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The Crystal Key

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Year released:
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (471.14 MB)
MD5: 81c16012fae5664179a13167046e2877
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (336.37 MB)
MD5: 8a67e47d9a44c751b30a1a8fa2d188f6
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
PatchesCrystalKey.sit (1.73 MB)
MD5: 06833bd23f6487c716e8d593913df687
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
This game works with: SheepShaver,

Another Myst-like adventure. According to the reviews, this one came rather late to the party and had rather a short overall game.

The storyline is set in the future, where the protagonist is sent to another planet to investigate the source of a cryptic message from an evil alien race. The player begins the game having crash-landed on the planet and must explore the world, find a crystal key and portal which would help the player defeat the race and bring peace to the galaxy.

A note about the download:

  1. file above contains CD#1
  2. file above contains CD#2
  3. file above (1.7 MB) contains patches for Crystal Key:
    Patches and fixes including update to v1.1 in a StuffIt-archive. The file '' is to replace the one from original installation IIRC.
Architecture: PPC

System requirements Macintosh:

System requirements PC:

Common requirements:


riven2000's picture
by riven2000 - 2015, December 5 - 5:50pm

Thanks anyway. I even tried burning one of the Toast images to disc, but no luck.

SwedeBear's picture
by SwedeBear - 2015, December 5 - 12:18pm

Three possible culprits;
– Classic under OS X; not every game/app runs well or at all under this
– HFS+; paths are defined/written in a different way compared to the earlier HFS which can cause errors when older apps looking for resources
- Disk Utility; best results working from disk images is using Toast or Virtual DVD-ROM/CD-ROM Utility for mounting within the emulated OS. Else use Prefs of SS/BasII and make sure the images are locked.

These are just possibilities; it might as well be Mac OS 9.2.2 being too new to an old game as the game itself being impossible getting to recognize anything outside the CD-ROM HW of an real Mac.

riven2000's picture
by riven2000 - 2015, December 5 - 3:19am

I'm on a G5 in Classic with OS 9.2.2, HFS+, mounted by Disk Utility. Also tried on a G4 booted into 9.2.2 - same error.

SwedeBear's picture
by SwedeBear - 2015, December 4 - 11:02am

Under which conditions is this; Emulation/The Real Thing, OS version, HFS or HFS+, Images mounted with which application.

riven2000's picture
by riven2000 - 2015, December 4 - 4:00am

My copy doesn't recognize the disk image as the game CD, keeps giving me errors, won't go past the setup screen.