I have played the board game Arkham Horror exactly one time, in college at my dear friend’s apartment. While I don’t remember if we conquered whatever Eldritch monster we managed to conjure, I remember it being loads of fun regardless, even though there were a lot of moving parts. There may be a bit of a learning curve, and I wouldn’t recommend it for those whose board game experience fails to go beyond Monopoly, but damn if it didn’t satisfy my plotting, type A to a fault brain.
If you’re a fan of more strategy in your RPGs, then Asmodee Digital has your back, as the video game adaptation Arkham Horror: Mother’s Embrace is out now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam. Part detective mystery-adventure, part turn-based RPG, the game is wedged firmly in the Lovecraft lore. Players will choose from one of twelve investigators and explore Miskatonic University, the Louisiana bayous, and the Arkham Asylum (no, not the Batman one).
As is the case with any other Lovecraft property, sanity means everything, and as the game’s tagline reads, madness begins where sanity departs. With Asmodee handling the development and Fantasy Flight Games’ writers executing the script, there is plenty of promise in this interpretation of one of the best-known horror tabletop games of all time.
See the launch trailer for Arkham Horror: Mother’s Embrace below: