Death Crimson

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Death Crimson
System(s): Sega Saturn
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (2 tracks)
Peripherals supported: Virtua Gun
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up

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

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    Death Crimson (デスクリムゾン) is a lightgun game for the Sega Saturn. It is often considered to be one of the worst games for the system.

    It was followed by Death Crimson 2 and Death Crimson OX for the Sega Dreamcast.

    The Ecole animation logo shown in the game was inspired by a statue from Lake Touya in Hokkaido.


    10 years ago, when he was still in the Marumara Army, he and his two buddies Danny and Greg found 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 — present day: 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.


    Critical reception

    The game was panned for its terrible graphics, non intuitive calibration screen (it fades to black after you shoot the target and you can’t verify if the gun is calibrated correctly), for the disorienting camera movement and the terrible hit detection.


    It became considered as "Densetsu no Kusoge" by various retrogamers.

    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)[1]
    Death Crimson
    Copyright Ecole 1996
    Source: In-game creditsMedia:DeathCrimson_Saturn_JP_SSEnding.pdf[2]

    Magazine articles

    Main article: Death Crimson/Magazine articles.

    Promotional material

    SSM JP 19960809 1996-13.pdf

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


    Physical scans

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    33 №400, [1]
    5 More...[3]
    30 More...[4]
    21 More...Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[5]
    Sega Saturn
    Based on
    4 reviews

    Saturn, JP
    DeathCrimson Saturn JP Box Back.jpgDeathCrimson Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
    DeathCrimson Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
    DeathCrimson Saturn JP Disc.jpg

    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] ({{{time}}})

    2. Main Theme (02:04)

    3. Start Menu (03:00)
    Running time: 5:04