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    Published: 2014-02-18, by Peter Warrior.

    A board game based on Lovecraft's writings.

    8.1
    • Original and smart gameplay
    • Adequate graphics and atmosphere
    • Paid game plus in-app purchases
    • Too complex gameplay will discourage many players

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

    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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    Feb 18, 2014

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    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.

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    Users comments for Elder Sign: Omens

    Thomas Smith

    by Thomas Smith

    Oct 26, 2017  |  "Poor"

    Glitches, please fix. On Chuthulu, i Got all the way to Rlyeh with the completed amulet, yet spells and clues were still locked. Very frustrating to play thru whole game, do well, but then get hosed at the end because of a software glitch.

    Joe Ellis

    by Joe Ellis

    Oct 17, 2017  |  "Awesome"

    Been playing this version on my phone and tablet for years. Very amusing to see other reviewers complain about not getting the right dice rolls and losing all the time. You have to use strategy from the very start and even knowing what to do you will often lose; that's the nature of the game. Saw one reviewer gripe that the dice rolls were random...kinda the point of dice. This is a really fantastic version of a great game. Don't buy it if you're impatient, unwilling to learn, and can't stand not winning every time. If you can stomach playing something that can present a challenge this is highly recommended.

    Woravit Kreangkomol

    by Woravit Kreangkomol

    Oct 12, 2017  |  "Great"

    I like it so much that I buy it on both iOS and Android.

    Athena Barnes-Davenport

    by Athena Barnes-Davenport

    Sep 17, 2017  |  "OK"

    Really wanted to love this. Not possible when the glyph results NEVER EVER produce glyphs to complete even 1 task on easy level. Help files worse useless on the matter as well. So disappointed.

    Chris Reese

    by Chris Reese

    Sep 15, 2017  |  "Poor"

    This is the most bullsh!t game I've ever played. Glyphs completely random and most definitely NOT in your favor in any way. Have yet to win on easy mode even using all investigators. Can't believe I paid for this garbage game.

    Franky Frunks

    by Franky Frunks

    Sep 01, 2017  |  "Awesome"

    Great mobile version! It controls well, the difficulty is there but perfectly manageable. Tons of fun!