What happens when you yake one part board game, one part adventure game, and throw in some comedic horror? You get the complexly named Fhtagn! - Tales of the Creeping Madness from Design Imps and Silesia Games. Not only does Fhtagn! feature the unusual premise of players attempting to summon a world-ending horror, it also allows for 4-player local co-op. It's out now on Steam and coming soon to Switch.
As the title surely implies, Fhtagn! is inspired by Lovecraftian lore. 1-4 players will play as mystic cultists who want nothing more than to summon an eldritch god to destroy the world. To do so, they'll have to travel around the town of Arkham, investigate the stats and relics needed for the ritual, and engage in classic Lovecraftian events. Corrupt cops, gangs, private investigators, and monsters will stand in their way.
This text-based adventure game boasts:
- 93,000 words.
- Across 113 events with 370 potential story outcomes.
- Fulfil 1 of 24 roles with 56 ritual feedback stories.
- 142 different character endings.
- Short and silly events in a Lovecraftian universe.
- Randomized stories based on location.
- Short gameplay, ideal for those downtime moments or while in a queue for another game.
- Non-linear gameplay.
That sounds like a creepy good time to me, assuming the mountains of text don't end up bogging down the local multiplayer experience too much. Fhtagn! can be played cooperatively or treacherously by up to 4 players.