Somehow, despite all my love for horror and especially indie titles, this game passed me by unnoticed, which is extremely weird, considering that I’m a big fan of everything connected to H.P. Lovecraft’s writing. Maybe it had something to do with Darkness Within, two classic first-person adventure titles I didn’t play because of my problems with this sort of moving-screen-by-screen gameplay. But as it seems, the developer’s newest title is anything but ordinary and quite frightful even after one year of its original PC Steam and console release.
The title refers to a device that apparently let people go beyond the limits of human consciousness. Being part of the Upuaut expedition conducted by Dr. Faust, the player takes the role of Frank Gilman, a member of the Anthropology Department in the Miskatonic University, who wakes up and finds himself alone in the Antarctic expedition base. Without any memories, one soon discovers that one died and returned somewhat changed, with weird memorable of even weirder places. It all sounds wonderfully morbid and grotesque, and it’s no coincidence that Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness served as inspiration. Only now one takes the initiative by studying clues, unlocking secrets, experiencing alternate realities, but also avoiding macabre beings roaming the expedition base.
Conarium is now available DRM-free on GOG with a 50% launch discount that will last until July 13, 1pm UTC. The soundtrack can also be bought separately. For me it seems to be high time to do a Lovecraftian gaming (and movie) special sometime in the very near future…
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