Challenging gameplay based in the lore established by H.P. Lovecraft
Tackle a variety of evil apocalyptic ancient ones
Expand your experience with our premium expansion content
Learn to master your luck with inventory and investigator abilities
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The tense excitement of Elder Sign is now available for Android! Elder Sign: Omens places you in control of up to four intrepid investigators, as they fight to keep all-powerful Ancient Ones from invading our world through a museum’s arcane exhibits!
*Build a team of unique investigators* *Explore an ever-changing museum* *Face challenging arcane tasks* *Save the world from absolute destruction* *Expand the horror with two exciting in-app purchases*
Can you stand against the impending arrival of a malevolent Ancient One?
While Elder Sign: Omens brilliantly conveys the spirit of the Elder Sign dice game, a few noteworthy differences were adopted to optimize the mobile play experience:
-A limited number of available Ancient Ones streamlines the game play experience while offering adjustable levels of difficulty. Face Yig in normal mode, Azathoth or Tsathoggua in hard mode, or Cthulhu or Ithaqua in very hard mode (in-app purchases required to face Cthulhu and Ithaqua). -A number of subtle changes increase the peril of defending humanity. For example, the random negative effects drawn every midnight are more challenging, and the frequency of “no effect” results has been decreased. Monsters have likewise been altered to make them more difficult. -Finally, there are no Ally cards in Elder Sign: Omens, which further streamlines play while increasing the overall challenge.
If you are looking for something a little more in your gaming app than just the basic game of word or shape matching or finding, and you are a person who enjoys playing board and card games on a regular basis, don't pass this app up. It's completely with the money. True to their games, Fantasy Flight doesn't disappoint with this one.
The artwork, music, and sound effects are well done. The layout and game play, for me (Samsung Galaxy SII), had been flawless. I have played it many times and don't remember it once hanging up, freezing, or needing a restart.
The story and devotion to mimic the game are incredible. They've done a great job adapting to this medium. I play this again and again with different investigators, and monsters, just to see how things work out. I both win and lose, so it seems like the AI is fairly balanced. The only thing I haven't been able to figure out is how to determine what the next midnight effect is other than what's currently showing on the board.
I've seen others ask for this in other comments, but I will too - more like this please!! It's wonderfully done, well executed, and I'm just super pleased with it. You can't get much better in my book!
Thanks Fantasy Flight for bringing this to us...more please!!
This is one of the very few apps I've ever paid money for and, boy, has it been worth it. I do not own the board game, so I can't compare the two. However, this app is addictive. I have put hundreds of hours into the basic app, plus the three expansions.
1 - The tutorial is a necessity. There is a learning curve here since the game has some non-intuitive symbology. After a couple games, no big deal. 2 - There are a lot of investigators (you can only use four in a single game) so there is a lot of replayability. Different investigators play very differently, so it's been interesting trying to win with the different strategies each investigator requires. 3 - the expansions are worth the $2. The basic game has several Ancient Ones for you top beat with various difficulties. The expansions each add another Ancient One but the scenarios to beat them are multi-part and play differently from the base game. Very nice.
A wonderful solo player adaptation of the Lovecraft board game with some beautiful animated and aural effects to enhance game play. Tons of replay ability with team selection and plenty of difficulty. Four "Ancient Ones" to defeat with extra purchasable scenarios which include new characters. And that's my only real complainant. If you want the entire game (Call of Cthulu, Trail of Ithaqua, The Dark Pharoah) in addition, you'll pay and an added $2.99 each. In other words $16. in total or roughly 1/2 the price of the board game.
I own both the app AND the board game itself. In a game based on dice rolling, the physical version is always going to get the advantage...but this virtual version of Elder Signs is still pretty darn fun!
It still has the questions of "which adventurer do I send where" ... "whose special ability is best for this room" ... "should I spend time sending this investigator here so that they can get an uncommon item before attempting an other-world adventure, or should I just try it now before midnight brings out more monsters"
all in all-- the game feels quick even though it takes about an hour....and that is the mark of a good game! Try it...you'll like it! But nothing beats chucking those dice for real!
I'm very glad this game came to the Amazon app store. I've had this for a while from the Google store, and have played on my phone, but I really wanted it for my Fires. It's a bit small on the phone, but playable, it's very good on the older 7" Fire, and beautiful on the 8.9 HD Fire. Knowing how much I liked it on the phone, I didn't mind re-purchasing the game and expansions for the Fire(s).
There are some great reviews already posted so I won't go over all of the play, but yes, it can be difficult, and yes, the randomness of the rolls can be frustrating at times, but so can the board version. . . and after all, who among us couldn't use a good thrashing by a computer AI from time to time?
I will say that I haven't had any trouble with the game crashing completely, although on my older Fire it does occasionally stall a bit on startup. I just choose the 'wait' option and it doesn't take long for it finish starting.
I enjoyed this game at first because of how well it translated the board game. But then in later levels, the game becomes obscenely difficult. I don't mind getting killed because I got screwed on a doom counter or bested on a challenge. But when my entire party wipes simply because a particular rune doesn't show up for sixteen turns straight, that kind of takes the fun away. A way to make the game more palatable would be if there were a mode that didn't use the shops as a turn. These are a few ideas. Then you would have a fun game with multiple levels, instead of Yig or OH MY GOD MAKE THE HURTING STOP. ;-)