Elder Sign: Omens

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    Elder Sign: Omens's review

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

    A board game based on Lovecraft's writings.

    • 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

    Kim Hartsfield

    by Kim Hartsfield

    Dec 29, 2017  |  "Great"

    If you think the game is unwinnable or too random, you're not playing it right. It's difficult, but completely playable and winnable with tactics and forethought. The art is fantastic and the depth of the game is unbelievable. My only drawback is that it is very difficult to understand what to do at first.

    Sidney Johnson

    by Sidney Johnson

    Dec 21, 2017  |  "Good"

    Why is Norton's reporting this as Malware?

    Sylvain Ethier

    by Sylvain Ethier

    Dec 20, 2017  |  "OK"

    Game is great but I give a 2 out of 5 because the game failed completely to smoothly introduce the rules which explain the frustration of many people. All point of mobile or computer version is to help player to get on board. You have to read the rules without context or watch YouTube video to understand a little. And that comes from someone that played Arkham Horror!!!

    Thejavafiend lurker

    by Thejavafiend lurker

    Dec 14, 2017  |  "Awesome"

    Once you figure out the control's it's a great game. Yes you'll lose a lot but, it's supposed to be that way. Still when you do win. It awesome!

    Chris Herbert

    by Chris Herbert

    Dec 12, 2017  |  "Good"

    Slightly unbalanced gameplay and annoying glyph roulette ruins an interesting lovecraftian horror romp.

    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.