A downloadable game for Windows


The full game is NOW RELEASED and available here: https://woodsy-studio.itch.io/crimson-spires 

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The small mining town of Bataille, Missouri has been cordoned off from the outside world for six months. The inhabitants have no idea why. All they know is that ever since the so-called "Contingency," planes no longer fly overhead, strange creatures have been glimpsed beyond the perimeter, and large mechanical towers will gun down anyone who tries to escape. As Sheriff Erika Wright searches for the truth, she must listen to the advice of a serial killer, mingle with extreme conspiracy theorists, and negotiate with vampires.


Choose a Partner

As Erika struggles to maintain order in Bataille, she uncovers startling secrets and makes unlikely alliances. Eventually, she must choose a partner in her quest to find the truth. The story will have four completely unique story branches depending on Erika's partner, each of which reveals a new secret and a chance for Erika to find romance.


Adopted by the Bataille family at a young age, Liam Bataille has always struggled to feel like he fits in with the family. He’s easily the nicest member of the Batailles with an optimistic attitude, and he regularly urges to Erika to relax and have fun. But his loyalty is frequently torn between his personal virtue and his desire to please Julian and Charlotte.


Before the towers rose, August Flynn was a philosophy professor accused of 7 murders, coined the “Heartbreaker” for removing the victims’ hearts. Erika doesn’t believe his claims of innocence, but she might need his expertise against darker forces.

Growing up as a lesbian in a conservative, rural town often made Maddy Gray feel like an outsider in her own home. The Batailles were the only people who fully accepted her, so she feels loyal to them. But as she learns the real truth of the Batailles, she’ll have to fight for the greater good.


Julian Bataille seems calm, polite, and practical on the surface. He claims to maintain order in Bataille with his wealth and influence. He does like to maintain order and peace. But is he actually manipulating everyone for his own personal gain?


Install instructions

Extract the zip folder, open it, then run the CS_Demo.exe or CrimsonSpires_Demo.exe to launch the game.

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Recommended MINIMUM requirements on LOW settings:

Microsoft Windows 7 or higher
AMD 7500 or NVIDIA GT 555M video card
4GB RAM
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 2.33GHz
2 GB free hard drive space

Download

Download
CrimsonSpires_DEMO.zip 1 GB

Development log

Comments

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I really enjoyed the demo! :D Just wondering how long the full game is?

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This game immediately had my attention with the description and the art style, but it's been sitting in my, "Want to Play," list for awhile. I finally downloaded it, started it up and played through both demos tonight. The beginning demo had me HOOKED. The music along with the environment had me creeped out, but I wanted to know more. By the end of the beginning demo I just yelled, "WHAT?" The middle demo had me asking questions too, and I'm so excited to play through the full release. I can't wait!! I had to go explain all of it to my husband and now we are conspiring and making theories as to what is actually going on. This is going to be amazing and I can't wait to see if any of our theories are right or if we're completely wrong. The writing is well done and I love the characters already, with August being my favorite so far. I'm looking forward to the release!! :)

I loved the demo i cant wait for the full release. Is that still planned for september or has the plan changed? I love your art style and the scary and suspenseful vibe of the game ive never seen anything like it. :)

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Thanks so much! We're aiming for Oct 27

okay Thankyou I cannot wait for the full game. Will the full game cost any money cause either way I will get it just wondering :)

are you guys still set on releasing this game september this year? or has there been some changes?

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The new release date is Oct 27th! We really hope this one will stick :D

Was there a Meramec Caverns billboard before?! I may have just overlooked it the first time, but that little detail is just perfect. If you have time, can you explain what's extended? This demo seems to end in the same place as it did a year ago? Still very excited for it.

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Haha thanks; I think it was there before, but I'm glad you enjoyed it. Malcolm and I see those often driving around Missouri! 

The extended version includes the "Middle" demo option, which allows you to play another segment of the game and meet more characters. There is currently no option to play straight through, though. Hopefully that will be available in a few months with the full game! XD

Aw, sweet! I saw that, but I forgot it by the time I got to the end of the first bit. I'll go look at that as soon as I'm off work then. :)

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I can't download the demo. After pressing install nothing happens.  I'm quite curious about this game .  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I'm sorry you're experiencing this issue. Currently, both versions are available for download (the titles have "v1" or "Extended" suffix). Hopefully we can fix the extended demo errors soon.

is this the latest demo? on their steam page they mentioned something about festival demo, can somebody elaborate on that? 

We have added the latest demo here to itch, although it sounds like some people are having issues installing and playing. Currently, both versions are available for download (the titles have "v1" or "Extended" suffix). Hopefully we can fix the new demo errors soon.

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I'm having problems with the new demo.  It will not install with the itch.io app. at all. It attempts to install for a few seconds and then just stops with no error message.  I'm running on a windows 10 64 bit os. Intel i5-7500 cpu, 16 gb ram and Radeon rx 460 gpu.

I can get the downloaded and unzipped demo to run but it doesn't seem to be the extended demo.  It gives the option to start the demo from the beginning or the middle and if I start at the beginning, the demo ends just after August says "I believe we're surrounded." The demo then says 'to be continued' and goes straight to the credits roll.  I can then restart and choose to play from the middle but then I have no idea what has led up to that point.  The demo seems to be missing content or not running it correctly.  I uninstalled and purged all the saved games and references to the previous Crimson Spires demo, before playing the current demo, so I'm not sure what's going wrong.  

I'm sorry to hear you had these issues! Thanks for providing these details.  We're investigating the problem now. 

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I was able to download the demo through the itch website, but it's very glitchy.  I had intially thought it was broken (the screen was stuck on just a blank, black screen) but I waited and the game did eventually load but there was a LOT of lag reading through the dialogue and with transitions (new characters/sprites appearing, and every scene transition got stuck at the black screen again).  I finally gave up at the first investigation screen wen the dialogue box didn't load correctly after examining the bloodstain.

I'm sorry to hear you had these issues! We're investigating the problem now. Can you tell me whether your computer meets the minimum spec requirements (added to download & install instructions)?

I don't see the spec requirements on this page, but it's Windows 10 64 bit, 8 GB RAM, 3.10 GB processor so I would think it should...

I'm trying to download the update in the itch app and I keep getting an error: unsupported compression algorithm (not sure what that means).

I can't wait to play the full game! 😍

Do you guys think the full game will be Mac supported? I really want to play but I don't have access to a windows OS :/

Have you tried using Boot Camp? 

I'm really looking forward to this game and I was hoping to play the new demo.  Has the demo been updated here yet?

I am very excited about this game and been looking forward to the new demo since the announcement on your twitter.  Though, from what I can tell it has not been updated yet, am I correct? Also, do you have a Discord channel?

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Thank you, Endraca! The new demo release has been pushed to June 16. We do have a Discord channel here: discord.gg/j5BYj2W 

Definitely intrigueing set-up with the mystery spires and horror-esque place Erika and company have found themselves in. I reallyadored August's character. Keep up the good work and can't wait for this game's release <3

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I am completely in awe of this demo. With such little game play you have me hooked and I can't wait to play more!

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I'm really loving this so far and can't wait for the full game to be released! The story is really intriguing, and the atmosphere is just perfect! :)

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Loved it! I cannot wait for the full release!!!!

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That was amazing, i really like the vibe and the characters, especially August;). i'll wait patiently for the full game

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I NEED THE FULL GAME PLEASE !!!! i was so shock at the end and the heavy atmosphere is so cool i really like it !! GOOD JOB !! Can wait for it !!

i have no idea what's going on and this is so cool and different and weird and JOOOOONNESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Hi! Absolutely LOVED the demo. Is this game still in development? Do you guys happen to have a Pateron I could contribute to?

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It's still in development! Altough the release is pushed back to summer 2020. Here's an update from the studio blog:

http://woodsy-studio.com/news/summer-update/

Will there be a demo for mac?

We currently don't have the equipment to build the game on Mac, but we'll update if anything changes

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The demo is incredible.
The atmosphere,characters,graphic and music,all the part're GREAT.
I'm glad I found this game,can't wait to see the full game! 

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I just finished the demo.

The engine... UE4 -  rare in indie games, especially the story based ones 

Great, deep and dark atmosphere. Very good thriller  & horror vibes.

Very good graphic side and music. Well-done 3d backgrounds and explorable surroundings + dialoques based on beautiful, 2d character sprites  and texboxes. Partial voice acting was good idea.

But i have found few flaws: on the explorable part, I was able to walk throu my car and the trees, the shadows/lightining inside the van seemed to be a bit bugged. These are, of course, only small, not important details. 

Few  interesting, different, well-written characters.  

Begenning for great story. I'm waiting for more ♥

Very spooky. I love it and look forward to more :>

I finally had time to play the demo and I LOVE it.  The atmosphere is so creepy and great but without causing anxiety.  I have thoughts about the why of the spires and I'm looking forward to seeing if I'm even remotely correct.  Excited to meet the other characters too.  :)

(Also I may have just spent a long time looking at records of mining that could fit the "I just drove through Perryville" description to try and mentally decide where I would put your fictional town...)  

I haven't even downloaded the demo yet and I'm excited!  If at any point you want to add details about mining in Missouri, I'm your gal!  

Ohh awesome, we might have to take you up on that...

The demo is amazing and I'm happily looking for the full game))) Loved all of yours other games too!

That's great to hear, thank you :D

Wow! I'm intrigued!! 

Thanks!

Very interesting demo and I'd love to play the full game.  Is there a way to pre-order (like a minimum donation to get the full game on release)?

Thank you very much! There currently isn't a way to pre-order but I will look into ways to make that possible :D

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Thanks for the feedback! I think the glitch you mentioned is actually just a result of how we staged the scene. We are considering ways to make that less confusing.

At this point we're hoping for a fall or winter release date this year. The game will probably be 200,000-300,000 words, but it's hard to say for sure as we're still writing some of the branches!  Probably no Kickstarter but we might try Indiegogo.

I love almost everything about the demo! The art, the music, atmosphere, and especially the plot and 3D graphics! Erika also seems like a fantastic MC and I'm curious to see how her relationships with the other characters will unfold. 

One thing I had a bit of trouble with was the settings menu. Although I set the text speed to max, the text still appeared very slowly on my screen. I also had to click multiple times on the setting adjustment bars and save and load buttons to save or load my game because it didn't register during the first click.

Otherwise, this seems like a great game and I'm impatient to play more of it! Really looking forward to the final product and wish your team all the best in its making!

Thanks for the feedback! We'll definitely take a look at those settings

I just played the demo and I am VERY intrigued! Can't wait for more!

Thank you!