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Title: Crystal Mines II
Author:Ken Beckett, licensed to Atari Corporation and Color Dreams
Rom Player: Handy
Reviewer: Brandex

Synopsis: # of Players: 1

Synopsis: Okay, there are these crystal mines under the earth filled with wealth, but they're infested by nasty demons which made mining impossible until a scientist developed a powerful robot capable of destroying the demons. You play the robot, and your job is to grab all the crystals and kill any demons who stand in your way.

Gameplay: You move the robot with your directional pad through a 2-D landscape reminiscent of games like Lode Runner and Dig Dug. You can also shoot laser beams by pressing the A button and lay TNT that you have picked up with B. The lasers destroy dirt and weaker demons, but you'll need the TNT to blast boulders and stronger demons. Like Dig Dug, boulders can fall on the robot and destroy it, so be careful when walking underneath them. The crystals you collect vary in points value. Yellow crystals give you the least amount of points, while white crystals give you the most. Once you reach your crystal quota, you can leave the mine level by walking over an exit circle. Oh and by the way, there's a timer, so you have to act fast to collect enough crystals.

Graphics: 4/10 - The graphics are pretty bad. If you're used to games that look slightly better than Dig Dug, then you won't mind this game. It's a puzzle kind of game so graphics aren't really the most important thing.

Music/Sound: 3/10 - Boring! It's better to turn the sound off. There's nothing interesting about music or sound in this game.

Originality: 2/10 - There are tons of games like this. Why not play Lode Runner instead? That is, if you like that sort of game. I certainly don't.

Overall: 3/10 - The only reason why I have this game is that it was in this big package of Lynx games that I won on Ebay. There's a reason why you can find it for so cheap - because it totally sucks. There are over 150 levels in this game, but it's so tedious that I couldn't stand playing it after level 20. This game is a real snoozefest, so avoid it at all costs.

Best Cheats: Here are all the codes for every level. Enter these at the start of the game:

Bonus Level 0 - ZERO - Secret Vault
Level 1 - TSLA - Down In The Dirt
Level 2 - UEPT - Logan's Run
Level 3 - MTFQ - Blocks And Bombs
Level 4 - IRTR - Wren's Nest
Level 5 - ZCXP - Out With A Bang
Level 6 - DPRX - Tanya's Tangram
Level 7 - OIGT - Monster Go Boom
Level 8 - YHYR - Dan's Deadly Maze
Level 9 - VYHK - Rocky Horror
Bonus Level 1 - KQVW - Deja View
Level 10 - ITCU - It Grows On You
Level 11 - QCFK - Easy Trap Of Doom
Level 12 - BXNG - Rock And Roll
Level 13 - MOXA - Bombs A'Plenty
Level 14 - IDWJ - Catacombs
Level 15 - RFVC - Red Herring
Level 16 - GHSI - Behind The Lines
Level 17 - SKHU - Impervections
Level 18 - TRFN - Blasting Zone
Bonus Level 2 - QATR - No Time To Think
Level 19 - LQRE - A Wrinkle In Time
Level 20 - AURV - Bolder Dash
Level 21 - TYGU - Mud Wrestling
Level 22 - FUIX - Buried Alive
Level 23 - QFXV - Crystal "Mines"
Level 24 - XVXU - Can't Touch This
Level 25 - KYPO - Felony Arson
Level 26 - HBTR - Sandbox Bullies
Level 27 - SFEB - Stake Your Claim
Bonus Level 3 - DBFQ - Bonzana!
Level 28 - HXRE - Dry Vein
Level 29 - TRVJ - Quiver
Level 30 - FQCS - Boulder Mania
Level 31 - ZOIH - Pipe Hype
Level 32 - LHJV - Stuck In The Mud
Level 33 - GVYU - Rat Race
Level 34 - EMTV - Split Infinity
Bonus Level 4 - LEJM - Nimbus
Level 35 - OHXY - Switch Swatch
Level 36 - GSTB - Minefield
Level 37 - UXRC - Chimney Sweep
Level 38 - PWYH - What A Blast!
Level 39 - XQCE - Hardrock Headache
Bonus Level 5 - ODJY - Monty Haul
Level 40 - PNGU - Nuke Zone
Level 41 - DZDI - Down Is Up
Level 42 - PIPH - Lucky Number
Level 43 - PKAV - Of Gravity...
Bonus Level 6 - BVOS - Pinball Wiz
Level 44 - TBUM - Shape Up
Level 45 - CXRI - Gravity Wise
Level 46 - QIPZ - Slime Pit
Level 47 - HBJP - Candlestick
Level 48 - NXKU - Bouncing Boulders
Bonus Level 7 - SKLR - Ping Pong
Level 49 - IGPY - Cloudbuster
Level 50 - INUK - Whirlwind
Level 51 - LPHD - Block Mania
Level 52 - NEBX - I Get Around
Bonus Level 8 - JPGR - Twist And Shout
Level 53 - JVNL - Hot Pursuit
Level 54 - CAQS - Runny Stocking
Level 55 - KEHL - Cakewalk
Bonus Level 9 - BIOH - Time's Up
Level 56 - EMSE - The Sewers
Level 57 - ZLAE - Crystal Factory
Level 58 - MSXV - Drop A Rock
Level 59 - JXTD - Magic Mirror
Bonus Level 10 - BNRY - Time Bomb
Level 60 - SOVS - Cache
Level 61 - GHGV - Rock Concert
Bonus Level 11 - UJIL - Time To Spare
Level 62 - QVOZ - Crystal Tomb
Level 63 - ZCEL - Make My Maze
Level 64 - COYH - Pardon Me
Level 65 - HJHT - Take Control
Level 66 - DONQ - Castle Mania
Bonus Level 12 - NMXS - Lava Slide
Level 67 - VBHF - Rad Drops
Level 68 - JSMJ - Crystal Cannon
Level 69 - HTRA - Tick Tock
Level 70 - WBHD - Crossroads
Bonus Level 13 - LKBI - Slam City
Level 71 - MVJX - Rain Dance
Level 72 - ANZI - Jungle Gem
Level 73 - EDLA - Zero Gravity
Bonus Level 14 - RNSK - No Way Jose'
Level 74 - PCMN - Boulder Exchange
Level 75 - YJKJ - Monster Mania
Level 76 - RAIQ - Which Way?
Level 77 - ZRWH - Mud Boggin'
Level 78 - ECMO - Safe Cracker
Bonus Level 15 - STRA - Hide-N-Seek
Level 79 - AOTP - The Howling
Level 80 - SVWK - Trial-N-Error
Level 81 - VRBD - Squeeze Play
Level 82 - SVYA - Jailhouse Rock
Level 83 - KRFH - Dodge Ball
Level 84 - CNQR - Sidewinder
Bonus Level 16 - YTST - Snake's Belly
Level 85 - YNXR - Ghost Of A Chance
Level 86 - CWQU - Plumber's Helper
Level 87 - YXFJ - Change Machine
Level 88 - SRDW - Triple Threat
Level 89 - PDSQ - Out Of Order
Bonus Level 17 - HBJO - Floodgate
Level 90 - QKOA - Robo Rooter
Level 91 - CKLQ - Riddle Me This
Level 92 - KHBA - Cheque It Out
Level 93 - MZKM - Joel's Conniption
Level 94 - DYDO - Saturn V
Level 95 - IDIC - To Boldly Go...
Level 96 - WVOM - Who Knows (?)
Bonus Level 18 - CHRN - Killing Time
Level 97 - NJCU - Pipe Dream
Level 98 - WUQR - Volcano Vacation
Level 99 - BSZB - Pipeline Puzzle
Level 100 - RERF - Asylum
Bonus Level 19 - WIFC - Way Out
Level 101 - WNON - Slime Jar
Level 102 - IVLC - Around The World
Level 103 - PJOL - Crystal Trap
Level 104 - RGEI - Central Square
Level 105 - WCEF - Down The Drain
Level 106 - DSGY - Creature Comforts
Bonus Level 20 - ESBD - Hermit Crab
Level 107 - PHUF - Swamp Things
Level 108 - NCDS - Gravity Ball
Level 109 - KOMZ - Herringbone
Level 110 - LFXQ - Water Closet
Level 111 - WAET - Xenophobe Zoo
Bonus Level 21 - TMCB - Menagerie
Level 112 - YJNV - Conveyor Belt
Level 113 - TAUJ - Mutation
Level 114 - IMOZ - Towering Inferno
Bonus Level 22 - GCSQ - Yuchsville
Level 115 - NBFD - Take Your Pick
Level 116 - ZAPR - Shopping Spree
Level 117 - BXFT - Elevator Muzak
Level 118 - GEFA - Kaleidoscope
Level 119 - QIKD - Gemnastics
Bonus Level 23 - PNZS - Mine Shaft
Level 120 - GMWJ - Death Zone
Level 121 - MKIH - Don't Be Greedy
Level 122 - ULEL - Multi-Abuser
Level 123 - KBDW - Bombs Away
Level 124 - QEFP - Sound And Fury
Level 125 - SFJX - Make'Em Yourself
Bonus Level 24 - KDVI - Surrounded
Level 126 - LQXW - The Four Seasons
Level 127 - INMQ - Lobotomy
Level 128 - NMAD - Hell And Back
Level 129 - RHEM - Pipe Organ
Level 130 - YHVR - Newtons Nightmare
Bonus Level 25 - DHZY - Pool Queue
Level 131 - FSHF - Jailbreak
Level 132 - EIKJ - Quantum Quarry
Level 133 - CQCR - Running On MT
Level 134 - AIYA - Haunted House
Bonus Level 26 - IVRQ - Pit Of Lost Souls
Level 135 - SXOE - Arrow Phlegm
Level 136 - EKDR - Bohemian Rhapsody
Level 137 - DRVY - Lift Lackeys
Level 138 - RGUM - Spacin' Vaders
Bonus Level 27 - OSNY - Shoot The Moon
Level 139 - FEDC - Avalanche!
Level 140 - PRKL - Evil Twins
Level 141 - ONKO - Leftright
Level 142 - QXPL - Meltdown
Level 143 - JRXP - Girls Best Friend
Bonus Level 28 - LOTL - Tarmaze
Level 144 - PADJ - Phaze Shift
Level 145 - KGLI - Spiral of Doom
Level 146 - FDXR - Mousetrap
Bonus Level 29 - MWOH - Safety Dance
Level 147 - BLKS - Zen
Level 148 - TJGB - Freeze Frame
Level 149 - QKBT - Checkmate
Bonus Level 30 - JCXZ - Downtime
Level 150 - AUEC - Terminus

Game Play: 5
Graphics: 4
Music/Sound: 3
Originality: 2
Overall Rating: 3

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