Elder Sign: Omens

Elder Sign: Omens

50,000 - 100,000 downloads

Pros
  • Original and smart gameplay
  • Adequate graphics and atmosphere
Cons
  • Paid game plus in-app purchases
  • Too complex gameplay will discourage many players
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Expert's Review
8.1
Great

"May I ask you about how much you worship our Lord Cthulhu?"

Reviewed by / Feb 18, 2014

A board game based on Lovecraft's writings.

Elder Sign combines two things: HP Lovecraft's universe and deep, really deep board gaming. If you dislike one or the other, leave now or forever hold your peace.

In short, this game is about some unpronounceable ancient evil Lovecraftian gods looking for their way to reach this plane of existence and wipe mankind off. A group of bold adventurers must prevent it by exploring a museum and controlling several cursed artifacts. At first you can play on easy difficulty, but two additional difficulty settings can be unlocked via a visit to the in-app shop where you can exchange out-app money for the aforementioned add-ons.

More info: it's a dice game, but there are also cards and a randomly generated board (museum). Every character has their own characteristics, which are quite hard to understand at first. Gameplay is complicated and requires lots of attention.

Graphics get well along the game, giving a noir feeling without losing the board game essence. It's a very good board game, and as such, will be loved by those few who get it and understand it's very complex gameplay, but dismissed by the rest.

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Developer's original description available here
“GAME OF THE WEEK” - G4TV.com
TOUCH ARCADE - 4.5 out of 5
148APPS.COM - 4.5 out of 5
GAMEZEBO- 4.5 out of 5
BOARD GAME GEEK - 3 out of 4

The tense excitement of Elder Sign is now available for Android! Elder Sign: Omens places you in control of up to four intrepid investigators, as they fight to keep all-powerful Ancient Ones from invading our world through a museum’s arcane exhibits!

*Build a team of unique investigators*
*Explore an ever-changing museum*
*Face challenging arcane tasks*
*Save the world from absolute destruction*
*Expand the horror with two exciting in-app purchases*

Can you stand against the impending arrival of a malevolent Ancient One?

While Elder Sign: Omens brilliantly conveys the spirit of the Elder Sign dice game, a few noteworthy differences were adopted to optimize the mobile play experience:

-A limited number of available Ancient Ones streamlines the game play experience while offering adjustable levels of difficulty. Face Yig in normal mode, Azathoth or Tsathoggua in hard mode, or Cthulhu or Ithaqua in very hard mode (in-app purchases required to face Cthulhu and Ithaqua).
-A number of subtle changes increase the peril of defending humanity. For example, the random negative effects drawn every midnight are more challenging, and the frequency of “no effect” results has been decreased. Monsters have likewise been altered to make them more difficult.
-Finally, there are no Ally cards in Elder Sign: Omens, which further streamlines play while increasing the overall challenge.

Recently changed in this version

1.4.2
- Fixed problem with the user being able to select the same investigator multiple times.
- Fixed a problem with the scoreboard not remembering the entered name.

Contact software@fantasyflightgames.com for bugs and technical issues.


Comments and ratings for Elder Sign: Omens
  • (72)

    by Jeffrey Demarest on 30/06/2014

    Tough but fair if you pay attention

  • (72)

    by Brian Farris on 28/06/2014

    I want more from Fantasy Flight! I purchased all of the expansions and unlocked all the investigators, except for Ashley Lott! A serious challenge.

  • (72)

    by Stephen Harmon on 22/06/2014

    Fun game. Fun theme.

  • (72)

    by Serena Egger on 22/06/2014

    I enjoy the Arkham Horror game, but between never being able to actually play it because of time constraints or schedules that don't line up well, it is wonderful to have a version I can play on my own. I can play it during a break, or on a plane, or in other situations where breaking out a large board would be an stupid idea. Cannot think of a thing I would change about it! The Elder Gods are

  • (72)

    by Adam Crisp on 21/06/2014

    Online leaderboards would be good, and an indication by a score to show success or failure.

  • (72)

    by jonathan hill on 20/06/2014

    Amazing.

  • (72)

    by Finnius Finn on 16/06/2014

    Wish they would release more campaigns but other than that..i have zero complaints about this game. If you have played any "Arkham Horror" games then this is a must-have.