A downloadable game for Windows

The Stairway is a game made by illydna in RPG Maker 2000.

You play as Stella, who has been invited to an event by her friend. However, after a while of being there, this friend is nowhere to be seen. Could she possibly have left without her? While wondering, Stella stumbles upon a strange stairway…

This game has no horror content, and is intended to be a calming experience. It's pretty straightforward, and only has one ending.

While the game is available here in both English and Spanish, there are also Russian and Portuguese translations available on the game's tumblr page.

A walkthrough is available here.

Published Nov 04, 2016
Release date Jul 06, 2015
TagsAtmospheric, Female Protagonist, Pixel Art, Relaxing, RPG Maker, Surreal, Walking simulator
Average sessionAbout an hour
LanguagesEnglish, Spanish; Castilian

Install instructions

Thank you very much for downloading!

Installation is not necessary. To run the game, uncompress the compressed file, and execute RPG_RT.exe from the uncompressed folder. Playing directly from the .rar or .zip file will delete any made saves.

If the font is nearly unreadable, install the font "RM2000 8" located in the game folder. This should make the correct font show up.

Have fun!


The Stairway 1.01 ENG.rar 125 MB
La Escalera 1.01 SPA.rar 125 MB
The Stairway 1.01 ENG.zip 212 MB
La Escalera 1.01 SPA.zip 212 MB


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Could you make a zip file for the game?

Right away! I have added zip files for both versions. :')

Thanks so much for that!

how long is this game?

Around 30-45 minutes long, approximately! Though it really depends on the person, that's the amount of time I've usually seen people take to complete it. :')

I loved the game. A really sweet calming Game. ♥♥♥

Thank you very much for playing! I'm really glad you enjoyed it! :')

language is in spanish or italian i think, what should i do

Hello! Apologies for the late reply. You probably downloaded it from the second link, which is the Spanish version. The first one should be in English; make sure the file has ENG in the title, instead of SPA! Hope it helps! \o/

how to uncompress tho? I downloaded it and it popped up as an internet shortcut. It wouldn't open afterwards. I need help ;-;;

You can uncompress it with WinRAR! Just double-click the file, and if you have WinRAR installed, it should open and give you the option to uncompress it. Make sure your file is a .rar archive though (the icon should look like a stack of three books), since it might not have downloaded properly. ;v;

Hope it helps! Tell me if you still have trouble. ´v`)/

What a cute game! I loved it, and was really impressed!

Thank you so much for playing!! I'm glad you had a good time! *v*

Such a good game! Quick, gentle, and such a pleasant atmosphere. It's not often you find a game that gets "calm" right. I love the music by the way, do you know where I who did it? I'd love to hear even more

Thank you so much for playing!! I'm glad you enjoyed it! ;v;
All the music is from Music Egg, *CAMeLIA* and Maou Damashii, they all have a lot of really nice royalty free songs!

This was way better than what I expected. Excellent atmosphere, I loved the village / library part. There's definitely some Alice in there, but quieter, quainter. I heartily recommend it.

Aaah thank you very much, really; and especially for playing. Knowing the atmosphere did its job makes me happier than anything! Thank you very much for these thoughts!

played your game and did a small gameplay of it

Nice game you have created young one:


Whoa! Thank you very much!! I really appreciate it. I'm always very glad to see people enjoying The Stairway directly. :'))

it was realy an amazing game, and i guess i should apologize because i was probably just messing arround too much while playing it, but still nice game.

Cute game, I enjoyed it. Gave me a distinct "Alice in Wonderland" vibe. You did a great job :)

I'll edit with a link to my blog post with this game once it's posted. ;)

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Thank you very much for playing! I'm glad that you enjoyed it!! Happy to hear this description, too. :')

And oooh! I'll stay tuned then, looking forward to seeing the post!! I really appreciate it. :'D

The post finally came up in my queue: http://pajamagaming.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-stairway-pc.html

Thank you so much for the review!! I'll take good note of the issues! ;v;
About the font problem, the game folder actually includes the correct font, but it has to be installed to work; not having it installed makes the unreadable one show up. I wish there were more practical ways to keep a readable font on RPG Maker 2000 for everyone, since a lot of people have had this issue and having to install a new font just for that can be kind of a hassle. It's stated on the instruction manual, but I'll also add it to the install instructions here on itch.io just in case! Thanks for mentioning this!

Ooh! Yeah I had no idea or I totes would have done that :o

Ooh! Yeah I had no idea or I totes would have done that :o

Ooh! Yeah I had no idea or I totes would have done that :o

This game was so wonderful and calming, and the art is so awesome!! The music are also nice and I love it. Did you made the tilesets yourself? They look absolutely beautiful!!

I'm really glad you enjoyed it! Thank you very much!!

About the tilesets, I did! I made all the graphic assets myself. Thank you! ;v;

This was an adorable little game. I enjoyed playing it a lot. The art is beautiful and it gives you a little bit of an Alice in Wonderland sort of feel.

Thank you very much for playing!! I'm really glad you enjoyed it!