Video Game: Crystals Pony Tale

Released for the Sega Genesis in 1994, Crystal's Pony Tale is a platform game designed for young children starring Crystal, essentially a My Little Pony with her Serial Numbers Filed Off. She must stop an evil witch who has imprisoned her seven rainbow-colored friends, each of which require a color-coded crystal hidden somewhere to free.

The easy difficulty and saccharine tone of this game would certainly put off older gamers, but it has its own special charm.

A Sega Master System version of this game was planned, but was cancelled due to poor sales.

This game contains examples of:

  • And I Must Scream: What the witch does to most of Crystal's friends. The placements are random so one of them could be encased in a cave wall and another could be rendered to a simple outline on a carousel.
  • Bat out of Hell: The bats in the river level swooping in and out of the windows of the old bridge.
  • Bee Afraid: The bees that drop honey on you, which are accompanied by "Flight of the Bumblebee".
  • Card-Carrying Villain: The witch.
  • Cash Gate: To move forward in a stage, Crystal must give up either 5, 10 or 15 horseshoes at checkpoints, depending on the difficulty.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Crystal's friends and the gems.
  • Complete Immortality: Getting hurt simply causes Crystal to lose a few horseshoes necessary for exiting stages.
  • Creepy Circus Music: The carousel towards the end of the barn/grass level has this.
  • For the Evulz: The witch doesn't seem to have any motivation for capturing Crystal's friends other than this.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: Crystal must save all seven of her friends to complete the game.
  • Magical Mystery Doors: A simple version of this appears early on in the game.
  • Mineral MacGuffin: The seven rainbow-colored crystals.
  • My Little Phony: Cutesy, candy-colored equines in a magical fantasy world? What else could it be?
  • Plot Coupon: Again, the seven crystals which are needed to save Crystal's friends.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: Nearly every song in this game is a classical piece, most notably Johannes Brahms' "4th Symphony, 2nd Movement" and Gabriel Faure's "Dolly Suite, Op. 56".
  • Rainbow Motif: Crystal's friends, which include the color indigo.
  • Sugar Bowl
  • Taken for Granite: One of Crystal's friends could be trapped behind a cave wall.
  • Vile Villain Saccharine Game: The witch. She shows up during random points in the game to impede Crystal's progress.

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