A lost treasure... A fool's fable, told in tales. A gift wrought by magic, in a world where magic never was. But is it blessing, or curse?
The story of Giauque
, a "Chaser" and his team as they find themselves drawn into the mystery of the Original Gift, the Crimson Shroud.Crimson Shroud
is a Adventure Game
influenced by true tabletop
role-playing games, with the simulated usage of dice to determine the strength or weakness of certain effects. Originally packaged in the Guild01 set in Japan and later released as a standalone 3DS eShop title in US and Europe. It is directed by Yasumi Matsuno
and developed by Level5
. Its first trailer can be seen here.
Crimson Shroud contains examples of the following:
- Antagonist Title: The Big Bad, whose real name is Abigail, uses the moniker to lure adventurers to her prison.
- Black Bra and Panties: Frea, with her obviously non-medieval pushup bra.
- Character Level: Averted. All of your characters retain the same base stats throughout the entire game, which can only be enhanced by gathering better loot.
- The Chessmaster: The Big Bad spread the rumor of the "Original Gift" to lure curious adventurers to her prison, hoping one such adventurer would be a Qish so that she can possess them and begin the Apocalypse.
- Creator Thumbprint: It's not an Ivalice game but it certainly feels like one due to Yasumi Matsuno's style.
- Deal with the Devil: The Big Bad made one to have revenge on humanity, and after they managed to seal her away in the Sun-Gilt Palace of the Rahab, the Chosen of the Solis also made one to fill the place with monsters and keep anyone from releasing her.
- Felony Misdemeanor: The Chosen of the Solis poured lead into the eyes of one of their own and cut off her fingers and toes because she loved the king while he had a wife. She was perfectly content with burying her feelings, but this would push her across the Despair Event Horizon.
- Downer Ending
- Dungeon Crawling: The plot of the game is Giauque, Lippi, and Frea scouring the Sun-Gilt Palace of the Rahab in search of the Defense of Heresy and the Crimson Shroud.
- Encyclopedia Exposita: The focus of the trailer.
- Genre Throwback: Of Tabletop RPGs, complete with the character models having metal bases as if they were gaming miniatures.
- Hot Witch: Frea
- Identical Grandson: The Big Bad looks identical to Frea because she is Frea's ancestor.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Lippi. Such is his aim that his arrow can pierce both wings of a butterfly 100 paces away!
- Luck Manipulation Mechanic: Rolling dice to alter the accuracy of a move, which can be suprisingly complicated.note
- Multi-Melee Master: Giauque, who can use swords, knives, hammers, and axes.
- New Game+: All learned skills and all items (except key items) are kept, enemies get stronger, and new areas can be accessed (complete with new chests and bosses).
- Our Dragons Are Different
- Our Goblins Are Different: They have above-average intelligence and have oft been observed using the same magic spells and fighting techniques as humans.
- Our Liches Are Different: They look more like reapers in the book entry on them.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: Giauque is revered for his aptitude within the Chasers Guild.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The Big Bad has been imprisoned in the Sun-Gilt Palace of the Rahab for the past 1,000 years because she murdered the king and queen with powers she gained from a Deal with the Devil but was sealed away by the other Chosen of the Solis.
- Shout-Out: To MadWorld, a title that Yasumi Matsuno wrote for. Giauque (Jack) is a top agent for the Chasers Guild.
- Stylistic Suck: The characters are rendered as nothing but playing pieces with little stands underneath them. Probably saved a lot of money on needing to animate the characters—there is no animation for the cutscenes.
- Visual Novel: Shades of it. There's no animation in the characters during cutscenes (they are, of course, just little figurines that can't move) so everything is described through verbose, Woolsey-esque narration.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: All three playable characters, but especially Giauque and Frea.