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Dark Crystal, The (Dark_Crystal.txt)

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                               FAQ/Walkthrough for
                                THE DARK CRYSTAL

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GUIDE INFORMATION
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Author:   Tom Hayes
E-mail:   thayesguides(at)gmail(dot)com
System:   Apple II
Updated:  29th March, 2011
Version:  1.1


CONTENTS
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1. Introduction
2. Walkthrough
3. Item List
4. Maps
5. Copyright Information


VERSION HISTORY
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1.1:  29th March, 2011  (Submitted to solutionarchive)
1.0:  6th March, 2008   (First version)


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1.                                Introduction

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Made in 1982 for the Apple II, The Dark Crystal was the seventh Hi-Res
adventure made by On-Line Systems (later known as Sierra Entertainment). This
is one of the best early games made by the company. The graphics are well
designed and the text is very descriptive when compared to some of the earlier
Hi-Res adventures. The game takes place in the land of Thra, where a gelfling
named Jen must fulfill a prophecy by returning a shard to the dark crystal. It
is a lot easier to understand what is going on if you have seen the film, but
if you haven't the seen the film the game is still definitely worth playing.


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2.                                Walkthrough

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The game starts in the mountain valley. LOOK and a mystic will tell Jen to talk
to Ursu. Move EAST to the mountainside. GET SHALE. Move WEST four times and
NORTH to the candle-lit cavern. TALK URSU to read about the dark crystal. Move
SOUTH, EAST twice and NORTH to the shadowy path. DIG using the shale to uncover
a flute. GET FLUTE. Move NORTH twice to the pond. CUT LILY pad using the shale.
Move EAST to the brook. LISTEN BROOK to hear directions to the swamp. Move EAST
three times and NORTH twice to the swamp. USE LILY pad to paddle across to the
other side of the swamp. Move NORTH and EAST to get caught by the vines.

LOOK four times and a hand holding an eyeball will appear. TALK HAND to hear
Aughra. Say the words MOON DAUGHTERS and she will let Jen down from the tree.
LOOK to be taken back to Aughra's observatory. When she asks what Jen wants,
answer a crystal SHARD. Aughra puts four shards on the table and tells Jen to
choose one. Choose the BLUE shard (the flute can be played to show that the
blue shard is the correct one). The garthrim are nearby, so GO WINDOW to land
in the eerie bog. Move SOUTH and WEST to the boggy section of the swamp. Call
out for HELP to be rescued from the swamp by Kira.

TURN SHELL to find a small pouch. GET POUCH. GO SHELL to sail to the pod
village. Move SOUTH to encounter the garthrim. THROW SEED from the pouch to
escape the garthrim. Move WEST three times to the hill of the landstriders.
JUMP ON one of the landstriders. Move WEST five times, SOUTH twice and WEST to
the ravine. The garthrim attack, so JUMP into the ravine to escape. GET KIRA
while Jen is falling to land at the bottom of the ravine.

Move EAST in the ravine. SEND FIZZGIG. When asked where, enter SEND BARS. LOOK
and Fizzgig will return with a key. UNLOCK GATE using the key. OPEN GATE. Move
SOUTH, WEST, SOUTH and WEST twice: The chamberlain grabs Kira and Fizzgig. Move
SOUTH to the bottom of the pit. Jen wakes the garthrim when he lands, so RUN
away. GO HOLE to arrive on the precarious ledge. Move UP, EAST, SOUTH and WEST
to the closet to hide from the skeksis. Move EAST twice to the dining room.

GO CURTAIN to hear the skeksis talk about a secret panel in the tower. Move
NORTH twice and WEST to the throne room. GET SCEPTER. Move EAST three times to
the deserted tower. USE HOOK on the scepter to open the secret panel that the
skeksis in the dining room mentioned. Move EAST, UP and EAST to the balcony.
JUMP onto the crystal and Jen will drop the shard. When asked if you want to
save Kira, enter NO and she will throw the shard back up to Jen. USE SHARD in
the crystal to heal it. KISS KIRA to save her and complete the game.


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3.                                 Item List

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BLUE CRYSTAL SHARD
  Found in the observatory by asking Aughra for a crystal shard and selecting
  the blue one. It is dropped after jumping onto the crystal in the crystal
  chamber and is found again after answering no to the skeksis. After Kira has
  thrown the shard back up to Jen, it is used in the dark crystal.


GREEN CRYSTAL SHARD
  Found in the observatory. It is the wrong shard and should not be chosen.


KEY
  Found by sending Fizzgig through the bars of the castle gate and waiting for
  him to return. It is used to unlock the castle gate.


LARGE LILY PAD
  Found by using the shale to cut the lily pad on the pond in the wilderness.
  It is used at the southern edge of the swampland.


ORANGE CRYSTAL SHARD
  Found in the observatory. It is the wrong shard and should not be chosen.


PIECE OF SHALE
  Found on the mountainside in the valley of the stones. It is used when
  digging on the shadowy path in the valley of the stones. It is used to cut
  the lily pad on the pond in the wilderness.


POUCH
  Found by turning over the shell after Jen has been rescued from the swamp by
  Kira. The pouch contains smoke seeds which can be thrown at the garthrim.


SCEPTER
  Found in the castle throne room. After hearing the skeksis in the dining room
  talk about the secret panel, the hook at the end of the scepter is used in
  the deserted tower to open the secret panel.


STRANGE-LOOKING FLUTE
  Found by digging with the shale on the shadowy path in the valley of the
  stones. It can be used in Aughra's observatory to show the correct shard.


VIOLET CRYSTAL SHARD
  Found in the observatory. It is the wrong shard and should not be chosen.


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4.                                   Maps

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MAP 1: MOUNTAINS AND WOODS
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    _______    _______    _______    _______
   |       |  | Brush |  |Gnarled|  |Twisted|
*3-| Chasm |--| -land |--| Trees |--| Trees |
   |___ ___|  |___ ___|  |___ ___|  |___ ___|
       |          |          |          |
    ___|___    ___|___    ___|___    ___|___    _______    _______
   |       |  | Brush |  | Land  |  |Spiral |  |  Pod  |  |       |
*3-| Chasm |--| -land |--|Strider|--| Rock  |--|Village|--|Forest |
   |___ ___|  |___ ___|  |___ ___|  |___ ___|  |___ ___|  |_______|
       |          |          |          |          |
    ___|___    ___|___    ___|___    ___|___    ___|___
   |       |  | Brush |  |       |  |       |  |       |
*3-| Chasm |--| -land |--|Forest |--| Ruins |--|Forest |
   |_______|  |_______|  |___ ___|  |_______|  |___ ___|
                             |          |          |
                          ___|___    ___|___    ___|___
                         |       |  |       |  |       |
                         |Forest |--|Forest |--| Sling |
                         |___ ___|  |___ ___|  |_______|
                             |          |          |                    *2
               _______    ___|___    ___|___    ___|___    _______    ___|___
              |       |  |       |  |       |  |       |  |       |  |       |
              | Woods |--| Pond  |--| Brook |--| Woods |*1| Path  |--| Path  |
              |_______|  |___ ___|  |___ ___|  |___ ___|  |_______|  |_______|
                             |          |          |
                          ___|___    ___|___    ___|___
                         |       |  |       |  |       |
                         | Woods |--| Woods |--| Woods |
                         |___ ___|  |___ ___|  |___ ___|
                             ^          ^          ^
    _______               ___|___    ___|___    ___|___
   |Ursu's |             |Shadowy|  |       |  |       |
   |Cavern |             | Path  |--|Mountns|--|Mountns|
   |___ ___|             |___ ___|  |___ ___|  |___ ___|
       |                     |          |          |
    ___|___    _______    ___|___    ___|___    ___|___
   |       |  |       |  | Stone |  |       |  |       |
   | Cave  |--| Cliff |--|Circle |--|Valley |--|Mountns|
   |_______|  |_______|  |___ ___|  |___ ___|  |___ ___|
                             |          |          |
                          ___|___    ___|___    ___|___
                         |       |  |       |  |       |
                         |Mountns|--|Mountns|--|Mountns|
                         |_______|  |_______|  |_______|


*1: The brook must be listened to before the path can be accessed.
*2: Leads to the Swampland on map 2.
*3: Can only be crossed on the landstriders. Leads to the chasm on map 3.


MAP 2: SWAMP
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                          _______    _______
                         |       |  |Observ |
                         |  Bog  |--|-atory |
                         |___ ___|  |_______|
                             |
    _______    _______    ___|___    _______
   | River |  |       |  | Swamp |  |       |
*3-| Bank  |--|  Bog  |--| -land |--| Vines |
   |_______|  |_______|  |___ ___|  |_______|
                             |
                          ___|___
                         | Swamp |
                         | -land |
                         |___ ___|
                             |
                            *2
                          ___|___
                         | Swamp |
                         | -land |
                         |___ ___|
                          ___|___
                         | Swamp |
                         | -land |
                         |___ ___|
                             |
                            *1


*1: Leads to the Path on map 1.
*2: The swamp is crossed by using the lily.
*3: Leads to the Pod Village on map 1.


MAP 3: DESERT
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                                  _______    _______
                                 |       |  |       |
                                 |Desert |--| Chasm |-*1
                                 |___ ___|  |___ ___|
                                     |          |
                       _______    ___|___    ___|___
                      | Bleak |  |       |  |       |
                      | Land  |--|Desert |--| Chasm |-*1
                      |___ ___|  |___ ___|  |___ ___|
                          |          |          |
 _______    _______    ___|___    ___|___    ___|___
|       |  | Near  |  |       |  |       |  |       |
|Desert |--|Castle |--|Desert |--|Desert |--| Chasm |-*1
|___ ___|  |___ ___|  |___ ___|  |_______|  |_______|
    |          |          |
 ___|___    ___|___*2  ___|___
| Near  |  |       |  | Near  |
|Castle |--|Ravine |--|Castle |
|___ ___|  |___ ___|  |___ ___|
    |          |          |
 ___|___    ___|___    ___|___
|       |  | Near  |  |       |
|Desert |--|Castle |--|Desert |
|_______|  |_______|  |_______|


*1: Chasm must be crossed on the landstriders. Leads to the chasm on map 1.
*2: Jump into the ravine. This leads to the ravine on map 4.


MAP 4: RAVINE AND SEWER
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            _______*1  _______
           |       |  |       |
           |Ravine |--|Ravine |
           |_______|  |___ ___|
                          |
                         *2
            _______    ___|___    _______    _______
           |       |  |       |  |       |  |       |
           | Sewer |--| Sewer |--| Sewer |--| Sewer |
           |___ ___|  |___ ___|  |___ ___|  |_______|
               |          |          |
 _______    ___|___    ___|___    ___|___
|       |  |       |  |       |  |       |
| Sewer |--| Sewer |--| Sewer |--| Sewer |
|___ ___|  |_______|  |_______|  |_______|
    |
 ___|___*3
|       |
|  Pit  |
|_______|


*1: Jen lands here after jumping into the ravine on map 3.
*2: The sewer can only be accessed after the gate has been unlocked.
*3: Go through the hole to travel to the Ledge on map 5.


MAP 5: CASTLE
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    _______    _______    _______       _______    _______
   |Throne |  |       |  |       |     | Stair |  |       |
   | Room  |--|Hallway|--|Passage|--+  | -way  |--|Balcony|
   |_______|  |___ ___|  |___ ___|  |  |___ ___|  |___ ___|
                  |         u|      |      |         *3
    _______       |       ___|d__   |   ___|___    ___|___
*1-|       |      |      |       |<-+  | Stair |  |Top of |
   | Ledge |      |      | Tower |*2---| -way  |  |Crystal|
+->|_______|      |      |_______|     |_______|  |___ ___|
|     u|          |                                  *4
|   ___|d__    ___|___                             ___|___
|  |Chamber|  |       |                           |Crystal|
+--|of Life|--|Hallway|                           |Chamber|
   |_______|  |___ ___|                           |_______|
    _______    ___|___    _______
   |       |  |       |  |Dining |
   |Closet |--|Hallway|--| Room  |
   |_______|  |_______|  |_______|


*1: Go through the hole to travel to the Pit on map 4.
*2: The stairway can only be accessed by using the hook after the skeksis have
    been heard talking about the secret panel.
*3: Jump from the balcony to reach the top of the crystal.
*4: Use the shard on top of the crystal to enter the crystal chamber.


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5.                          Copyright Information

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This file is Copyright 2008-2011 Tom Hayes. As it can be difficult to keep
track of websites that haven't posted the latest version of this file, please
do not distribute it without my permission. Send an e-mail to me if you would
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