Crystal Quest shoots onto Xbox 360 Arcade

Latest game for Xbox 360 now available for download; full version of simple shooter costs 400 Marketplace points ($5).

Those who owned Apple's Macintosh computers in the late 1980s likely remember two things--the smiling Mac that greeted users when they booted up, and spending hours upon hours playing Crystal Quest. The first Mac game in color, Crystal Quest was also one of the first arcade-style shooters that incorporated the use of the mouse, then still a new computer accessory, into gameplay.

Patrick Buckland, the game's original author, is giving today's gamers a chance to play the classic. His new company, Stainless Games, today released Crystal Quest for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade. The game has received an audio and visual overhaul, and is available for download as a free trial version or a full version for 400 Marketplace points ($5).

Crystal Quest's premise is simple. Players guide a sphere through rectangular playing fields while collecting crystals, dodging mines, and shooting enemies. Once all the crystals have been collected, the exit to the next level opens, and the difficulty ramps up.

On its Web site, Stainless Games promises that Crystal Quest for the Xbox 360 will feature downloadable content packages to customize the game, as well as a playable remake of the original.

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34 comments
azizrulez
azizrulez

that doesnt sound too interesting does it?

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

$5 is too much. that game was great back in the day on the good 'ol mac.

chaos_theory_09
chaos_theory_09

I want to play bungie's first game ever on xbox live, anyone else know what it was? A rip off of pong, with the clever name of GNOP. But Crystal Quest looks cool too.

b0gard
b0gard

actually ea has the marvel rights not capcom anymore. not sure how it would work out but im sure they can release marvel vs capcom and stuff like that

slow-pc
slow-pc

Nice, another great game to play!

Khimarhi
Khimarhi

Never played it but it sounds like its worth the trial at least. . still can't wait until Street Fighter II

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

That was a great game on the Mac, I still remember playing it.

spydrman5472
spydrman5472

In regards to Microsoft having the right to Marvel's characters I'm pretty sure that is blatantly false. Activision actually has the rights to Marvel's characters/games. Check the recent news regarding who is making the new Marvel RPG (I'll give you a hint, it's Activision) not to mention most of the recent Marvel games like X-Men Legends and Spider-Man. I think Punsiher is THQ but then again I could be wrong. Sorry Optimusv2.

Optimusv2
Optimusv2

Marvel vs Capcom 2 will definetly be making its way onto xbox live arcade at one point or another since microsoft is currently in business with capcom and microsoft has the rights to the marvel characters.

NnyCW
NnyCW

Fun, though probably the easiest of these "Robotron 2084-style" games released thus far for the Live Arcade. Not to say it's bad, it is indeed quite fun. For only $5, it's very much worth it. And yes, either Halo Zero, or better yet, some classic 2D side scroller shooters (Metal Slug, Gunstar Heroes, ect.) along with some shumps and the Arcade would be even better.

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

So many fun little arcade titles are being released :)

cyprus646
cyprus646

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Optimusv2
Optimusv2

Nevermind geometry wars is still a much more hardcore and addicting type game even though they have some similarities. It appears that geometry wars wont be matched until street fighter, but even that I believe will have trouble unseating geometry wars. Its the xbox live arcade's halo :)

Optimusv2
Optimusv2

Oh man... I just tried the demo i have to buy it i'll just add more points later for streetfighter :) Microsoft has a damn good thing going here with xbox live arcade i've never had so much fun playing such games. I mean pdz multiplayer is amazing and I also enjoy the single player, i'm addicted to doa 4, cod 2 etc and I'm still undecided on what to mess around with geometry wars those guys or all the other nice arcade games.

Fragmaster3000
Fragmaster3000

When are we gonna get the cool 3D games from small develpers?

Buck_Hotep
Buck_Hotep

Crystal Quest shall be downloaded and played tonight!

Optimusv2
Optimusv2

I'm VERY tempted, but I gotta hold out with my points until streetfighter II hyper edition is out :) If streetfighter hyper edition is only 400 points then i'm all over crystal quest.

balindos
balindos

Never thought I would say this but the Xbox Live Arcade is DOPE.. Nintendo Revolution is going to do good in the next generation due to thier virtual console. Sony better think of something like this or they will be left out. When more 360s are out thier will be more games. No point in releasing your game just yet when thier is a shortage.

lookbehindyou
lookbehindyou

yeah get smash t.v. also and bejeweled is fun when you want something simple and fun...also marble madness is real fun

snowbrdr1119
snowbrdr1119

i just got my 360, any suggestions for games to get from the marketplace?

runstalker
runstalker

Halo Zero is too amateur. Go play some good Japanese side-scrollers on your Genesis, Neo Geo, SNES or even GBA for a proper 2D shooter. Take away the Halo sound effects and properties from Halo Zero, and you're left with a blahverage little shooter.

trj156
trj156

b0gard maybe because arcade games dont take years to develop

Roy4501
Roy4501

Go Arcade. Cheap, fun games for when i'm frustrated at DOA

Roy4501
Roy4501

Go Arcade. Cheap, fun games for when i'm frustrated at DOA

Erebus
Erebus

Meh, from the demo that I played I can say that it's "ok," but I think Geometry Wars tapped the market for this game already. Buying Crystal Wars would be purchasing an inferior product. .

b0gard
b0gard

umm how bout they start releasing games on the 360 as oppsed to xbox live arcade? dont get me wrong they may be fun games but i didnt exactly buy a 360 to play games from the 70 or 80's

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

The arcade for Xbox wasa drag. . . but 360 has taken a bad idea and turned it into a hip, interactive nursery.

AA7
AA7

Why dont they put Halo Zero on Live! That would be an instant hit.

joeamis
joeamis

Nice, keep bringing em MS.

TimSpot
TimSpot

It was a sick sick sick game for the Mac. Hope it translates well on the 360!

Niceguy876
Niceguy876

Meh, nice to have another game, but I wish I would have heard of it before.