Not only is it a great use of classic horror material with top-notch production, it's a superb portable boardgame that doesn't require the effort and schedule coordination needed to gather a group of friends on the weekend.
As a keen Cthulhu RPG player I was intrigued to find out if this game satisfied the hunger between sessions. I can confirm it does. The initial download whets the appetite but the pay for add on is so worth it.
Game play is a challenge but I feel that the AI rewards intelligent (I hope) and brave play.
The available PCs increase as you succeed, their powers are not game busting but combinations can be intriguing.
Terror alert with the Great old ones they are tough, Ithaqua is very very very tough, be prepared for PC deaths.
One of the jewels of appstore. You have to choose a team of unique talents and fight several monsters until destroy the ultimate menace. Being a board game port, dice combats and special cards are the core game. The music is great and gives ambiance, the graphics excellent for a board game, the game mechanics truly well thought. It even presents a cool briefing story to give some context. It isn't a game for all, for this you need to think hard and have a bit of luck to win. Tho thumbs up!
Rather than simply porting the classics of their catalogue, Fantasy Flight Games has paired a new print release with a great digital version that should have no problem moving boxed copies of their latest game. It's a far lengthier experience than most mobile gamers will be used to in a single session, but after spending an hour in the world of Elder Sign: Omens, you'll begin to wonder how the world could survive without you.
This is one of the most atmospheric games I have played on the iPad so far, even though this isn't a RPG with dialogues, quests or plot but a simple turnbased game of dice against the clock that`s based on luck as well as rudimentary tactics.
The Lovecraftian mythos is often used and abused as a cheap shortcut for instilling thrills or mystery in to an otherwise bland story or experience; not so with Elder Sign: Omens as it shows off the true terror, danger and madness of messing with the dark unknown in this chilling board game adaption.
As an adaptation of the board game (Elder Sign), Omens has the unsettling ability to be better than the source material. The gameplay still has the same depth and push-your-luck strategy, but shuffling and finicky tracking are things of the past.
This is easily one of my favorite iOS games. I keep coming back year after year.
SummaryElder Sign: Omens is a digital version of the popular board game by Fantasy Flight Games. Build a team of unique investigators and fight to keep an all-powerful Ancient One from invading our world! Explore museums, oceans, deserts and more for the arcane Elder Signs that will help seal the Ancient One away.