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Dragon Crystal (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Originally released on the Sega Master System, this Dragon Crystal port was one of the Game Gear's earliest role-playing games. There are so many minor elements in the game that make this a memorable experience. The problem is that it's surrounded by a steep difficulty and a world full of tiring mazes. Ultimately I liked this more than Fatal Labyrinth and feel it does make for a solid portable game. You're better off playing one of the half dozen Zelda games on the Nintendo 3DS. Rating: 40%
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What Is It? Originally released on the Sega Master System, this Dragon Crystal port was one of the Game Gear's earliest role-playing games. You play a young adventurer who is being followed by a giant egg. You wander around a maze in the forest battling all kinds of creepy crawly bad guys. Along the way you pick up better equipment and gain experience points, eventually turning you into the ultimate fighting machine. Unfortunately, the game's steep difficulty will keep many gamers from playing more than a few minutes of an otherwise solid effort.

The gameplay resembles another questionable Sega role-player, Fatal Labyrinth. The labyrinthine levels are masked by a fog of war, forcing players to explore every inch of the world. As the story progresses the egg hatches and you'll have a valuable dragon by your side. Despite some clumsy execution, Dragon Crystal has a lot of good ideas for a portable Game Gear game.

Does It Still Hold Up? This early Game Gear game looks okay, but the limited combat control will be jarring to many gamers. It's also not always clear where you're supposed to go, which is only made more difficult by the completely unnecessary fog of war. I like some of the story beats and sound isn't terrible, but this RPG hasn't held up as well as efforts by Nintendo and Square.

Is It Worth The Money? Dragon Crystal has a lot going for it. There are so many minor elements in the game that make this a memorable experience. The problem is that it's surrounded by a steep difficulty and a world full of tiring mazes. Ultimately I liked this more than Fatal Labyrinth and feel it does make for a solid portable game. You're better off playing one of the half dozen Zelda games on the Nintendo 3DS.
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