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*****NEW DEMO VERSION***** (As of Jan 21, 2022) THIS IS A PLAYABLE DEMO VERSION! NOT THE FULL GAME. FEEDBACK IS APPRECIATED! www.thecrimsondiamond.com feedback@thecrimsondiamond.com

Mac port by Chad Armstrong

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!

StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, macOS
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(7 total ratings)
Tags2D, demo, ega, Female Protagonist, Mystery, Narrative, Pixel Art, Point & Click, Retro, Singleplayer


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TheCrimsonDiamond_demo_v16c.zip 28 MB
TCD-16c-Mac-Steam.zip 30 MB

Development log


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This looks so awesome. I’m wondering if there’s a chance that it’ll come to iPad now that iPadOS supports keyboard and mouse. Would love to be able to play this on the go. Actually can’t wait until the game officially releases. 


Thanks so much! I'd love to port to other devices, hopefully the game will do well enough after launch to investigate some options. I can't wait until the game releases, either! :P

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The aesthetic is gorgeous! It's a nostalgia trip to my childhood. If you like old-school adventure games, I think you are going to like this one. Can't wait for the finished game.

P.S.: it's nice that you can go out to the balcony on the second floor, Colonel's Bequest players are sure are going to like that :D

I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed it! Thanks so much :)

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It's always a pleasure to see how the game develops, slowly but steadily. I like the new title song, it sounds very roland mt-32-like.

Thanks so much! I'm glad you like the new theme music. Dan Policar worked hard to get the sound just right :).

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Wonderful to see your game appearing here on itch too, Julia! I'm following your project for quite some time now and I really look forward to the final game. You work on The Crimson Diamond with so much care and dedication it's a real pleasure following it via the newsletters. Godspeed and all the best!

Ahhhh! Thanks so much for subscribing to my newsletter! Itch.io seems like a pretty good platform, from what I can see. How do you feel about it?

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Hey! Thank you for writing them - and for the free geology lessons! ;)
I really like itch.io as a platform as it feels much more open and free than GOG and Steam. I've heard it's also very developer-friendly. And, as a friend of DRM-free, I always prefer a good old-fashioned download method that doesn't force its own client on me. :) I think it's a great idea to have your game both on itch.io and on Steam.

I'm glad the newsletter has been an educational experience! I dislike clients too, I use GOG but I never tried GOG Galaxy. Speaking of which, I guess I should look into getting the demo on GOG! :P

I know what you mean, I never touched Galaxy myself and it took years until I installed the Steam client (and only because I heard that many indie developers sell their games on Steam without integrated DRM). But yes, try to get it on GOG. They have become a bit snobby and picky as of late however, refusing some really great titles while rolling out the red carpet for all kinds of more or less questionable "casual games". Anyway, you should try it. As your game is already very well fleshed out, looks and feels absolutely in the vein of the classics AND they sell your main inspiration Laura Bow they simply have to accept it ... or else! ;)

Good to know! I will look into GOG :). 


I have my laptop set to 125% size, which meant the game launched bigger than my screen and I couldn't access any of the options. I'd recommend either letting the game be able to launch in windowed mode, or having it fit to screen.

Please let the text parser understand things the description says, it said there was a metal tag on the chest, but "look at/read metal tag" did not work.

I'd also suggest a glossary or note book for the key words you can ask ppl about, tho the game might have this and I just didn't notice


Hiya! Thanks for trying my game! And thanks for the feedback! 

I'll consider getting the game to default launch in windowed mode, to make it easier for people to choose which display mode suits them best. 

I'll take a look at the metal tag on the chest. I think there's a response for it, but I could probably add some synonyms! 

Page 10 of the manual has some conversational topics to try! The game doesn't prevent game progress if you fail to ask the proper questions, asking questions will mostly  just give more background information about the characters and situation. 

Thanks again, and best wishes!  -- Julia