Do you love classic JRPGs? Final Fantasy? Or anything like it? Well, Crystal Project released recently from developer Andrew Willman and it's quite wonderful.
It arrived on Steam back at the end of March, which somehow I missed actually covering even though I have been playing it and enjoying it thoroughly. Bringing back fond memories of playing through some classics on Game Boy Advance it really does scratch the itch for some adventuring and exploration. Seems most players on Steam agree too, with it seeing a Very Positive rating and the developer has a Native Linux build too that seems to work to perfection.
There's two things that really pull you in with Crystal Project. The first being the graphics with it mixing in flat-looking pixel characters in a 3D world that resembles Minecraft / Minecraft Dungeons in the presentation. Then there's the non-linear nature to it, as you're free to explore at your own pace and do what you want.
- No random encounters!
- Manage Threat to control which party member a monster will attack.
- No hidden information. Preview turn order, damage, and probabilities like in TRPGs.
- Discover and unlock new classes.
- Assign sub-classes, pick passive abilities, and equip all kinds of special items.
- Invent unique team compositions, or stick to the MMORPG Holy Trinity.
- No permanent missables!
- Seamless transitions between zones with no loading screens anywhere.
- Uncover the mysteries of the world all on your own.
- Metroidvania-style progression.
- No invisible walls! Try to jump and climb anywhere you want.
- Overcome platforming challenges to discover neat loot... and other stuff.
It's also Steam Deck Verified with the Native Linux version of the game. Absolutely delightful.
You can buy Crystal Project on Steam.