Considered as the father of modern horror literature, Howard Phillips is an author who has made a name for himself in the game world with productions inspired by the works of Lovecraft. His works, which led to the formation of the cosmic (Lovecraftian) horror genre, not only affected the horror genre in general, but also gained a special place in the game industry.
In this list, we have compiled the best Lovecraftian games that are included in the cosmic horror genre and inspired by the works of H.P Lovecraft.
The Best Lovecraftian Games
Call of Cthulhu
Call of Cthulhu presents a cosmic horror universe, with Private Detective Pierce going to investigate a mysterious death in the Hawkings family. It is possible to see a lot of H.P Lovecraft inspirations in the game, which was released in October 2018. Seeing the ‘Very Positive’ tag on Steam adds to the excitement for the game.
Dagon: by H. P. Lovecraft
Dagon is actually a short game that will give you a pill-like Lovecraft experience. The game, which can be accessed for free on Steam with 30 minutes of gameplay, gives you the chance to enter Lovecraft’s horror-filled universes based on corruption.
Let’s move away from the PC environment and into the PlayStation skies. Bloodborne combined cosmic horror and Dark Souls style and offered us a successful fusion. Almost seven years after its debut, the game is considered one of FromSoftware’s best games. With its release in March 2015, Bloodborne was one of the first games to be released exclusively to PS4.
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At the Mountains of Madness
Considered one of the best Lovecraftian games, At the Mountains of Madness, developed and published by Team Clockworks, was released in March 2016.
Although the next game is still under development, it has become a source of excitement with its inspiration from H.P Lovecraft. Ares Dragonis is the developer of the game where you will embark on an adventure with horror elements with a team of 4 people.
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is considered one of the best Lovecraftian games in the cosmic horror genre. About twelve years after its release, the game is still up-to-date on horror. Considering that Lovecraft’s writings have a great influence behind his success, we can say that the author has a direct contribution to the success of the play.
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Stygian: Reign of the Old Oneship
Next on the list is a 2D RPG game. In the RPG set in the mysterious universes of Lovecraft, after a disaster, the world has turned into a planet inhabited by the dead. Stygian: Reign of the Old Oneship, which carries the traces of a completely hand-drawn two-dimensional world, has taken its place in our list of lovecraft-like games.
The Sinking City
The Sinking City has a story about the adventures of a researcher who goes to a sunken city in the east of the USA. In the game where you play a private detective, you embark on all kinds of adventures with your character in a gloomy Lovecraft-like universe. The comments of the game, which was released in February 2021, on Steam increase the interest in the game.
Conarium is a game inspired by H.P Lovecraft’s ‘At the Mountains of Madness’. Conarium, which is a different game with adventure and exploration elements, makes us question the limits of reality and the absoluteness of our knowledge.
The Shore is a game based on the FPS genre. In the game where you travel to a terrifying island and try to cope with all kinds of difficulties that come your way, the elements of the Lovecraft universe are felt as intensely as possible. Surviving on the island you are traveling to is entirely up to your acting.
Haunted Hotel: Charles Dexter Ward
At the top of our series list, an adaptation of the short story ‘The Case of Charles Dexter Ward’ from the works of H.P Lovecraft in the Haunted Hotel series. Although the game, in which we are looking for our lost twin, does not have a high awareness among lovercraft-like games, it appears with a modest audience.