In this thrilling point-and-click adventure based on the works of H.P Lovecraft, you’ll traverse the haunting world of Gothic New England, solving puzzles and acquiring information to help Stanton solve the mystery of the Necronomicon.
User reviews: Mostly Negative (73 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 9, 2001
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About This Game

Enter the world of Necronomicon- where quiet scholar William H. Stanton is suddenly thrust into the dark and enigmatic world of the occult.

The year is 1927. Stanton is in the drawing room of his Providence, Rhode Island home when his childhood friend, Edgar, appears at his door.

Edgar, seems distraught and delirious and gives Stanton a metallic pyramid, telling him not to give it to anyone- especially himself.

Still reeling from Edgar’s appearance, Stanton is visited by a doctor who tells him that Edgar has lost his mind and must be institutionalized. William knows there is more to the story and decides to find Edgar, but on his way discovers a horrifying secret that threatens all of mankind. 

In this thrilling point-and-click adventure based on the works of H.P Lovecraft, you’ll traverse the haunting world of Gothic New England, solving puzzles and acquiring information to help Stanton solve the mystery of the Necronomicon.

Can you help Stanton save humanity as we know it?

Updates in this new version of Necronomicon
  • 18 inventory documents that you can access anytime
  • Graphic and design bugs fixed
  • More helpful videos
  • Additional texts and in-game hints
  • Improved sound design

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: 200 GHz
    • Memory: 32 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible Video Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: Mouse, Keyboard
Helpful customer reviews
21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
Features two MAJOR bugs that prevent actually playing this properly, or at all. One of the largest curscenes is missing, and close to the end a menu is disabled that you need to access to get a key and progress with the game. Contacted the developers several times, but it appears they don't want to know. DO NOT BUY.
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
This game is made from Lovecraft's story and still not good as novel but that's not mean this game is bad. The atmosphere of this game is powerful. It making me feel nervous and scary at all time. But if you expect this game will have scaring jump scenes like Thai movies, well, it's not have kind of that. Graphic is acceptable for PS1 standard like Resident Evil 1. The camera and cursor is terrible, you have to look carefully when you want to find something to progress your game. Thanks goodness that the story is linear so you don't have to worry that you'll missed some story of a game.
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
This game is boring and poorly executed. Don't buy it. Rather read the novel "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" by H.P. Lovecraft, on which it is based.

Overall rating: 5/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
I'm still playing this as of right now and I played the CD version so I'm familiar with the story. I would recommend the game but if this is unfinished as other people say I would definitely get on that. This game is too great to have that kind of flaw. Other than that I give the game itself a high mark. This is the Steam version and I would definitely make that move so it matches the CD version.

For hardcore gamers I wouldn't recommend this one however. Little action happens and you're just walking around and talking to people...sometimes solving puzzles as well. For me I like it.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
Despite the mostly negative reviews, I decided to give this game a try. I should of listened to everyone. The screen shots above look better then the game. The interface is better then most point and click games that came out even later in the decade, but the game lost me during the Edgar house finding scene. Made me go crazy jhsjibhsjil,sjildbnhsbksnkj, enough said.
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104 of 112 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
This game cannot not be finished, because of a bug that was not in the original disc version. The publisher doesn't care for fixing it, instead they just gave out a save game for download that puts you at some place behind the broken part so you miss an important part of the story.

They show on the shop page screenshots of the HD iOS version, while the PC version they actually sell here still looks exactly like the original game from 2001. Also I didn't see anything about this alleged "Updates in this new version of Necronomicon".

Normal thinking people would call this version of that game simply a fraud and Valve shouldn't allow to sell it on Steam.
Better just watch a Let's Play of it (of the original disc version) instead of wasting any money.

Update: I've found a fix for the problem with the missing video sequences and the missing briefcase, check out this forum post for more information. Buy the game if you really want to and know how to two juggle with two files (wich is really not that dificult actually).
My rating stays the same as there is still no official fix, although it's actually that simple. Also the problem with the technically seen faked screenshots and the missing addtional content stays that way too.
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106 of 139 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 11, 2014
First impressions:

I've played the game for about 25 minutes until my character was punched in the face and died because I made him ring someones doorbell too many time lol and I hadn't saved the game. I like this game.

(optional let's play footage)
Okay it is from 2001. But for a game that old I was really surprised by the presentation. It uses 2D images which appear to have been pre-rendered in 3D. I thought scenes would comprise of 2D landscape environments with 3D character and objects rendered over them. But the game is actually played from a first person perspective. You don't navigate a 3D environment like a modern (or even an old one) FPS. You move from one location to another i.e. different places in a room or the town and have different 2D panoramic views at each location. It's basically works like google earth street view where you can look all around from specific point. I guess this was the developers way of implementing the game that would run on the typical sytems that were available at the time. I'm not saying it's the best looking thing ever but I was impressed, I was expecting a lot worse. Yes the game runs in only 640 by 480 resolution so it's a pretty pixely. That didn't actually bother me But I've been playing games for over 20 years now haha. And you might think that some of the locations look pretty drab i.e. a town full of ugly brown wooden shacks and mud but it's typical of anything based on Lovecraft. I didn't mind the sound effects either, I like the creaking you could hear in your home while you were alone. The voice acting is mixed, some I felt was good other examples a bit lame but that just made it more amusing lol. It also has the occasional animated cut scene e.g. when you answer the door and speak to a visitor or approach a person on the street.

You can interact with certain objects and individuals you come across as well as picking up inventory items. Theres no tutorial or tips so you just have figure how to do things yourself. There's no journal or log to refer to for important information you have found or what your current objective is. There is no autosave, I think need to manually save using the menu.

Not surprisingly being such an old game it has a few little issues. Not that these stopped enjoying it, but here are some of them. You need to wave the cursor around around the in order find things that you are able to interact with because unless it's really obvious there is no indication. The way you interact with you inventory actually and actually use items is a bit unclear. If you are able to take use an item seems to be completely situational. But it's doesn't prompt when you can't use an object when click on it in your inventory instead just exits your inventory. I found that if you are in the right the item will on appear on your cursor if you click on it in your inventory. Next you probably really need to be paying attention to dialogue and remember what is said in conversations so that you know what to do next. Otherwise you find yourself a bit lost. I was knocking on every door in town and wondering why the hell I was doing that lol. Unfortunately I hadn't saved the game before I died so without an autosave I lost progress. So yeah, save your game.

I love Lovecraft and this is better than I thought it would be so far. The 2D panoramic view was a pleasant surprise. I think there would be plenty of people who might enjoy this especially if they like Lovecraft stuff as well.

Click here for more let’s play videos =)
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58 of 72 people (81%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 16, 2014
UPDATE: I've gotten this link from Meridian4 support team

there is a save file you can download that fixes the "brief case" bug at the last part of the game where you cannot access your alchemy kit.

that said, a great portion of my review below is still relevant!.


I have never written a review before. Thats how strongly I feel about this. DO NOT BUY THIS GAME, YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO FINISH IT.

It would be a great game if
1. You could actually finish it.
2. the cut scenes that are important to the plot acutally worked
3. there were meaningful clues to what you need to do next.

You know what you should do? Buy a game called Darkness Within: Pursuit of Loath Nolder (and theres a part 2 as well)
those 2 games are exactly what you expect from a Lovecraft point and click adventure. THIS GAME IS A RIP-OFF.

Whats that? You've seen videos on youtube that look decent? Well, thats because those videos are showing you the half-way decent Playstation version of the game.

I am a veteran of the horror point/click genre. I enjoy solving obscure puzzles and thinking about the game for hours and hours.. i had to use UHS walkthrough and eventually youtube videos just to get to the part of the game where... uh.. you CAN'T FINISH IT.

So don't waste your money. Its a pity b/c there is a real potential here, if you could acutally finish the game, and the cutscenes were put back in it would be "ok".

I hope this helps.
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44 of 57 people (77%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
+ Based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft
+ Good atmosphere

- Buggish
- Not configurable at all
- Bad interface
- Bad graphics
- Bad animations
- Meaningless puzzles
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53 of 74 people (72%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 12, 2014
Totally Borked!

This version seems to be missing cutscenes and some puzzles from back when it was on PS1

And I have encountered a game-breaking bug that will not let me continue!

Not impressed!!!
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29 of 37 people (78%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 17, 2014
There's very few times in my life I actually feel the need to write a review, I generally let things speak for themselves. However, this game is the biggest brain suck I have ever come across and I felt the dying need to alert people to the waste of time and pennies they will experience if they buy this game. I could forgive the tired animations if it weren't for the dreadfully boring gameplay. As someone who is a big fan of adventure gaming, I am generally quite a patient person. However, this game forces you into such a linear pathway (only one action becomes available at any given time and you have to search through the game to find something that has become clickable) that I feel the problem solving has turned from an exercise of logic to a "search for the button" quest. Most actions that become executable wind up turning into a eyeball-tearingly long monolog from some dreadfully acted character that is supposed to advance the storyline but leaves you wondering where the heck the last half hour just went. Major fail guys, don't bother, even if you can get this game cheap.
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29 of 37 people (78%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
What could have been a fun, notalgic release on steam is unfortunately hampered by some serious issues. This port is poorly done and sections of the story are missing. The best cutscene in the game is cut out and you are thrust ahead in the story with no idea what just happened. A game breaking bug makes the game impossible to complete a little later on when you can't access an important part of your inventory. As of yet there has been no word on a potential patch of fix for these issues and because of this I cannot reccomend the game.
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2014
Edit: I have isolated the files containing the missing cutscenes, from when you complete the puzzle to "waking up in a room with edgar" they are contained at the end of my playthrough here: (it will already skip to where the cutscene is in the video, you don't have to go through the playthrough to find it)
I am sad to be writing a negative review for this game, but first I will give it the praise that it is due.

It is a very enjoyable game to play, classic point-and-click with a wonderfully creepy atmosphere. The puzzles are challenging, and interesting. It is a great hommage to the style of lovecraft stories, and very enjoyable to play. It is certainly worth playing, and I'm glad that I have done so. I do think it's important to note this.

That being said, the game is incompletable. As others has said there is a massive, leathal bug. A very large, and important cutscene, one that shapes the entire game, and gives the player direction in what to do next (as well as a huge part of the story, and reward for completing the puzzle which came before it) is missing. Also inventory issues, and not being able to access some items leaves the game incompletable from very close to the end.

I do understand that meridian have offered their 'solution' which is to download a save game - which means still missing out on that long cutscene, as well as not completing a puzzle. Now that is no solution at all, it's basically a 'level skip cheat' It seems to be as though the developers really do not care about fixing this for the players.

It's an honest shame, because while the game is enjoyable - I would really not recommend anyone buying it. At least not until the developers actually care enough to fix this bug - and it is a bug no matter how much they want to deny that.

tl;dr: Don't buy this game until they have fixed the MAJOR errors in it.
Otherwise is really is a great game.
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20 of 30 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 12, 2014
A good old point-and-click adventure mystery type game with Lovecraftian themes. I don't know how long it is but it's been fun so far. The only problem I have is with the dialogue... there are no subtitles and because of the accents some of the people are seriously hard to understand if you're hard of hearing or bad at slurred American accents so it is advised that if you are about to talk to anybody SAVE your game. You might be able to figure some things out by logic or just clicking around but sometimes they do give you hints that save you time. It's a good practirse to save all the time anyway if not have multiple save files. PS - I loved the part with the guy that gets angry at you for ringing the doorbell. Naturally, I kept doing it to see how far the game dialogue would go and the guy bashed me to death haha. The graphics are pretty ordinary but it's probably to be expected for such an old game, and it's from a relatively unknown developer. Not that I'm the font of knowledge for devs but Anuman? Seems to be from France. Never heard of them until I downloaded this game.
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 5, 2014
Oh man, I know, this was a bad choice... even for this price! I still feel the Call of Lovecraft inside my very consciousness - like it dwells there for the right time to come out, the right stars to shine upon, the right tide to swallow us all... what? oh, nevermind... you hear that? ... the armies of schnuffeldischnöff will conquer and eat! ... yeah, yeah! sh|tty games with name-cash-ins and such... even re-releases full of gamebreaking bugs from outer space, noone of ye olden devs will ever care about! Oh I must kiss those beautiful tentacles to my left! ... you heard that?! ... Leave me alone! I must finish, what I've begun! ... Ftaghn!
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2014
Big disappointment. Early on I was enjoying the hokey old-fashioned ghosty atmosphere, but towards the end the game became all puzzles that were without any enjoyment value at all. One long part of the game actually has you looking through a library for books. Seriously, what could be more boring than looking through a library for books... on a computer game? Who in the world thought that would be a good idea? Then right at the end there was a flaw in my inventory that prevented me from going any further, so that much of my effort was ultimately wasted. Instead I watched the end of it on youtube, and really, the end is just awful. You may as well have the main character wake up and "it was all just a dream." It's that bad. There's no conclusion whatsoever. The first half of this game is decent, the rest is just painful.
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 6, 2014
I played this game back when it was on PS1, had a blast always getting decked by the angry house keeper after 20 mins of gameplay and forgetting to save... This game is a proper classic point a click puzzler like Myst but base on the works of HP Lovecraft.

The game it's self offers classic puzzles and traditional point and click adventuring so the game it's self is not the reason why i'm not recommending this game to you.

The reason why I wont recommend this game to you is because it has some colossal bugs in it that Meridian4 have point blank refused to fix ( )

Luckly I bought this during a flash sale at 75% off so I'm not totally miffed off at loosing £1.20 but the fact Meridian4 just dosn't seem to care, or to actually ensure this game is finishable to say the least before relesing a digital version is like being slapped in the face with a ♥♥♥♥ the same way EA did with the orange box on PS3.

The two major issues are:
A very important cut scene that explains pretty much a whole deal of the plot is missing.
You can't access some items required for you to progress on the game, also it takes away the ability to use the map to fast travel to other places, you're esentially ♥♥♥♥ed.

They have suggested ways to try and fix this (run in compatability mode ect.) but they do not work the game it's self is fundementally bugged, and it needs sorting.


There is in the mean time a fix for this if you put this save in the folder where the game data is.
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16 of 29 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 12, 2014
This game is bad. graphics horrid it is old style point and move next screen. also has a few bugs.
But i enjoyed my time. It is a Myst type of game still pic that you look around in, plenty of puzzels. storie line was not to bad.
Thought the end was crap. but that to could have been a cut sceen missing. for the couple $$ if you like the myst or sybiria type games . 6/10 Price is good for a few hours entertainment.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
Using H.P Lovecraft's type of storytelling and atmosphere, you would think that Necronomicon would be excellent. But it isn't. To start off the game has not aged well in terms of being compatible with the Windows 7 operating system. When you click exit the game will take you to the credits and stay there. The overall game is pretty fun, though there are only what appear to be a few voice actors out of the 20 talking characters in the game, making it somewhat cheesy sometimes (Much like Lovecraft's work). There is also a game breaking glitch toward the end of the game making it impossible to finish. This isn't even worth the time getting it at such a low price. If you are a Lovecraft fan I would recommend it to you but the glitches within the game will dissapoint you.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2014
This game I cannot recommend. The developers released this as an unfinished port to steam. It is unbeatable. The game removed inventory items and the alchemy kit you need to complete the game. The developers answer to everyones cries? To use a save file that skips an important piece of the game that explains the story and to finish it missing a huge chunk of the game.

Do yourself a favor and skip this. If you want to play this game without the developers not caring about finishing this port to Steam, go download eSPXe, set it up, download this game from coolroms, emulate it on the eSPXe PS1 emulator, and beat it that way. It is better then buying a game where the developers can care less if it is broken/incomplete.

You're welcome. Sorry devs. You done goofed. Stop using automated E-Mails next time and give a damn about the people who buy your game. A save file is not the solution to your problem. You have already shown you don't care. So be my guest and don't care.
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