A downloadable game for Windows and macOS

STORY

Something sinister is going on behind closed doors in the Kingdom of Lestyr, and it would have remained unbeknownst to its citizens and to the rest of the world... If it weren't for Siena, a nonchalant bandit, who stumbled upon the kingdom's hidden secret and lived to tell the tale.

Along with a runaway princess, a sharp-tongued knight, and a mysterious mage with a questionable past, Siena must now fight for his freedom and for the freedom of others, without knowing that this quest would also lead him to a long-lost legacy he never knew he shouldered.


CHARACTERS


Features:

  • 4+ hours of game play
  • 9 playable characters
  • Original sprites


(This game is a prequel to Crysmalia (but no knowledge of it is required).)

Install instructions

For Mac users, you might need to go to System Preferences--> Security and Privacy--> then allow the app to run.

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Crysmalia- Dawn of Darkness windows v1.1.zip 1,006 MB
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Crysmalia- Dawn of Darkness v1.1 Mac.zip 603 MB

Development log

Comments

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hey! this is my first time playing this and i'm in love so far! i'm stuck on the piero fight, though. theres a point mid fight where he stops attacking you and you just keep on attacking with no resistence? i'm not sure if this is a bug or not, as i keep attacking him for a really long time and he still doesn't die. just wondering if i should keep going with the attacks and if this is normal or not!

Hi there! Thank you for playing! Um, it's the fight in the Sieger Tribe, is it? *SPOILER ALERT* Did you come across the scene where Ning Jun nullified Piero's crystal? If you did, then yes, it should you should keep on attacking him until he is defeated. (In my play through there's nothing wrong but if the fight keeps dragging on, do report again)

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i don't recall ning jun destroying his crystal? before the fight siena and ning jun were in the cave trying to find the labratory and they found it and the wizards set the sieger children free. then it cuts back to kain and erika after they talk with the elder and have the fight with the wizards. piero talks to erika and erika still doesn't agree so kain and erika fight him. perhaps i should do more exploring in the cave to find the scene with ning jun nullifying the crystal?

Ah no, sorry. I get what you mean now. The scene where that happens should be in the middle of the battle where only Siena and Ning Jun fights against Piero. If you haven't reached this scene yet, then that means you have to continue battling until Erika and Kain are defeated (yes, you cannot win this battle!) Once you lose, Siena and Ning Jun will come to play. So sorry for the confusion and (unnecessary) spoilers!

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Apologies for the somewhat scattershot post: The following are my thoughts on the game post-completion, kind of stream-of-consciousness as opposed to a more structured review.

- I liked the humor throughout the game, which made me chuckle; even the endgame had some laughs, like Onyx touching things while looking for the node and everyone responding when he's about to drink some random liquid. It's a little weird/funny to think about the final battle against Piero happening with Terevska still wearing vomit-covered clothes from that drunken soldier, since it's not like he had time to change.
- A few places had map errors where I accidentally walked through tables, bookshelves, etc, most noticeably in the castle i.e. the mage labs and the knight's barracks. It didn't really affect my game, though.
- There seems to be a mislabeled text box after the Piero fight where Terevska is telling the others to "finish him" ["him" being Piero] but the box is labeled Siena?
- The main and side characters were a lot of fun and their dialogue was enjoyable to read; I particularly liked Ishana, Kain and Siena and the bickering dynamic between Siena and Kain. Ishana's definitely my favorite, and I wish we got to see more of her and Reagan since they join up relatively late. I would have liked to spend more time with all of the characters and seen more of the world; it sometimes felt like events happened too fast, but that does mean that the plot never felt like it was dragging or bogged down.
- The story itself felt a lot like a classic JRPG in a good way, but your world-specific details also made it a creation of its own. The history in the background was intriguing and went a long way towards establishing the setting, though the finale felt a little rushed given all the build-up that came before.
- I'm not sure if it was intentional, but there were some places where scripted scenes take over and it felt like your HP/MP should have been restored but wasn't, like the sequence that puts Siena into the Desert Falcon HQ and leads to the fights with the mercenaries, resulting in my entering the fight with low HP/MP.
- It was a little strange that you can board the ship and sail around after the endgame begins but you can't disembark anywhere but Weycot; I thought I'd be able to go back to previous towns to shop and/or explore, given that the ship was accessible. I would have appreciated it if the game had been a little more obvious/clear about the fact that you wouldn't really be able to use the ship after that point, maybe having something happen to it after Siena's group arrives in Weycot.
-- Related: Is it ever possible to get to Palmyra? I tried to dock there when Erika's group is initially going to Weycot, after Siena's group joins them but before the endgame starts and after the endgame starts, but I kept getting Onyx's 'Princess, this isn't how to get to Weycot' line.

Overall, I enjoyed my time with this game; thanks for putting it out there for players to explore!

Hi, Emberfell! Thank you for playing C:DoD and for the meaningful feedback! I'll try to answer/comment on each point you made!

- Glad you liked my crappy sense of humour haha, and yes Terevska fought in the final battle still wearing the vomit-stained shirt (lmao).

- Yes, I'm really sorry about the 'walk through' errors in the map. I only noticed when I was done uploading the game. I have to take note of that when re-uploading a better version of the game.

- Oh! I didn't notice this mistake! Thank you for pointing it out. I will check it and correct it.

- Yeah, I have a tendency to go all speedy when making games since most of my games are story-driven, thus not giving players enough time to explore the world and characters. I'll have to slow down the pace next time. Happy to hear you like Siena and Kain's banters, as well as Ishana! Ishana is also one of my favourite characters. I think she's so cool and it was a joy to draw her! Man, should have added more screen time for her.

- Thank you! Yes, I tried to go for the JRPG genre. Just a trivia- the gameplay of this game was inspired by Suikoden Tierkreis, hence why it's so story-driven. And yes, I also spent a lot of time world-building, and the reason why the finale was so anti-climatic was because this is a prequel to the Crysmalia novel which still has Piero in it. I know the ending was somewhat of a disappointment, but well... Sorry about that.

- The HP/MP being unrestored during some story events was intentional because I thought it would add an element of difficulty. Though I do admit it's a bit unfair because story events sometimes catch players unexpectedly.

- Yes, I'm sorry, the ship was made in such a way that only allows you to explore the sea and go to Weycot. Perhaps next time I'll allow players to visit other places as well.

- No... Haha. You can't go to Palmyr beach. Originally I wanted to add a new map but it wasn't related to the game, but perhaps in the next update I'll add it. I just added it there because it's a brief cameo of the location of my other games, The Clock Chronicle and Kairos.

Thank you so much for taking your time to play and comment! I appreciate the constructive feedback you've given me, and I'll make sure to refer to your feedback when I make my next games. Cheers!

Hello! I forgot to let you know that I've tried this game a few weeks back and so far, I'm enjoying it so much! I haven't gotten around into finishing it yet(curse my worktrips), but I typed a bit of my thoughts and excitement as I played through in real-time in Notepad! I thought I should share it and reply the rest under this once I'm free enough to resume my adventure!

  • Startup music and title art is so fresh and nice! An adventure is brewing and I am excited to jump in!
  • Love that establishing character moment with Siena, Kain and Erika. In one single conversation, you've brought up what we need to know about all 3, mygod this writing
  • This music is so lovely...
  • BOB THE STALKER
  • I love that you wrote such a unique way to heal in the castle, hahaha. God, I enjoy unnatural things.
  • NING JUN HAS SUCH A NICE COLOR PALETTE, I'm such a fan of his design. Also the fact that he can heal right when Siena desperately needs it is very well-planned!
  • ?!!!! THE MEDICINES ARE NOT MEDICINE, WHAT
  • OH THE MAGIC NING JUN FELT WAS FROM THE BOX
  • O H N O
  • Oh boy.... your majesty... w h y
  • I absolutely love how relatable each and every one of these (main) characters are, like you just naturally vibe with them. I have to tip my hat to this writing.

This was as far as I've written in Notepad! I'll come back to this game once I find enough time! Don't worry! I hope you stay safe!

Hi Sy! Good to see you again! Thanks for giving C:DoD a chance and I'm glad to know you enjoyed it so far! Don't worry about finishing it quickly, and good luck to your work trips!

It brings a smile to my face when reading your notes! (Reading reactions are the best!) Also I'm glad you liked Ning Jun's design and hopefully you also like the other characters'! 

Thanks for playing and hope you stay safe too!

Hey, just letting you know: I tried out the Mac version and couldn't get it to work whatsoever ;w; Every time I open the game it immediately crashes on me (I've tried three times to open it and met with 3 instant crashes) so it looks like the Mac version's got issues

Hello Azure, I re-downloaded and tried it again on my Mac, but there seems to be no problem. After opening the game, did you try going to system preferences-> security and privacy-> and allowing the app to run? As a Mac user, I need to do that every time for every game I downloaded in itch.

If it still doesn't work perhaps you can try re-downloading the game again? Thanks for reporting and sorry for the inconvenience.

will you be making an android version?

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Hi, for now I don't know how to deploy RPG Maker games into Android, so I don't think so. But if I do find a way to do it, I'll let you know.

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I just finished playing this game! And I would like to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it! The characters were really lovable with their own unique personalities. I also got excited when we meet a new character along the journey. The choice in music was also very fitting for many of the scenes. I do think, though, it would've been wise to have changed the default battle music to a different track--simply as it took away from the intensity and seriousness of certain battles. There were also a few errors, nothing totally game breaking--like near the end in the mages' study, there were a lot of walkthrough errors. The one by the crystal ball could soft lock the game, so it is important to approach it from the front. The climax was interesting though I feel short lived and kind of rushed, considering all the build up, however the after credits scene REALLY peaked my interest and I think was the perfect way to end the game.

Anyway, small gripes and errors aside, the game as a whole was really enjoyable. I loved exploring this world of Gaia you created. The mapping also seemed to get better the further the game went on. It was nice to take in how well laid out some areas were. My favorite places were definitely Al'Sharan and Weycote. I also liked the Knight's Barracks. The antagonist was incredibly selfish, evil, and irredeemable, making him both a dangerous and perfect foe you want to hate. The battles were fun and engaging, it felt fairly balanced. It's not too incredibly hard where people would give up easily, but it provided enough challenge for battles to be interesting. Everyone had interesting and effective abilities. The twists sprinkled throughout the game caught me off guard and really helped to build the intensity. All the dialogue was really interesting to read. I loved the character banter and personalities, I even loved reading NPC dialogue, and props to making the in-game tips for newbie RPG players so interesting by coming from that Bob the Stalker guy lol, he may be a minor side character but he was amongst one of my favorites! Also to see Zephyra from The Clock Chronicle was a nice touch! Makes me wonder what timeline that game and Kairos are in this world you created.

Anyway I shall stop my waaaay too long review, and just say whilst the game has its flaws, it has a lot of heart, I liked the character designs, and the world you created has a lot of interesting lore. Journeying with these characters was truly a neat experience. I would love to continue exploring Gaia in all other related works you make! I am also excited to read the Crysmalia novel to see what happens next!

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Aaa thank you so much for your kind review and for your help in testing the game! I'll fix the bugs you pointed out as soon as possible! I also agree that the climax was kind of lacking, but it's a prequel, so the outcome of the fight is necessary for the novel's plot. (I feel slightly guilty for the cliffhanger though haha)

I'm so glad you liked the world, and yes, it's the same world as The Clock Chronicle and Kairos. If you play Kairos, you'll meet Chronos, Bob the Stalker and Zephyra! To be honest I'm not sure about the timeline, but perhaps the events of Kairos is before Crysmalia: DoD because... you know what happened to Zethania (haha).

Thank you so much for giving Crysmalia: DoD a chance and for your valuable feedback! (P.S.: I'm also planning to make a VN based on the novel, though it's still undecided)

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You are very welcome, and I am happy to be of help! Using RPG Maker myself, it can be easy to miss those errors at first glance. Yo I loved the cliffhanger though, it really reels you in (I am guilty of those kinds of cliffhangers myself wahahaha). Oooh yeah I was thinking Kairos looks to be before Crysmalia.... considering lol.

Looking forward to more of what you do with this world ^^