Eldritch PC

Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Oct 14, 2013
    90
    Even in this initial release, even after a dozen hours of review play, I don't feel bored with Eldritch.
  2. Games Master UK
    Jan 14, 2014
    83
    Part Minecraft, part Lovecraft, all cry in the corner-craft. Bring clean underwear. [Feb 2014, p.78]
  3. Eldritch is a punishing difficult game that tests a player’s ability to survive in a Lovecraft-inspired world.
  4. Nov 18, 2013
    80
    For all its borrowings and influences, all its sleights and feints, Eldritch's dark alchemy ultimately lies with the way it uses a blocky, cheerily primitive art style, silly sound effects and a surprisingly forgiving level of challenge to summon the kind of creeping dread that H.P. himself would be delighted with.
  5. Nov 11, 2013
    80
    Unlike Spelunky, most players will see the end before their hundredth death. Onwards! There are cute monsters to kill.
  6. Nov 5, 2013
    80
    No matter what powers, weapons or gear you end up with, Eldritch challenges you to learn its systems. You can't memorize the level layout, so you'll have to take into careful consideration your surroundings, what you're capable of, and how you can put your abilities to proper use.
  7. Nov 4, 2013
    80
    Eldritch is almost two games for the price of one. Initially it could be said that it’s a comedy. The difficulty is un-obstructing and many of the enemy designs and animations are actually quite cute for nightmarish abominations. It welcomes you in and builds up your confidence, only to tear you back down again in New Game +, where Eldritch reveals its true colors as a first-person Spelunky with a horror slant.
  8. Oct 23, 2013
    80
    Eldritch is brutally tough until you learn it, and then settles down to be pleasantly challenging, It’s a big random first-person dungeon crawl dripping with atmosphere, evil and fun in equal measure, and as a bonus you get to be a librarian reigning in the power of dark tomes of terrible knowledge.
  9. Oct 25, 2013
    78
    This game has surely glimpsed the Necronomicon, and while the blood-curdling rituals may not bewitch you for years to come, it's a delightful cantrip to enchant you for a fortnight or so.
  10. Nov 2, 2013
    77
    Eldritch's various components tend to work quite well on their own, and create most of a great Roguelike. But the speed and arbitrary nature of death means that the crazy desperate stories of near-death (or death) that make other games in the genre so memorable are unlikely to occur.
  11. Oct 23, 2013
    72
    An accomplished Lovecraftian adventure with a bunch of potential that gives up its deeper secrets too easily.
  12. Oct 30, 2013
    70
    There's scope for additions and improvements in future updates, of course, but right now Eldritch feels more like a game with a lot of potential than the next big thing in roguelike-inspired games -- a game worth playing, for sure, but one which could perhaps use a bit more time in the otherworldly oven.
  13. Oct 28, 2013
    70
    Eldritch does right with the revered Cthulhu mythos, bringing to life its sinister lore and pitting gamers against Lovecraft's insidious demons. Though a short ride, the game provides plenty of jumps and scares, just in time for Halloween.
  14. PC PowerPlay
    Oct 28, 2013
    60
    Such well-executed atmosphere and level design could greatly improve with just a few tweaks to the items and systems. [Nov 2013, p.86]

Awards & Rankings

User Score
6.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Oct 23, 2013
    7
    This is a decent roguelike dungeon crawling experience done pretty well in the Lovecraftian universe. The sneak mechanics work well andThis is a decent roguelike dungeon crawling experience done pretty well in the Lovecraftian universe. The sneak mechanics work well and smooth. On the other hand, while the game emphasizes on versatility in the ability to play different styles that doesn't cut it well as the resources get scarce and the monsters stronger you're often left with no option but to sneak.

    There is not much to say about the graphics and the sound, they are not extraordinaire but they do their job.

    The part that isn't fun is the lack of loot and choice in weaponry, for a roguelike and such a broad universe there is very little in the sense of loot currency, 5 common items and about 10 equipment items some secret ones I only found one) and no character progression what-so-ever. And in the end you will find that only a few items, which are clearly more beneficial, make sense taking along.

    This game requires more content for it to feel complete, it's nice ...but it had more potential.
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  2. Nov 1, 2013
    1
    Well... where to begin? First off, the graphics is... well it could just as well been released as a free Minecraft mod. It looks likeWell... where to begin? First off, the graphics is... well it could just as well been released as a free Minecraft mod. It looks like Minecraft, it smells like Minecraft. If you don't like Minecraft just like me, you will not like this one either. Full Review »
  3. Sep 24, 2014
    9
    Pretty fun rouge-like game. I'm a fan of the lovecraftian universe and the first time playing the Dagon dungeon was a lot of fun. When I gotPretty fun rouge-like game. I'm a fan of the lovecraftian universe and the first time playing the Dagon dungeon was a lot of fun. When I got to Nyarlathotep dungeon, thinks got creepy as hell. Statues that are similar to the weeping angels and these things that keep coming back to life when you kill them.

    Overall the game is enjoyable and it's not very expensive. it's good entertainment at that price.
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