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Top 150 best Steam games of all time tagged with Lovecraftian, according to gamer reviews.

Rank, title, date, tags, platforms and price Score Rating
8.52
97% 21,110 votes
8.30
94% 22,507 votes
7.87
91% 3,048 votes
7.80
91% 1,268 votes
7.74
91% 1,039 votes
7.64
97% 89 votes
7.32
100% 19 votes

Correlated tags

Correlation is how often another tag appears together with this tag. If one in every five games tagged with Lovecraftian is also tagged with a correlated tag, the correlated tag has 20% correlation. 100% correlation means the pair of tags always appear together.

Tags most frequently applied to the same games as Lovecraftian, with at least 15% correlation.

  1. Horror 59%
  2. Adventure 57%
  3. Singleplayer 51%
  4. Atmospheric 44%
  5. Action 40%
  6. Indie 40%
  7. 2D 34%
  8. Dark 33%
  9. Psychological Horror 32%
  10. Story Rich 32%
  11. Exploration 29%
  12. Mystery 28%
  13. RPG 28%
  14. First-Person 26%
  15. Puzzle 25%
  16. Pixel Graphics 24%
  17. Survival Horror 20%
  18. Casual 19%
  19. 3D 19%
  20. Dark Fantasy 19%
  21. Action-Adventure 16%

The Lovecraftian tag refers to a particular genre or theme in storytelling that is heavily influenced by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, an American writer known for his horror fiction in the early 20th century.

H.P. Lovecraft's stories often revolve around cosmic horror, ancient beings, and a sense of existential dread and insignificance in the face of vast and malignant cosmic entities. The Lovecraftian tag is used to describe games that capture the unique atmosphere, themes, and elements present in Lovecraft's writings.

Games with a Lovecraftian theme typically incorporate one or more of the following elements:

  • Eldritch Horrors These are otherworldly beings or entities often beyond human comprehension. They are ancient, immensely powerful, and hostile towards humanity. Examples include Cthulhu, Nyarlathotep, Yog-Sothoth.
  • Madness In many Lovecraftian stories, exposure to forbidden knowledge or confronting these eldritch horrors can drive characters insane. In games with a Lovecraftian theme, players may have to cope with their character's sanity deteriorating as they encounter supernatural phenomena.
  • Cosmic Themes Games may explore themes related to humanity's insignificance in a vast universe ruled by ancient gods or entities. They often touch on themes like nihilism, existential dread, forbidden knowledge and secret cults devoted to summoning these dark forces.
  • Gothic Atmosphere Games with a Lovecraftian theme frequently feature dark gothic settings such as haunted mansions, forsaken catacombs or other ominous locations that evoke a sense of dread and mystery.

Examples of games that fall into the Lovecraftian genre include:

  • Bloodborne This action RPG developed by FromSoftware is set in a dark, gothic world filled with eldritch horrors and cosmic themes. It marries intense combat with deep lore inspired by Lovecraft's works.
  • Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth An atmospheric first-person horror game based on Lovecraft's novella "The Shadow over Innsmouth," in which players investigate a mysterious cult in a fishing town.
  • Sunless Sea A survival/exploration game set in an underground ocean where players navigate treacherous waters, encounter strange creatures, and face madness-inducing encounters inspired by Lovecraftian themes.

In summary, games with the Lovecraftian tag embrace the dark, immersive, and unsettling atmosphere found in H.P. Lovecraft's works. They often explore cosmic horror, ancient entities beyond human comprehension, mental anguish, and humanity's insignificance. Playing these games offers a unique opportunity to delve into enigmatic stories rooted in this particular brand of Gothic horror.

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