Eldritch is a first-person action game inspired by roguelikes, immersive sims, and H. P. Lovecraft. Unearth ancient secrets and find your way to freedom! Sneak, fight, and explore strange worlds! Invoke mystical powers to augment your play style! Randomly generated levels provide fresh challenges and opportunities!
User reviews: Very Positive (851 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 21, 2013

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"There are dozens of "kinda roguelike" games on Steam. This is a creepy one that's actually enjoyable!"
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October 27, 2014

Trick or Treat!

Eldritch received a small update this weekend. Resurrect in the library and head to the southwest corner to enter the new Halloween area.

This spooky level is absolutely packed with loot. Use it to gear up for adventure! Or work on that 9,999 artifacts achievement.

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About This Game

Eldritch is a first-person action game inspired by roguelikes, immersive sims, and H. P. Lovecraft.
  • Unearth ancient secrets and find your way to freedom!
  • Sneak, fight, and explore strange worlds!
  • Invoke mystical powers to augment your play style!
  • Randomly generated levels provide fresh challenges and opportunities!
  • Unlock shortcuts to jump directly to deeper dungeons!

Now includes the free Eldritch: Mountains of Madness expansion!
  • Explore a 10-story dungeon beneath the mountains of Antarctica!
  • Face frightening new monsters!
  • Wield new weapons, powers, and tools!
  • Uncover grave secrets in the depths and live to tell the tale!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Graphics: Dedicated graphics card
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
    • Graphics: GeForce 8 series or equivalent
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Graphics: Dedicated graphics card
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Graphics: GeForce 8 series or equivalent
    • Hard Drive: 150 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
34 of 45 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
I first heard about "Eldritch" from a friend, When I checked it out I was like, "Ooooo goody ANOTHER '8bitesque' indie FPS". Well it was on sale for 1.94 and I had some spare change and my friend finally pressured me into checking it out.

WOW

This game is really, really, REALLY cool. I have never played anything like it. First person, randolmly generated, dungeon crawling at it's best. Also the game really doesn't explain itself so it is up to you to figure it out. Really neat little game.
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25 of 32 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
Eldritch is the sort of game I would easily recommend to anyone, because I think just about anyone could have fun with it. Like shooting things? Play Eldritch. Like sneaking around? Play Eldritch. Like setting traps? Play Eldritch. Like navigating mazes? Play Eldritch. Don't like navigating mazes? Play Eldritch. I can't imagine anyone not getting at least some enjoyment out of it. Look past its homespun visuals and simple mechanics and you'll find a sophisticated experience that's best described as Dishonored seen through the lens of Binding of Isaac, written by H.P Lovecraft, with Minecraft's makeup and wardrobe, and a little sprinkle of adorable terror. If that doesn't sell the game to you, I don't know what will.

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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
A Cthulu mythos inspired advenutre with rouge-like elements that will pretty much dictate your enjoyment of the game. Procedurally generated levels will challenge and almost certainly frustrate you; since you lose all of your progress upon death. Despite it's Minecraft-like graphics which leaves some monsters looking silly or even cute game can be creepy and downright stressful at times. This is mostly due to it's great sound design that will teach you to listen and identify what enemies are shuffling, wailing, thumping or snoring in the next room even before you see them. Risk/reward gameplay agumented by locked secret rooms that may or may not have some crucial health or ammo, and shrines that will give you spells powered by artifact you can collect around levels combine to create a stressful, disheartening experience that remains true to it's source of inspiration even though It did occasionally left me feeling like I'm just repeating the endless cycle of dying and resurrecting until I get that perfect level setup.
However, despite how many times I got killed by a dodgy platforming section literally two feet before the game ending, there was always a presence of that "I can't quit now. This game will not break me !" feeling. Definite reccomendation if you like rouge-likes and Lovecraft.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
A proceedurally generated, Lovecraft-themed, first-person action rpg. Elderitch has an engaging retro 3d art style and great sound design. The stealth action gameplay feels great. Enemies and vared and interesting. The large levels have impressive geometry and are very atmospheric, and also fun to explore. Environments are fully destructible (which is an awesome yet underused game mechanic). There is an impressive amount of content here, including free DLC, secret endings, and a new game plus mode. This is a spectacular game, one of my favoites - buy it full price.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
+ Great audio; mob sounds are noticeably irksome
+ Interesting art style and level design
+ Simple, minimalist game-mechanics
+ Absolutely palpable atmosphere
+ Decent mob variety

- Endless fetch-quests; game encompasses little more than finding keys, coins, and exits
- Quickly becomes redundant
- Bare-bones mob AI
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
I couldnt stop playing this game! Its a rouge-like horror were you play in a dungeon. The creepy background noises makes a balance of creepy and FP!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
Eldritch
Minor Key Games

The ancient, unspeakable alien horrors of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos universe have never been more adorable. I especially like Minor Key's rendition of the Deep Ones - the fishlike servants and enforcers of the Great Old One called Dagon. I don't know if its their bulging pixelated amphibic eyes or the sound of their confused moans echoing through the underground halls, regardless of what you will feel a little sorry for these guys everytime you squeeze the trigger of your revolver. And trust me on this one, being a game with randomly generated worlds and permanent death, Eldritch will have you squeeze that thing alot.

So yeah, Eldritch is a horror themed game that isn't a horror game. Instead it's a first-person action game that places you in an old library in New England. Through books scattered across the dusty shelves and tables you'll slowly come to understand that this isn't exactly a regular library, and not all books in there are regular books.

The preconditions of the game are very simple. Some of the books in the library will transport you to other realms, or in boring, technical terms - levels. On each level you must find and bring back a certain object to the library. Once you have them all you can access the endgame. During your exploration you can equip up to two weapons and a spell at the same time, you may also carry up to three helpful objects - a pair of boots, a kit and a piece of equipment. Weapons and objects can be found scattered across the levels, stolen, looted from dead bodies or even bought legimitately for the money (artifacts) you've collected. That's about it.

Don't be fooled by the simple setup though. You'll die easly, and when you die you'll be transported back to the library, stripped of all the buffs, artifacts (money) and items you've found and the world resets and randomizes before you enter it again. Now this obviously can be very intimidating for gamers unfamiliar with the rougelike genre, but this is also a big part of why Eldritch is such a fun experience.

The non-linear levels, the randomization of both the environments and the enemy positions, the power in combining the right type of boots with a certain kit or a spell - all are things that help create one of the most open play styles I've ever experienced in a game with so simple mechanics. The fact that the game's designer - David Pittman (Super Win The Game) used to work as a programmer on projects like BioShock 2 and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified doesn't come as a huge surprise.

If you're into adventure games and exploration and a big amount of improvisation, this is definitely a game for you.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
A rogue-like game inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's work, what's not to like?

Well, a lot, unfortunately.

Of course, I'm not talking about the graphics... voxel-based worlds kind of grew on me after being forced to play Minecraft and Pixel Gun for countless hours with my son ;-)
The problem is really about gameplay. I tried playing it like a stealth-based game, but it wasn't really that fun. Then I tried playing it Doom style, fully knowing that on a H.P. Lovecraft universe that can only end in tears... and so it did.

So I'm left with a game that feels like a first-person Pac Man game, in which I'm thrown at little mazes, and am constantly trying to eat/grab little rewards while either attacking or fleeing baddies.

Guess what, I'd rather play a real Pac Man game.

And you know what, I was thinking I don't really like humorous takes on H.P. Lovecraft's mythos after all. "Cthulhu Saves the Earth" also fell flat for me recently. At least Eldritch made me confirm that feeling.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
102.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
Im not well known for my ability to write reviews, so i will make this as short and as readable as possible.

-Description- Eldritch is a game about how you got yourself stuck in this dungeon-library type room and need three keys to exit. The way you get these keys are by reading three glowing books in the main part of the room, once you read one of these books (you have to start with one specific book then continue to harder books) it drops you streight into a dungeon, this is where the main part of the game begins. from here on you have to scavange the place for weapons such as knifes, pistols, even trip wires. and with these you will be able to, obviously, kill the enemys. as you will find out, no-one will beat this on their first try its just way too hard, you will need to learn how to mix stealth AND combat to be able to beat it. this is all im going to say about its description as i do not want to spoil anything (else)

Now i will say the pros and cons to the game as un-biasly as possible.

-Pros-
+The game is easy to run - this is a big one, who likes a game thats laggy? i dont, thats for sure. and this is especially good if you have a simple laptop like mine which cant handly the power savvy games of today.
+The game is aesthetically pleasing - the game looks nice, pixel games are pixel games but the way this game puts them toghether with all of its shapes and colors just seems 'right'
+The game is fairly unique - i havnt seen a game much like this before and definatly not one with the same mechanics.
+The game has a sweet and sour feeling - when i first started the game, it scared me...alot just enough to make me lose out of not useing critical thinking. but before the game could lose its fun factor out of being 'scary' i had gotten used to it and was able to play it normally, allowing for a different type of play giving strategy a whole new meaning.
+They are STILL adding more updates - name says it all

-Cons-
= It does eventually get Extreemly hard - this happens around the third and last book, enemys will kill you either one or two shot and it becomes very difficult to play. some will find this as a pro but to me, it could be just a tad easier.

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Thanks for reading and i really hope this helped your decision on wether to but the game or not, would i recommend it? YES this game is unique in many ways and is a must play. if i find any more necessessary pros or cons, i will add them but for now the only bad thing i can say about it is listed. Wow i made this alot longer than i planned on making it, anyways, goodbye ^u^

9/10 - Great game
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
I love this little game!

It's basic characteristics are perhaps best presented in list form:

- first-person
- procedurally-generated
- stealth, exploration, combat
- permadeath
- limited health and items
- low-poly art style
- "cartoon lovecraft" theme

I'm not great at FPS games (not terrible, I hope, but not great), and for me Eldritch has a perfectly balanced difficulty curve. There are three worlds, which are generated on each runthrough, and you have to make it through all three to unlock a final stage, and then survive that stage to win, all without dying once. This only takes an hour or so, but is tricky to pull off. (I've only done it twice, both times before Steam acheivements were added.) The first world is easy; the second one seems impossible at first. On each successful run, you deepen your knowledge of the game's systems, and gradually attain a pleasurable sense of mastery.

There is also a "New Game+" mode and some additional challenges if you are way more hardcore than I.

Despite the cartoony art style, the game has many genuinely tense moments and I think the visual and level design is really quite effective in conveying a weird and spooky world, governed by unfathomable rules and forces. And as with any good randomized world, I've had lots of hilarious/awesome emergent encounters/stories with the various beasties and environments.

One of my only issues with the game is that certain combinations of abilities are really unbalanced. So much so that, once I find them in a given run, it's hard to give them up if I'm trying for a winning run. Withouth giving too much away, this is due to what I can only call game-breaking exploits that certain abilities enable.

However, the issue of balance is certainly outweighed by the sheer joy I took when I first discovered the power of these degenerate strategies. I felt like a brilliant magical ninja. In any case, there are a modest number of abilities that are all really fun to play with even if they are not all equally powerful.

All in all, I have huge respect for this game's designer (a single guy!) Eldritch shows a lot of care, dedication, restraint, and clarity of vision. There are a lot of simple but brilliant ideas in here, executed beautifully. (for example, after playing Eldritch I can't imagine why anyone would make an FPS without a run+crouch "powerslide" move.) It makes me want to make games myself.

To top it off, the developer has released two *huge* free content updates since the game was released in 2013, and the game is pretty modestly priced to begin with. ($15, with frequent sales and bundles.) I highly recommend supporting him!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
10/10.
Has that original feel to it.
Gameplay is amazing.
Atmosphere is amazing.
Difficulty is present.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
This game, though somewhat frustrating, has kept my interest as a funny, rouge-like game with a very classy yet silly feel to it. I don't know how else to describe it, but I would definitely recommend Eldritch! One of my favorite games I have played in quite a while!!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Awesome game, filled with a lot of lore for the CoC universe and stays true to the Lovecraft feel
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
Finished it in under 2 hours, and no, I don't feel like playing it again.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
I was laughing when I let loose a giant blob monster that ate all the enemies around me. It was less funny when it then ate me. All of this because I dared to read a book in the library.

10/10, would go mad again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Eldritch perfectly captures the strange worlds of HP Lovecraft. Chosen graphical stylisation suits here, between pixels, my imagination fills the gaps, it invokes images of unknown terrors and alien landscapes. Eerie sound design gives this game another (otherworldly) dimension, i was so drawn in, that i tried to look beyond corners from my chair :) Danger of permadeath only heightens the immersion, it coerced me to give my best on every try - to hide from monsters, search every corner for useful items and avoid deadly traps. Eldritch truly evokes sense of wonder and dread, as the player explores these strange and unknown worlds.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Look, say what you will about the low quality graphics, simple level design, repeatative textures/levels/enemies/etc, but it's got a Cthulhu shopkeeper. I needed that in my life. A+ 10/10 would shop again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Eldritch is a first-person adventure game in which you explore Love-Craft inspired dungeons. Eldritch is like mincraft in graphics only. The game provides a fun adventure, and it's constant updates provide extra levels. Althoug hmany would consider this a rogue-like, I would say it's more like a lite-rpgfps. I will recommend this, but don't excpect too much.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
(Note: I have just started playing this game, but I wanted to write a review.)

Do not let the simple, pixelated design of this game fool you. When I bought it, I was not expecting such a seemingly-simple game to be so unnerving, and yet, so interesting, that it was hard to stop playing it....the enemies are quite creepy, despite their plain appearances. I suppose it's the sound effects. But anyway, I will keep playing this game, and see where it takes me: But I hope others decide to check out this game, and not be turned away by things such as simple graphics, as I almost was.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
1 i play the game with my headphones (which block all noise)
2 first monster comes from behind and makes a scary sound
3 i jump up and get scared ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
4 i quit the game
5 unistall it

10/10 will get scared like a coward again
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