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Don't judge Crystal Wars Android game by its first impressions

by Caitlin M. Foyt

For being a very basic game, both in design and gameplay, Crystal Wars is a very fun and addicting game for your Android phone.

I'll admit that the first time I launched Crystal Wars, I wasn't impressed. The game's design is basic, almost to a point that it feels archaic. Its Comic Sans font and a bunch of different-sized circles coating a background that looks like it came standard on a 1995 Windows desktop computer didn't inspire confidence. However, you really can't judge a book by its cover.

Crystal Wars' tutorial isn't exceptionally well-written, so it took me a minute before I understood how to play the game. Here's the rundown: The point is to conquer the enemy, who is everything that's red.

To launch an attack (they're little arrows) at your opponent, you click and drag a line from your green circle to your opponent's red circle. At the same time, though, the enemy will be shooting back at you, and so you have to do the best you can to protect your territory, which is everything that's green.

At its core, Crystal Wars is a counting game. Every circle on the screen has a number in it, and this number will reduce in value every time you hit it. To claim the circle as your own, and turn it green, you have to hit it enough times that it gets knocked below zero. This turns out to be a key strategy. You should try to occupy as many neutral-colored circles as you can so you can not only overwhelm your enemy from multiple sides, but also survive when the game becomes more difficult.

It looks like a lot in writing, but gameplay really is as simple as its design. More importantly, the game is incredibly addicting. The first time I picked it up, I sat and played for 20 minutes straight without meaning to.

The game has different ranks or levels of difficulty, and tons of different games for each level, which keeps things challenging and interesting.

One annoyance I encountered was that the game would occasionally glitch and not send out the attack I had ordered. The game tends to pick up speed, and you have to be fast if you want to win. The fact that my attack was delayed even a second really threw me off.

Crystal Wars isn't the most attractive game in the marketplace, but it still has a lot going for it. This is a very basic, yet very fun, game that's easy to get wrapped up in.

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