A downloadable VNRPG for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android

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Cryptid Crush is a TTRPG inspired  Monster Visual Novel with eldritch elements!

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As a newcomer to the seaside town of Longhope, you find yourself surrounded by monsters of urban myth. Haunted by the cat specter Taro, your journey begins alongside the wingless Jersey Devil  Jamie and the pint-sized Mothman Atlas.

Cryptid Crush will feature at least FIVE monster singles, and will receive updates with new content every few months!

Major thanks to our playtesters, friends and folk heroes like you!


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Cryptid Crush 1.0 PC 396 MB
Cryptid Crush 1.0 Linux 367 MB
Cryptid Crush 1.0 Mac 361 MB
Cryptid Crush 1.0 Android (Experimental) 390 MB

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This is like the "every girl is best girl" animes but a visual novel and only one of the characters is a girl. The story is very nice, the visual novel aspects (even though I'm not a bug fan of them) are cool, the character design/art looks amazing and the RPG battles are very fun! Waiting for more :D

ah I remember downloading this a while ago! I think I still have the demo in my computer, excited to see this :]

it is completed game?

The game is still in development!

I love this game! Played it until the "current" end, extremely fun! Also love the battle system and the music! Waiting for more! Also, Atlas best boy, don't @ me 

Playing on Windows 11 and after the Madhouse fight, my avatar changes back to the deafult version, but with the same voice file as before. Apart from that, loving it so far!


The game broke my computer because when I exited the game My desktop turned blue and I can't see or use anything

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Hey! So I don't know if this is where I should say this, but I did encounter a bug (I think) while playing. I saved and closed the game, but when I reopened it later and loaded my save my appearance was reset to the default.

that is a known exception, and we're currently looking into how to resolve it!


Hey, I was wondering if there was some kind of wiki where I could find how the fighting mechanics work exactly. I'm loving you're game so far, but it's a little confusing for my noodle brain, Atlas' explanation helped but i'm still confused lol. The game's awesome though, everythings so beautifuly stylised and cute. Easily my favorite itch.io. Thank you for putting your work into this


We'll try having some more resources for learning the mechanics come the next update!


Really, really cool! I was SOOO upset when I realized that there's only two chapters. 
I. Need. More.

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I went as far as I could in the game and my save files all say "chapter 0". Is it maybe that the .sh version is not completely updated, do chapters not show up properly on the saves, or am I misunderstanding something?

edit: I found a comment reply from drowsy drake studios somewhere below that chapter 1 will be out sometime around June/July/August. That clarifies it.


wait.. jamie tho.. MHPH 


People in the comments are either simping for Atlas or madhouse

And I can respect that

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i want to smooch that damn crazy green ghost AAAAAAAAA
 atlas is also very smoochable uwu i love him

On the part where mothman asks you what cryptid you would be, I wish there was an option to choose moth. because I like moths. 



What a beautiful game, Mike is my favourite character so far.


Will we be able to date Atlas?.. Hes my fav so far!.. <33


hes adorable and i also agree


Atlas is dateable yes!


When will chapter 1 release?


We don't have a specific date pinned down but we're trying to get it out in sometime this summer!

Sounds great! Possibly strange question but, do you mean summer for the northern hemisphere or the southern hemisphere?


Northern. June July August



Chapter 0 is finished?

We're always making small edits! While chapter 0 is largely finished there are some small things subject to change here and there

Ok, thanks for the reply ^^

And by the way. Is it possible to upload a translation of this game with attribution?


You are free to do an unofficial translation if you'd like! 

Eventually we would like to do our own trandlstions but that won't be for a long while. As long as it maintains the links back to the original work and stuff, we have no issue.

What is a trandlstions?

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Translation. Typo

what TTRPG it is inspired by?


Monster of the Week and D&D were the two main sources of inspiration for the CC system

thanks for replying!


I can't start it for some reason.

Like it's not saying anything about not being able to start it, but it's literally just not starting.

HELP pls.

First I've heard of this issue. What platform are you trying to play on?

nvm i got it to work.


Madhouse stole my whole entire heart hot damn, this is incredible!!! 100/10 recommended however when ever I get to the Mike fight my computer lags and freezes occasionally other then that it's run smoother then butter


it keeps crashing when i do the android version


what does it mean when it's experiment for android


The android version is unstable as the game isn't fully optimized! The recommended way to play is the PC version, but we didn't want to leave it completely unable to be played on android as we develop i


I'm not even 3 minutes into this game and already blown away by how much care was put into every detail. The voice acting, the music, the saving screen, the art... So excited to complete it!!


this game is amazing. is there any way i can help with it?

They have a patreon, you can subscribe/ follow them there, I would do it myself but I don't have the money sadly :(


The art style is amazing and the character design are out of this world! I can't wait for the next update :)


YES A UPDATE YESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I absolutely adore this game so far! I'm so invested in the story, the characters, and the universe as a whole!

I've always had an interest in cryptids and monsters  and the designs in this game are so great! The art-style is so wonderful as well. 

And the TTRPG elements are so cool and unique for a game like this, I've personally never seen anything like it! I would definitely recommend anyone to check this one out! Definitely a gem and I'm looking forward to more


i really liked it! and i realy liked the dice role mechanic


Very fun. The gameplay is nice and simple, and story wise it's going pretty well! The characters are charming in their own unique way and appeal to different audiences, which I feel like is a major plus. The visuals are very nice if I do say so myself. Keep at it! It's amazing!


Hello. I really like the visual style of your game, and I also find the idea of cryptids interesting, so I want to try to translate it. Sorry if the next question is stupid, have you finished chapter 0? I really hope for an answer. I've been following the development of your site, and I noticed that you changed the design of some characters and, it seems, added new ones. I like the design of Atlas' father and the girls named Edith and Tessie, and I like August too. Mike impressed me with his charisma in the game (I used to translate Cryptid Crush, but then I abandoned it. Now I want to continue in the new version).

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Okay, you all won't believe what just happened: I was just scrolling throught a lot of games and the only two novels that caught my eye were this one and a "Dino Nite". Which happened to be a different games of the same developer! I think that must be a sign for me to complete both of 'em, so I already (sadly) completed "Dino Nite" and moved onto "Cryptid Crush". I'm looking forward to it!


I really, really liked this game! It has a lot of heart, and I'd die for all my new cryptid friends, including a little special someone! I can't wait to play more chapters! The art is all really cool and I can't wait to find out more about the story. And hopefully get some monster/human romance going! ;) 

Where can I find the battle music?

It's kidna nice


I went into this game expecting it to be just another mediocre vn dating sim, but holy shit I did not expect this game to be as good as it is!

I absolutely love this game and can't wait to see the full game, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

Although I do have a few thoughts

I do think that there should be some sort of indication of how many rerolls you have left during battle.

Either an indication of how much damage you will deal or have you roll for how much damage you deal

I love the voice acting but I think that there should be more voice acted lines, either fully voice acted or just more of a variety in the lines a character can say

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sick! I really like the character design and voice acting. Everything feels so atmospheric and complete. Can't wait for the next chapter <3


it was awesome!! the characters are really cool and visually is perfect! i really liked it, ill be waiting for more chapters!

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I really enjoy the game!! It's very well made and the voice acting is perfect!!! However I would like to report that when I died the player's look and pronouns completely changed. Other than that I didn't come across anything that wasn't intentional (i think)


Just fininshed game

I'm relley loving it!

Hoping to see more chapter soon....

It's still in development, but very well made! The art, icons, music and VN+ttrpg gameplay feel so FRESH and amazing. The sprite movements are fluid and add to the usual VN reading process. I haven't encountered *any* bugs on PC version.

The only thing i -personally- had trouble with is the plot flow and some of the writing that felt a bit shallow (though i understand that the game has kinda silly setting and I shouldn't pick at it too much). The voice acting also felt a bit weird and exaggerated at times, but again - it's just comedic setting. And I think default BGM volume is too loud to hear some of the voices?

Other than my (apparently) personal beef with comedy - again, it's REALLY interesting project and I'll definitely will be checking out what comes next!

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