The logo said “Atari,” but Crystal Castles may as well have been designed by the Brothers Grimm. In this storybook-style adventure, a bouncy bear took on an evil witch and her group of exotic servants in a race to collect precious rubies.
Our furry hero was Bentley, a happy-go-lucky bear who had somehow been transported to the magical Crystal Castles of Berthilda the Witch. To get out, Bentley had to collect rows of gems from a 3-D maze, racing a group of hungry, centipede-like creatures who wanted the jewels for themselves. Bentley had no weapons, but if he caught the Gem Eaters while they were still digesting their precious rubies, he could wipe the baddies out.
The bear also had a mean vertical leap, which came in handy while avoiding the other assembled monsters—living trees, skeletons, ghosts, crystal balls, angry bees and Berthilda herself. Most levels also held a magic hat, which turned Bentley invincible for a short period, allowing him to take out the wicked witch. Gooey honey pots could also be snatched for extra points.