FROM THE AUTHOR ...
I was really excited
when Steve Harris invited me (in 1986) to write an article on my
favorite arcade game, Crystal Castles, for Top Score
magazine. But, that was a breeze compared to this booklet. I've
spent countless hours putting it together, not to mention the
hundreds of hours I've practiced the game, which was, of course,
essential for all of this information. However, I'm glad to have
finally summed up almost everything of importance and interest on
the game. Note that most of this was written in 1986, and that
the tense in some places, along with a few references, is not
entirely accurate, as far as how it applies today, which is over
ten years later. Still, rather than do a complete rewrite, I've
chosen to let the reader be aware of the time lag that is in
effect. I have decided to update the areas where it is
necessary, such as the high scores, top players, etc... The only
other thing to keep in mind is that after my world record 898,815
score, I played much less, and especially so after I was beaten
(in not only one, but two different ways !) by my good friend
Frank Seay, who I taught how to play the game. He still holds the
world record score today, and accomplished it using an incredible
slant on how to play the game. For details of this, go back to
Castles page, or click here.
Now, back to the booklet; I've arranged it in a specific order, which is, put the items of more general interest and lighter reading towards the front, and then get more technical and serious in the latter part of the booklet. Please try out everything that interests you, and have fun doing it! I have tried to find all mistakes, but I'm sure a few have slipped in. If you find any, let me know.