Elder 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.
User reviews: Very Positive (88 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 31, 2011
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“Game of the Week”
G4 TV

“Cthulhu Approved”
4.5/5 – Touch Arcade

“The presentation here, like most of Fantasy Flight’s productions, is beyond top notch.”
4.5/5 – Gamezebo

About This Game

Elder 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.

Greenlit by the Steam community, the award-winning mobile game Elder Sign: Omens is now available for Steam. This package includes all of the content from the mobile game including the premium paid expansion content.

Key Features

  • All downloadable expansion content included in a single package
  • Over 30 different investigators, each with their own unique ability
  • Over 200 adventures spread across the world
  • 7 Different Ancient Ones with varying degrees of difficulty

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® XP SP3
    • Processor: 1.5 Ghz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2.0 Pixel Shader w/ 256 MB of VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8) or better
    • Processor: 1.5 Ghz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2.0 Pixel Shader Compatible w/ 256 MB of VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or 13.10
    • Processor: 1.5 Ghz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2.0 pixel shader compatible w/ 256 MB of VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Linux support is considered beta. Some features may not function properly (such as Fullscreen).
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
I owned tabletop game Elder Sign before I bought this one and to tell the true, I wish for this one, but also I was not sure, if it is a good idea. Tabletop Elder Sign is definitely the weakest of the franchise of Arkham Horror games (mostly, because it is so simple to win, that I lost once in a twenty games - but it get better with expansion) and the only thing I look forward was atmospheric music and simple handling.
I get both and far more! This game is much harder than the Tabletop version and also offer a quests and story lines out of museum. Of course, only with adequate Ancient one, but I do not think, that is any true problem. Atmosphere of the game is great, Ancient ones are much more diverse than in a tabletop version, the game is very simple to understood jet hard to win and thanks to cinematic sequences you have a good feeling from winning or loosing.
I recommend this to anybody who like good atmosphere of Lovecraftian horror and simple, jet not so easy tabletop games.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
I bought it although my favourite board game of the franchise is Arkham Horror.

First impressions are positive: the game looks nice, loading of the screens is fast and smooth, and graphics of characters common with Arkham Horror are nice and shown in quite high resolution.

Second impression is mixed: the game is hard, and tutorial is really crappy. It said that drawing of the tokens is random, but it doesn't explain that the tokens are actually d6 dice, so in the beggining you have no idea what the odds are. Also I think that it didn't explain, that blocking of the dice by monters, etc. is global, so removing these blocks are usually do-or-die decisions.

Now that I have come to understand the rules better I am extremely happy with the game, and must admit, that it gives exactly the same kind of thrill as much more complicated Arkham Horror. Plus setting up the game doesn't take hours as in tabetop version ;)
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
A surprisingly decent game that is perfect for some short term casual play, Elder Sign: Omens appears based off a boardgame, but has made a fairly good transition into a video game. The player takes control of four investigators and chooses who they will be dealing with, with each adventure having their own opponents with their own effects on the game. At first, you'll find easy tasks to do in your home museum. Later adventures expand past the museum, letting you go to other locations as well as giving you entirely new tasks. These adventures can be played in any order as well.

While I can not say I know the original boardgame, it does appear to have been four player. It seemed odd at first that they would turn it into a singleplayer game then, but after some playing I can safely say that the four investigators only barely interact with eachother, so instead of four players each playing a fourth of a game, they instead have one player playing the whole thing. Controls are not awful either, as one would expect from a boardgame made into a video game.

If you do not like random chance, this may not be something for you. The entire game exists of smaller adventures, in which you get what are essentially dice and need to match dice with the situation's requirements to pass. You may be lucky and complete a difficult quest in one try, or you may spend 3 turns failing at one of the simplest ones. Luckily, you have items and investigator special powers that will help you get through them. In the end, you will always have an element of random chance in it, but even then, it's a pretty good way to spend some time during slow periods.

And, of course, Lovecraft. The adventures have plenty of flavour to them and seem to be pretty close to how one would play through a Call of Cthulhu game, although clearly with less pen and paper roleplaying stuff and with more singleplayer set-in-stone stories that you can progress through.

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn

Be sure to keep him that way, it would be a shame if he woke. Humanity probably wouldn't like it. And you're probably part of humanity.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
With its haunting music and beautiful artwork the game draw's you into the Cthulhu Mythos. But be warned this game can be hard but not to the point of frustration. When your fearless party expire to death or insanity, it makes you want to jump back in and take the fight to the old one's.
The aim of the game is pick four investigators and use these heroes to thwart the Old Ones plans. Each of the investigators start with some form of benefit and with the right combination you have a good chance to succeed. The game is easy to pickup and play and highly recommend it for Cthulhu buffs.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
This is a hard game. And that's okay, because you shouldn't be able to minigun Hastur to death.

This is a random game. And that's okay, because it's based on a board game which revolved entirely around random dice mechanics, whose primary mode of human interaction was the ability to learn how to manipulate that chaos into something approximating success.

This is a port of a handheld title. And that's also okay, because Steam is an entirely new audience with an entirely different pricing system, and paying $15 for something on the iPad probably qualifies a person for involuntary institutionalization, even without the intervention of Hastur in the proceedings.

Really, it's a nice reproduction. Sure, I can easily pick out a handful of complaints - there's nothing new, for example, which is a thing you have to consider when rereleasing an older IP. There's the philosophical ickiness inherent in selling a game birthed in what is inherently a social medium for single-player enjoyment, though that, too, can be argued as a means for board gamers to enjoy their favorite products without the necessity of trying to wrangle four separate schedules and convince people to help you lose at a piece of cardboard.

Should you buy it? Well, it actually depends. I did, and I paid full price for it, and I'm satisfied. Single-player board games do scratch an itch of mine; I like the original product, and like the idea of being able to play it whenever I bloody well please. Furthermore, I want to support the notion of board games going online, with (most of) the bells and whistles inherent in PC gaming. It's an untapped market, and it'll bring people into the hobby I love.

If any of those reasons sound familiar, then please, be my guest. If none do, then it might help to wait for a sale. It'll wait. Be chill. You can minigun Hastur any time y-

wait, what's that noise
everything's gone strange
light in the dark light is the dark
something's coming through the window what is
skin feels strange flesh is the family
eyes being windows to the
something's coming through the window
something's coming
something's coming
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
This game is fun if you're bored and just feel like rolling dice.

What's the Game Aboout:
Choose a card, roll dice to match the card's symbols. If all symbols match your dice you collect the card's reward(s). Do this to accumulate items, trophies, and Elder Signs. Collect
enough "Elder Signs" before the "Elder God" ie Boss collects his needed "Doom" tokens
and you win the game.

You Lose when:
-All your Adventurers die
-Adventurers die when eithor their Sanity (Brain tokens) or Stamina (Heart tokens) reaches zero
-The Elder God reaches his needed Doom Tokens

Game Jargon + Translation:
-Unique Cards - (Generally) give you an extra Red Die to roll
-Common Cards - (Generally) give you an extra Yellow Die to roll
-Spell Cards - (Generally) lock your dice so you aren't forced to reroll them
-Clues - Reroll as many dice as you want
-Trophies - In game currency used for replenishing Sanity/Stamina meter, or buying Items including Elder Signs

That's the entire game, add to this each investigator has their own
little spin which gives them specific advantages over others, and
monsters get spawned to add to the amount of symbols to match, and you can
figure out the rest (if there is anything left).

Is the game fun? It's essentially themed singleplayer yahtzee.
So if you like the sound of that then yeah sure it's fun, but don't expect much else.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
This game is definitely a mixed bag. It is fun, but there are no words to describe how difficult it is to actually win an adventure. Because the rolls are left mostly to chance, there's only so much you can do as far as strategizing is concerned. It took me probably 10-15 games to finally win one and now that I have, I can die happy.

If you're really into the Arkham games, you will probably enjoy this one as well to some extent, but don't think that it's anything like the board games.

I'm not recommending this game just because for many people, the miniscule chance of success would probably ruin any fun they may have playing it. If the idea of losing time and time again doesn't bother you, then definitely grab it.
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9.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
This game is SO much better as a single player computer game than as a multi-player table top game.
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4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
I really enjoyed (indeed I still do) this game as card game.
I bought it as soon as I saw thinking that now I can play this as much as I want and have much more fun.
Sadly the feeling of the game is very different. It gets boring very quickly when you have to play all characters yourself and the mechanics that were smooth on tabletop where you can see your character, your inventory and all the rooms (aka whole board) easily did not work as good on computer screen.

At least I learned some stuff that we were doing wrong.
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10.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
From childhood, I have been a fan of HP Lovecraft's work. When this game first hit Android phones I was geeked, and the game is a wonderful little time waster. With it on Steam, I can enjoy it on a larger screen with the same insane goodness!!! From the little nuances, characters, and random activity of the game board and Old Ones, it is both enjoyable and slightly frustrating, in a good way.
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8.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
While an interesting version of the board/card game. It would have been stronger as a multiplayer.
7/10 if you don't mind playing by yourself.
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16.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
This will be the funnest game you've ever hated to play.

The most frustrating thing about this game is that it feels like it's 49% strategy and 51% luck. I won't go into the specifics of the system, but be prepared to loose many, many times. You will spend an hour picking out the perfect team, completing tasks, aquiring items, earning money, and advancing slowly to the boss battle, which you will loose because - at the end of the day - the system is based entirely on a 1 in 6 chance that your die will land on a specific face.

Don't get me wrong, I like this game. I owned the board game before I bought this, and they play exactly the same. It's a good time vampire, and they do a nice job with some basic naration and cinematics. Another plus is that this game plays nicely on Linux and slower computers. There IS some fun to be had in the strategy of this game, and when properly deployed, can usually defeat the easier Ancient Ones.

PS - If anyone over at Fantasy Flight Games is reading this review, WE WANT A DIGITAL ARKHAM HORROR GAME! I would pay $60 for that little slice of heaven. You guys did such a nice job digitizing Elder Sign!
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9.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Awesome game.
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18.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Amazingly good fun and value if you like Cthulhu mythos games.
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8.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
A fine adaptation of the classic card game, Omens will take you through a world of Lovecraftian horror and entertainment. Based on a combination of skill and luck that can either be enjoyable and/or angering at any given moment. This is one of the games you can pick up and play right off the bat, and great for those lazy game days when you are tried of the FPS or other games. With four characters to build your team, this game screams hotseat.
Does it have flaws? A few, but they are far in between each other. All and all, this game is one you would not have remorse on buying. So build your team and take on the Old Ones, your sanity and the world depend on it.
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2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
At first, I found the game difficult to grasp, because some of the GUI was not intuitive. I've played the board game before, but the video game version forces you to click on a lot of buttons to view common information. Once I got a hang of the GUI though, the rest of the game was simple. The presentation is top-notch, and the atmosphere is great. It only took me one playthrough to fully understand the game. A very well done adaptation...once you get over the GUI.
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11.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Certainly not as slow as Arkham Horror or any of the board games. However, it does include many of the fun things from the board games. I have not played the dice game this is based off of, but the other games by this maker in the Lovecraft mythos are my bread and butter. This is much easier and quite enjoyable.

The game is set up to be hard. And for games that include mostly luck, hard means frustrating odds. You'll need just one card to be right but after 5 rolls and over 20 tries, nothing. It's frustrating. But it's also rewarding when you win. I don't think the scoring is all that great but winning at all is a thing to treasure.

Gameplay is between an hour and 3, depending on how long it takes to think up strategies or guess where you'll be most successful. It's a decent time. Not too long, and you can always speed it up.

A few problems. The transitions between players is annoying. It closes and opens a wall sort of thing every turn. It bothers me a bit. As another reviewer said, you can't sacrifice yourself. You'll complete a task and incur the penalty (which can happen for winning) and get killed. But the task gets uncompleted! I think sacrificing yourself should be included in the game. Especially with the nature of the environment being so dire.

Overall a basic and good game. I do recommend, but it's too expensive. It should be $10 or below.
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7.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Just buy it.
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3.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
As Cthulhu mythos fan and a fan of the original board game, Elder Sign Omens is a great game.

Pros: (spoilers?)

-30 investigators, many more options than in the board game and more unique abilities
-unique Old Ones abilities, the board game had abilities but they only ever added a specific die/glyph roll to effects. Omens make this much more varied and therefor different from each other
-Cthulhu, Nyarlathotep, and Ithaqua have engaging multi-stage challenges that spike the difficulty, great for when you need a real challenge**
-Many more adventures that in the table top version, more other worlds and monsters as well. There are a few basics that will pop up in most games but almost every game will be different
-Very nicly done graphics and music, they set the tone of uncertinty that follows Cthulhu mythos
-Each adventure and monster has a sentance or two in lore that explain the situation,**
-This game is hard. All the tabe top games in the series are suppose to be difficult and this is no different, enjoy the challange

Cons:

-30 investigators, that is a lot of abilities you need to learn and balance, also several of these are locked untill you have met in-game requirements
-Single player only... you are required to use all 4 investigators, while playing solo allows you to think out your own stratagy the system begs for a multi player, but unless you have friends who all want to sit at your screen, too bad
-The tutotial sucks, many things are half explained such as the glyphs are based off the d6 dice used in the table top version (hint there are NO terror/tentical glyphs on red/yellow) watch this: Table Top Elder Sign for some help
-This game is hard... I mean really frikkin hard. The format allows for a much faster version of the table top game but this is by no means a casual experiance. The dice/glyph rolls are random, as are the adventure and some mythos/midnight effects. after a few games in a row that all lose because of bad luck will have you cursing the ancient ones names. I suggest the occasional rage quit and some L4D2 stress releif before returning to kick thier butts down hard.

**Extras:

-If you are a glutton for that really hard game play the Cthulhu, Nyarlathotep, and Ithaqua specialty campaigns have extra rules and requirements above and beyond normal game play
-The Lore sections on the adventures and monsters is never even hinted at in game, clicking the monster or adventure NAME after starting the adventure will show you the lore
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5.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
This is a very nice adaptation, I wish that there would be more PC ports of quality boardgames such as this one. However, since it's based on a dices and cards game, the rules might seem a little bit abstract to anyone new to the game. For example, a gun doesn't do a set amount of damage, its a consumable item that will instead allow the player to get a yellow glyph, which is an additional dice that will give a result in a form such as a peril, lore or investigation icon, and these are used to solve given tasks, so there is no real feeling of battling monsters, as they do not have health points. It's a really nice buy for anyone looking for a lovecraftian experience, as it is of course the main inspiration for the theme of this game. Great atmosphere, nice images.
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