When most people hear the name HP Lovecraft, comedy isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to find. Nope, the Gothic horror writer was not known for making people laugh, what with his stories of rats in the walls and ancient cosmic deities and all.
Clearly developer Stuck in Attic (which is located in Transylvania of all places) did see a funny side to the horror creator, as they’re working on the Monkey Island-style point and click adventure game Gibbous – A Cthulhu Adventure (official website) that presents the Lovecraft mythos in a more humorous and family-friendly light.
You play as Detective Don R. Ketype as he tries to stop the dreaded Book of the Dead itself, the Necronomicon, from falling into the wrong hands. And then there’s the small matter of the coming of the gigantic Great Old One, Cthulhu…
Of the tons of indie Lovecraft titles on offer at the moment, this appears to be the only one that can be enjoyed by both kids and adults alike, so kudos to them for that. Prepare to watch the trailer below with a big smile on your face.
Gibbous – A Cthulhu Adventure (PC, Mac, Linux) is a comedy point ‘n click love letter to classic-era Lucas adventures, HP Lovecraft, Hitchcock, and many, many others. A lighthearted spoof of the Cthulhu mythos, Gibbous will have you controlling three protagonists, dealing with strange cultists, ancient voodoo, and Dead Cthulhu himself. Well, “dead” is just a matter of opinion…
Everything revolves around the dreaded Necronomicon and how it affects the protagonists’ lives. Grizzled detective Don R. Ketype wants it because he always gets his man (or book); and easy-going, easy living librarian Buzz Kerwan stumbles upon it and accidentally transforms his cat, Kitteh, into a talking abomination, thus setting on a quest to return her back to cathood.
- Classically-inspired point and click adventure game
- Dark, yet humorous – think Lovecraft meets Day of the Tentacle
- Frame-by-frame traditional animation
- Lovingly painted 2d backgrounds inspired by Transylvanian architecture and nature
- Exploration, character, and story-driven experience
- Fully voiced
- Unique item combination responses for just about everything, up to six “examine” responses
- Original soundtrack contains different musical themes for almost every screen
- Tentacles, eldritch things one should not speak of, and all kinds of insanity, both cute and evil
Despite being HD, the game is intended to feel like a 90s adventure with a few modern enhancements like autosaving, hotspot revealer, etc. Gibbous draws inspiration from HP Lovecraft’s writings; classic Lucas Arts adventures such as Day of the Tentacle, Monkey Island, and Grim Fandango; Hitchcock movies; classic Warner Bros. cartoons; and Hayao Miyazaki’s richly detailed environment art.