A collection of 10 great PC games based on the work of a cult writer and deeply imbued with the characteristic atmosphere of maddening horror and hopelessness.
1. Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
One of Lovecraft’s most celebrated games, it does equally well for its plot, gameplay, and atmosphere. The developers from Headfirst Productions (British studio) did not overthink the plot, mixing separate episodes from various works of the literary universe “The Myths of Cthulhu” (primarily from the famous story “Morok over Innsmouth”).
But in terms of gameplay, they gave out a truly revolutionary piece that combines survival horror, stealth action, shooter, role-playing game and quest. The game constantly changed the rhythm and environment, threw the hero more and more unimaginable tests, made him solve riddles, fight, run away, hide and contemplate terrible scenes unbearable for the human psyche. By the way, this is one of the first computer games to offer a complex and realistic system of mental and physical health of the protagonist, which affects the gameplay.
2. The Miskatonic
An offbeat adventure game from independent developers about Miskatonic University, a fictional educational university featured in Lovecraft’s books. At this university, all sorts of strange creatures study the occult sciences, and the story is presented in the form of a visual novel with excellent drawing, not devoid of black humor.
3. Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land
An old turn-based game, also based on The Myths of Cthulhu, whose gameplay combines tactical strategy and RPG features. The player takes control of a squad of motley researchers (soldier, scientist, pathfinder, and so on), who, at the height of the First World War, decide to visit ancient mysterious sanctuaries in order to find powerful artifacts and crush a terrifying enemy that existed in the universe long before the appearance of mankind.
4. Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics
Another similar tactical game, but with more modern graphics, combining turn-based battles (here clearly borrowed from board games) with a Lovecraft setting. Again, in this dark and atmospheric, but not particularly scary game, there is a squad of adventurers controlled by the player, who, at the height of the Second World War, decide to challenge the gloomy occult community Cult of the Black Sun, which united Nazis and terrible ancient monsters under one roof.
5. Darkness Within I-II
Two very good quests about the police detective Howard Loreid, who could not resist the temptation to plunge into the investigation of a dark crime, the roots of which lead to something occult, very ancient and sinister. And the closer the guy is to the solution, the more serious and destructive the tests that his psyche is subjected to. In general, everything is according to the canons of Lovecraft, whose books the developers used as a plot.
6. The Sinking City
One of the newest games based on the works of Lovecraft, released on PC in 2019. In terms of gameplay and surroundings, this is a horror, in which another negligent detective is taken to investigate a dark crime, for which he arrives in a godforsaken town. Along the way, he finds out that almost all the local residents were seized by a strange madness, which is clearly supernatural in nature.
7. Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened (Sherlock Holmes and the secret of Cthulhu)
A game from the Ukrainian studio Frogwares, the same one that developed the above game The Sinking City. The peculiarity of this quest is that it successfully connected two popular literary universes at once, created by the greatest world-famous writers.
8. Call of Cthulhu
This game of 2018 is characterized in different ways, but the most correct and closest to the truth description is a casual quest based on the works of Howard Lovecraft. Cosmic horror and transcendental hopelessness is not observed here, but this does not mean that the game is bad. On the contrary, it is ideal in many ways, especially for those who are only remotely familiar with Lovecraft’s work.
9. Sea Salt
A pixel-based game in which the player acts on behalf of Dagon himself – an ancient sea god who decided to punish people for insolence and disobedience. The essence of the gameplay is simple – you need to collect cards of creatures, and then set them on human settlements, presented here by various locations with beautiful pixel design.
10. Lovecraft`s Untold Stories
Another excellent pixel game that immerses users in the world of Lovecraft nightmares. Role-playing action with rogue-like elements, the world of which from start to finish is based on the novels of the famous writer.