A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Much of the focus involves observation, puzzle solving. Players investigate events as they unfold, are often challenged to use characters' unique skills, abilities, and insights to progress. Requires a good amount of reading comprehension and deductive reasoning.
Has some basic good-vs.-evil themes, some elements of teamwork: working with other investigators in your party. Also promotes the different abilities and skills that others can bring to a situation, encouraging players to learn about others' perspectives and solutions to problems.
Positive Role Models
Diverse cast of investigators, each with their own strengths, weaknesses, skills, and backstories. While each may have a distinct reason for looking into the events of the game and the forces at work, they're all motivated to uncover the truth and stop the influence of a greater threat.
Ease of Play
While controls are relatively basic, with decent tutorials to explain their use, understanding how other gameplay mechanics, like the Mythos Clock, come into play is more vague and takes some time.
Violence & Scariness
Turn-based combat is a regular occurrence, with characters fighting using a variety of melee weapons, firearms, and magical abilities. Some blood splashes occasionally shown on-screen. Also scenes including ritualistic murders, blood-splattered floors, other graphic violence.
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Products & Purchases
Based on a popular series of board games and inspired by the written works of H.P. Lovecraft.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some drinking and smoking appear in scenes. Cigarettes are a consumable item that hurt health but restore some sanity to characters, and smoking addiction is a "trauma" that can be afflicted on certain characters.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Arkham Horror: Mother's Embrace is a supernatural horror adventure game available for download on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows-based PCs. The game is based on the Fantasy Flight board game series and is inspired by the works of horror author H.P. Lovecraft. Players choose from a selection of unique investigators and work to uncover the plot of a dark cult and the forces that they worship. There are some scenes of graphic violence and blood, both in the investigations and in combat sequences. Drinking and smoking is also referenced, with cigarettes being a consumable item to help characters recover sanity at the cost of health.
Is It Any Good?
For nearly a century, H.P. Lovecraft's stories have created a universe of dark gods and extraterrestrial threats that lurk just beyond the shadows at the edge of humankind's collective sanity. This universe serves as the home for Arkham Horror: Mother's Embrace, the supernatural video game based on Fantasy Flight's popular Arkham Horror board games. The game is part survival horror, part noir mystery, and part turn-based role-playing adventure all rolled up into one. Overall, it does a good job of stitching these pieces together and breathing life into the resulting creation. But the occasional gameplay quirk or technical bug still threatens to make the beast come apart at the seams.
Where the game shines is in its story and its use of Lovecraftian lore. It's a tale that doesn't rely on jump scares or gratuitous carnage to create a sense of fear. Instead, from the opening moments to the end, the atmosphere creates a constant sense of dread that has an almost tangible weight. It genuinely feels like you're a part of this world where every action risks just a sliver more of your remaining sanity. Unfortunately, this sense is broken from time to time due to the clunky user interface and sometimes questionable design choices. For example, sanity checks are often triggered by encounters and are resolved with no context given to the player. All players see is that, for some inexplicable reason, one or more of their characters have failed some mystery check and have lost a little more sanity. Technical issues such as character dialogues overlapping or getting cut short also make the game a bit frustrating at times, but never quite to the point of making it unplayable. And if the game's rougher shortcomings don't drive players mad, there's a creepily entertaining time to be had in this Eldritch whodunit.
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