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Most games published by Cinemaware in the '80s used time-honored Hollywood formulas. But not The Kristal. Based on an obscure stage play, it's a LucasArts-style adventure set in a bizarre, under-explained world of beatnik space pirates. Their catch phrase being "go with the flow." As Francis Drake (meant to be confused with the 16th century explorer), players search for the lost Krystal of Kronos in their spaceship, the Golden Hind (don't ask).
Death lurks at every turn in the form of poorly conceived arcade scenes that involve fencing and outer-space dogfights. And by journeying to the wrong planet, players might be killed by a mysterious alien tyrant for no readily apparent reason. The parallax-scrolling graphics are mildly interesting, but not up to Cinemaware's usual artistic standards. The Kristal was published, rather than designed, by the core team at Cinemaware, and it definitely shows. ~ John Gorenfeld, All Game Guide