Crystal Soul Review
- Publisher: HuaXu Culture Creative
- Genre: Entertainment
- Released: 5 Feb, 2011
- Size: 30.2 MB
- Price: $9.99
- RPG-themed variant of the Bloody Fun Day gameplay.
- Challenging objectives; added complexity from the turn-based gameplay.
- Simple, effective visual theme.
- Poor camera controls; constantly snaps back to a useless angle.
- Minimal gameplay explanation; trial and error required.
Crystal Soul was presented with an opportunity to fill the shoes left by its inspirational title, but poor gameplay explanations and gimmicky gameplay makes this a hard game to love.
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It was only a matter of time before someone else decided to emulate the gameplay of Bloody Fun Day by Urban Squall, but the dismal conversion to the App Store left the doors wide open for someone else to exploit. Crystal Soul by HuaXu Culture Creative is a new take on this turn-based puzzler concept, though those unfamiliar with its source material may find themselves out of their depth.
Each of the 20 currently available levels presents players with a set of objectives to complete before they're able to escape the level. To complete these tasks players must move around the hexagonal grid, defeating the monsters in their path or collecting power crystals. If more than one monster is grouped together they will all be defeated, awarding the player with bonus points, however tiny stones are left in their wake and after a set period of turns a new random assortment of creatures will be generated in their place.
There are three classes to choose from, each with a distinct set of skills that benefit from the souls collected from defeated creatures. Abilities range from being able to teleport, switch creatures, dash long distances or perform grid-wide damage, though these often feel gimmicky as they're so rarely used thanks to the slow accumulation of souls. Regrettably, there's no tutorial to help players understand the complex mechanics at play, though a basic help screen and trial and error can be enough if you're patient.
Other small problems like a stubborn automatic camera add frustration where none should exist and what could have been a fun RPG-themed version of Bloody Fun Day is otherwise rendered bland. Crystal Soul is a formidable puzzler and one that can be a lot of fun, but it's a prickly beast to approach without a large reserve of patience.
On White Valentine's Day two years ago, we asked players who have downloaded our limited time free games to “do something” for disasters around the world at the time. It’s a small event, but there were so many people sharing the message and its idea for us. We are impressed by how great the power can be if we try to gather energy of people’s goodwill through this worldwide mobile platform. And thus, an idea came to us: Maybe, if we can transform this great momentum into practical and long term social-care energy, we will make big difference to the world?
So, two years later, we have created a small all-in-one game platform named “HuaXu Game Space II” between our work efforts. It’s an expansion of our small dream two years ago.
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To let more people know about this app, and for the recent disasters of Boston explosion, Texas explosion and Lushan earthquake in Sichuan, we will put all our games to free again from now to the end of May. We will choose a reliable way to donate 80% of all our income from these free games to people who are hurt in these accident. And we will donate 80% of all income of HuaXu Game Space II from US and CN store and 10% from worldwide store in May too.
Just like two years ago, what we wish in return is anyone who happen to see this and luckily get a free game can DO SOMETHING, no matter how small it is, even just telling people who are suffering that you care about them.
If you really don't know what to do or say, please tell people about this game platform and find a proper place on internet to leave a message:
"Bless the nice people around the world, bless people who are hurt in Boston, Texas, and Sichuan. We love and care about each other. We offer help for each other."
Because inner issues, we are working on a re-programmed version of Crystal Soul, please only download this version when it is free.
You can also try our NDS version which has lots of new elements!
"Crystal Soul is a formidable puzzler and one that can be a lot of fun"
"Enter Crystal Soul: a game that could do with more explanation but certainly has some great ideas. "
TUAW's Daily App:
"an excellent title that's worth full price"
"real hack-and-slash feel to the action"
Touch Arcade Forum:
"an unique puzzle game is waiting for you, polished and fun to play."
"cool and has a great replayability"
"totally recommend this game on what it is and also kind of what it isn't."
We deeply thank for all the compliments above as well as their advices, and are constantly improve our works according these advices!
- Puzzle + RPG
Choose from Swordsman, Mage or Ranger to start your adventure, you can select your favorite, or just experience all the difference. Each class has its own skills which can be great help while finishing quests.
- Deep Strategy
Players must know their character and use skills wisely to survive longer. Skills combo, pass a round, grab treasure chests, gather energy gem to receive maximum score... All these strategies leads you to victory and higher scores.
- 4 kinds of landscapes
In you adventure, you will have to travel through 4 kinds of landscapes; each landscape has its own main species, which means you have to adjust your strategy due to limited kinds of energy source and hence, limited skill usage. Use your wits to get through!
- 2 classic Game Modes
Enjoy the trip inside Adventure Mode to conquer challenges of different maps and conditions; or have fun in classic Survival Mode to chase infinite highscore!
- Support Openfeint and Game Center
Compete your scores with players worldwide on both Adventure and Survival leaderboard!
What's New in Version 1.0.31.Support multiple iOS version.
2.Fixed a bug of mage Thunder Storm skill graphic.
3.Other performance improvement/bug fix.