Checking out Crystal Caves HD! Apogee's 1991 DOS Classic Remade


Check it out on Steam:
Apogee Software kindly sent over a preview code for the upcoming remaster of Crystal Caves, so let's take a look at it! New pixel art graphics, a fourth episode, a chiptune soundtrack, achievements, leaderboards, and even a fully-fledged level editor. It's come a ways since the MS-DOS original and I am utterly psyched!
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  • LGR
    LGR4 maanden geleden

    In the video I mentioned there were some slight changes and fixes to the gameplay, so here's a link to a selection of those. It's mostly things like altered item pickups, gameplay elements being rebalanced, and other little updates to make it a better overall game. Kind of like a patch that the original never got! There's already been a dozen patches to this version of CCHD since that list of changes was posted though, with lots of updates contained in each one, so yeah. It's only gonna get that much better by launch, what a treat for fans like myself :)

  • Rob Esdebah

    Rob Esdebah

    Maand geleden

    So good. I conflated this guy and Duke Nukem into a PC version of Mario. That said, where's the Apogee Secret Agent review?

  • ropersonline


    4 maanden geleden

    Is it possible to get the new episode with old EGA-compatible artwork (perhaps downsampled from the new VGA artwork, unless there's also new EGA artwork for it)? I.e. is the new episode available in a format that more closely fits the old episodes? Can it be plugged into the old game?

  • AlexSchooler


    4 maanden geleden

    @LGR Thank you, sooo much, Clint, for showcasing Crystal Caves. I had no idea this game _even existed_ . It looks like a lot of tongue-in-cheek, platforming, hurdling, jumping, dodging, and blasting fun. It _somewhat_ reminds me of Commander Keen! I see that it's available on GOG for $6, and the HD version unlocks on Steam in 19 hours.

  • ssokolow


    4 maanden geleden

    @OM19 MO79 Agreed. Heck, I have trouble playing the original Cave Story because it feels too much like SNES graphics combined with NES sound, so I always play Cave Story+ with the original graphics and remastered music option so it feels like SNES+SNES. Don't get me wrong, I have no problem playing games like Odallus... but I want my music to match the rest of the experience.

  • Anime Steven Seagal

    Anime Steven Seagal

    4 maanden geleden

    @DS9TREK It really is out of place. As I said elsewhere, it's like a period movie where the music is from the wrong era. Feels really off.

  • Rob Gerges
    Rob GergesDag geleden

    Kinda being a jerk about the music

  • Katrina Miller
    Katrina Miller3 dagen geleden

    This may not be what I just spent $2000 on a new gaming laptop for, but as someone who played Crystal Caves endlessly on the PCs in the computer room at school in the 90s, I MUST HAVE THIS. Also, my 8 & 6 year old sons adore old Sonic the Hedgehog games, I can see them being ALL OVER this.

  • Bryant Floyd
    Bryant Floyd11 dagen geleden

    If your motherboard doesn't have the built-in tiny crappy PC speaker inside the chassis then how can u hear the sound effects???

  • Bryant Floyd
    Bryant Floyd11 dagen geleden

    This doesn't look real high resolution graphics at all. It looks like 8-bit low resolution graphics simply blown up to high resolution.

  • Janshevik
    Janshevik15 dagen geleden

    Primož Vovk :D no vsaj znamo kako igro naredit

  • Tender Kender
    Tender Kender19 dagen geleden

    Back in a day where kids traded floppies with shareware games because we couldn't buy the full games. Happy memories :)

  • motinuppi
    motinuppi19 dagen geleden

    If you have any pull with the developer, do ask them to change the music to sound more Adlibby. They can keep the tunes they've come up with, but things like this matter to us purists. :)

  • Jeffrey Leary
    Jeffrey LearyMaand geleden

    I've looked for a Window's version of this, for years !!!! I love it. I'm going to get this weekend. Thank you so much !!!!

  • Tommy Maroney
    Tommy MaroneyMaand geleden

    This game has a special place in my heart. I use to play this all the time as a kid

  • Jar Red Gaming
    Jar Red GamingMaand geleden

    While not the first game I ever played, that would be Pharaoh's Tomb probably, I have very fond memories of Crystal Caves and it's awesome that it's getting new life!

  • Rachel
    RachelMaand geleden

    Oh my god, I’ve been trying to remember what game I played on dos!! This is it!

  • Donut Religion
    Donut ReligionMaand geleden

    That's a big file for this game compared to a 1.44Mb floppy disk in its original form.

  • Harry Pappas
    Harry PappasMaand geleden

    So much nostalgia, will have to get the updated version

  • DaCrazyDingo
    DaCrazyDingoMaand geleden

    Man I wish we could get this treatment for the commander keen series. This always felts like a CK clone to me. But hey I'd love to see a lot of these old games come back with HD but maintaining the OG gameplay.

  • Ked Viper
    Ked ViperMaand geleden

    I would assume the PDF of the game manual took up the most space. They're often bigger than the games themselves, hence why they left so much of the info to the manuals to explain since floppy disks and cartridges are notoriously limited.

  • William Strong

    William Strong

    28 dagen geleden

    The Crystal Caves soriginal manual is 1 sheet of A4. ;)

  • AccursedSavior
    AccursedSavior2 maanden geleden

    Oh man these sound effects sound just like Invasion of the Vorticons

  • Alaksandu the Exorkizein
    Alaksandu the Exorkizein2 maanden geleden

    Adlib? No thank you.

  • gregket
    gregket2 maanden geleden

    I like the green mountain, it's almost exactly the same like the ones in Doki Doki Panic/Super Mario Bros. 2 usa.

  • Master Potato
    Master Potato2 maanden geleden

    This was my first game on pc as well! I cant believe there is remake version with all the volumes and level editor, it was instabuy for me and the price is great, im soo thankful youtube recommended me this! Thanks soo much for sharing

  • holomatrix
    holomatrix2 maanden geleden

    This was like, literally one of my first ever DOS games on PC after C64, are you telling me they've actually brought out a HD remaster? OMFG, I, I can't speak. =O

  • GenoCL
    GenoCL2 maanden geleden

    Got it on GOG, what a great game.

  • Nerd Worm ASMR
    Nerd Worm ASMR2 maanden geleden

    I love the intro :)

  • PaSeT91
    PaSeT912 maanden geleden

    Awesome! My first game along with Secret Agent. We need an HD version of that game too!

  • Miikka B
    Miikka B3 maanden geleden

    Actually never commented before, but holy shIIITT the nostalgia!!! My friend had this game in the 90''s, so big part of me growing up. Love it. love your videos, keep it up!

  • DarkHoodness
    DarkHoodness3 maanden geleden

    Emberheart Games has an "advent calendar" event for Crystal Caves HD, and are looking for people to submit levels! The idea is that 24 people create one level each, and release them between December 1st and 24th. There aren't yet many participants. Go check the CC HD Steam page for event information!

  • redrum0127
    redrum01273 maanden geleden

    always confused this for crystal castles (which was my first game)

  • 1998guys_animations
    1998guys_animations3 maanden geleden


  • LiK
    LiK3 maanden geleden

    Such a cool story that a fan made something and the devs worked with him.

  • Chibi Arts
    Chibi Arts3 maanden geleden

    I remember this game Loved it as a kid i hope they do a Cosmo remake too

  • Francis Marino
    Francis Marino3 maanden geleden

    Don't apologize too much man! I am a huge Crystal Caves fan as it was also one of the first PC games I had ever played, and I agree with you the music sounds fine, but it feels definitely out of place.

  • Matthew Hansen
    Matthew Hansen3 maanden geleden

    Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure was my first game, but I sunk plenty of time into the shareware version of Crystal Caves.

  • William Strong
    William Strong3 maanden geleden

    Quick update, there's nearly 300 user levels out so far!

  • guywiththebottle
    guywiththebottle3 maanden geleden

    I grew up with Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure. Also available on steam. I noticed that Crystal Caves and Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure look very similar in some of the older levels and might actually have shared a few sprites and animations. Some of the sound effects are almost identical. I think you might like to have a look at Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure. @LGR

  • justastripe
    justastripe3 maanden geleden

    The sheer joy you had playing was heart warming lol

  • Danny Danny
    Danny Danny3 maanden geleden


  • 333Orobas 666
    333Orobas 6663 maanden geleden

    Does it have audio files you can make fm synthesis versions of and swap or is it all restricted so you can't access it? Requiring steam is the only disappointing thing I see unless there's a non steam version. There's also a crystal dick and balls at the bottom right corner of the title screen, that's an awesome and funny thing to have.

  • Gábor Molnár
    Gábor Molnár3 maanden geleden

    This game looks so similar to my very first video game ever, which was Duke Nukem 1, also by Apogee.

  • Eat da Poo Poo
    Eat da Poo Poo3 maanden geleden

    Ingame map editor like back in the good old day. Neat!

  • Mahj
    Mahj3 maanden geleden

    To the Dutchies out there; the sound of an enemy dying sounds like “aardappel”.

  • Jesse Leiby
    Jesse Leiby3 maanden geleden

    My first video game was Monster Bash from Apogee. I was poor and only had the shareware version.

  • Taijifufu
    Taijifufu3 maanden geleden

    Damnit I was just thinking about Crystal Caves a couple weeks ago. Why didn't NLdron recommend me this sooner? I gotta pick up this remaster. Played the shareware version so much way back when.

  • Sven Groß
    Sven Groß3 maanden geleden

    This game was on the first PC we bought used. It later unfortunatly got lost. Seeing this brings me back to this times.

  • zjzr08
    zjzr083 maanden geleden

    I'm kind of surprised to see the Apogee logo being used, until I realized Commander Keen is under "id", not Apogee , meaning there are still some Keen-like DOS games that could have official remasters/remakes.

  • Adam Rustly
    Adam Rustly3 maanden geleden

    You should cover Bubbles for msdos

  • mkaali
    mkaali3 maanden geleden

    As Clint said, it's weird they remade this particulart Apogee title. I mean, where's Commander Keen, Duke Nukem or Halloween Harry?

  • Alternos User
    Alternos User3 maanden geleden

    (Idk if this is possible, i never played) but what if they made a snes editon

  • JohnsonLobster
    JohnsonLobster3 maanden geleden

    This would be great if you didn't giggle like a school girl every 12 seconds.

  • Otaking Mikohani
    Otaking Mikohani3 maanden geleden

    *Person:* "Hey, I'm remaking your game!" *Pretty much every other company:* "What?! We're sending you a DMCA even though you're not making any money off of this!" *Apogee and Sega:* "Cool, we'll give you some money and have you release this officially."

  • Jesse Ingram
    Jesse Ingram3 maanden geleden

    Halloween Harry: Alien Carnage HD needs to be a thing.

  • MUMS-Universe
    MUMS-Universe3 maanden geleden

    This is great. Also new episode for the HD version & a level creator. Well that's just level 💯 greatness. 😃

  • Rocking the Spectrum
    Rocking the Spectrum3 maanden geleden

    I use to play this game all the time! Where did you get it? I need it

  • DarkHoodness


    3 maanden geleden

    Available from Steam and GOG - Though the GOG version doesn't have the shared Workshop for custom levels, making it harder to share them between other players.

  • saturn580
    saturn5803 maanden geleden

    I'd love a similar HD remake of One Must Fall 2097.

  • Mieszko Guliński
    Mieszko Guliński3 maanden geleden

    I used to play it as a kid. Probably the first computer game I ever played for reasonable time ;) Awesome that it got a remaster!

  • Naahdude
    Naahdude3 maanden geleden

    I also played this game numerous of times during my childhood, it seemed like every computer had it i ever came across haha

  • Nate Wilson
    Nate Wilson3 maanden geleden

    A techie friend of mine (I was 11 at the time) helped me download a shareware version of this off a DDS. Such memories!

  • prodge64
    prodge644 maanden geleden

    This is great! I had no idea Apogee was still around, I used to play whacky wheels and a couple other games of theirs quite a bit. I haven't heard of this one before, though. I'm really digging the NES tunes, although they're mixing platforms here. Anyways, I bought the game before even finishing the video and it'll be my first game to try on my first 1440p monitor that just arrived today! :)

  • Mr. Grey
    Mr. Grey4 maanden geleden

    Need Secret Sam HD

  • Matthew Lane
    Matthew Lane4 maanden geleden

    So easy means easy normal means normal and difficult is more difficult? Thanks for letting us know we would have never figured that out😂 j/k good vid

  • De
    De4 maanden geleden

    I had completely forgotten about this game until right now. Thank you so much for bringing back a piece of my childhood! The nostalgia was so heartwarming for me ❤️

  • Fire N Icey
    Fire N Icey4 maanden geleden

    Off topic I tried searching if you did a review for Manhunter and it doesn’t look like you did. If by chance would you be able to do a review of it at some point? I remember playing it as a kid. ( San Francisco version)

  • José Luis
    José Luis4 maanden geleden

    Are the sound effects from Hocus Pocus?

  • Tom Servo
    Tom Servo4 maanden geleden

    Ahh, that pc speaker sound when the title shows.

  • orbiting Pluto
    orbiting Pluto4 maanden geleden

    I loved this game. I played the shareware version when I was a broke kid.

  • StormoTheBrave
    StormoTheBrave4 maanden geleden

    thats duke nukems head in the sprite

  • Adrian Castravete
    Adrian Castravete4 maanden geleden

    Indeed AdLib would have been sweet!

  • Adrian Castravete
    Adrian Castravete4 maanden geleden

    Spotted one minor difference. :) Snakes and weird green slinky monsters, when killed get placed at the pixel perfect location they died in, in the HD instead of the "cell" location they used to die in the first iterations. :D

  • Adrian Castravete
    Adrian Castravete4 maanden geleden

    I'm excited about this. OMG, HD Crystal Caves *drools in retro nostalgia*

  • JohnDaGamer64
    JohnDaGamer644 maanden geleden

    Crystal Caves is definitely a classic. Now, what I really want is a HD remake/remaster/sequel to Monster Bash. That game was awesome.

  • David S
    David S4 maanden geleden

    I remember playing this all the time

  • Alex Summers
    Alex Summers4 maanden geleden

    I used to always turn the music off on most games. Now I just turn it down a bit. Sadly some Nintendo games don't allow you to turn the music off or even down, making them unplayable for me. Strange how these games often have really repetitive crap music as well, (at least to my ears).

  • Alex Summers
    Alex Summers4 maanden geleden

    I've never played Crystal Caves, but it sure looks fun. I have an old DOS 6.22 computer I could try it on. It's a 486DX2 66Khz, so it might run too fast? I guess I'm just curious.

  • Spencer Smith
    Spencer Smith4 maanden geleden

    This is how i feel about nanosaur. Now thats a game i believe wont get a revamp or anything. But it was one of the first games i touched on a pc. Good feel good content

  • Roxor128
    Roxor1284 maanden geleden

    I hope they didn't just record the sound effects. Real-time synthesis would be so much cooler. Not to mention capable of higher sample-rates. And yes, it's definitely possible. I cobbled together a PureData patch that does the job. Just draw the inverse-frequencies into an array. Sounds pretty authentic if you overlook the fact the headphones I use have way more bass than an actual PC Speaker.

  • Mr. Scary
    Mr. Scary4 maanden geleden

    OMG dude... That rant about the games music was literally the nerdiest thing I have ever heard lol. I didn't hear anything wrong with it and thought it was nice lol. That game looks really cool btw, I added it to my Steam wishlist, thanks for bringing it to my attention :)

  • anthony vileta
    anthony vileta4 maanden geleden

    My first computer game I bought with my own money was something I found in a goodwill it was one of those shitty 1000 game bundles I got for $5

  • Xel Unknown
    Xel Unknown4 maanden geleden

    I always thought of that thing as the Eyebone.

  • Daniel B
    Daniel B4 maanden geleden

    I hope a remake of "Secret Agent" is done with the mentioned Adlib music.

  • Felstaff
    Felstaff4 maanden geleden

    You know, if you shoot those eggs... They become letters spelling B-O-N-U-S.

  • Retro Gamer Dad
    Retro Gamer Dad4 maanden geleden

    Sound effects remind me of Commander Keen.

  • SintasArchAngel
    SintasArchAngel4 maanden geleden

    It is for sure out now on Steam for $7.99

  • Will Charles
    Will Charles4 maanden geleden

    My first game was a 2001 game called Colobot. Classic.

  • Joseph Arellano
    Joseph Arellano4 maanden geleden

    If you weren't able to see it on a monitor, why does the border of the screen turn green in the original game?

  • Strain42
    Strain424 maanden geleden

    Seeing you having so much fun and going on such a nostalgic trip with this title is the sort of stuff I love for on this channel. I love just seeing you talk about PC games that bring you joy like this.

  • ShadowWing Tronix
    ShadowWing Tronix4 maanden geleden

    They made an HD remake of Chex Quest. Almost anything's possible at this point.

  • RomiWadaKatsu
    RomiWadaKatsu4 maanden geleden

    Yes but what about Agent?

  • RomiWadaKatsu
    RomiWadaKatsu4 maanden geleden

    I still remember all the sounds

  • WildApple / OP Plays
    WildApple / OP Plays4 maanden geleden

    I hope, that they will remaster some other games aswell, like, let's see: Monster Bash, Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure, Secret Agent (yeah, thisone is quite similar to Crystal Caves) and other... I would also like to see an updated top-down view Raptor with additional levels and enemies. That would be great.

  • Kenneth Rogers
    Kenneth Rogers4 maanden geleden

    VeeGer is a reference to V'Ger from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, while the Badlands Triangle is a reference to the Badlands, a region of space known for various plasma storms and is the hideout for the Maquis from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. 19:35 "Quadcorder" references the "tricorder", "turboelevator" is a reference to the "turbolift". 19:43 references Star Trek: Voyager. Yes, I'm THAT much of a Trekkie. 🤓🖖

  • efhlxkvrm 3568
    efhlxkvrm 35684 maanden geleden

    there're mixing of super mario 1, 2 and 3

  • I Hate Living in Apartments
    I Hate Living in Apartments4 maanden geleden

    A Potta Gee

  • Pablo Salgado Castillo
    Pablo Salgado Castillo4 maanden geleden

    He is having such a blast, the only thing that would cause me the same reaction is a JJ2 remake with the same treatment (Alexander Brandon included)

  • KishonyPL
    KishonyPL4 maanden geleden

    Looks great, but the graphic is faaaaar too good:/

  • adam8804
    adam88044 maanden geleden

    Hey LGR. Please make new series 'best pc for gaming in 1998/2000/2002/2004/...'. I have many cd's with old games (like Baldur's Gate 1), I am not able to run them on W10 and I don't remember what old pc should I look for that. The best idea is to make videos about 'making windows 98/xp virtualized pc's for gaming on new pc's' but I know it's wide and complicated subject

  • adam8804


    4 maanden geleden

    @WildApple / OP Plays For example, any hint how to play Chronicles of Tiddick Aassault on Dark Athena on Windows 10? It has TAGES DRM protection which doesn't work on this OS

  • WildApple / OP Plays

    WildApple / OP Plays

    4 maanden geleden

    On GOG and Steam you can buy some old games, that are "upgraded" to work on modern Windows 10 and have soma additional features (like widescreen support). Wait for sale! If you have old DOS games, you can run these with the help of DosBOX and other emulators.

  • TheYellowman2000
    TheYellowman20004 maanden geleden

    maybe they should add an option to use the original sound effects

  • sinnohen
    sinnohen4 maanden geleden

    I remember the first game I ever played, I think it was Hard Hat Mack. That game sucked, but this game looks pretty good. I think I may just pick this one up. I bought both Jazz Jackrabbit games on a whim and I was surprised to find out how much I liked Jazz 1. Crystal Caves seems to hit all the right notes to what I'd like.

  • Zdem0Z
    Zdem0Z4 maanden geleden

    One of the first video games I ever played, aged 5 or something and forever stuck in my memory. The remake is superb, soundtrack is great addition and overall a faithful recreation

  • Robert Power
    Robert Power4 maanden geleden

    I never played this but it just looks like a knockoff of Commander Keen 1-3. Same production house but the game looks almost exactly the same.

  • JRS
    JRS4 maanden geleden

    lol at the file sizes. the dos version if this game would haven been well under 500 KILO bytes.

  • gentuxable
    gentuxable4 maanden geleden

    Guess the manual for the original is a 300dpi scanned PDF with about 785 MB in size. :D