Experience a bite-sized slice of Lovecraftian horror in this updated version of our cult freeware point and click adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's classic short story.
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Very Positive (591) - 88% of the 591 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Oct 10, 2019

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“A brief, but tense experience that you won’t easily forget.”
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“The Terrible Old Man is an enjoyable adventure that everyone should have a play through at least once.”
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“The Terrible Old Man serves as a great, creepy hors d’oeuvre to your night of horror (which I do not recommend trying with an actual terrible old man). With a bizarre, surreal art style and a handful of decent puzzles, this one’s worth a download as the sun begins to set and the eldritch abominations come out to play.”
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About This Game

Three men of loose virtue are enjoying a drink in a local tavern, when they overhear the story of a rich and feeble old man who lives in town. They soon plot to take his treasures...

This is a very short (and free) interactive adaptation of The Terrible Old Man, a short story by H.P. Lovecraft. This adaptation was originally released back in 2015 - it was made in 30 days for the MAGS gamejam.

This Steam re-release features polished graphics, additional content, new music and Steam achievements!


  • An adaptation of the classic H.P. Lovecraft short story.
  • Traditional point and click adventure interface.
  • Unsettling hand drawn graphics and animation.
  • Fully animated cut scenes.
  • 640 x 360 widescreen resolution.

Mature Content Description

The developers describe the content like this:

Mild graphic violence, alcohol use.

System Requirements

    • OS *: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel or AMD CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible card
    • Storage: 375 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Video: DirectX & Directdraw Supported
    • OS *: Windows 7 or higher
    • Processor: 1 GHz+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible card
    • Storage: 375 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

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