This game made my day and I'm so glad I played it. Thank you so much for making it it was absolutely beautiful.
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.
(If you've got font troubles, please check out the last part of the Install instructions here!)
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.
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For some reason, my computer has decided that I can only play RPG Maker 2000 games on the tiniest screen possible. But even then, this proved one of my favorite games. The soundtrack is very lovely, and the different areas were fun to explore. Each area was short and sweet, with puzzles getting a bit longer as the game progresses. It was easy to follow along with and fun to play! I loved the interactions with the characters and the humorous dialog. I enjoyed following Stella on her journey through the staircase.
Thank you so much for playing, despite the tiny screen inconvenience! I'm really glad you enjoyed it!
Fantastic little game! For some reason, the font didn't show up right on my PC, but I was able to enjoy the dialogue regardless. I like how Stella commented on the re-used tileset elements in-universe, haha. Overall a delightful experience! Thank you for making it!
Thank you so much!! Yeah, it tends to give font problems often... there's a font in the folder that can be installed to fix it, but I hope to avoid having to make people go through that in future games since it's a pain ;;
I'm really glad you enjoyed The Stairway!! Thank *you* for playing it!! ♡
This is so cute and relaxing!!!!
Man this was really fun! I played it all in one sitting and at times it was quite challenging. I enjoyed this game and wish it didnt end!! Thank you!
Thank you so much!! I apologize for replying this late, but I'm really glad you enjoyed it!! ;;
I loved the music! And the colors! And the calmness. I got super emotional when I had to say goodbye to the man in the scarecrow house, felt like I was in the middle of an adventure. This game was filled with a lot of short but powerful little scenes.
It felt a lot like some of the most positive parts of Yume Nikki, which was super cool because I kept thinking I was in a horror game but kept receiving good vibes, it also had that cozy Alice in Wonderland vibe. Thanks a lot!!!
Thanks a lot to you, for playing it!! I'm really glad it made you feel that way! Yume Nikki is always one of my biggest inspirations so I'm really happy to hear that as well. :'D
Wonderful game, I really liked the atmosphere, and the dialogue in the scene before the ending was super good. That scene actually made me realize something important about how I overthink things like Stella. Thank you for creating this!
Thank you so much!! I'm very very glad it helped you! Knowing this makes having made this game more worth it than ever. :')
I love this game. It reminds me of my best friend (who I also have feelings for). Sometimes he's very distant and I feel like he's leaving me and like Stella, who decided in her mind that Nina left without her, I also think my friend is "leaving without me". And I get lost in my thoughts and in my mind, I am searching for him, like Stella is searching for Nina. In the end, he's always waiting for me, like Nina was waiting for Stella.
Ahhh thank you so much!! I'm really glad you liked it and were able to find it relatable! :')
I love this game and the music is really pretty, though if I could make a suggestion could you make the text a little easier to read, but overall 10/10
Thank you so much!! I'm really glad you liked it!!
About the font, it's mostly a RPG Maker 2000 problem: the game doesn't detect the correct font unless it's installed in the system, making the unreadable font show up. There is a font called "RM2000 8" in the game folder which needs to be installed (which is mentioned in the install instructions section of this page and the read me text file of the game); this should make everything much more readable.
A lot of people have found this problem, probably because they didn't see either of the instructions (which is understandable), but I'll definitely take note for future games since the standard should be not having to install anything ;;; I'm really sorry for the trouble!
I relly liked the game!!! Is nice to see a Non-Horror RPG Maker game!! This was beutiful and i would love to se more games like this! Or perhaps a secuel? A continuation would be fantastic!!
Thank you so much!!! I'm not sure if there will be a sequel, but I definitely have plans for more projects set in the same world which miiight have some sort of link to The Stairway. :'D
I really really adored this game! Exploring villages and helping people is my favorite part of JRPGs, so this really hit the spot. It's so beautiful too! I'd love to see more of your work, whether set in this world or not <3
Thank you very much!! I'm really glad you liked it! I've got a couple more projects in the works which I definitely plan to finish as soon as possible, so hearing this really means a lot! ;;;
really cute and calm game!! it's a good break from all those horror rpg games made with rpg maker xD
super amazing graphics too, is this a one-person team?? thATS AMAZING AFHQ$IWAEVf ravnIRG
Ahhh apologies for the late reply! Thank you so much for playing! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed it!! :'D
And yeah, it is! The music is from free resource websites, but I made all the graphics myself! I'm really glad you think so!! ;v;
This was a very cute game, and it was really soothing. Would it be possible that we see things through Nina's point of view?
Thank you so much for playing! I'm glad you enjoyed it!
To be honest, I had considered it! I'm not sure if I will make a game about her, but since The Stairway is actually tied to a bigger piece of lore of one of my worlds, I'm pretty sure Nina and Stella will have the chance to show up again in future projects sometime, at least. :')
Such a great game:)
I love this game!!! Awww such a BEAUTIFULL game ever. Thaks for made this!
Hello! if you don't mind, can I make a video about this game for my brazilian channel?
( sorry if something is written wrong, my english isn't the best :P )
Of course!! I hope you have fun! Feel free to share a link of the video once it's done, if you want. :'D
Could you make a zip file for the game?
Right away! I have added zip files for both versions. :')
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. ♥♥♥
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!
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
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!
Whoa! Thank you very much!! I really appreciate it. I'm always very glad to see people enjoying The Stairway directly. :'))
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. ;)
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!
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.