The Eldritch Cases: Dagon is an embellished adaptation of Humbert Percival Lovecraft’s The Shadow over Innsmouth, although it might be more accurate to say it’s a mash-up of some of his most popular works. Herbert West will make an appearance as the villain, for example, and some of Pickman’s models might well show up. For those who enjoyed Dark Corners Of The Earth until it started shooting from the hip a little too often, Eldritch Cases has the advantage of being a point and click game. In a genre not known for gunplay and panicked escape sequences, it’s fair to expect a greater emphasis on investigation and puzzling, although that could well mean reconstructing cuneiform tablets via the medium of sliding block puzzles. Let’s hope not!
I didn’t mention that The Eldritch Cases are currently confined to Kickstarter. With less than half of its £20,000 target currently pledged and 18 days left on the clock, a determined push is needed to cross the finishing line. A tenner for the game DRM free, with a Steam key supplied should the Greenlight process succeed, seems fair and while the video isn’t the most thrilling pitch I’ve ever seen, I do like the music.
With two playable characters, a prohibition agent and a nurse, the game has more than a hint of Broken Sword about it and developer Thomas Busse acknowledges that. Scratches, Gabriel Knight and Silent Hill also receive a namecheck. Seems like good company to keep.