Secret of the Magic Crystals is a simulation game, that puts you in control of a horsefarm in a magical fantasy setting. It was developed and released by company named Artery Studios.
When i decided to play and review the game, i didn’t bother looking it up, before i put it in that poll. Oh how i regret that decision right now.
I decided to do a 2-Part Review, because the Weekend is going to end, and i am pretty sure i want finish the game today. So let’s go into it.
When i first opened the game it showed me one of the more common outside of game configuration screens. I set my resolution accordingly and since the quality settings showed me “Fantastic” as a maximum setting, i decided to give that a go.
I waited eagerly through the pretty cartoon pre-game intro to finally appreciate the engine marvel that didn’t happen.
So first things first: You start out with a farm in bad shape and a single Unicorn. In order to train that unicorn, you have “unique” training course from weight pulling to dressage. Depending on which course you choose you get the same “Press-Arrow-Button-Game” just with a different setting. That wouldn’t be to annoying if you wouldn’t have to the same sequence over and over again. At this point, i was thinking, okay… relaxing easy game but then.. the music started burning my ears of. Cheap run of the mill guitar songs, that sound the same, and repeat themselves over and over again, even though they are different songs. So, no relaxation here.
To send your horses on quests, you click a Mailbox, choose the chore and then watch your horse leave. At least races are commented by a window displaying texts that comment what’s going on and the current standing of your vastly superior horses. Since you seem to own superhero horses, Demon horses, an array of mythological horselike animals, your competition doesn’t stand a chance.
A closer look at the graphics reveals the Unity 3D Engine at it worst. Washed down textures, sloppy particle effects, and failing mipmaps. It leaves an overall SubPar impression on me.
Stay Tuned for “Dafuq did I just play: Secret of the Magic Crystals Part 2!”