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Crystal Defenders
Crystal Defenders
クリスタル•デイフエンダ—ズ
Kurisutaru • Dēfendāzu
Developers Tose
Publishers Square Enix
Release dates
iOS
Flag of Japan/Flag of the United States/European flag/Flag of Australia December 23, 2008

Android

Flag of Japan/Flag of the United States/European flag/Flag of Australia January 25, 2011

Xbox 360 Live

Flag of Japan/Flag of the United States/European flag March 11, 2009

Wiiware

Flag of the United States April 20, 2009

PlayStation Network

PlayStation 3 version
European flag July 23, 2009
PlayStation Portable version
European flag October 29, 2009
Genre Defensive Simulation
Game modes Single player
Ratings PEGI:PEGI 77+
ACB:OFLC small GG
Platforms iOS, Android, Xbox Games Store, PlayStation Network, WiiWare

Crystal Defenders, originally released in Japan as Crystal Guardians, is a defensive strategy game in which players deploy Jobs from Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift, such as Black Mages and Soldiers, to fend off encroaching enemy hordes and prevent them from stealing their party's crystals. A remake of the game that goes by the name of Crystal Defenders +Plus has been released for the iOS featuring similar game content, smoother gameplay and additional DLC maps in future updates.

There are 12 stages total in three different game versions, W1, W2, and W3. In W1, players can learn the game basics. In W2, the introduction of Power Crystals opens up new doors, allowing for deeper, more detailed strategies. Finally the complex maps in W3 are intended to challenge even the most seasoned players. The Wii versions of the game are numbered differently, only R1 and R2.

GameplayEdit

Crystal Defenders Ipod Touch Title Screen

The Title Screen for the iPod Touch version.

The point of the game is to defend a path which waves of enemies will walk through. There are a total of thirty waves, each one consisting of a specific type (or types) of enemy and the enemies get stronger with each progressive wave. If an enemy gets from one end of the path to the other, the player will lose one crystal. If the player should lose all twenty of their crystals then it is game over.

Crystalguardians screen xbla

Several units defend the path.

The player's first objective is to deploy units. When they have laid out their troops in a fashion they like they can then start the wave of enemies. For each enemy defeated the player is awarded money which can be used to buy new troops, power crystals or to level up their current troops, making them stronger. During a wave more troops can be placed or an Esper can be summoned for the prices of five crystals.

When all thirty waves are defeated, or even if the player loses, their performance will be scored based on how many waves they survived, how much money they had left, and how well they actually played.

Job ClassesEdit

Main article: List of Crystal Defenders Jobs

Power CrystalsEdit

In addition to the crystals a party must defend, players can also use gil to purchase and deploy special Power Crystals that enhance surrounding units' abilities. Units can receive the benefits of up to four Power Crystals of each type at once.

  • Red Crystal: Increases attack power of nearby units.
  • Blue Crystal: Increases attack range of nearby units. Regardless of the number of blue crystals in the vicinity, a unit's attack range can never exceed 230.
  • Yellow Crystal: Increases attack speed of nearby units.

EspersEdit

Once per wave, players have the option of using crystals to summon a powerful Esper. Espers can aid a party by dealing damage to monsters or granting units with beneficial effects. Espers cannot be summoned if a party does not possess at least six crystals, or three in the case of W3.

W1 EspersEdit

  • Phoenix: Summon the spirit beast Phoenix for the cost of five crystals to double the party's attack power and range for the duration of one wave.
  • Ramuh: Summon the gigas Ramuh for the cost of five crystals to deal damage to all monsters and lower their speed for the duration of one wave.
Crystalguardians screen wiiware

Ifrit summoned into battle in the WiiWare version.

W2 EspersEdit

  • Ifrit: Summon the gigas Ifrit for the cost of five crystals to deal damage to all monsters in an area.
  • Carbuncle: Summon the sprite Carbuncle for the cost of five crystals to nullify resistances of all monsters in an area.

W3 EspersEdit

  • Chocobo: Summon a herd of Chocobos for the cost of two crystals to deal damage to all monsters in the area. The damage caused is low.
  • Unicorn: Summon the spirit beast Unicorn for the cost of five crystals to double your party's attack power and speed for the duration of one wave.

VersionsEdit

Mobile phones versionEdit

The first version, released in Japan as Crystal Guardians, was originally released for mobile phones. This game was released in a episodic format: W1, W2, and W3.

Xbox Games Store versionEdit

The Xbox Games Store version costs 800 MS Points ($10) and contains W1, W2, and W3 in their entirety, and is played with the usual Xbox 360 controller. Like all XBLA games, it also has twelve achievements that add up to 200 gamerscore points.

PSN versionEdit

The PlayStation Network version costs £7.99 in the UK and 9.99€ in the rest of Europe and $9.99 in the U.S.. It contains stages W1, W2, and W3. A free demo is also available, presenting a 20-Wave Stage from W1 and the Soldier, Black Mage and Archer Jobs.

iPod versionEdit

The iPod version costs $4.99 (in Canada) and can be played on an iPod Nano or Classic. This version has the W1 and W2 stages and is played using the click wheel. It should be noted that this version seems to be much harder than the WiiWare version.

iOS versionEdit

This version has the W1, W2, and W3 stages and makes a large amount of use from the touch controls making it simple, this version however is quite difficult like the standard iPod version each W chapter contains 4 maps, making a total of 12 and each map contains 30 waves. There are two versions of the game: the full version and the Lite version, which only has one map and 20 waves from W1.

The upgrade to the game called Crystal Defenders +Plus contains W1, W2 and W3 stages, albeit with more enhanced graphics and smoother gameplay. This version can be downloaded for free and contains the free stage Bisga Greenlands from W1. Subsequent stages from W1, W2 and W3 will cost $2.99 each and a total of $7.99 for all three game packs. DLC maps are currently being planned for this upgrade.

WiiWare versionEdit

The WiiWare version costs 800 Wii Points ($8) and comes in two installments, called R1 and R2. Both installments are available, the first of which contains the first 12 stages of the game (plus one bonus stage for getting a "perfect" on the first twelve) and is played using the Wii Remote held sideways. It should be noted that this version seems to be much easier than the iPod version of the game.

Android VersionEdit

The Android version costs $7.00 in the USA and features only W1 and W2. It is currently available on the Google Play store and the Amazon App store

Achievements and TrophiesEdit

Main article: List of Crystal Defenders Achievements and Trophies

In the PlayStation Network and Xbox Games Store versions, Crystal Defenders has twelve trophies/achievements. The total achievement points value is of 200, and the Trophy list consists of 8 Bronze Trophies, 4 Silver Trophies, and a Gold Trophy. Most of these achievements and trophies revolve around clearing waves and levels.

DevelopmentEdit

Firstly released in Japan as Crystal Guardians on January 28, 2008, it was ported to the NTT DoCoMo series of mobile phones through a point download system called iMode, costing 300 points or 350 Yen. Part of the Final Fantasy Mobile series, it was later improved and ported to other major console networks and renamed Crystal Defenders for later releases.

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