Ants are, and always will be, a big pain in the butt. For the most part we only encounter small non-lethal black ants who are left alone until they step inside our houses or on our food. Ants usually send out scouts to locate food or water, but what if they were really looking for crystals? There’s no real way to know if ants are really just marching out to find crystals and bring them back to fund an alternative motive?
In Crstal Panic the ants are doing just that, out searching for crystals. You soon find this out after you star the game Crystal Picnic and get introduced to Egbert and Frogbert. These are two friends who are out hanging around speaking about being in the Royal Guard and hear a loud commotion. What follows is an adventure where you meet the queen ant and find out that she is all about stealing as many crystals as possible.
Al the characters in this game are animals, and all you fight are animals without a single human in sight. I didn’t play too much into the game, but the top down RPG look and feel reminds me of old 8 but role playing games and I sense a huge Legend of Zelda influence.
There are certain environmental structures that look very familiar to other Legend of Zelda games, but it was how the combat took place that really stuck. In The Legend of Zelda II: The Adventures of Link, you fight enemies while going through a side scrolling level and in Crystal Picnic it;s the same exact thing. There are no random encounters, so if you don’t want to fight someone just walk around their set pathway.
There are also towns where you can buy items, such as healing potions and antidotes, that may take some time to learn how to equip. Because this isn’t turn based you have to do all healing in real time. You have to pull up a circular menu, choose the item and then choose who the item is for.
As far as story goes, there are times where the dialogue gets a little too wordy, and the combat can frustrate when you’re trying to hit a bird, but at the price it’s a decent RPG. The game is out for Steam and on Android devices and I could see myself putting more time into it, but in short bursts.