If you’re looking for a Lovecraftian-themed game to play on your iPhone or Android, you’re in the right place! Check out the list below (some are free, some not):
Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land – turn-based strategy/role-playing game based on the award winning Call of Cthulhu RPG. Set in the midst of World War One, the game pits your team of investigators and soldiers against an ancient enemy, one older than humanity itself… Can your team of investigators keep their grip on sanity long enough to stop these diabolical plans? The fate of humanity is in your hands. (Android)
Cthulhu Clicker – You are a delightful cult leader and you’re in charge of these loveable little monsters. Your job is pretty easy: you have to feed them with fresh blood and make them grow bigger & bigger & bigger. If you work hardly you could even have your own little chibi Cthulhu bringing a charming doom to humanity! Isn’t that wonderful? (iOS, Android)
Cthulhu Realms – Star Realms has gone insane! Introducing Cthulhu Realms! Are you zany enough to play the crazier and creepier cousin of Star Realms? Download and play today to find out why Cthulhu Realms is so crazily addictive! In Cthulhu Realms, each player tries to drive their opponent insane or have more sanity than their opponents when the deck runs out. (iOS, Android)
Cthulhu Saves the World – The lord of insanity, Cthulhu was all set to plunge the world into insanity and destruction when his powers were suddenly sealed away by a mysterious sorcerer. The only way for him to break the curse is to become a true hero. Save the world to destroy it in an epic parody RPG journey of redemption, romance, and insanity! (iOS, Android)
Cthulhu Virtual Pet – Have you ever dreamt of raising a Lovecraftian God from infancy to glorious monsterhood? Whether you’re a lifelong Lovecraft fan, or if you don’t have a clue what a Lovecraft even is, this is your chance! In this virtual pet game you help Cthulhu evolve from infancy through adulthood from the comfort of your pocket! Gain points in any of the five great mini games, and use them to keep Cthulhu happy, healthy, and well fed. Name your Cthulhu, turn out their light for bedtime, and wake them up to feast! (iOS, 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! (iOS, Android)
Fallen London – For those who love to read and for those who love to play, Fallen London offers you a unique narrative which evolves with every choice you make. Define your destiny through the stories you embark on and the character you cultivate. There’s a whole world of opportunity waiting for you beyond the iron bars of New Newgate Prison. Who will you be? (iOS, Android)
H.P. Lovecraft’s – Kingsport Festival: Rituals of Mysteries – In the unimaginable darkness of Kingsport, silent wanderers are called to a profane celebration. Their goal: to invoke unthinkable horrors! A dread terror that is not of this world or any other — but rather from the spaces between the stars — demands your submission. (iOS, Android)
The Last Door: Collector’s Edition – Feel what it’s truly like to be alone in the dark with this low-res, high-suspense point-and-click horror adventure, winner of multiple Best Games of the Year awards. Set in Victorian England, when Jeremiah Devitt receives a letter from his old schoolmate Anthony Beechworth with a hidden, cryptic message, he knows something is wrong. His journey to an abandoned manor is only the beginning as he starts to remember a long-buried secret from his youth, discovering things man was not meant to know, and opening doors that should have remained closed. (iOS, Android)
Mansions of Madness – A cooperative board game of investigation and horror inspired by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft. During each game, one to five players explore a location to unravel a mystery. (iOS, Android)
Mystery Stories: Mountains of Madness – Help two scientists uncover the dark mystery behind an icy expedition gone awry! In this Hidden Object Adventure, you are invited to follow these scientists as they travel along the frozen landscape of Antarctica and brave the looming energy that frolics among these enigmatic mountain ranges. Based on the novel by H.P. Lovecraft, get enchanted and spooked by the weird tale as it unfolds. Was the expedition team the first to walk upon the snow of these mountains, or did a something else exist among these cliffs in times long ago? (iOS, Android)
The Moaning Words – Dark secrets are resurfacing. Forbidden knowledge is at your fingertips… Russia, Italy, and France: the discovery of 3 mysterious artefacts leads three unconnected people to confront the same evil. As they lift the comforting veil on our reality to reveal the unutterable, will you let the world crumble? Their fate is in your hands. (iOS, Android spin-off)
Mr. Lovecraft – Be Mr. Howard Phillips Lovecraft (the master of horror) himself, and explore your own nightmare. Find out who „Aiden” is, and why are you pursued by strange shades. Find a way to uncover the truth and find the passage to the real world. (Android)
Necronomicon: The Dawning of Darkness – 1927. Eastern seaboard of the United States. All of a sudden, William H. Stanton’s life is plunged into the most terrifying anguish. What horrendous secret is haunting his childhood friend? Does it have something to do with the mysterious occult experiments of the alchemist G. Herschel? Even though he died in 1771? And what do the esoteric expressions of the Necronomicon mean? The Necronomicon is an anthology of the most occult secrets, the ultimate invention of Lovecraft’s imagination. It brings the player into the universe of the deceased. Do you dare to enter this universe and look terror in the eye? (iOS)
Shoggoth Rising – Prepare for a relentless, unforgiving and addicting arcade experience! Only the ones with extremely fast reactions, strong nerves and exceptional skills will be able to defeat all enemies. (iOS, Android)
The Terrible Old Man – Three men of loose virtue are enjoying a drink in a local tavern, when they overhear the story of a rich and feeble old man who lives in town. They soon plot to take his treasures. (Android)
Did I miss any? If so, please comment below.
(Synopses from the App Store or Google Play.)
The Innsmouth Case:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.robotpumpkingames.tic
I’ve never played it, but there’s also Brawl of Cthulhu https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/brawl-of-cthulhu/id931975070?mt=8
Two explicitly Lovecraftian interactive fictions / text adventures.
Horror in the Darkness: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nz.co.karmicshift.horror
(free, with advertisement)
Horror at Innsport: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nz.co.karmicshift.horror2a
The first is rather a prologue to the other, which is considerably longer and more complex, but both are worth a try.
Some other titles worth to mention:
– Cthulhu Über Alles (Android)
– Kingsport Festival
– Lost in Innsmouth (Android)
– Necronomicon Redux
– Sons of Uruzime
– The Necronomicon
– Tomb Labyrinth
– Tormentum: Dark Sorrow
Some related stuff:
– Dark Mysteries: The Soul Keeper
– Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe’s Murders in the Rue Morgue
– Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe’s The Black Cat
– Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe’s The Gold Bug
– Dark Tales: Edgar Allan Poe’s The Premature Burial
Also, there are a lot of emulators out there for Android, making true DOS classics like Shadow of the Comet, Prisoner of Ice, Alone in the Dark, etc. playable as well.
I think you missed Kult of Ktulu – Olympic, which is quite new. It’s more of a digital adventure book, but is very enjoyable and available on iOS and android.
Mystery Stories – Mountains of Madness https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cerasus.mountainsofmadness
Oh, sorry! I had not realized that MM: MoM was already listed 😛
The Call of Cthulhu RPG is great to kill time. You need to keep your men alive while they attack enemy trenches so that they can acquire proof of the cult’s activities. Perhaps the first levels need you to look at your environment and goals, instead of basically toss everything you have got at enemies along with hugely strong weapons. In spite of a clumsy control conversion, excellent surroundings and gameplay make this games a good deal for strategy and horror lovers. You should try it.
What do you mean by the Call of Cthulhu RPG? The Wasted Land perhabs? That’s just based on it, or rather just labelled as it belongs to the franchise.
Dark Corners of the Earth makes a much more decent job as such, though. Or if it’s about mobile devices, you can play some CoC oldies like Shadow of the Comet, Prisoner of Ice, etc. in DOS emulator on Android, at least.
If you like reading, have a look at the following two choose-your-own-adventure-style games:
1. Sons of Uruzime
“Believe me, because I know these things are there, lurking in the darkness for millennia, and ready to prey on us again.”
After receiving a desperate letter from one of your students, you become embroiled in a sinister mystery on the grounds of Miskatonic University. Their ancient stones are home to a dark, evil force. As you teeter on the edge of madness, you will discover an ancient, sinister cult. What are their intentions? And why has Philip Lewis gone missing?
Be careful out there, keep your wits about you, and perhaps you will uncover the secret of the Sons of Uruzime.
•A dark, mysterious gamebook adventure in the style of H.P. Lovecraft.
•Don’t lose your head! Keep an eye on your SANITY points as you explore Miskatonic University and its sinister surroundings.
•Use your SKILL points to tackle risky situations during your adventure.
•Read and dictate the direction of the story! Only you can rescue Philip Lewis from a fate worse than death.
2. Lost in Innsmouth
A horror gamebook strongly referring to the universe created by Howard Phillips Lovecraft. This novel takes us back to the sixties of the twentieth century and the reader takes on the role of Jordan Allan who, looking for his would-be son in law, finds himself in a certain port town. As it turns out, unnamed, blasphemous terror lurks in disquieting Innsmouth.
The Mansions of Madness app is actually just a component of the board game of the same name. The app serves as “Dungeon Master” so all players can participate in the game.
Fallen London is wonderful! I’ve been playing it for years. I’m Autumnshroud there if anybody wants to add me as a Delicious Friend.
Fallen London is *very* Lovecraftian. Not to mention hilarious, dark, and wonderfully entertaining.