The Crystal Key - PC/Mac

2.1 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews
Rated: Everyone
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Platform: Mac, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 95
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Prepare yourself for an incredible adventure. Armed with only your wits, you will travel through stunning 3-D lands of desert, jungle, and water as you explore breathtaking ruins and caverns in search of the elusive Crystal Key.

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ASIN B00002EIZN
Release date November 26, 1999
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2.1 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews

2.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #67,630 in videogames
#999 in Video Games > Mac Games > Mac Games
#12,670 in Video Games > PC Games > PC Games
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Product Dimensions 5.5 x 5 x 0.5 inches
Media: Video Game
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Pros:
1. Beautiful, immersive, atmospheric worlds. Monumental architecture. Eerie music. Breathtaking cut-scenes. Ugly, creepy arch-villain.
2. For the most part, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to solve the puzzles.
3. Great high-tech tools to use, impressive vehicles to drive and fly, creative use of everyday objects. When you pick items up, they zoom off the screen into your inventory with a whooshing sound. The inventory feature is exceptionally easy to use.
Cons:
1. Some locations are too dark and murky. I suggest that for the very dark places, you might want to adjust the brightness/contrast on your monitor to make it easier to locate the hidden goodies.
2. Some mechanical levers/controls respond correctly only if you move the mouse VERY slowly.
3. The game crashed a couple of times, and I never was able to get autoplay to work.
Bottom line: A superior, very entertaining adventure marred slightly by minor glitches.
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This game, in the tradition of Myst and Riven, has appealing environments, reasonably challenging puzzles and a solid storyline, and is ultimately fun to play. Unlike Myst and Riven, Crystal Key offers a 3-D environment to navigate via Quicktime movies rather than clicking through two-dimensional snapshots. There are some disappointments, however. Graphics quality is uneven, and while I avoided serious difficulties the software does seem to contain some bugs. The soundtrack has some pleasing snippets of music, but clearly the producers didn't bother putting together much of a musical score. The interface, while easy to use, reveals some solutions through its highlighting of "hot spots" on the screen. The end of the game lacks the payoff sequence you'd hope to see after spending all those hours working through the puzzles and saving the world. Ultimately, one has some sense that this is basically an unfinished product, but at the price offered, its not a bad value.
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Because the box showed shots that made it look a lot like Myst or Riven, I thought, "Hey, this looks cool!".
Unfortunately, I forgot the adage "Don't judge a book by its cover".
Even though the graphics we quite nice, and the game utilized the 360-degree environment which was pioneered by Presto Studios in "The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy Of Time", this game really lacked in a plot and story.
Sure, there's puzzles that require a lot of thought. By the time you get to the end, though, your first thought is "That's IT?!?!!? Boy, that wasn't worth it!". A very disappointing ending.
I played this game on a fairly up-to-date PC, and it never made the computer crash, but I did have to go to Dreamcatcher's website twice to download two programs that are important in the playing. Kinda stupid...as other reviewers noted, they shouldn't have released a game with so many bugs.
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When I first saw this game on the shelf of my CompUSA store, I was thrilled! I couldn't wait to get home and play it. Once I began the game, reality struck.I was stunned by the lack of solid, vivid screenshots.I was frustrated and very disappointed mostly by the hard to see, fuzzy and nondefinable objects(either while "walking" or standing still) within the game as well as the graphics for the background and foreground shots. The atmospheres were too dark and in contrast to the colors and supposed textures throughout the game.Although the "movies" were nicely done and the graphics within them were expertly executed,the graphics within the interactive sequences of the game could have been awesome if more attention to detail had been given to light and dark as well as clear cut definition of lines and borders within worlds and objects.The so called "puzzles" were not what I had expected nor were they the type of puzzles that make this type of game more challenging and interesting.Most of the items/actions necessary to create the proper reactions were either too obvious or illogical( when you could actually see them!)which had a profound impact on the gameplay as a whole.In fact, the game would have been frustratingly tedious to finish were it not for a hint book that I purchased shortly after installing this sorry excuse for an adventure game. This was a TOTAL letdown and NOT what I expected from Dreamcatcher Int. and CO.
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I was really excited about this game. I loved both Myst and Riven and was hoping that this would be as good or at least playable! I read all of the reviews and thought that the bugs and the lighting and the thing crashing every 2 seconds were not going to be that bad. Don't waste your money. This could be an enjoyable game, its not the most challenging but still enjoyable the only thing is you have to worry the whole time that something is going to go wrong, or tools that you know you need to do something just don't work no matter how many times you click on them.You need a cheat book just to tell you where certain things are because you can't see them! I am going to try to finish this game but I am very frustrated. Why would someone put out a game with this may problems?
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