The Crimson Diamond: Laura Bow-style Adventure Game

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The Crimson Diamond: Laura Bow-style Adventure Game

Post by PeachFreak » Mon Jun 10, 2019 2:33 pm

I know there was some love for The Colonel's Bequest and The Dagger of Amon Ra on these forums, so I'd thought I'd share a project that's currently in the works from designer Julia Minamata. A playable demo is now available.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWEfmPgaqpE

The Crimson Diamond is a 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.

www.thecrimsondiamond.com
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Re: The Crimson Diamond: Laura Bow-style Adventure Game

Post by WarnerPlum » Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:24 am

Yeah, I heard about that from PushingUpRoses! Haven't had a chance to play it yet..
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Re: The Crimson Diamond: Laura Bow-style Adventure Game

Post by Michael » Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:32 pm

This looks awesome!
How do you know what kind of pictures they are if you're such a lay-dee?

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Re: The Crimson Diamond: Laura Bow-style Adventure Game

Post by BBP » Tue Dec 17, 2019 5:11 pm

Michael, hello! :D

For the Laura Bow-fans among us there is more good news in the pipeline:
http://www.ninezyme.com/

Laura Bow and the Mechanical Codex is in the making!

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Re: The Crimson Diamond: Laura Bow-style Adventure Game

Post by Michael » Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:40 pm

Nice!
How do you know what kind of pictures they are if you're such a lay-dee?

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Re: The Crimson Diamond: Laura Bow-style Adventure Game

Post by MajorHoy » Wed Dec 18, 2019 9:32 pm

I must confess, I had no idea who "Laura Bow" is/was and had to look her up on Google.

(I'm not much of a computer gaming person.)

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Re: The Crimson Diamond: Laura Bow-style Adventure Game

Post by BBP » Thu Dec 19, 2019 6:44 am

It's an adventure gaming series by Sierra. Only two games were ever made: The Colonel's Bequest and The Dagger of Amon Ra. In both games, you're in a closed setting (in TCB a former plantation and in DOAR a museum). Time passes as you enter specific rooms in a specific order. As the time passes, you will find more and more corpses - it's up to you to solve what is happening, find the secret passages etc. In the first game you can stop one person from getting killed (after finding 9 bodies), in the second game you can only spare yourself.

Colonel's Bequest really leans a bit on Cluedo (the colonel's name is Dijon, for instance). It also uses a text parser - you type in text and hope that the game understands what you mean.
Dagger of Amon Ra is point-and-click, and has a first chapter that plays more like a standard adventure game. It doesn't use the snooping puzzles until later. The murders are a lot more extreme though.

There was a community playthrough of Colonel's Bequest on this forum, but I can't find it back unfortunately.

If you want to play the games I can recommend getting them through GOG or Steam.


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