The Crystal Universe is ending. Destructive energy is spawning Chaos beings that seek to destroy the once so peaceful place. In the very last moment before the final collapse the greatest crystals use their residual energy to create an avatar. This new crystal must collect the remaining invaluable energy crystals. With these energy crystals the last crystal structures will be able to escape safely to another dimension.

In Crystalline the player controls the character in an abstract universe. While collecting energy crystals the player must avoid the dangerous Chaos beings. Stopping them from dissolving the remaining crystal structures is the last hope of saving the crystalline beings.

Crystalline is a DADIU (The Danish National Academy of Digital, Interactive Entertainment) student project produced in one month and will be published for free at the start of April 2008.

Game controls
Use either keyboard (up, left and right directional keys) or mouse control.


Known game bugs
- Green super crystals are not spawned dynamicly
- Avatar animations are not timed
- Game entities can spawn outside game play area
- Some animations are not looped perfectly
- Some entitiy spawns does not have animation
- Hit boxes are not optimized
- There are no real end game conditions
- When you loose your last life the game simply returns to the game menu

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7 comments by Scurvy_Lobster on Apr 2nd, 2008

Crystalline is released to the world! We are pleased to give everyone an opportinity to play our small HL2 mod and try what we have been using the last month creating.

Please take note that Crystalline is to be considered a prototype and that a lot of planned features didn't make it into the released game. With only one month and no experienced programmers we had to prioritize a lot. Still we think it has been wonderful to create the game and we hope you will enjoy trying it out.



 

Game hints:
Due to time constraints the game is largely unballanced and there is no in-game hints to what you must do. But do try the following: collect small crystals to boost your energy. Use this energy to kill Chaos beings and gain points. Collect the large super crystals and bring them to the even larger crystal structures. With three super crystals in the correct color they will disappear and you will gain loads of points. All the large crystal structures are located quite close to the green cloud where you spawn. The game ends when you have lost your last life.

We didn't have time to do all the feedback system (especially a lot of fancy particle systems) and there is no hi-score list. But still do enjoy the casual experience that Crystalline still is.

/The Mad Month team

Known game bugs
- Green super crystals are not spawned dynamicly
- Avatar animations are not timed
- Game entities can spawn outside game play area
- Some animations are not looped perfectly
- Some entitiy spawns does not have animation
- Hit boxes are not optimized
- There are no real end game conditions
- When you loose your last life the game simply returns to the game menu

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Crystalline installer

Crystalline installer

Apr 2, 2008 Full Version 5 comments

Full installer for HL2 mod Crystalline. You will need Steam to use this. Controls are up, left and right directional keys.

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natostanco
natostanco Mar 20 2009, 8:46am says:

are you joking? this mod was released an half year before spore...

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Colossal
Colossal May 20 2010, 8:57pm replied:

That doesn't mean it can't remind me of it.

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Colossal
Colossal Feb 2 2009, 11:36pm says:

Reminds me a lot of Spore in the cell stage.

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JrComissarValvatorez
JrComissarValvatorez Apr 12 2008, 5:51pm says:

This could use a map or in game radar. I kept forgetting where those large crystals were.

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Bocca
Bocca Apr 4 2008, 2:47pm says:

I dont get the idea! Its like chewing bubble gum 4/7. The 2 plussses comes from scripting.

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J3ph_42
J3ph_42 Apr 2 2008, 6:23pm says:

I'll definetely try this. Will there be any further development (read: patch for bug fixes) after the release?

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Scurvy_Lobster
Scurvy_Lobster Apr 3 2008, 3:22am replied:

We are actually considering making a small update to fix balancing bugs and other small buggers :-)

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cannongod
cannongod Mar 29 2008, 3:54pm says:

Just thought I'd be helpful and post a link to the flash version of Fl0w: Intihuatani.usc.edu

It's probably a nice resource to consider (for example, the excellent procedural music) when designing Crystalline :)

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Scurvy_Lobster
Scurvy_Lobster Mar 29 2008, 6:02pm replied:

fl0w was one of many inspirations for Crystalline but we really don't use anything from it in our final design.

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cannongod
cannongod Mar 30 2008, 2:15am replied:

That's understandable. I forget you're scheduled an April 4th release date, so your all probably pretty much done :p

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