A first-person narrative adventure game about exploring a cult compound in the remote New Mexico desert. Discover the lives of the former inhabitants -- what brought them together, what they believed, and why they ended it all.
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Positive (28) - 96% of the 28 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Sep 18, 2018

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October 31

Sagebrush 1.3 Released!

Sagebrush 1.3 has been released. This patch is mostly about performance -- most players should see moderate improvements to frame rate.


- Changes to LOD settings and shadow resolution
- Fixed an issue with the map camera that was causing performance degradation.


- Fixed an issue with the School Tapedeck playing the incorrect subtitles.

GAMEPLAY CHANGES (may contain spoilers):

- Lightened the box containing the generator key to make it more noticeable.
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October 16

Sagebrush 1.25 Released, includes new Achievements!

A lot of the work on 1.25 is backend work prepping for potential future localization and as such it's invisible to the end user. No new localizations are available... yet!

As far as visible changes:

Bug Fixes

- Fixed geometry in community hall to remove z-fighting/flickering issues

Gameplay Changes

- Added 8 new achievements!

- Altered chalkboard texture in school to reduce misleading information
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“Sagebrush is at once bold, dark, horrifying, and hopeful; it's the kind unforgettable story we need more in video games.”
8.5/10 – Rely on Horror

“Sagebrush practices restraint in its ambition, but in doing so it succeeds in being precisely what it aims to be – an exploration of cult mentality within a tightly structured framework, presented with modest but skillful execution and polish.”
3.5/5 – Adventure Gamers

“Sagebrush aims to look at the humanity behind the subject matter”
3.5/5 – Bloody Disgusting

About This Game

"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 short-form 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 Playtime: 60-120 minutes

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Sagebrush contains implications of sexual assault and child abuse and contains explicit descriptions of self-harm.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 7 or Later
    • Processor: 2.4GHZ Dual Core Processor Or Higher
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with DX10 (shader model 4.0) capabilities
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.9+
    • Processor: 2.4GHZ Dual Core Processor Or Higher
    • Graphics: Graphics card with Shader model 4.0 capabilities
    • Storage: 300 MB available space

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