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 (161 reviews) - 78% of the 161 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
    • 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).
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Mostly Positive (161 reviews)
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Spaz
( 43.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Awesome game, very addictive, loved it very much. There is a bit of a learning curve, so to help new people out, here are some basic rules / info about the game:

It's no lie. The RNG will hate you 80% of the time, but then you will have that one golden run which makes up for it.

Pay attention to the unique stats and abilities of your investigators and make sure you are using the most appropriate investigator for the adventure / challenges you are taking on.

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Clue Items - look like a footprint - (white) - allows you to re-roll your glyphs

Spell Items - Look like a book - (purple) - usually consist of Glyph locks, heals, and very rare Wildcard Glyph

Common Items - look like a pistal - (yellow) - pot luck - could be Yellow Glyph, Peril Morph, scroll morph, heal, etc

Unique Items - look like a dagger - (Red) - Pot Luck - usually a Red Glyph or Monster killer, or heal

Star / pentagram with circle around it - ELDER SIGNS - these are the most important and what you need to win

Planet with ring around it - this opens a portal to another dimension which usually gives awesome loot or bonus Elder signs and worth unlocking (Investigator Gloria is really great with defeating these)

Doom - looks like a wraith - you do not want these - too many and you will fail completely

GLYPHS (these are what you roll when taking on an adventure / challeges)
Spyglass / investigations - can be a 1, 2, or 3
Terror Glyph - looks like tentacles
Peril Glyph - looks like a Skull
Lure Glyph - Looks like a Scroll
YELLOW GLYPHS - can never roll a Terror (tentacles)
RED GLYPHS - have a chance to roll wildcard (guy with pistol)
Only Red and Yellow glyphs can roll a number 4

Adventures with green weeds around them have a built-in Terror affect which kicks in whenever you fail to complete one of the challenges in the adventure after rolling.

Adventures with a green arrow pointing downward have an entry effect - (I really hated those) read them carefully!

Green globe adventures are an outer Dimension and USUALLY worth going after.

Be careful of monster build-up - while sometimes having a monster pop-up in an adventure can actually make it easier to complete, most of the time it makes them harder.

It is best to destroy monsters with +doom effects using a Monster Killer which nullifies it.

Investigators with lame / unimpressive abilities (from my experience) seem to have better luck with the RNG.

Finally, it helps if you have actually read some of the H.P. Lovecraft stories - which is what this game is based on. For example, Yuggoth is mostly about insanity, so keeping monster count down and having investiagors with high mental abilities will be helpful. Conversely, Ithaqua is mostly HP so you want some high HP investigators to take him on. As you play along, you will get the idea. The mummy is most mental as well I believe.

Anyhow, I hope this helps a lot of people out; and don't get too disgusted b/c the thing about RNG is you just never know how it's gonna end. I actually defeated one boss with only one character two investigators alive.. *shrugs* go figure lol.
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Spotted Train
( 13.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
I own the boardgame as well. The videogame format makes playing single player less of a hassel (and much less sad). The trouble is that all the rules are so much more strict in the videogame. The boardgame is hard enough as it is, but this game will reuse tedious missions that would normally be in the bottom of the deck, and won't allow any character to use the gift shop without wasting their entire turn. And while the 2-4 part adventures are cool aesthetically, they wipe almost all of your progress and change the function and objectives of the base game I loved. I get that they wanted to tell more of a story, but if I wanted a story I would read Lovecraft. On top of all that, the RNG in this game is awful. If you lose, 99% of the time it will not be your fault. That's not too different from the base game, but at least then you could shout at the dice. In this, since starting a new game is so easy, it's hard not to just end a game after you go on a losing streak. It gets tiring. My recommendation: Buy the boardgame and get some friends. That's a much better experience.
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Carefor
( 21.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Really great presenation and entertaining beer and pretzels sort of game. Perfect for mobile or inbetween gaming.
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anapoda2x2
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Excellent game, more deeper than it first seems. (if you use your brain) The best part of it is how amazingly well the Lovecraftian thematic is in this game. You are in a novel from Lovecraft, the visual, the music, everything is very well done.
I strongly recommend it.
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sgbeal
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Elder Sign is _stupidly_ difficult. It's not challenging in the sense of "you can beat it if you do well," it's difficult in the sense of "you will lose unless you just happen to roll perfectly on every quest." i find no fun in that. i've played roughly 12 games between this version and the Android port and have yet to get even halfway to beating the "easiest" boss. If you're a masochist, maybe it's a game for you, but i'm not, so it's not.

i own the physical board game (and all expansions), and this is superficially like it, but at the same time is nowhere near being that game.

i do appreciate them release it for Linux, though :).
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mBeacham
( 28.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
A purely luck dependant dice rolling game that is actually worse than the board game. Expect "randomly" being completely screwed over by the game time and time again to actively prevent you from even having a slight chance of winning. Doing really well and almost won? Better add two Doom Tokens at midnight three rounds in a row. Oh, look at that. You lost. Hmm, that's weird. It happened in the next game as well. Worst example of "replayability" I've ever seen.

Do not buy. If you really want some Cthulhu flavour, buy the board game.
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jibraider77
( 30.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
So good so fun! Lets get the Expansions going on this thing already!
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captaindefenestrator
( 58.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6
A game I have on all my devices and enjoy thoroughly, even though I've still yet to beat Ithaqua.
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Colonel
( 24.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 26
Fun fun fun! Pretending to be a decetive/archoligist and try breaking the clues and elimating monster that try end the world. I like when they finally got the steam trading cards out for this... but Im hoping for achivenments as well. When I played this game... last two monsters are..ughhh annoying and i really want to kill them.(lol) It is really fun...gotta figure out the stratgic and try collecting elder signs before the monster awake up and ending the world.
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SpectatorBehold
( 127.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 7
As a single-player computer game version of a board game, this is rather well-done indeed! I only wish that the first four scenarios had been as unique as the later three; as it is, with some minor differences, the first four scenarios are rather alike: the same intro, same ending, same location - the only difference lies in which advantages, disadvantages and monsters you'll face in them. Had this been the case, I'd feel a little more inclined to recommend the game for the price of 15 euro that it's being sold for. As it is... Perhaps better to wait until there's a steam discount for it. It's also a minor disappointment that there's no multiplayer for it. Also, while I'm no big fan of archivements, I feel that they could at least have added one for each of the ancients... Recommended first and foremostly to fans of the cthulhu mythos and fans of the Arkham Horror series of games (and as a footnote, I hope those board games - Arkham Horror, Eldritch Horror and Mansions of Madness will someday be made into games like this as well), but I encourage others to give it a chance as well!
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73 of 89 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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42 of 50 people (84%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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29 of 30 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
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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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2014
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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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2013
I almost did not recommend this game for two reasons: there is no multiplayer and zero achievements. However, single player is still entertaining and playable, for now. Also consider that the iPad/tablet version cost $5.99 (last I checked). I played the iPad version which cost me that much and only inluded Yig, Tsathoggua and Azathoth. The other Ancient Ones—Hastur, Cthulhu, Nyarlathotep and Ithaqua—were separate expansions that each came with a $2.99 price tag ($11.96 total plus the initial purchase comes out to $17.95...buying it on Steam with ALL content is amost $3 cheaper).

Still, the game in its current state would appear, to many, as lacking in replay value. A future expansion/update to add multiplayer and achievements is needed.
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
62.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 19, 2014
For $15 this game find itself in a hard spot between those adventurous enough to spend some disposable cash to try new things and those who want a guaranteed good game. If this game ever goes on sale for $10 or less, I think that many people would be satisfied.

This game is essentially a solo-player board game. You can play it with friends, but being huddled around a computer isn't exactly the most satisfying experience for playing a board game. So play it solo or at most with one partner. If you want to play with four people, buy the board game. Now it may sound rather unappealing having only one player control all of the characters, however this allows that single player to develop strategies that some parties would not be able to come across easily.

This game is surprisingly deep and is very replayable. I will admit that I had thought that playing and completing each board once would be it, however my 51+ hours thus far in this game will say otherwise. Each character brings enough to the table for the player to enjoy mixing things up. The more difficult boards also bring a great deal of variety as there are multiple stages to these campaigns. The more difficult campaigns also do have small variations for example, the Dark Phaoroh board has two final bosses that you can face.

In a way, this game is like a rogue-like adeventure game. If rogue-likes are up your alley, this game may be able to satisfy your preferences.

The game is difficult at start, but as the player is able to better strategize, the game becomes more manageable. The only difficult part of the game that the player cannot exactly control is the randomness of the glyph (dice) rolls. In this game, the player can somewhat control the random factor with items but complete control is impossible. This may be a put-off for some players as RNG isn't exactly appealing for the masses. However, good strategy will prevail over the RNG factors.

This board game is based on the Cthullu mythos which may be appealing for some players. For those looking for story here, well, it's a board game and you can't really expect any story. The game does come with snippets and references to Lovecraft's writings. If you have read Lovecraft's writings, you may be amused to recognize some quotes that are in the game.

This game retains its touch interface gameplay which can somewhat be a hindrance on the PC. Worry not though, it's still easy to navigate however it would have been nice to see better optimization for screen space usage and actually have tooltips. If you are one a Windows 8 PC with touch capability, then you'll find the retention of touch interface to be nice however the screen space usage issue still stands.

This game is a nice one to play while traveling as its a low pressure game and good for casual playtime. So putting this on your laptop/Windows 8 tablet is fairly nice. This game also features a save (only one save though) so if you are ever interrupted, you can always come back to your game later. One disappointing thing is that this game does not seem to work with Steam's cloud save. So as a player who uses a desktop and a Windows 8 tablet, it's unfortunate to see that my progress isn't saved on both devices.

I must warn you that this game is excessively power hungry. It's rather surprising seeing a game with low PC requirements hog so much power. This game also starts making my desktop fans whirl which also leads me to believe that optimization, in general, isn't there. It would be nice if the developer can better optimize the game for the PC so that it doesn't drain so much power. Expect to plug in your laptop/tablet after one round. I can even run the game, Dark Souls, for twice as long which is rather ridiculous. With this, it's hard to suggest this as an on-the-go game for your laptop/windows tablet.

I think I've said enough here, want a number rating?
8/10
It's good.

If you ever want to see the game in action before buying it, my YouTube channel features this game:
https://www.youtube.com/gameshoes
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 19, 2015
It's great and not that dificult people keep saying. Now I want the physical edition! It would be great if they add multiplayer! It's the kind of game that you'll never unistall from steam folder and will keep you coming back again and again.
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