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

1.4.3
- Improved compatibility with some Android devices
- Minor bug fixes

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


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

    by Rich Crozier on 14/12/2014

    This looks and sounds gorgeous, very much a professional produced game with bags of atmosphere. Slick interface, polished but with a solid game beneath based on the Elder Signs board game.

  • (72)

    by Grant Banks on 14/12/2014

    Was difficult at first but once I worked it out I found I couldn't put it down!

  • (72)

    by SonofabyssX on 12/12/2014

    Nice but to easy, make Arkham Horror.

  • (72)

    by VintageDougers on 11/12/2014

    The game is put together well, but the "luck" (or lack there of) makes it unplayable. I'm sorry that I paid for this game.

  • (72)

    by Jason Barker on 11/12/2014

    I can't say how well it recreates the board game experience, but the game is basically throwing dice to eliminate obstacles. There's a little strategy involving character selection and use of items, but in general you're hoping the random number generated goes in your favor. Graphically, it looks nice. The controls aren't very intuitive. Prepare to lose and win and feel pretty non-plussed about th

  • (72)

    by Al Logan on 07/12/2014

    I have never played a game like this and I am being beaten badly. This game is a learning experience for me. After playing this for a week, I may go out and buy the real board game or Arkham Horror.

  • (72)

    by Frazer Payne on 05/12/2014

    Perfect conversion of the board game. Beautiful artwork.