[top]Overview


Players: 1
Online Play: No
Cheat Codes: No
Cheats Affect Trophies: No
Time to 100%: Roughly 6 Hours


[top]Tips and Strategies


This is an extremely fun and challenging strategy game from your good ol' buddies at SquareEnix.

On your screen, you basically have a map with either a linear passageway or multiple avenues to a single destination. Beasts will roam across your screen and you will have to place "defenders" of varying classes (warrior, mage, archer, etc., all of which can be leveled up) in proper locations in order to eliminate their hit points. If a beast survives, they will steal a crystal when leaving your map (or multiple crystals). When you kill a beast, you will collect money from it that you can use to spend toward creating new defenders, leveling up current defenders, or by adding crystals that exponentiate your defenders' powers.

Your best shot at getting 100% on Crystal Defenders trophies is by using YouTube videos (due to the awesome Replay function) because they map out step-by-step where to place characters on individual maps. If you even slightly misplace a character, a beast may survive and steal a crystal, losing you valuable points. This game may require for you to restart a map quite a few times but each map should only take about 20 minutes to ace (you can also "fast forward" progress by holding down R2).

Good Luck!


[top]Trophies

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Novice Defender
Clear wave 10 on any single map.


This can be done quite easily just by playing the natural progression of the game. Enemies increase in strength heavily toward the rounds after 20. As long as you have crystals left after this round you will get the trophy. Remember all enemies on rounds 10, 20 and 30 steal multiple crystals!

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Seasoned Defender
Clear wave 20 on any single map.


This can be done quite easily just by playing the natural progression of the game. Enemies increase in strength heavily toward the rounds after 20. As long as you have crystals left after this round you will get the trophy. Remember all enemies on rounds 10, 20 and 30 steal multiple crystals!

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Expert Defender
Clear all the waves on any single map.


Clearing a map means that your party has survived all 30 rounds and has crystals remaining at the end of the game. During rounds 10 and 20 on every map, you will face opponents that steal 2 crystals each (but only 4 of them). In round 30 on every map, you will face 3 high-level, unique opponents that can steal 5 crystals each. On all other rounds there are between 12-20 similar enemies that steal one crystal each. By starting with 20 total crystals, it can be a biznitch getting to the end without help.

The following videos are the ones which I used to PERFECT! every single map. By using these videos, you will get every subsequent trophy other than Good Samaritan (which will have its own video).

In some of the vids there was a mistake that is reversed, so be careful to pay attention to them and watch slightly ahead of your next move.

Here they are, map by map (click the spoiler box):

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W1 Defender
Clear all the maps in W1.


You do not need to perfect each map, just survive each of the four W1 maps with some crystals remaining at the end. See all W1 videos above for assistance.

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W2 Defender
Clear all the maps in W2.


You do not need to perfect each map, just survive each of the four W2 maps with some crystals remaining at the end. See all W2 videos above for assistance.

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W3 Defender
Clear all the maps in W3.


You do not need to perfect each map, just survive each of the four W3 maps with some crystals remaining at the end. See all W3 videos above for assistance.

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Crystal Hoarder
Clear a single map without losing any crystals.


All of the videos listed above will assist you in perfecting every map. If you make a mistake and misplace a defender, you will have to start over. I know it sucks but you are going to have to deal with it.

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Champion Defender
Clear all 12 maps.


Once again, you do not need to perfect every map, just survive all the W1, W2 and W3 maps (for a total of 12 maps) in the game with some crystals remaining and you will nab this trophy.

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Veteran Strategist
Accumulate a total score of 50,000 points.


This can be done without completing every map, but because you have to for some of the other trophies, this will just be a rung on the ladder. You should get this after perfecting your 5th or 6th level (which you will need to do to get the 100,000 point total anyway).

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Overachiever
Clear a map with more than 10,000 points.


This one will easily be achieved by getting a "PERFECT" on any of the above levels using the videos.

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Four Star Strategist
Accumulate a total score of 100,000 points.


This trophy will likely be difficult as on every single map, I tend to max out around 10,000 points, even when achieving no crystals lost. If you use the videos above, you should be in good shape by the time you get to your 10th world.

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Good Samaritan
Clear a map without deploying a Thief or losing a single crystal.


Thieves can double or even triple the amount of money you collect, which assists in getting more defenders and crystals on the board. Due to the fact that W1 levels are easier than W2 or W3 levels, I suggest going for this trophy on a W1 level.

This is the video I used for it:

YouTube - XBLA Crystal Defenders: How to clear Kthili Sands (Good Samaritan)



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