The Best Lovecraftian Games

Update : Sheepy: A Short Adventure added at rank #17.
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Shadows Over Loathing (2022)

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PC Windows Mac OS Nintendo Switch

Step into the shady side of a black-and-white world in Shadows Over Loathing. Hunt down your missing uncle, discover shadowy plots, and save the world from eldritch terrors. Explore a dangerous open world, solve puzzles, and battle enemies as unique characters with their own abilities. With thousands of jokes, strategic combat, and a corrupt government to overthrow, this prohibition-era adventure promises endless entertainment.


What we like:
  • Humorous and entertaining dialogue
  • Fun puzzles and engaging story-line
  • No prior knowledge of KoL required
  • Good personalization and combat
  • Lovecraftian theme
  • Memorable sound design and soundtrack
What could be improved:
  • Backtracking due to time-travelling mechanic
  • Less comedic than the first game
  • Pacing issues
  • Writing overload

  • rpg
  • choices
  • comedy
  • lovecraftian
  • point-and-click
  • turn-based
  • investigation
  • adventure
  • funny
  • character
  • puzzle
  • old-school
  • 2d
  • customization
  • multiple-endings

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Sunless Skies: Sovereign Edition (2021)

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Linux Mac OS PC Windows Nintendo Switch Xbox One Playstation 4

SAIL THE STARS. BETRAY YOUR QUEEN. MURDER A SUN. Sunless Skies is a Gothic Horror roleplay game with a focus on exploration and exquisite storytelling.


  • lovecraftian
  • steampunk
  • sequel
  • crowdfunded
  • trains
  • kickstarter
  • story
  • exploration
  • top-down
  • survival
  • dark
  • atmospheric
  • rogue-like
  • pirates

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Tesla Force (2020)

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Android Nintendo Switch Playstation 5 Playstation 4 PC Windows Xbox One IOS iPhone

With science as your super power, charge up your coils and zap into action! Tesla Force is a rogue-lite top-down shooter featuring endless procedural gameplay with tentacle splitting action. Play as Tesla, Curie, Lovecraft and Shelley and blast the cosmic horror back into the galactic abyss!


  • top-down
  • lovecraftian
  • mech
  • procedural
  • rogue-like
  • science
  • destruction
  • shooter
  • local
  • twin-stick
  • replay-value
  • cooperative
  • horror
  • gauntlet
  • sci-fi

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Strange Horticulture (2022)

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Strange Horticulture is an occult puzzle game in which you play as the proprietor of a local plant store. Find and identify new plants, pet your cat, speak to a coven, or join a cult. Use your collection of powerful plants to influence the story and unravel Undermere’s dark mysteries.


  • mystery
  • investigation
  • puzzle
  • nature
  • detective
  • relaxing
  • lovecraftian
  • exploration
  • multiple-endings
  • choices
  • 2d
  • alternate-universe
  • simulation
  • clue
  • lovecraft

5

The Shore (2021)

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PC Windows

THE SHORE is a first person story driven game with an atmospheric environment and narrations, You will encounter mysterious creatures and unravel the secrets behind them. Strong elements of horror, struggle to survive an unknown world that will make you question your own sanity.


  • horror
  • lovecraftian
  • first-person
  • psychological
  • survival-horror
  • exploration
  • narration
  • underwater
  • action-adventure
  • fps
  • atmospheric
  • shooter
  • walking-simulator
  • story
  • mythology

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Elderand (2023)

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Nintendo Switch IOS iPhone Android Xbox Series X Xbox One PC Windows

Only the strong will conquer this gruesome action platformer with RPG elements. Dismember demonic creatures and terrifying bosses by wielding brutal weapons in intense skill-based combat. Slay or be slain as you collect glory and treasure in this nightmarish 2D world.


  • metroidvania
  • gothic
  • boss
  • lovecraftian
  • rpg
  • 2d
  • scroller
  • platform
  • gore
  • combat
  • action-adventure
  • character
  • action
  • cult
  • hack-and-slash

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Death Trash (2021)

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early access PC Windows Mac OS Linux

Death Trash features a post-apocalyptic world where cosmic horrors long for humanity but meet punks with shotguns. It combines old-school role-playing, modern action gameplay and player freedom. Create your own character and explore a handcrafted world.


  • post-apocalyptic
  • isometric
  • rpg
  • lovecraftian
  • old-school
  • choices
  • souls
  • cyberpunk
  • pixel
  • character
  • pve
  • customization
  • atmospheric
  • open-world
  • exploration

8

Endoparasitic (2022)

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Three limbs ripped off, infected with a deadly parasite, you must save your research. Drag yourself through the corridors of a secret research lab on a remote asteroid, fight off horribly mutated monsters, inject countless syringes of vaccines, and survive at all costs.


  • survival-horror
  • top-down
  • lovecraftian
  • minimalist
  • zombies
  • stylized
  • space
  • horror
  • dark
  • action-adventure
  • noir
  • 2d
  • stealth
  • abstract
  • exploration

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Board Kings: Board dice games (2022)

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early access Android IOS iPhone PC Windows Mac OS

Collect, cook and win big!. Win the biggest prizes in the game!.


  • lovecraftian
  • investigation
  • battler
  • card
  • travel
  • immersive
  • board-game
  • rpg
  • pixel
  • strategy
  • time
  • anime
  • third-person
  • story

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Source of Madness (2022)

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Source of Madness is a side-scrolling dark action roguelite set in a twisted Lovecraftian inspired world powered by procedural generation and AI machine learning. Take on the role of a new Acolyte as they embark on a nightmarish odyssey.


  • lovecraftian
  • rogue-like
  • dark
  • roguevania
  • souls
  • fantasy
  • metroidvania
  • magic
  • procedural
  • action-adventure
  • atmospheric
  • action
  • mystery
  • 2d
  • physics

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