We are talking here about a Series of 6 games, that are mostly forgotten or considered as not Final Fantasy... Well I love them and I will show you why these games are great
Well The original Crystal Chronicles Game was released on Gamecube and never on other platforms, what made the Selfish Nintendo profit a lot but also killed the series because it was not "popular" enough to be really continued, but nintendo managed to milk six games from Square.
The combat system is Real Timed and not Turn Based, where you walk around mowing enemies at your own rhythm, also doing lots of platforming and puzzle solving, like finding a lever, killing all enemies or hitting a certain obstacle with a certain skill. As depicted by the CC Fandom page, the game is resumed in Battling, Exploring and Interacting, where you do specific tasks for npcs, choose the dungeons you are gonna explore and then finnally, bringing back home a full Chalice of Myrrh, the only substance that can restore the Crystals that protect the Cities and Villages from the Miasma that has overcome the world, a toxic substance that kills people. So basically your objective is going out yearly exploring until you have enough myrrh to come back, keeping your people protected... and things go developing! People keep investigating to see if its possible to clear all the Miasma, and lots of things change every year, so if you like this kind of game, where you are a caravanner that explores the world at your own pace, chooses the dungeons you gonna face and make choices that will affect the lives of those who rely on you, then check it out! There are lots and lots of different things to explore, and it is more of a Calming experience than an Story-Focused one, where you are more driven by the heat of the moment, so you will feel a different type of joy in this game.
FFCC RING OF FATES is a game that tells the story of before the Miasma covered the world, where you follow up the story of the Twins Yuri anc Chelinka, that had to overcome an immensurable amount of pain that no one should ever face, together with the Yuke mage Al, the Selkie boy that looks a lot like Gau, Gnash and the cutie littlie Liltie Meeth, that you should never ever "upsetie"
Different from the original game, this one has an mandatory storyline that you have to follow, uncovering the past of the party, the parents of the twins and the king or Rebena Te Ra (which is in ruins on the main game)
Originally made for NDS with no new ports
FFCC ECHOES OF TIME is the Sequel of Ring of Fates and still before the main game, the story revolves on the cute catgirl Sherlotta, that sadly doesn't have cat ears, only tail 😔, a girl that is capable of creating crystals, from which this crazy guy Larkeicus wants to use to sustain his greed for power and fame, even though his machines draw the essencial power that mantains the world and it creates calamities, he concludes that to solve this he needs more power! What a Genius!
In this game you learn the sad truth about how the greed of one single person can cause so much suffering, and come on Square! These stories are too cruel! Heart shattering for Pegi 12 or 14 😭
The gameplay stays the same, but its more free than Ring of Fates and more mandatory than the main game. Originally made for NDS, but with a Wii port
FFCC MY LIFE AS A KING is a Sequel to the main game, where there is No more miasma and people are starting to rebuild the world.
You play as the little King Leo, an young boy that doesn't talk very much, but is determined to follow his father's footsteps and become an great King, making the kingdom flourish! The gameplay is... uhhh... its a city building game... like SimCity or so, you walk around your kingdom and choose which buildings to construct with the power of magic, and for resources you send adventurers to the outside world, so instead of being the adventurer, you have the perspective of the king administrating the city, which is also cool... your adventurers get better equipments with your patronage and can do much better on field, with this finding more distant places and clues about what happened to your father... which is... not what you expected, and thus the plot thickens as you go on uncovering this story, until you can finnally have a happy ending!
This game was made for Wii, only sold on WiiWare, and thus, there is NO WAY of buying it, those nintendo sons of a b-
FFCC MY LIFE AS A DARKLORD is the Sequel to my life as a king, where you play with the great, the amazing, the most devilish and completely Evil Darklord's Daughter Mira! After her dad was defeated by some adventurers sent by some king, its her turn to dominate the world! So she takes her magic tower and uses to make a dungeon for the adventurers, where in a Tower Defense style game she protects her evil crystal by setting monsters and creating different floors to stop the adventurers from defeating her, with this, reigning supreme as the greatest Darklord evil! Muahahahahahaha!
Check this game! Its hella funny!
Made only for WiiWare and impossible to buy... Nintendo FUUU-
FFCC THE CRYSTAL BEARERS is the last game and is the sequel from a distant future, where now people that use magic and crystals are like monsters, abominations that shouldn't exist... people always act like that when they are living in their super confortable lives, but just like atheists that when confronted by death start praying to gods and miracles, soon they all will cry out for a savior.. in this game you play as Layle, a dude that has the power to manipulate gravity... he just goes walking around the world, picking people and rocks and throwing everywhere... this guy is OP! You go on with him as a mercenary, that just happens to hear more than he should and starts uncovering the secrets of a world domination plan, where he appears to be the only one capable of stopping this madness.
The game talks about racism and other forms of bigotry, still keeping the dark themed atmosphere of the series.
Made for wii, but this one has a Disc version, but still death to this company 😡
All these games are based on Final Fantasy IX a lot, there are lots of copied enemies and bosses, and some elements like Miasma and Mist and themes about mortality, bigotry, fear of death and the importance of the memories, so it resembles a lot this game in a more free way in its own world that is apart from any other ff World
WHERE TO PLAY THESE GAMES
Well, the only one actually accessible is the original game, that Finnally got a release for the new consoles! Totally remastered! There is even a mobile version of it! Maybe... there is hope for the other games, but until then, please emulate them, even if you can buy, the less money you can give to these monsters the better... with a NDS a WII and a PC/PS4/any other new gen console, you can play all the games, but all that can be emulated... the only one that is very hard to work properly is Crystal Bearers, since its awfully bad optimized.
These games deserved more love...