intuitivo y tosco. El primo politoxicómano.

The control scheme was weird but man me and the students and the high school I worked at had a huge competition around this game and that was a blast