Crystal Caves is a trilogy of side-scrolling platform games, developed and published by Apogee Software, released on 23 October 1991. The three episodes have the titles 'Troubles with Twibbles,' 'Slugging it Out' and 'Mylo Versus the Supernova.'
The first episode is available for free, while the remaining two need to be paid for. According to the designer Frank Maddin, this marketing method 'worked pretty well for the time.' All three games have identical gameplay, and differ only in level design, some graphics and the story.
On October 24, 2005, 3D Realms (formerly Apogee) released a maintenance patch to fix a bug in the game which set the player's computer's clock backwards 100 years after playing on Windows XP.
Mylo Steamwitz has to get all the crystals in each screen ('cave') to win that screen, but this requires shooting foes (with the need to replenish ammo), avoid shooting air supplies, find & turn on the lights, and turn switches on or off. Though mostly straight shoot-em-up, the game does involve some careful problem solving, with the risk of mistakes that make completing the cave impossible. He enters and leaves caves by doors to individual rooms from a central cavern, which doors function in-game as teleportation booths.
This version of Crystal Caves 1: Troubles with Twibbles was designed for personal computers with operating system MS-DOS (Microsoft Disk Operating System),
which was operating system developed by Microsoft in 1981. It was the most widely-used operating system in the first half of the 1990s. MS-DOS was supplied
with most of the IBM computers that purchased a license from Microsoft. After 1995, it was pushed out by a graphically more advanced system - Windows and
its development was ceased in 2000. At the
time of its greatest fame, several thousand games designed specifically for computers with this system were created. Today, its development is no longer continue
and for emulation the free DOSBox emulator is most often used. More information about MS-DOS operating system can be found
Available online emulators:
4 different online emulators are available for Crystal Caves 1: Troubles with Twibbles. These emulators differ not only in the technology they use to emulate old games, but also in support of various game controllers, multiplayer mode, mobile phone touchscreen, emulation speed, absence or presence of embedded ads and in many other parameters. For
maximum gaming enjoyment, it's important to choose the right emulator, because on each PC and in different Internet browsers, the individual emulators behave differently. The basic
features of each emulator available for this game Crystal Caves 1: Troubles with Twibbles are summarized in the following table: