Ok so what is Elder Sign: Omens?
Watch this for game play http://youtu.be/9oJeUy6GdCM
or read this review
It's a Lovcraftian cthulhu mythos single player dice game produced by Fantasy Flight Games. Now if you know board games you'll have just gotten interested cause these guys are the bomb when it comes to table top gaming. They make Arkham Horror, Battle Star Galatica, Relic and several dozen more awesome games.
The game play looks complicated to start with (shame there are no tool tips), but soon it feels natural and you zip through turns. There is an element of chance, as you roll dice, but careful use of investigator's abilities and items lets you stack things in your favour. There are Lovcraftian chalanges, evil books, evil libraries no evil libraians :( and naturally portholes to other dimensions. Suceed at these you get prizes, fail and bad things happen (monsters, injury, madness and the destruction of the world.) It's hard as nails latter on, though how hard it is depends very much on the investigators strength and weaknesses. I highly recommend taking a random selection as this makes the game both more challenging and more replayable.
The PC version contains all the DLC from the tablet versions, basically extra boards and new ancient Lovcraftian beasties. This make for a game that will last 10 or so hours on a speed run through, but it has excellent re-playability if this is your genre.
It's also a port from ISOs. Like most ports it has its share of porting problems; game assets are up-scaled rather than true HD so they can look a little blurry at 1080p, menus needlessly cover up other menus and there are no tool tips.
Overall I recommend this to anyone who's into the cthulhu mythos and/or board games. The game play is excellent, but single player only and tablet port problems can irritate.
Posted: December 4th, 2013