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The Crimson Diamond - inspired by The Colonel's Bequest

CryptRat

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https://www.thecrimsondiamond.com





The demo of an upcoming not-Laura-Bow game is available here : http://www.thecrimsondiamond.com/
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Description

The Crimson Diamond is a mystery adventure game where you play as amateur geologist and reluctant detective Nancy Maple. Follow Nancy as she travels north to the fictional ghost town of Crimson, Ontario to investigate the discovery of a massive diamond in the area. Eavesdrop on conversations to learn more about the eccentric cast of characters who find themselves gathered at Crimson Lodge. Explore the lodge and its environs to evaluate the diamond claim, and maybe solve a mystery or two along the way! The Crimson Diamond is a cozy mystery that encourages reading and engaging in the story over devious arcade challenges.

History

Julia Minamata is a freelance game developer and illustrator. This game is inspired by old school text parser-driven adventure games, both in mechanics and aesthetics. Julia uses limited colour palettes in her illustrations and was particularly drawn to the 16-colour EGA palette of Sierra adventure games of the 1980s and 1990s. Combining the rose-coloured nostalgia goggles of growing up in that era with some proof-of-concept artwork, Julia was ready to start developing her game!

Features

- Explore Crimson Lodge and the surrounding wilderness
- Listen and talk to a cast of characters with different personalities and motivations.
- Uncover secrets, discover hidden areas, solve mysteries!

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LESS T_T

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The Crimson Diamond is an EGA text parser mystery adventure game where you play as amateur geologist and reluctant detective Nancy Maple. Follow Nancy as she travels north to the fictional ghost town of Crimson, Ontario to investigate the discovery of a massive diamond in the area. Eavesdrop on conversations to learn more about the eccentric cast of characters who find themselves gathered at Crimson Lodge. Explore the lodge and its environs to evaluate the diamond claim, and maybe solve a mystery or two along the way! The Crimson Diamond is a cozy mystery that encourages reading and engaging in the story over devious arcade challenges.

- Explore Crimson Lodge and the surrounding wilderness
- Listen and talk to a cast of characters with different personalities and motivations.
- Uncover secrets, discover hidden areas, solve mysteries!
 

Darth Roxor

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I gave the demo of that Crimson Diamond thingy a very short spin, looks p. cool. Also, watching the intro I thought, "this better be WIP because EGA graphics does not mean prosper graphics," and then near the end one of the characters says, "This is what the game graphics are ACTUALLY gonna look like." :lol:
 

Cromwell

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I gave the demo of that Crimson Diamond thingy a very short spin, looks p. cool. Also, watching the intro I thought, "this better be WIP because EGA graphics does not mean prosper graphics," and then near the end one of the characters says, "This is what the game graphics are ACTUALLY gonna look like." :lol:

still looks better than the last door and everybody praised that ugly piece of shit
 

Don Peste

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I gave the demo of that Crimson Diamond thingy a very short spin, looks p. cool. Also, watching the intro I thought, "this better be WIP because EGA graphics does not mean prosper graphics," and then near the end one of the characters says, "This is what the game graphics are ACTUALLY gonna look like." :lol:
I just realized it's a text adventure...
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Oh shit, how did I miss this? Colonel’s Bequest is one of my all-time faves. This looks like it could be a decent homage. Not sure about setting the game in daylight though, a big part of Laura Bow 1’s atmosphere comes from the oppressive dark night.
 

WallaceChambers

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Looks cool I appreciate that it's an authentic 16 color pallette. Has a charm to it that the HD-ified retro stuff a lot of other indies go for doesn't. Hope there's more too it than nostalgia worship, though. By that I just mean that I hope the murder mystery part of the game is actually well done.
 

Boleskine

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Good interview with Julia Minamata:



She estimates the game is half way done and may be out in a year or so.
 
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Boleskine

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https://store.steampowered.com/news/app/1098770/view/3133943554963340907

New The Crimson Diamond Demo available!
Bug fixes, UI improvements, upgraded art!

Coinciding with the start of The Big Adventure Event 2022, I'm pleased to launch a new and improved version of The Crimson Diamond Demo!

The demo is the first chapter of a game that will release in its entirety as seven chapters.

This new version fixes many bugs, addresses player feedback, provides more, toggle-able options for player UI, and has a bit of upgraded art in the introductory sequence!

IMPORTANT: Save games from previous versions of the demo will no longer be functional. No new story elements have been added. This version is a new & improved Chapter 1!

This demo will remain available, even after The Big Adventure Event 2022 concludes!
 

Alienman

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Codex 2016 - The Age of Grimoire Make the Codex Great Again! Grab the Codex by the pussy Codex Year of the Donut Shadorwun: Hong Kong Divinity: Original Sin 2 Steve gets a Kidney but I don't even get a tag.
Demo feels buggy. And for some weird reason, the charming music stops after the "intro". It's a dead quiet game, except for a few sound effects.

With buggy, well, I managed to sequence break the game. I did the dinner scene before talking to the chef, which had him mentioning the dinner when talking to him after I had it. Which then locked up the game when I entered the dinner hall. It all turned black. Had to reload an earlier save. And at one point, pressing enter to input commands stopped working. Had to use space instead. But the problem with space is that the last command is saved there, so I had to use backspace every time I wanted to type a new input. A bit annoying. Otherwise, I found it charming, I guess. I have no real nostalgic connection to parser games, so from a novelty perspective it's kinda cool. But I think I would prefer traditional point & click.

Think I found an Easter egg by trying to hide in the wardrobe:

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Rincewind

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The art is lovely and so is the whole atmosphere, really looking forward to it whenever it's ready.
 
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Krice

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I like those dev streams, really interesting to see how someone is creating a game. I don't know about the game itself, I have a love-hate relationship to adventure games.
 

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