Eldritch Apprehension

Recommendations by Walter Sandsquish

The weird environments, monstrosities, and existential dread of cosmic horror lend themselves to text, and so text-adventure games have played with the fear of the unknowable from the beginning of the genre. Here are some of the better examples.

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1. Anchorhead
by Michael Gentry
(1998)
Average member rating: (386 ratings)

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Uncover the the monstrosities that lay beneath the surface of a small New England town.

2. D'ARKUN
by Michael Baltes
(2021)
Average member rating: (13 ratings)

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Your break between semesters breaks down when you find evidence of an ancient conspiracy in seaside villages.

3. Eat the Eldritch
by Olaf Nowacki
(2023)
Average member rating: (11 ratings)

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See if you can manage the madness aboard a fish-processing ship with a peculiar crew.

4. The HeBGB Horror!, by Eric Mayer (1999)
Average member rating: (6 ratings)
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The Bowery district's punk-rock scene is more unsettling than it appears.

5. Hunger Daemon
by Sean M. Shore
(2014)
Average member rating: (64 ratings)

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Your family's religious preferences are a little more than just unusual.

6. The King of Shreds and Patches
by Jimmy Maher
(2009)
Average member rating: (77 ratings)

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Investigate an occult conspiracy in Elizabethan London.

7. The Lurking Horror
by Dave Lebling
(1987)
Average member rating: (90 ratings)

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While looking for your lost term paper, you find something even more distressing.

8. Lydia's Heart
by Jim Aikin
(2007)
Average member rating: (30 ratings)

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Your ghostly imaginary friend knows things people shouldn't.

9. Nevermore, by Nate Cull (2000)
Average member rating: (22 ratings)
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Resurrecting your late lost love may involve things you can't fully comprehend.

10. Slouching Towards Bedlam
by Star Foster and Daniel Ravipinto
(2003)
Average member rating: (212 ratings)

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Bedlam asylum still holds secrets that only a language not meant for people can reveal.

11. Theatre, by Brendon Wyber (1995)
Average member rating: (87 ratings)
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That abandoned theatre you're trying to sell may be less abandoned than it appears.

12. The Tower of the Elephant, by Tor Andersson (2006)
Average member rating: (17 ratings)
Walter Sandsquish says:

Conan discovers that the jewel he wants posseses unearthly qualities.


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