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.
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Mostly Positive (153 reviews) - 79% of the 153 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 31, 2011

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November 25, 2015

Elder Sign: Omens now on sale for $9.99!

As part of the Steam Exploration Sale we've reduced the price of Elder Sign: Omens from $14.99 to $9.99! Assemble a team of investigators and enter the haunted Arkham Museum in the dark of night. In the museum’s walls you’ll find uncanny artifacts, arcane tomes, and ravenous monsters — along with the mystical Elder Signs needed to stop Ancient Ones including Yig and Azathoth from awakening and destroying the world.

The Steam version of Elder Sign: Omens includes all of the DLC content from the Cthulhu, Ithaqua and Dark Pharaoh expansions, allowing you to take your investigations around the globe!

Sale ends Dec. 1st—download Elder Sign: Omens today!

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Reviews

“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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Linux support is considered beta. Some features may not function properly (such as Fullscreen).
Helpful customer reviews
68 of 84 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
Watch This: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jh4nSpV2n4k before you play, after that it should be pretty smooth sailing. I did not find the ingame tutorials particularly helpful.

I've never played the board game version of this, but I am a board game fan, so I took to this game pretty quickly. Great fun, played it with my girlfriend, we both played two different characters (though this game is not technically multiplayer). This game is hard, perhaps thats why it really gives me "roguelike" feels while playing. I really enjoyed it overall, I'd recommened it to friends looking to kill time. Unfortunately it being single player I feel the game loses some of the charm and fun that it would have as a board game played with friends.
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39 of 47 people (83%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
A almost perfect digital version of the board game. It is very RNG, but that what makes it an intense experience. Either you win against the dark gods or you lose horrible and 99% of the time thats what you are gonna do. I would like to see an online multiplayer because playing with other makes it so you are not gonna die alone and just to make it a bit more "fun", make it so you can choose ancient one at random.

I like this game both digital and physical and this just scratched the board game itch. Have fun dying.
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22 of 22 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 11, 2015
Before I purchased this game, I saw many reviews stating they didn't like the game because it was essentially luck. I wondered why they said this, and bought it anyway. Having put quite a few hours into this game (enough to have almost finished once, plus more) I definitely don't think it's luck based. I also own the board game and believe me the computer based version is much easier (mainly because the rules are about as clear as mud for the board game - playing the PC version actually helped clear up some questions with the board game itself)

Having said all that; the game can be frustrating. Often you fail a quest a few times and you can't see any reason why accept bad luck, but luck doesn't determine the whole game. It's extremely important to pick the right characters and use their abilities to the fullest. For example, Kate the Scientist is immune to terror effects and really this is one of the most useful abilities in the game. Amanda is able to complete multiple tasks per roll, again an amazingly useful ability. Mandy has a built in ability to (once per day) re-roll two glyphs. Very handy. Sister Mary ignores locked glyphs completely. Last but not least in my go to list of characters is Mark who can complete tasks in any order. This can be extremely advantageous when facing several rooms with numbered tasks.

Another way in which this game isn't just luck is the way in which it takes practice. Practice to know when to use a character and when to heal them, and which tasks to give them. Having no prior experience with Elder Signs you can't just pick up this game and be fantastic at it. That would prove it was luck based more than it being difficult I think.

Overall, this game is really good and definitely worth what I paid for it. I'd definitely recommend this game to anyone who doesn't mind being occasionally screwed over, but wouldn't recommend it to people who frustrate easily or want to rage quit a lot. The Elder Signs and the surrounding story is also really interesting, especially for fans of H.P. Lovecraft.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
46.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 30, 2015
The electronic version of the tabletop game by Arkham Horror publisher Fantasy Flight, Elder Sign: Omens pits your group of four unique Investigators (of several to choose from, including unlockable ones) against the horrors of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos monsters. It plays like a Yahtzee-style game, the artwork is gorgeous, and the setting's fun. The game is very challenging and that challenge is not for everyone. The final three Old Ones are BRUTAL to try and beat - Cthulhu likes to sap both health and Sanity, the Dark Pharaoh/Nyarlathotep is a marathon run where you must contend with draining sanity and constantly spawning tough monsters, and Ithaqua's got a mechanic where you have to constantly keep your supplies and rations up or your whole team will die in the cold, unforgiving wastelands. The random number gods are cruel and seem actively against you in this game, making it feel nearly hopeless and as if the game itself wants you to lose. Very fitting for the themes of a Lovecraftian tabletop game!

That said, there's still a few things wrong with it.

First of all, no multiplayer support. This is a problem, since the original tabletop game is best with a bunch of friends. Also, only four Investigators? Really? In the tabletop version you can have as many Investigators as you have players. There is also no optional rule to choose a new Investigator when one of your group dies as in the tabletop version, a decision which absolutely baffles me. Also, where are Shub-Nigorath and Yog-Sothoth? They've been removed entirely from this version and are nowhere to be found, which truly saddens me as both had some interesting mechanics in the original tabletop game. I hope the developers add them in via patch later, but seeing as this game hasn't been patched in months I doubt that will happen...

Do I recommend this game? Yes, I do, if you love Lovecraftian horror, the original tabletop game or Arkham Horror, or like the feeling of gambling without losing any actual money. Otherwise, you'll likely find it much too frustrating for your taste...
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
34.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2015
I did enjoy this board game a lot.

I have 34 hours on it!

Difficulty is fairly high at the beginning and ramps up higher and higher from there.

The high difficulty level also fits well with the terror and doom feeling.
If you survive it really feels like an accomplishment!

Love the lovecraftian theme, wish more board games would come out like this.
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