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"I met Anne first, waiting for the bus. I asked her what she was selling and she laughed and said nothing, nothing at all, that what she had to offer was free for anyone who wanted it bad enough. I asked her what had helped her. She just said 'James.'"

Sagebrush is a first-person narrative adventure about exploring the compound of an apocalyptic Millenialist cult in remote New Mexico years after they collectively took their lives in a mass suicide event.

In Sagebrush, you'll investigate the long-abandoned Black Sage Ranch, the former home of Perfect Heaven, an apocalyptic cult formed in the early 1990s under the guiding hand of the prophet Father James.

Inspired by Real-World Apocalyptic Cults

Based on extensive research into cult groups both famous and obscure, large and small, Sagebrush avoids simplistic motivations and easy answers. The members of the Flock are diverse and complex people with varied needs, hopes, and fears.

An Immersive, Lo-Fi 3D World

Sagebrush features an evocative low-poly, low-resolution, less-is-more art style that combines retro aesthetics with modern technology, along with a fully-realized soundscape and an original ambient musical score that immerses you in the remote New Mexico desert.

A Whole Compound to Explore

Black Sage Ranch is yours to wander, from the trailers that housed the cultists, to the halls where they gathered for food and prayer, to the old mines that stretch out below the compound, untouched for nearly a century.

Uncover the Real Story

Find notes, recordings, and belongings that give insight into the people who lived at Black Sage Ranch. What did they believe? Why did they join? Were they happy? And why did they choose to end it all?

Estimated Play Time: 60-120 minutes

Purchase

Buy Now$6.99 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $6.99 USD. Your purchase comes with a Steam key. You will get access to the following files:

sagebrush-windows-universal.zip 256 MB
Version 8
sagebrush-osx.zip 260 MB
Version 9

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Excellent story and I love the whole lofi environment. It's sad to know that this type of story plays out again and again in the real world. A good game and a good cautionary tale.

Absolutely incredible game.

I did have an issue with finding the Rectory 2nd floor key. I don't know if there was a hint I missed, but I had to turn to a walkthrough to find it.

The horror atmosphere really got to me, especially in the Church and the Mines. There aren't any overt jump-scares, but a few of the times when a door would automatically shut, or a floorboard would creak, it would give me quite a fright.

I nearly quit at the section after the Church tape, as it was getting a bit much for me, but I'm glad I stuck with it, as the ending is superb.

I rate it 9/10.

I'm not sure if you can do spoiler tags on this site, but obviously spoilers about the key you mentioned:

When you're in the mines, the note you find alongside 'P', past the mine cart, mentions where the key is located in the field.  Obviously a bit pointless telling you now, but in case you were still curious.

I like the idea of this and the story started great but I think I might have a bug of some kind? I couldn't really continue beyond the community hall. Maybe I didn't look hard enough but i couldn't find the key for the gate.

You can find the gate key in the room with the record player (walk in via the front doors, and it's the first door on the left), and it can be used to open the gate. It's on the side of the bookshelf, on the opposite side of the room from the ping-pong table. Best of luck!

Thanks for the tip. I did try that but i couldnt pick up the key is what I meant.

Good exploration journey of a game! The story was well written and had a satisfactory ending. 

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Crashes when you interact with the crates


also, why does it say 12/15 tapes? when did that happen and how to get the other 3?

this was incredible, thank you.

That was fucking fantastic.

nice short game, about 1,5-2hours of gameplay. Great atmosphere and music. 8,5/10.

I finished this game yesterday.
I really appreciated the overall experience, the sense of exploration and query you have within, as well as the environment depicted and this horror sauce treated that way.

I REALLY hope you may continue by producing other exploration games like this. Totally loved the setup and the gameplay! Congrats!

Great game!  Loved the atmosphere.

Wow heavy stuff but very good

Very nice. Recommended 馃憤

Wow such an amazing game! I enjoyed it very much. The story was easy to follow and really set the tone of the game, the graphics reminded me of an old horror PS1 game which I liked a lot. The ambience was wonderful and had hints of horror - and tied up nicely at the end. Took me 2 hours to finish in one sitting. I recommend playing it!

this game blew my mind. literally cant explain how incredible this was. 100% in my top give games i played. just wow. absolutely recommend. some lines in this game just had me thinking about them for hours afterwords. fantastic 

Fantastic game! It's really haunting, yet grounded in its presentation. This one is a treat for those into dark, narrative-focused games. There's a lot to chew on if you're interested in religion, too.

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Hi, I'm really interested in your game, but I wanted to make sure before playing that there is no gore/jumpscares. I understand that the game delves into unsettling themes, but I just wanted to know if it was scary.

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extremely mild spoilers: 

there are no jumpscares, no gore - just low poly bloodstains and flies. 

there's nothing visually disturbing, but there are many mentions of acts of violence associated with cults--torture, self mutilation, sexual exploitation--if reading/hearing any of that bothers you.

Great game! Didn't intend to but finished it one sitting, couldn't stop. 10/10

I'm so glad I got this game, and I loved the narrative. The chill, eerie, and creepiness were the best part. The only thing that lacked was the soundtrack, the game often got too quiet at times. Either way its a 9/10 for me!

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Excellent atmosphere and story. It raises awareness for a very scary reality for some people, and it's sad to know that things like this exist. This game was definitely eerie toward the end. I only had to look up one hint to find the lock to the rectory gate because I didn't see it, but otherwise, I got 15/12 tapes and completed it in a couple of hours without help. 10/10

Thank you for this in the Bundle for Ukraine. Love the atmosphere, the music, and obviously the story. Literal goosebumps from the end sequence. Been a long time since a game did that to me.

Worked flawlessly. Can be done in one sitting. Eerie, chill, a bit scary at times. And really interesting.

Eerie, creepy and truly insightful game. 10/10 have recommended to friends

Fun and eerie exploration game. 

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Looks very interesting, but not worth the troubleshooting time. Crash twice in the first five minutes of gameplay.

playing this feels like featuring in a movie. a damn good one. WOW.

This game was haunting on multiple levels and so well done. I had to look up a walkthrough to find a key or two, but thankfully, I didn't get any spoilers. This was so powerful.

I couldn't get the inventory worked out which made me quite sad, ill give it a few more goes but it looks like such an interesting game 

My friend and I played this game side by side and, wow, this game was a 10/10, so glad I found this and loved piecing the story together as we played.

Wow, literally JUST hit credits, what a ride. Without spoiling anything; when you walk out of the red rooms into the building you were in before, right before the ending cutscene? Fantastic. I would love to see this get a spotlight on it, maybe a tiny  bit of polish on the UI and voice recording would make this an incredibly popular indie narrative given the right exposure. Please keep making games.

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I cant start to explain how good this game is. I got it with the Racial Justice Bundle and I've replayed it so many times. The story is just so engaging, even when you know the plot you still get sucked into the story with as much intensity as the first time. The atmosphere is perfect, the tapes are lovely, the creepiness of it all and how it just transport you there is just... Incredible. It really does make sense of how the cult experience works. If you can, play this game. 

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Extremely well executed, very atmospheric and unsettling, and doesn't overstay its welcome. One minor quibble. For the first maybe 20-30 minutes, I didn't realize you could run with R1. As the walk speed is painfully slow, this made a huge difference. Might be a good idea to inform players of this somewhere early on (or did I miss it?)

Your game blew my mind. Thank you for making it.

Interesting experience. Great work

So well done! The visual style got me interested, but the story kept me playing. Amazing game. 

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Neat game. Gorgeous aesthetic, really good portrayal of cults, compelling story. Well worth your time, and is the walking sim genre at its best.

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An emotionally involving, well-researched  game experience. The existential dread is palpable. Truly, a shining example of independent game development - Bravo! 

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This game was amazing. Really strong creepy, uncomfortable atmosphere and completely engaging. I felt all sorts of emotions while playing. Time went by really fast, and I love that there were no cheap scares just really strong psychological/atmospheric horror vibes. 

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Just finished playing this while streaming with a couple friends, and we were all thoroughly engrossed with the story. At times sad, frightening, or uncomfortably relatable. Just a fantastic, emotionally impactful experience.

That was really fun and immersive. I love this style of game and the team here really nailed it. :D 

I really enjoyed that! Very intriguing plot and it really hooked me in right away!

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