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Video Game / Moon Crystal

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Moon Crystal is a 1992 platform game for the Famicom by Hect, who are more known for their puzzle games. The game was released in Japan only, though it was advertised as a coming release in the U.S. In this game, you play as Ricky Slater to retrieve the moon crystal and rescue your father and other people from the local nobleman Count Crimson. The game is known for both its amazing animations (which make the game seem akin to Prince of Persia) and its detailed storyline.

Video game-related tropes of Moon Crystal:

  • 1-Up: One of the items you can collect.
  • Anime Hair: Ricky's hair is spiky and green.
  • Dem Bones: As the fifth stage's skeleton enemies make clear, Crimson's already putting the Lunasystem to work.
  • Directionally Solid Platforms: One should not worry about hitting their head against a branch they are trying to jump on.
  • Double Jump: It's possible to double jump after getting a boots powerup.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: Crimson is perfectly aware that the Moon Crystal doesn't just revitalize the dead, but also amplifies the qualities of the living. His plan is to use the Lunasystem to constantly irradiate human beings to turn them into superior life forms. His first attempt with Merle fails on account of Rosina disengaging the Lunasystem. His second attempt involves himself.
  • Fake Difficulty: The smooth animations of player character make controls a bit awkward, as unlike other platformer games where your character will instanlty change his direction or duck upon the press of a button, here he will do it with a noticeable delay, which makes the whole game a bit harder than it should be, especially boss fights.
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  • Flash of Pain: Hitting bosses briefly whitens up the entire screen.
  • Fireballs: One of the enemies which you can surprisingly destroy with a sword.
  • Floating Platforms: Many platforms levitate mid-air.
  • One-Winged Angel: When Crimson draws upon the power of the full-moon-affected Moon Crystal to empower himself, he transforms into a demonic horror that spews fire and poison.
  • Post-Defeat Explosion Chain: Regardless of whether the boss is made of flesh or metal, it gives off a chain of explosions upon running out of hearts.
  • Refrain from Assuming: Has nothing to do with a certain Bishoujo Senshi.
  • Reverse Grip: Brown hopping enemies hold their dagger that way.
  • Schizo Tech: At first blush, the setting and characters appear vaguely Victorian. However, you've got Amazon warriors with bows and arrows, pirates with scimitars, sailing ships, mooks with machine guns, high-tech turret guns, an electrically-powered laboratory, and robot drones. It's not really clear when this game is supposed to take place.
  • Spikes of Doom: They're also present in the town's architecture.
  • Super Drowning Skills: It becomes apparent in Stage 4, that Ricky Slater cannot swim in water.
  • Sword Lines: After getting sword upgrade, your weapon leaves them.