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Moon Crystal
Moon Crystal cover.jpg
Japanese Famicom box art
Programmer(s)Tomonari Matsumoto
Composer(s)Tsukasa Tawada
Platform(s)Family Computer
  • JP: August 28, 1992

Moon Crystal (ムーンクリスタル) is a 1992 action video game developed and published by Hect for the Family Computer. It is a Japanese exclusive.[1]


The gameplay plays some similarities to Zelda II.[2] It includes the ability to grab onto ledges, which is a rare features for Famicom games.[3]


Players must guide Ricky on a quest to rescue his father from the evil necromancer Count Crimson. The rest of Ricky's family has also been kidnapped; prompting him to fight even harder against Crimson's forces.[4]


The game was released in Japan on August 28, 1992 for the Famicom.[5] A version published by DTMC for North America was planned.[3] It was shown at the Consumer Electronic Show, and it was previewed by several American gaming magazines.[6][7] An advertisement for the game even appeared in the June 1992 issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly.[6] However, it was cancelled.[3] 1up.com believes the reason it wasn't released was because it came out at a time when the NES was not popular in America.[2]

The game has been known to fetch as much as 30,000 yen in Japan.[8]


Famitsu gave it a score of 24 out of 40, while praising the smoothness of the character animations.[9] 1up.com called it one of many Zelda II clones on the system, but stated the graphics and animation were higher quality than the others.[2] Retro Gamer magazine praised the graphics and animations, saying they were high quality for an 8-bit game, and called it a potential best seller had it been released.[10]


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  4. "Hardcore Gaming 101: Moon Crystal". 2013-02-12. Retrieved 2018-08-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  6. 6.0 6.1 "Next Wave". Electronic Gaming Monthly (35): 100, 104. June 1992. 
  7. "What's Hot? News from Summer CES". Game Informer: 37. Summer 1992. 
  8. Nostalgic Guide of Family Computer. Japan: M.B.MOOK.. 2016. pp. 41. ISBN 9784906735891. OCLC 961800615. https://www.worldcat.org/oclc/961800615. 
  9. "Cross Reviews". Weekly Famitsu. September 4, 1992. 
  10. The NES book : everything you need to know about Nintendo's iconic console ; The master system : the Sega book. Jones, Darran,, Imagine Publishing,. Bournemouth. pp. 77. ISBN 9781785460180. OCLC 909815695. https://www.worldcat.org/oclc/909815695. 

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