Video Game / Crystal Castles

Atari released this isometric video game in 1983. The player uses a trackball and a jump button to control Bentley Bear as he collects gems along the paths of the castles. Wearing the magic hat allows Bentley to kill the Wicked Witch, Berthilda. Her gem eaters are vulnerable only while they are eating. Bentley can jump over the trees to stun them for a short time. Other enemies cannot be killed, so Bentley must avoid them. Secret warps take Bentley to higher levels.

A level ends when all the gems are collected. If Bentley gets the last gem, the player gets bonus points. Unlike most video games of the time, Crystal Castles actually has an ending.

Bentley made an appearance as a playable character in Atari Karts for the Atari Jaguar. Afterwards Bentley seemed to disappear from existence barring Crystal Castles' appearance in a few compilations. Years later, a homebrew Fan Sequel in the form of a Platform Game for the Atari 7800 titled Bentley Bear's Crystal Quest from developer PacManPlus was announced. That game is planned to work with the Atari 7800 XM to give the system an increased amount of memory and, most notably, more advanced sound hardware through the Pokey audio chip—pushing the system beyond its limits. Needless to say, the 7800 XM has spent quite an amount of time in Development Hell, and it is unknown when it, along with Crystal Quest, will be released to the public, if ever.

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