Fantasy Flight’s Lovecraftian board game Mansions Of Madness, which cardboard dad Rab Forence has praised so much in these pages, is getting a video game adaptation next year. Publishers Asmodee Digital yesterday announced Mansions Of Madness: Mother’s Embrace, which will send a team of investigators to investigate a spooky mansion, being waylaid by traps, monsters, and other terribleness. Asmodee have a lot of experience in the field, having published digital adaptations of games including Talisman, Ticket To Ride, Mysterium, and Pathfinder Adventures.
The announcement is a bit vague on what Mother’s Embrace does or doesn’t change from physical Mansions Of Madness, but it is at least building on a solid foundation. Rab Forence loved the original board game:
“That Lovecraft game I wanted is finally here. It’s a Lovecraft game that I can recommend to everyone. It’s not just for the hardcore, like Arkham Horror. It’s for everyone who’s ever wanted a board game that lets your run around a spooky house, hiding in chests while psychopaths stalk you with an axe. It’s a game for anyone who’s ever played that wonderful Fighting Fantasy gamebook House of Hell. It’s a game easily taught, and easily played, and easily one of my favourite games of all time ALREADY. I love it.”
He was even more delighted when the second edition added a companion app directing the game. A full-on video game will lose the physicality and sociability of a board game, which is a shame, but can conceivably go even further.
Mansions Of Madness: Mother’s Embrace is coming to Windows and Mac in 2019, by the end of March, via Steam. It’s being made by Luckyhammers.