Crystal Defenders

Crystal Defenders


(3 stars)


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50,000 - 100,000 downloads

  • Yeeep! Chokobos! Time mages!
  • Deep gameplay
  • Discouraging difficulty
  • It could be even more spectacular
  • It could bring new features to the genre
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Expert's Review

"Final Defense"

Reviewed by / Nov 13, 2013

Yes, this is it. The very own Square defense game, set with characters and feeling of Final Fantasy Tactics, but chewed and chopped to fit a very much simpler game.Mechanics are the same as anywhere else: you have to defend a path from an incoming single file of dreadful enemies (all the dreadful they are able to be in FF Tactics design) by placing towers aka units along the way. Yes, it's strategy, though it hasn't strategy at all.

However, if Square did this on purpose, we should have to find out why, and the answer comes to mind as soon as you play the first levels. Even though it's a pretty typical defense game and doesn't pretend to be anything else, it's overwhelmingly difficult. You have to ration every single gold coin if you want to get perfect scores, and as -fortunately- there are more units than in the vast majority of similar games, if a strategy doesn't work at all, fret not, there are several zillion different combinations awaiting to be tried.

A special mention is deserved by the music, which has always been Square's signature. A the wide array of winks to Final Fantasy paraphernalia, chokobos includes, is the cherry on top.

Recommended for hardcore defense gamers. This is your biggest challenge.

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Developer's original description available here
Crystal Defenders is a defensive strategy game in which players deploy popular jobs from FINAL FANTASY Tactics A2, such as Black Mages and Soldiers, to fend off encroaching enemy hordes and prevent them from stealing their party's crystals. Players can enjoy 240 stages of action in one of two different game versions: W1 and W2. In W1, players can learn game basics. In W2, the introduction of Power Crystals opens up new doors, allowing for deeper, more detailed strategies.

◆Game Objectives & Features:

- Deploy units on the area map to protect crystal reserves from encroaching monster hordes.
- Monsters will enter an area and march through it until they are defeated or reach an exit, at which time they will steal one or more crystals.
- Simple touch panel-driven controls and up-tempo play make Crystal Defenders easily accessible whether at home or on the go.
- Innovative level design allows for high replayability.

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*Recommended handset OS : Android OS 2.1 and 2.2

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Comments and ratings for Crystal Defenders
  • (51)

    by Bob Means on 16/06/2014

    Great game but too small on Galaxy S4

  • (51)

    by Aaron Godfrey on 14/06/2014

    This is a good game. Great in fact, very fun and very hard. But the fact that it keeps a third of the screen black is something that annoys the crap out of me, and something I've never seen in a mobile game before. Would absolutely be five stars if they updated it to fix the weird resolution.

  • (51)

    by Jeremy White on 31/05/2014

    I have this on my ps3 as well and I love it. It definitely makes you think and there are multiple ways to solve each board. Addictive.

  • (51)

    by Jason Cho on 31/05/2014

    Playing this at 1/4th the size of my phone isn't funny. WTH? No updates?

  • (51)

    by Ben Stier on 25/05/2014

    Square. Why would you make a game that doesn't fill the screen? I am using the Samsung NotePro tablet. Crysal Defenders is so small on my screen I can't even tell what's going on and the controls are clunky as a result of the tiny screen. Please make this full screen so I can enjoy this game. I've already paid for it, so I would like to play it as well.

  • (51)

    by Vlad Matejka on 21/05/2014

    Though I warn you it is difficult. Not your average tower defence.

  • (51)

    by Jared Martin on 20/05/2014

    Does not seem to go full screen on my device. Centers itself but takes up maybe 50% of the screen at best. Checked in the options for a fix but no luck. HTC One M8

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