On October 30, console and PC users will be happier for one new title Call of Cthulhu, a role-playing survival horror game based on the work of H.P. Lovecraft. This is not the first game inspired by his stories, and certainly won’t be the last, since this author’s vivid imagination is perfect for depicting the dark world of monsters and misplaced reality.
But, for those who don’t have the time to play Call of Cthulhu or means, there is another way to access the imaginarium of this American writer. Namely, everyone with a mobile device can play a new narrative horror game Cthulhu Chronicles available for iOS since July and currently in Open Beta on the Google Play store.
MetaArcade’s Cthulhu Chronicles is a game adapted from Chaosium’s tabletop RPG by the same name. The game is highly interactive and for now, one full campaign Adventures in Lovecraft Country with nine adventures has been released. Mythos Across America, the second campaign is announced to arrive soon. All the adventures are narrative-driven and will keep you on the edge of your seat.
The game takes place in 1920s New England and includes choose-your-own-adventure narrative stories which are part of the larger campaign. Gameplay is pretty straightforward and you start in the Lobby where you are asked to choose one of the stories. It’s best to start from the first and then move on linearly from there.
Once you choose a story, you will be given a list of characters to select which one will you play. Each character has a backstory and a specific set of skills that you will find quite useful during the gameplay. The mentioned characters are Dr. Loretta Ghali – an antiquarian, Bobby Zeir – detective, Nathaniel Burke – librarian, Samantha Levington – policewoman, to name a few. Once you decide who will be your character, it is time to start the game and embark on a chilling adventure inspired by the twisted worlds of H.P. Lovecraft.
As a narrative-driven game, you will be presented with a set of choices where each leads to a different direction. Sometimes, the outcome will be decided with a dice throw, just like in the tabletop version. Whenever you are successful, you will uncover a new clue important to the story. However, if you fail, you will start to lose your mind, a common motif among Lovecraft’s characters. Moreover, in some instances, you could die if you fail. But playing a story or chapter once won’t cut it. You will have to go through the same chapter more than once if you want to find answers and more clues.
Cthulhu Chronicles may seem simple, but it is actually a complex game with an engaging storyline. The haunting background music will add to the horror atmosphere, while the images really help set the interactive mood.
The game is free with in-app purchases, although if you want to have more than three playthroughs a day, you will need to buy the chapter. Otherwise, when the three free playthroughs are spent, you will need to wait until tomorrow to play again.
Fans of the narrative mobile games will really enjoy this title, but so will horror fans who look for something casual and less time-absorbing. Since Lovecraft liked to play with the mind and its perception of reality, don’t be surprised if the game leaves you baffled.