The most non-Japanese jRPG of the decade! Epic Quest is an action-packed adventure featuring over a dozen classic and rich environments, 5 playable characters and a plethora of skills, spells and Limit Breaks. A must-have for fans of the SNES Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger!
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Release Date: Sep 25, 2015

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The most non-Japanese JRPG of the decade!

Finally released on Steam by Aldorlea Games, "Epic Quest of the 4 Crystals" is an action-packed adventure featuring over a dozen classic and rich environments, 5 playable characters, 40 unique enemies and a plethora of skills, spells and Limit Breaks.

Featuring well-known characters from various indie games, this humorous adventure by RosePortal Games (of Whisper of a Rose fame) takes you on the grandest journey ever through the world of JRPGs, featuring well-known characters from various indie games by us, Amaranthia and Aldorlea. Go from cliché to crazy in the Epic Quest of the 4 Crystals!


  • Meet beloved characters from well-known games, such as Aveyond and Laxius Force!
  • 14 classic jRPG lands to explore!
  • Craft your own items!
  • Witty humor and epic battles!
  • Get perfect battle ranking score for special rewards!
  • Interactive Limit Break attacks test your skills - press a button on time for powerful attacks!
  • Summon Felix the Demon Cat and play him in battle!
  • Wield a multitude of familiar jRPG weapons!
  • Stylish minimap (displaying monsters and treasures) helps you around!
  • Plan your strategy using the accessible battle order display!

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System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/8/10
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 Compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0 Compatible Sound
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182 of 207 people (88%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2015
Two years ago, RosePortal Games first released the game Epic Quest of the 4 Crystals. Now, the game is available on Steam advertised as a new-and-improved version. With two years to work on it, it makes you wonder how much work they spent improving the game.

The game is advertised as one in the style of 16-bit RPGs like Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger, and the graphics show it. Areas like a mushroom valley show both creativity in the art design and the level of detail in them. This level of detail doesn't just stop at the backgrounds. The monsters, especially the bosses, as well as the magic spells show that a lot of care went into the look of the game.

While the graphics are very good, the story is another matter entirely. That part makes the game feel as if a bunch of teenagers designed it. In many cases, the focus is on sex. With scenes where the villain wants to collect people's testicles and questioning the gender of a dwarf, it feels like it wanted to imitate the South Park style, but without success. Add to it the constant fourth-wall references makes it sound as if the game acknowledges that the story is one big joke.

Exploration is what you would expect for an RPG. You got your standard forests, caves, swamps, mountains, and so on. What make the areas feel odd is that they sectioned off each one as a platformer game would do. Once you complete one area, you go to a menu screen to pick the next area or return to a previous one. In other genres, this would make sense. However, RPGs are supposed to be one continuous world. Additionally, except for the starting town, it does not feel like there are any real places to visit except for more fighting. This makes exploring feels like it is an alien planet without any civilization. Without some safe place to visit or anything logical to connect them, the exploration feels lifeless.

As for combat, the game does not offer many differences from most RPGs. Battles occur with traditional weapons, spells, and the occasional special move. The one thing about it that really stands out is the retry feature. After a battle, it will rank the outcome and rewards accordingly. If the player did not get the best rating, it will offer the option to retry the battle. Doing so will put them back in at pre-battle conditions with all stats and items restored. This makes that many will use this as a crutch in order to get that perfect battle with minimal cost. Offering it if all characters die is one thing. However, by making it a standard option, it encourages people on breaking the system.

The one bright spot about the gameplay is the crafting system. As your inventory grows, instead of leaving the items as is, the player can combine them to have new effects. A couple of examples an ether that increases your magic stats and a potion that gives immunity to blindness. This is an interesting concept, but it is underdeveloped. Since this only works with items and not equipment, it feels more like an afterthought. It just makes you wonder why more ideas like it weren't used throughout the rest of the game.

As much as I wanted it to like the game, I just cannot recommend this for others to play. This is supposed to be an improved version of the original game. While it might be improved, it is not enough to justify playing. If you want a good 16-bit RPG, get the recently re-released Final Fantasy V instead.

Note: This game was provided by the developer with compensation for beta testing and review.
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126 of 151 people (83%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2015
Disclaimer: Wrote this review as part of a promotion where doing so entitled the reviewer to the Strategy Guide and 2 additional keys. With that said, this will not impact my opinion of the game.

Before I go into what I like/don't like about Epic Quest of the 4 Crystals, I'd like to preface by saying that I do not normally play RPGMaker games. The few RPGMaker games that have piqued my interest have generally put in that extra effort to look and feel unique. I am giving this game no special treatment because it is an RPGMaker game.

What I like about EQot4C:
- The game is visually appealing, with well made environments and nicely drawn character artwork.
- The battles are fast-paced and come with a 3-star rating system based on damage taken and turns taken to beat the enemies. This provides a fun challenge, and failing to meet the criteria for the battle allows you to Retry immediately, which is great.
- The music for this game is pleasing. The battle themes are energetic and intense, and the dungeon themes capture the environments well. It is also worth mentioning that a fine-tuned ear might catch homages to other games, such as Final Fantasy, Breath of Fire, and Ocarina of Time.
- There are a number of collectibles and treasures to be found, for the completionist. Luckily, there are icons on the minimap to indicate the treasures, which is a great boon.

What I don't like about EQot4C:
- The story (up to the point I've played so far, after a few dungeons) has been pretty weak. It is very generic, and heavily inspired by tropes from other games. I understand that the game is a parody of other popular JRPGs, but I don't see that as an excuse to shy away from making a deep and engaging story.
- The dialogue is pretty terrible, unless you're a fan of sex jokes and sarcasm. The characters have rarely had anything useful to contribute to the plot or their own backstories, usually amounting to fluff.
- The UI can be confusing. While graphically nice, there's a bit of a learning curve to understanding how to access the various elements of the UI. Equipment and Accessories are found under "Misc", for instance.
- The balance and the design of the game is a little haphazard, and you'll often find that you'll miss 3-star criteria because of an unlucky miss against the enemy, or the enemy scoring an unlucky crit against you. For instance, Stiletta's "Fury" Overlimit is notoriously bad due to its randomness, oftentimes doing 0 damage or healing the enemy, and doing rather pathetic damage when not. There's a boss battle at the end of the Water Dungeon that can either go very well, or very badly, reliant more heavily on luck than player choices. Equipment in the game is uninspired and boring, with hardly any reason to equip new pieces of gear that you're finding along the way.
- The game is badly optimized. This may be attributed more to this being an RPGMaker game than anything within the developer's power, but I'm playing on a machine that can easily run Shadow of Mordor on High/Ultra settings... I shouldn't be having jitters in my gameplay here. Also, if you hold the "A" button on the controller (old habit in trying to make characters dash), it causes the framerate to drop while doing so - while no one is forced to hold the button down, it's a little unusual to have that behavior.

Overall, the game looks and feels like a solid game, but ultimately boils down to an average experience. If you're generally a fan of RPGMaker games, then this will likely be a nice addition to your library. If you're not, you'll likely wish to give this one a pass.
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83 of 100 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2015
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I went into Epic Quest of the 4 Crystals not really knowing much about it besides it being an RPG and supposedly funny. I left Epic Quest of the 4 Crystals 3 hours later not knowing much more. You might say 3 hours is not a lot to judge whether an RPG is good or not. And to you I’ll say, if you can’t get past the 3 hours, then it’s at the very least certainly not for you.

This was my experience with Epic Quest of the 4 Crystals. I have nothing against parodies and comedy and even some sex and/or explicit jokes, but I found the whole thing on this game to be too over the top. It’s a pity, because I really went in expecting to like it, but I ended up not enjoying my play through so much.

So let me get to the point with this one.

The Good:
Although it’s an RPG Maker style game, the sprites seem to be hand made, the fact that they’re not the usual super chibi size helps make it a bit different. The art is not stock, and while it’s not a masterpiece, it’s not awful either. You can tell effort was put in this.
The music is beautiful, it does get a little repetitive from time to time, but it’s certainly one of the strong points of the game.
What little I got to see of the crafting system seems interesting. The battle allows you to ‘retry’ it if you want to get a better ranking. The system used for traversing maps is different from most RPGs. I also liked the option to ditch one of the first quests you get, that bit -was- funny.
The story (if you don’t look at the villains) seems sorta decent in a parody kind of sense. At least as far as I played through, it’s a typical boy-becomes-hero and then has to fetch items to defeat evil. I don’t know if it changes later on.

The Bad:
The jokes were over the top and not funny at all. Even the ones that weren’t over the top were not really funny (and no, I don’t care that we have an option to censor jokes, if you have to censor your game to make it “good” then maybe those jokes weren’t needed to begin with). The references to pop culture were also not overly interesting. Some of the maps seemed a bit labyrinthic.
I found myself annoyed at not being able to walk through certain plants that I should have been able to and instead having to go all the way around, when there really was no reason for it. Call it a pet peeve if you will.
There weren’t too many chances to interact with the environment; my favorite thing about RPG maker games is being able to walk up to a random item in a house and getting interesting story bits or comments when interacting. There was hardly any of that here
The Villains. Enough said.

All in all, for an rpg maker type of game it’s not really the worse you could get, but it just wasn’t a type of humor that resonated with me. Even if I didn’t overall hate the game, and I might give it another chance at a later date, I can’t say I enjoyed it at all, either.

Recommended: Not unless you really love RPG Maker games and in-your-face type of jokes. I think you will only find the game good if you can get past the jokes and the not so good dialogue.
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89 of 112 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2015
Boring and static, great music but horrible navigation and beyond inane dialogue.

I was attempting the mouse controls but the behavior was bizarre.
Clicking "exit" while shopping purchases an item, clicking a visible point on the screen sometimes causes the player to walk there, or sometimes just walks them into a nearby wall, not even necessarily in the same direction.

The graphics are somewhat pretty but lack the "FF" or "CT" functionality... just because you walk over a type of grass on the screen doesn't mean you can walk over identical grass elsewhere.

There are lots of screens that just end and you can't continue unless you find the road, no trees, no cliff, just half a farm and then invisible barrier.

The characters at the start are quite samey, none of the individuality of silhouette of a game like ChronoTrigger or even FF6.

There's a helpful option to "censor" jokes, I didn't know what it meant but I may try it if I attempt this game again.
The jokes are just lame, including your "friend" accusing everyone you meet of being a pedophile.

NB: I crowdfunded this game, and was offered perks for writing a review.
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57 of 80 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: September 30, 2015
Disclaimer: Got a free copy of the game.

Epic Quest of the 4 Crystals is an rpg made with RPG Maker where a group of extrange but familiar characters travel in search of 4 crystals. And thats all I know about the story because I didn't play long enough, but it seems too familiar with some other popular rpg game.
The combat system is classic and very basic, no innovation at all.
Visually looks nice, hand made and I appreciate that but the drawings just look amateur.
There is place for humour, I enjoyed that and I also liked the way the world is managed with several stages (all very different and unique) where you are rewarded with a score depending on how well you did the fights and how many collectibles you got.
However, in the end there is nothing special about Epic Quest of the 4 Crystals and I found no motivation to continue playing.
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54 of 77 people (70%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2015
I would write a long review but i don't want to waste my time. I've already wasted both my time and money.

I'm sorry i can't say i liked it. The game is mostly boring and static. I found this game lack of some RPG elements and the ones it has are presented very poorly.

For example, i don't understand why there is a levle selecting menu in an RPG. and levels are just some dungeons for fight and nothing else. There is only one person who appears every level and sell/buy some stuff. But there is nothing or no one to interract. And there isn't even a proper map. The minimap is useless. You need to look to the strategy guide for navigation and pressing alt+tab always is terrible. The need of non-free stategy guide is an epic fail for alone itself.

Combat is boring. There isn't so much to do. But the worse part is, you need the finish in a specific turn without losing so much HP. So you can claim full reward. But this make it more boring. For the rewards, you have to just attack with your characters full power and finish the fights as quick as you can. And this is the one of the two way for making your characters stronger. The other way is leveling up but it doesn't give you so much. Only speed of your characters increasing and you can be able to use more abilities but you can't say chose anything or decide anything. For my opinion this is terrible character progression for an RPG.

Another thing about make RPGs awesome is story. I wanted the see the end of the game even if it bores me but i couldn't resist and didn't play at some point. Trying to make poor twists and some jokes doesn't make story good.

So I didn't almost anything about this game.
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34 of 54 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2015
Got a free copy of the game via Giveaways... Music is quite good. The battles are fast-paced and well visually appealing... :)
The dialogues are not quite good and weak story :(
For RPG fans it is a nice one to have but for the opposing ones it will better if you pass.. :)
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
49.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
For those of you who like old school, turned-based, RPG games, I would love to recommend the Epic Quest of the 4 Crystals. It is a fun and interesting game with a very interesting storyline that has a very abrupt twist halfway into the story!!

The combat mechanics reminds me of FFXI because you cannot just win by brute force. Different monsters are weak to certain elements, and you have to decide what kind of elemental spells (water, fire, wind, earth, ice, holy) to use against which monsters to produce the maximum damage. This is because to obtain a steam achievement for each level you need to get the highest combat ranking (Platinium Ranking). Hence it is imperative that you kill every group of monsters in 2 or 3 turns. If you take too long to kill them, you will NOT get the steam achievement even if you are victorious in battle. So, this is not the typical and mindless hack-and-slash RPG games that I am used to playing, where I win by either brute force or using lots of grinding. In this game, its really a test of strategy and efficiency. Although this game is hard, it also allows me the option to RETRY a battle again, using different strategies, until you get the desired ranking. Hence, most of the time when I encounter new monsters, I can experiment with the different type of spells until I find one that produce the optimum damage. I really like this feature very much.

Another fun feature of the game is the accumulation of gold tokens. Each gold token give you 1 point, and you need to collect at least 1960 points (out of 2000) to get the steam "Perfect Ending" achievements. Hence instead of rushing through each level, I play the game carefully, to make sure that I do not missed out any gold tokens. There are certain levels that you travel back to, so it might not be possible to get certain gold tokens that you missed. Again, I love this feature because it reward slow and careful exploration of every corners of the map.

I had a great time playing and completing this game. I spend close to 50 hours, and considering a price of about $4 that I bought it for, this game is really worth it. This is the second great game that I played from the same publisher (Rose Portal), and I look forward to playing my third game soon. Incidentally, first game from Rose Portal which I enjoyed tremendously was "Whisper of a Rose."

5/5 stars and thumbs out for Rose Portals :) :)
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Epic Quest of the 4 Crystals is the first RPG Maker game from Aldorlea I've ever played, and it's quite a good one !
It has the basics of the other J-RPG games : epic story, different kind of characters, sense of humour, lots of monsters/bosses/environments/..., , level up, skills, items/weapons, ...
Usually, I listen to my own music while playing a game, but the soundtrack is really great, so I didn't need to do it. 16-bit graphics are also nice !
Being able to use a pad (X360 for me) that works almost perfectly well is a pretty good asset.

So, what are the main things that make this RPG Maker game unique ?
There's a crafting system so that all of the items you loot may be useful.
For each fight, as long as you don't get three stars, you can use a specific item or restart the fight/whole level to try get them. What's the point ? Each time you get three stars, you will get rewarded with a permanent HP and MP boost (for one of your characters, you have to choose). How do you get the stars ? One for defeating the enemies, one for doing it losing less than a specific amount of HP, one for doing it in less than a specific number of turns. To me, it's the most interesting part of this game : unlike the other J-RPGs, you really have to think about a strategy in order to achieve that (oh, by the way, almost all of the achievements are related to these 3-stars !) instead of endlessly bashing monsters to get xp/loot/gold/skills/... You're facing a fish ? Then use Thunder magic ! You're facing a stone mushroom ? Use specific skills that ignore defense !
If you just want to enjoy the story and avoid fights, there's an option to do so.

To put it in a nutshell, ~10-12 hours should be enough to complete the game (difficulty : Normal), unlocking all of the achievements. I recommend this game to all of you that like J-RPG ! The initial price might be a little bit expensive considering that, for 5 more bucks, you can get a Final Fantasy game, but, at the moment, there's a 70% discount, so do not hesitate !
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Product received for free
A Mature 2D Adventure RPG
+ Very funny mature and sometimes dark humor really makes this game stand out over others. This game really doesn't have a filter, and at times can be pretty hilarious.
+ The level design is surprisingly detailed, and well thought out. There are so many alternate paths with glorious treasure to find at every turn.
+ The characters are all likable and have unique personalities and interesting dialogue to follow. Personally, this is one of the few games where I actually enjoyed reading through the dialogue as it tries to be different, comical, and poke fun at other RPGs
+ Many references to other games including Final Fantasy
+ The boss fights are pretty enjoyable
+ Great soundtrack

- The combat is pretty repetitive, It tries to be a bit different by adding "overdrives" which are powerful attacks you can use every so often, and having a rating system, but you mainly just spam attack and wait for the enemy to die.
- At times I felt like there were "too many" alternate paths to take, which made the dungeons feel a bit too long and dragged out.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: July 29
bought the game because of the subtle narrator
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1.6 hrs
Posted: May 29
I got the fourth person in the group and I must say the game is not satisfying. The banter is not really funny, the story is lacking, the characters aren't that interesting, and the equipments are too basic.
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3.8 hrs
Posted: April 2
+ Very interesting plot
+ Exciting atmosphere
+ Diverse animation special abilities during battle
+ Funny dialogues
+ Cool music

In general, a good interesting game would recommend
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3.3 hrs
Posted: December 17, 2015
+ Glad to have a game with characters in full height as you move on the screen!
+ The soundtrack of the entrance menu is epic and astounding!
+ There are references to Laxius Force and Aveyond games characters.
+ Funny dialogue

The story is a bit confusing (to me) at first but you’ll have to find 4 crystals to save the world.

+ On the contrary, towards the end you’ll be aware of something which will make you see the story from another level/ viewpoint. There are caves and forests which are common but there are 2 bizarre ones I let you discover.
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5.4 hrs
Posted: December 14, 2015
Disclaimer: Got a free copy of the game.

First impression review.
So now that im about 3 hours in ill do a quick first impression review and then after I finish the game ill do a final review.
First as you see above I got a copy of the game for free but that will never change my reviews of a game if a game is bad ill say its bad if its good ill say its good. So far for the pros of the game the music I think is amazing you can tell they put some effort into it also the char and enemy art spells and such all have had time and effort put into them. You can tell when somone puts there all into making a game and thats exactly what I think they did here. I have played alot of rpg maker games where all they did was used the basic tile set slaped the game togeather and sold it on steam to make a quick buck. That is not what these guys did they have actualy put time and effort into making there dream come alive. Now that said we go on to the negatives 1. The humor at some points its good and funny then other times I feel a little to imature and where it would have been funny they took it that extra step that went to far. The next would be the story now im only 3 hours in and like I said this is a first impression review that will be updated when i finish. But so far the main story is your typical jrpg one evil empire trying to take over the world teen and friends go out to save it. Not going to say its a bad thing its worked many many many times before so will see how it goes. So far I recomend this game for 2 reasons. 1. the devs care and put time and effort into making their dream come alive and did a good job. 2. the music is good I love it so far and for me in a rpg music is one of the most important things for me.
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3.3 hrs
Posted: December 13, 2015
Its almost Chrono Trigger.
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3.9 hrs
Posted: December 8, 2015
best jrpg i played for a long time
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