Zamby and the Mystical Crystals
Written by Daniel Westerstal   
Saturday, 01 September 2007

Uziana.com takes a peak at Zamby and the Mystical Crystals from Kristanix Games, is fantasy puzzle games the latest re-born fad? Read our review to find out.

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Let’s face it there aren’t that many games where the developers dub them fantasy puzzle games. That’s why we were excited when we first installed Zamby and the Mystical Crystals, maybe we would see something different on the indie gaming scene?

The game is centered on the main character Zamby, which is a Qwonk. Qwonks live underground on the island of Uska (I guess that’s why we never see them). Living underground has its downsides, in order to light up their caverns Qwonks need crystals. Unfortunately their crystals are running out and they need new ones, the only place to find them is above ground.

Uska is infested with different kinds of monsters and other dangerous creatures, fortunately for the Qwonks they have a volunteer to go and get the crystals, Zamby.  Kristanix Games did develop quite an interesting and fun story; I only wish that it would have been presented better. Most of the story is available in the help section, and not integrated in the game.  

Zamby and the Mystical Crystals reminds of the old D-Generation game (released in 1991 by Mindscape).  Each level has a couple of monsters on them or evil wizards with fireballs guarding the precious crystals. Zamby needs to move boxes around in order to block the fireballs (among other things) the wizards will fire. The boxes can also be used to get across rivers. There are also bombs, which can be used to give those monsters a lesson or blast your way through stuff.

However the game-play in Zamby is family friendly. I always thought that fantasy should include some gore, or at least some action. Basically Zamby is a good bet for concerned parents but gamers who like fantasy-style game might find it lame. Moving Zamby around and getting a grip of the controls is very easy. There are a few training levels  in the early beginning of the game that will give the player a good starting point. It is possible to use both the mouse and the keyboard.

Graphically Zamby and the Mystical Crystals will give you no surprises. To be frank the backgrounds in the menus look great, but the actually game graphics look a bit like those Games Factory games. Personally I would have loved more shadowing and effects, as in Zuma or Tumblebugs.  The soundtrack in is catchy and surely adds a lot to the game. As always in these kinds of games there are a few tracks so you might get a little bit tired of them after a while.

The puzzles in Zamby are nice, they are too easy in the early beginning of the game but got more challenging during the game. There is also a neat feature so that you can see the solutions if you get stuck.

Zamby and the Mystical Crystals surprised me, it is fun to play but might be a little too family friendly for my taste.  I like the fantasy puzzle game theme and also the story and it is definitely one of the better puzzle games I have played this year.

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Related: Eets, Mr Robot, Mars Miner
Developer:  Kristanix Games
Website for Game: http://www.kristanix.com/zamby/
Publisher: N/A
O/S: Windows 2000/XP/Vista, OS/X 10.4/10.5
Cost of Full Game: $19.95
Where to get:
Download Demo Here!
Year of Release: 2007

Requirements:
800 MHz processor (1GHz for MAC), 128 MB RAM, Direct X 6
Tested on:
Intel Core2Duo 1,86 GHz, 2 GB RAM, Windows Vista

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