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 (87 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 31, 2011
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“Game of the Week”

“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

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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

    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
9.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 13
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 15
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8.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 30
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3.4 hrs on record
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


-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.


-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
Posted: October 7
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
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 ;)
Posted: August 25
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: August 31
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
19.1 hrs on record
I played this game for quite a while. And I like it - yeah it gives the table-top some computer conversion and this is fun to play. The great old ones are tough to beat and you need some good strategies, but those strategies also might fail.

Since this game has some random element as most tabletops or card games, you can either fail through bad luck or by using the wrong *ahem* investigator on the wrong playground. I just hope that there will be some expansions for the game, since there are still a lot of great old ones missing ...

Tabletop fans will love this game, most other players might get hit at the head because of the many trial and error experiences this game might offer. But on the other hand, not all games can be won. I managed to beat Yig and Tsathoggua, and the last one with very much effort - so yeah, I beat them but I didn't master the game. I like this insecurity, sometimes dice will get locked... which of course even offers more suspense and frustration at the same time.

Always keep the special abillities of your investigators in mind - it will give the edge you need to get your foe down.

Solid 9/10 for playabillity and fun.
Posted: May 3
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9.3 hrs on record
This game is SO much better as a single player computer game than as a multi-player table top game.
Posted: June 21
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4.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 20
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9.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 24
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1.3 hrs on record
Its elder sign, play it, its good
Posted: May 5
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4.3 hrs on record
What can i say strangely adictive game,if your fan of the lovecraft games you will love this,i also played the droid version (which is great too ,except for the ingame purchases,so i like this version better)keep finding myself coming back to this game every so often even after beating all the games missions 5 times over each,brilliant on a plane or somewhere where these are no power sockets,as it uses less laptop power,played it for a few hours and still had many hours of power left.
Posted: May 6
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1.7 hrs on record
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
Posted: June 22
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8.1 hrs on record
Personally I think this game is good for killing time and not much else, it doesn’t have much of a connection to the board-game other than the art work. It’s fun for a game or two, to see if you can finish a full game and win or fail and start over, but this is more something you would do on the train or while waiting for something. I would recommend this game on a mobile device but not on PC.
Posted: May 22
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1.4 hrs on record
I'll admit to being a bit of a fan of nerdy board games, and I'm an especially big fan of Fantasy Flight's Arkham Horror. I'm also a big fan of the so-called "Cthulhu Mythos" (i.e. the one owing as much to Sandy Petersen as H.P. Lovecraft), so given that Elder Sign is apparently the somewhat simplified "dice game" version of Arkham Horror, and it's put out by none less than Fantasy Flight themselves, and has the SAME CHARACTERS AS ARKHAM HORROR for that matter, how bad could it or its video game adaptation possibly be? The answer to that queston, in my ever-so-humble and highly subjective opinion, is that it's NOT "bad" at all...but whether or not it's my "thing" is another matter entirely...

Let me put it this way: As much as I do like board games, I'm not so much of a fan of the Monopolies of the world. I don't really care, for example, about moving around a board which vaguely approximates a modern urban landscape buying properties and dealing with banks and ♥♥♥♥. Now, you adapt that kind of board to a cheesy fantasy world like that of Talisman, with taverns instead of banks, and you get to play a troll instead of a dog or a thimble, and as well as rolling the dice to see how many spaces you move you add some "combat" rolls and spells and what-not to the equation, then you're starting to get me interested. You translate THAT game into Arkham in the 1920s with gangsters and Cthulhoid beasts, and now you've REALLY got my attention.

The point I'm making is...while we all know, at the end of the day, it's still just rolling some dice and moving some markers around a board, it's the CONTEXT of what said dice-rolling and marker-moving REPRESENTS, in your imagination, which is the thing that makes all the difference as to how much an individual might enjoy a game. Now, how does all this relate to the single-player VIDEO game I'm currently supposed to be reviewing right here and now, I hear you ask in frustration? Well, HOLD YOUR ♥♥♥♥ING HORSES, I'M GETTING THERE, ALRIGHT!!! The thing about Elder Sign, at least in this computer game version, is that unlike, say, the recent video game adaptation of Chainsaw Warrior, where it DID feel like every virtual, simulated dice roll WAS to see if you hit the zombie with a projectile from your laser-lance and so forth, Elder Sign ultimately just feels like a Solitaire-style "card" game with slightly prettier/"spookier" pictures.

Now there's absolutely nothing wrong with this...if you like computer Solitaire. If you're someone who DOESN'T require a facade of adventurers and monsters and spooky museums and so forth in order to be engaged by the gameplay mechanics, then there really is NOTHING WRONG with this game; bar perhaps that the "luck" element does, at least to judge from my meagre one and a half hours of gameplay thus far, weigh in just a little too heavily compared to the "strategy" element also inherent in such cardy-type games. But I CAN see how people would get into this, I really can...personally, I just couldn't, but that's just me...

In the Arkham Horror board-game, if one is playing a gangster with a tommy-gun, he/she rolls the dice to see if their weapon successfully kills a monster. In Elder Sign, you conjure "glyphs" to do battle with such things, and I'll be ♥♥♥♥ed if I know why a gangster with a tommy-gun is conjuring glyphs when the hulking great be-suited brute should just be firing off lots of bullets in the monster's general direction. I know it's all just a mechanical REPRESENTATION of what's occurring in the player's imagination and blah-blah-blah, but honestly...I guess I just feel this is requiring a little TOO much of my imagination. I can also play Solitaire and pretend that the kings and the jacks and what-not represent some kind of in-depth political interfacing, but really, at the end of the day, I figure they just had to put SOMETHING on the cards more interesting than the numbers 1 through 10.

What I'm saying here, then, is that this isn't really a game for those of us who want to be taken on an escapist "journey" when we play a video game. This is more for the types of people who like relatively context-free "strategy" games, the types which usually come for FREE when one buys a computer. Which is why, after seemingly sitting on the fence on this one, I'm going to ultimately NOT RECOMMEND it. Fifteen bucks is a tad steep for this type of game...even half that would be pushing its luck, even with the pretty pictures and all. If you're the kind of person who DOES enjoy a nice, quick, super-challenging game of Solitaire etc, I WOULD perhaps recommend this to you...but even then, maybe wait for it to be five dollars or less, on sale.

Now here's hoping they turn Arkham Horror into a competent video game...that one, I promise you, would be well worth the fifteen bucks...

Verdict: 5/10.
Posted: May 25
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7.8 hrs on record
Though this game is very hard and often your chance of winning is determined by pure luck/misfortune, this game is worth playing; especially, if you are a fan of Ctulhu Mythos and Fantasy Flight Games. Board game experience without wasting your time on card shuffling and dice rolling. You can play this game both alone or in hotseat up to 4 players in one team.

It has unlockable content, too, which adds extra motivation for taking up the challenge of sealing away more difficult Elder Ones.

This game could be less expensive, in my opinion. But, on the other hand, 14 EUR is about the same you pay buying the portable version on iOS or Android with all the expansions. Also, at least in my country, you would pay around 28 EUR for the actual board game, which is almost the same. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jh4nSpV2n4k

My overall rating for this game is 7/10.
Posted: May 8
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14.4 hrs on record
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!
Posted: July 11
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8.0 hrs on record
Awesome game.
Posted: September 22
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18.1 hrs on record
Amazingly good fun and value if you like Cthulhu mythos games.
Posted: September 23
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5.1 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 25
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