Right here’s a bizarre one to begin your weekend on. I’ve been following The Miskatonic since its earliest idea drafts as a platform shooter. After a successful Kickstarter, it’s by some means mutated right into a grim, dirty and all-too-cheerful visible novel concerning the college students and employees of Arkham’s infamously evil Miskatonic College, and their place in an odd post-Cthulhu world. It’s additionally out proper now.
The Miskatonic runs with the concept, via a combination of human ingenuity and dumb luck, the world survived Cthulhu’s awakening. Now the elder sea-god stays in a perpetual state of getting his large squiddy head repeatedly exploded, so individuals are free to poke round and analysis all this horrible otherworldly stuff. England might now be swarming with boggle-eyed cannibals (Brexit occurred early on this universe, presumably), however issues are principally okay now, in a really British ‘Nicely, it could possibly be worse’ kinda approach.
Protagonist Charlotte LeStrange is a younger witch with hypnotic powers and spooky magic eyes – comparatively regular while you stack her up in opposition to the multitude of tentacled, many-limbed or in any other case alien issues dwelling within the College complicated. The sport follows her on a comparatively quick however dense journey (a buddy says it’s round Three-Four hours lengthy) that unsurprisingly goes very badly fallacious. In spite of everything, it is a world teetering on the point of a dozen simultaneous apocalypses.
Whereas there may be some interplay in The Miskatonic past simply clicking via dialogue, that is nonetheless very a lot a visible novel, so don’t go anticipating complicated stock puzzles. Additionally, having watched improvement on this one (though I haven’t had an opportunity to play it myself) I’m pretty sure that there’s at the least some bizarre eldritch nekkidness. Nothing that ought to increase an eyebrow in comparison with a few of the weird issues and ideas on present right here, however you’ve been given honest warning if nipples are the place you draw the road.
The Miskatonic is out now on Steam for £Four.79/€5/$6.