Death Crimson

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Death Crimson
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: Ecole
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (2 tracks)
Peripherals supported: Virtua Gun
Genre: Shooting[1][2]

Number of players: 1
Official in-game languages:
  • 日本語
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Saturn
    ¥5,8005,800 T-23202G
    Sega Rating: All Ages

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    Death Crimson (デスクリムゾン) is Sega Saturn light gun game developed and published by Ecole. Released exclusively in Japan in August 1996, it is infamous for its notoriously-low production quality, and is frequently cited as one of the single-worst titles for the Saturn. However, its camp presentation and overall strangeness also established a cult fanbase which still exists today, and has since become celebrated for its endearing so bad it's good" appeal.[3]

    The game was followed by the 1999 sequel Death Crimson 2, and its arcade-based 2000 update Death Crimson OX.


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    10 years ago, when protagonist Combat Echizen was still enlisted the Marumara Army, he and his two buddies Danny and Greg discovered some ancient ruins. Inside they found jewels, ancient books, and a gun called Crimson. The three friends grabbed everything they could and escaped back to their homelands. They never met each other again.

    1996: The KOT syndrome has infected all of Europe. Combat Echizen has become a doctor. He found himself dragged by fate into the town of Saronika where all the citizens have become monsters. Without realizing, he started using the Crimson against them and found it quite effective in dealing damage. The Crimson could also upgrade itself in the midst of battle too. Realizing this gun is connected to the KOT syndrome and the appearance of the monsters, Combat Echizen goes to Limburg University, Coneraato Bridge, Izgit River, and finally to Asshimu Mansion to fight the monsters and reach out to the truth.


    D-pad aims, A shoots, X reloads and  START  pauses the game.



    One part of the opening cutscene used a filming of Tomogashima.[1]

    Critical reception

    The game was universally panned for its terrible graphics, frustrating hit detection, disorienting camera, and a feedback-less calibration screen unable to inform players where shots are fired.

    Production credits

    • Produce: Y.Manabe
    • Total Planning: S.Akasaka
    • System Design: S.Sawada
    • Game Program: K.Yano
    • Graphic Design: M.Yoshimatsu
    • Thanks for: T.Umeki, K.Matsui, T.Yamazaki, K.Watanabe (渡辺 邦孝)[4]
    Death Crimson
    Copyright Ecole 1996
    In-game credits
    DeathCrimson Saturn JP SSEnding.pdf

    Magazine articles

    Main article: Death Crimson/Magazine articles.

    Promotional material

    Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1996-13: "1996-13 (1996-08-09)" (1996-07-26)

    Physical scans

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    Sega Saturn
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    6 reviews

    Death Crimson

    Saturn, JP
    DeathCrimson Saturn JP Box Back.jpgDeathCrimson Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
    DeathCrimson Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
    DeathCrimson Saturn JP Disc.jpg
    Death Crimson (Japan).pdf

    Technical information

    Main article: Death Crimson/Technical information.

    ROM dump status

    System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
    Sega Saturn
    117,632,928 1996-06-28 CD-ROM (JP) T-23202G V1.000

    Track list

    1. Data track  
    2. Main Theme (2:04) 
    3. Start Menu (3:00) 
    Running time: 5:04

    External links


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    Death Crimson games for Sega systems
    Sega Saturn
    Death Crimson (1996)
    Sega Dreamcast
    Death Crimson 2: Meranito no Saidan (1999) | Death Crimson OX (2001)
    Arcade (NAOMI)
    Death Crimson OX (2000)