Eldrich

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Eldrich on Steam

MSRP: $14.99

Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux

Release: 10/21/13


I can’t even begin to guess how Eldrich ended up in my Steam library.  However, since I’ve seen a few folks absolutely raving about it lately, I thought I’d give it a go.  It’s a first person action/horror game that looks like you’ve wandered into Minecraft, except without the digging.  Unless there is digging. I couldn’t tell you because I didn’t last all that long.

I usually like to come here and be able to say “This is a pretty good game”.  Or “This game is really awful, you should avoid it.”  Today, all I can say is that this game is most definitely not for me, so far our of my wheelhouse that I can’t even begin to guess about its actual quality.

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The screenshot above is what you get when you first load in.  I managed to figure out that it was a good idea to read books, and the books are as close to a tutorial as you’re going to get.  The mirror allows you to change your appearance, although I’m not sure that needs to be here because I don’t think there’s any option for third person or any place you’re really going to be looking at your avatar.

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After wandering around and reading all the non-sparkly books, I chose to read that sparkly one on the left hand side, and it took me into the first dungeon.  I wandered around a little, killed some guy in robes with a well-thrown bottle, found some coins, a key, and a couple of 3 shot revolvers.   I remembered reading something about coins (called artifacts) disappearing on death, so went back into the library, tossed my coins into the treasure chest, and decided to go exploring some more.  This time, I chose the book in the back that’s crazy blue and sparkling.

Hint: You probably don’t want to choose that book in back that’s crazy blue and sparkling, at least not until you figure out what you’re doing.

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The blue book takes you someplace snowy with really lousy visibility, and while trying to stagger my way around, I managed to face first into some monster thing.  It was at this point I made some sort of embarrassingly horrid noise, causing both of my dogs to come running into the room to check on me, and decided that no, no I didn’t want to play this after all.

Of course, I’m fairly certain I’ve had a similar reaction in other games – the first time I came face-to-face with a monster after spending hours peacefully digging in Minecraft, for example.  I think the surprise ninjatastic bad guy was just the nail in the coffin for me.  I don’t like it when the first major challenge I have to overcome in a game is figuring out what I’m supposed to be doing.

Eldrich has a pretty dedicated following, so there must be something here, but I’m just not seeing it. It’s not pretty, I’m not invested in the story (I’m guessing if it’s Lovecraftian, there’s a story here somewhere), and the exploration & play was more nerve wracking than fun for me.

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