Ginger: Beyond The Crystal is a 3D platformer in which you control Ginger. You are tasked with finding crystal fragment after they have exploded and restoring the three worlds. Is Ginger: Beyond the Crystal worth a buy? Read our review below to find out..
Ginger: Beyond the Crystal welcomes players into the beautifully bright world of Fantasy kingdoms, where every summer the inhabitants gather in the forest to worship their Goddess. The goddess and her crystal are protected by 3 druid brothers, whom she speaks to. One fateful day, the Goddess goes quiet, but in her absence she creates Ginger. The druid guardians take on the task of raising Ginger, hoping for a day when the Goddess reaches out and speaks to them again.
The goddess remains silent, but the crystal cracks, destroying the worlds and causing the inhabitants to disappear. Its up to Ginger, with guidance from the 3 druids, to track down the crystal fragments, save the inhabitants, and restore the world to its previous glory.
Drakhar Studio draws upon nostalgia for Ginger: Beyond the Crystal by modelling the game after the popular 3D platformers from the late 90s. The world is broken into 3 separate towns where the player can explore and collect materials in order to rebuild the inhabitants homes, magic schools, farms, and more. There are various portals scattered throughout the world, and as Ginger collects crystal shards and completes portals, more portals and additional “hidden” crystal levels become available. The crystal shards that are collected can be used to rescue the inhabitants, who in turn provide Ginger with side quests and reward him for their completion with more building materials.
In addition to collecting crystals, Ginger will occasionally find unique inhabitants hidden within the portals. Rescuing these inhabitants grants Ginger new costumes and with each costume comes a new skill such as playing the lute, shrinking to the size of a mouse, or creating fire. Some costumes and their associated skills are not available until Ginger accesses later towns, meaning the player will have to travel back to earlier levels and replay portals in order to fully unlock all of the collectibles.
With the completion of each portal, Ginger gains access to hidden crystal levels. These levels focus entirely on platforming, featuring elaborate arrangements of platforms that Ginger must traverse in order to repair all of the red crystals in the level. For the most part, Ginger: Beyond the Crystal works very well as a platformer. The levels are interesting and varied enough to keep the player interested, but they are not without their flaws. The camera being tilted at the wrong angle can make it difficult to gauge whether a jump is going to be successful. There is also the rare occurrence where, regardless of how good the player is at platformers, Ginger just falls through to his demise. In these levels, falling off (or through, as the case may be at times) of the platforms in the hidden crystal levels four times requires starting the entire level over from the beginning, and that can get old.