Crystal Blocks

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4 Jul 2005 at 19:33 (Minor update on 6 Mar 2009)

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Arggubbe.j2l Arg Gubbe 7.53 kB 06 Mar 2009
A_CBlocks.j2t A_CrystalBlocks 57.44 kB 06 Mar 2009
Castle4.s3m Castlevania 4 Variations 238.56 kB 12 Dec 1999


This is my second tileset uploaded on j2o.
it is alot bigger than the first one and I think it is better too:) if you are going to rate it just rate the tileset not the music or example level but you can put a comment for theese.
I hope you enjoy it! :)

Note that the example level is more like a test-level but I hope it can show you examples of what the tileset can be used for.


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Quick Reviews Average: 9.1

Recommendedpoppst9 rated 8.5

nice job!

RecommendedISILI123 rated 9.7

Great tileset!

User Reviews (Sort by Helpful Index or Date Posted) Average: 7.25

RecommendedReview by Odin314

5 Jul 2005, 05:32
Bee Boy Swarm (39 Points)
Number of reviews with ratings31 Featured reviews2 Average helpfulness56%

Why didn’t you convert it into 1.23? You know that you could’ve easily done so, with the tools we have out now.

Also, why did Violet remove my rating while this clown keeps his 10.0 rating?

Onto the the new review.

Please don’t zip your files so that it unzips into a seperate folder. It’s annoying. -1 for that.

Anyways, this tileset is basically a bunch of blocks. The drawing style reminds me of Reactor Core, and this tileset has just as much eyecandy. It has some rarely-seen tiles, too, like letters (rarely seen outside of tests and hotels), smiley faces, a “boss” sign, a “kaja” sign (probably dutch for exit or something), other signs, key and lock tiles (with color-matching blocks), stomping Jazz (one of which fits right into a single tile, cool-o), and much much more. If you’re looking for a test tileset, this one should work for you. 8 -1 = 7 out of 10. Download recommendation.

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Review by JelZe

5 Jul 2005, 12:58
Spaz Slackrabbit (136 Points)
Number of reviews with ratings98 Featured reviews7 Average helpfulness86%

Ok, time for me to review this, just to get rid of all the short unsupported ones :P

Standard Tiles
In short, I only have one thing to say about: MEZ-wannabe. Seriously, about 75% of the set is nothing but blocks or parts of blocks, talk about a huge collection. Not just the “one tile” kind or the “four in one” kind, you can make them as big or as smal or as oddly shaped as you want, this set comes with every kind imaginable. I’m especially impressed with the slopes: most of the blocks have to white (top) or to black (bottom) gradients and the problem with slope tiles is that they extend beyond the tile when the slope ends. Fortunately, this set comes with a huge collection of blocks with “end of slope” gradients, for every situation possible. However, it is sometimes hard to make out which one you actually need :P
As for the blocks themselves, the author focussed on two main colors, grey and green. There are some black ones which fade to purple. The red ones are actually Sucker tubes (more on that later), but I really like the look of the grey with the blue inside.

Extra Stuff that’s good
I said before roughly 75% is nothing but blocks. The rest is filled up with extras (duh) in the shape of H- and V-poles, spikes for all four directions (in standard orange or moving purple crystals), destructable blocks, (all kind, ripped), a hook (also ripped), keyholes and keys (in red, blue, green and yellow), text signs (ripped and edited, he even made seperate signs for regular and boss levels), arrows (ripped from JJ1), invisible tiles and the Sucker Tube mentioned before. Now what makes the tube special is that it can go diagonally. Now, the event itself can either go horizontally or vertically, so using the diagonal part correctly requires some creative cheating. But it’s not impossible :)

Eye Candy
You’d think there wasn’t any space left for that, well think again ;). With a name like “Crystal Blocks”, it’s not surprising you can find crystals. The best part is you can animate them: either letting them shine and glow, or just blast them like the knights in Castle. speaking of animations, Other pieces of Eye Candy include some standard Smiley-Faces, letters and numbers, and even some random Jazz sprites. The funniest piece would have to be the block with “I was here”. For the background there’s a new Texture made by Olsen, and some pointy orange mountains. If you want you can use the smaller for it as shown in the Example Level.

As always with blocky sets, not jagged edges or anything. The event tiles are all masked properly: the spikes edges are cut off, the poles are unmasked, and the hook only had that little strip. Nothing worth complainig about. :) Hidden mask messages are slowly turning into a necessity, even this set has them :P

A lot of effort was put in it, you can tell by it’s sheer size. Even so, it’s still only a giant collection of blocks, and may not really appeal to anyone. Still, he shows promise. I’ll give it a 7.5 for the effort. Keep it up :)

- JelZe GoldRabbit =:3

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Review by Olsen

5 Jul 2005, 09:29
Frog (10 Points)
Number of reviews with ratings10 Featured reviews0 Average helpfulness30%

One note, the level is 1.24, when zapS and me finished everything we forgot that the level is 1.24, so, now you know.

Also, Odin as you said ““kaja” sign (probably dutch for exit or something)”

Is wrong, it’s Swedish for Jackdaw. :)

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Review by Dugge

6 Jul 2005, 20:16
CTF Bug (0 Points)
Number of reviews with ratings0 Featured reviews0 Average helpfulness0

this tileset is pretty good! or…
I mean REALLY good. I think its attracting there are so many tiles and that’s cool cuz you can everything you have dreamed about to do with other tilesets..+6 for that thats not all! it’s so good so there is other COLORS! haha. that could be good if you are allergic to bluegray! :P +1 for that! and then my favourite: the exploding jazz and the animations. all signs is also cool i think so that together is: +2 SO! Rating: 9!!!

en liten hälsning till den duktige makaren! ;P öh.. ja.. jag har hört mycket tunga vingslag på senaste tiden! du vet UGGLORNA! säl för det!uhm..det var nog allt, gör fler!(tilesetts) :):)
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