There's no real shortage of games that draw upon the works of HP Lovecraft. This week's Call of Cthulhu might the latest, but it draws upon another little known but much loved game that shares the same name. Five years in the making, the development of Headfirst Production's Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth is every bit as chaotic, and sometimes as shocking, as the fiction it draws upon. Based in Sutton Coldfield, developer Headfirst Productions was established in 1998 by the father-and-son team of Mike and Simon Woodroffe. As Adventure Soft and Horror Soft, the pair had had some success in the 80s and 90s with games such as 1984's Gremlins: The Adventure Game, and Simon The Sorcerer nine years later. With a 3D version of that latter series in development, designer Andrew Brazier took to the internet to get feedback on a new idea Headfirst had hit upon. "I went on a Cthulhu newsgroup in the summer of 1999, as back then it was the easiest way to get in touch with a load of … [Read more...] about The chaotic tale behind video game’s best Lovecraft adaptation
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Publisher 1C Company has announced a game set in the strange worlds of HP Lovecraft called Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones, a roleplaying game of horror, loss, and madness. The game was developed by Cultic Games and has strategic, turn-based combat from a 2D perspective. In Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones, players will choose from 8 main character archetypes, each with their own backstory and specialties, and journey from a doomed Arkham into the depths of the Abyss. The game’s enemies, environments, and storylines are inspired by Lovecraft’s original works, and a host of weird companions will accompany players on their journey. The trailer features a tableau of creepy imagery and scattered words written in blood urging players to investigate the strange occurrences in the city and to survive the rise of darkness both physically and mentally. The game’s belief system determines how your character copes with the warped reality of the new Arkham as well as … [Read more...] about Experience the World of HP Lovecraft in Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones
Developer Maschinen-Mensch has just released a demo for its excellent rogue-like exploration sim Curious Expedition, and you can play it for free in your browser.Curious Expedition's pulp-inspired action sees you adopting the guise of a legendary explorer (or, at least, a famous figure with an inquisitive mind, ranging from Charles Darwin and Amelia Earhart to Aleister Crowley and HP Lovecraft) then setting forth across undiscovered lands in search of fame and fortune.Your ultimate goal each game is to become the most successful explorer in all the world, amassing wealth and renown with every perilous expedition you embark on. Each mini adventure unfolds on a hex-based grid - representing a new, uncharted corner of the world - and your basic goal each time is to amass treasure and find the Golden Pyramid on each map, before hunger, or insanity - or worse - brings your journey to a premature end. To reach your objective, you'll need to traverse sun-scorched planes, swamps, thick … [Read more...] about Excellent pulp exploration rogue-like Curious Expedition gets a free browser demo
When HP Lovecraft wrote the definition of the genre he more-or-less invented, he did it with the understanding that weird fiction was always going to be a niche taste. In his 1927 essay, Supernatural Horror in Literature, he declared that: "tales of ordinary feelings and events, or of common sentimental distortions of such feelings and events, will always take first place in the taste of the majority; rightly, perhaps, since of course these matters make up the greater part of human experience." Barely able to generate an income, chewed up and spat out by the pulp magazines, and finally, dying painfully of untreated stomach cancer ten years later, Lovecraft could reasonably have expected to be forgotten. Except, he wasn't. Nine decades later, Lovecraft is everywhere, deeply embedded in the language of books, movies and - especially - video games. Upcoming survival horror Call of Cthulu from Cyanide is explicitly based on the Lovecraft short story, but his tentacled imagination of … [Read more...] about Why can’t we forget Lovecraft?
While on the surface it might look like quite a dour historical recreation of medieval Europe, when you dig a bit deeper, Kingdom Come Deliverance has a sense of humour. Warhorse Studios’ 15th century Bohemia is packed full of Easter eggs referencing everything from blockbuster fantasy franchises like Game of Thrones to X-Men, games industry in-jokes and literary favourites like Lord of the Rings and HP Lovecraft’s Necronomicon. We’ve rounded up every Kingdom Come Deliverance Easter Egg we’ve found so far. We’ll add more as we find them, as well as locations where possible. There are so many that we’re sure to have missed some – let us know what you’ve seen in the comments. Kingdom Come Deliverance easter eggs From its story-telling to development ethos, Kingdom Come Deliverance has drawn many obvious inspirations from CD Projekt Red’s adaptations of The Witcher series. And there are more than a few nods to Geralt’s … [Read more...] about Kingdom Come Deliverance Easter Eggs