Chronicle of Innsmouth: Mountains of Madness
By David Chapman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Retro Lovecraft adventure's scariest parts are its flaws.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game isn't a stereotypical good-vs.-evil story, but rather the story of ancient, powerful forces of darkness awakening and influencing the lives of others.
Positive Role Models
Each character has their own motivations for uncovering the secrets of the Great Old Ones and their awakening. Most are being influenced by the dark forces or simply trying to survive with their sanity intact.
Ease of Play
Simple to pick up and play. It's a point-and-click adventure, and players can highlight interactive areas. Some puzzle aspects, most fairly easy to solve. Traveling on the city map can be a pain: It's easy to lose track of the player's tiny icon and to see which places are accessible.
Violence & Scariness
Some disturbing images of violence, including characters covered in blood, bound in chains, etc. But retro and pixelated art style takes away a lot of detail, reducing overall impact of the violence.
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Dialogue includes some mild profanity, such as "hell" and "damn."
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Products & Purchases
This is a prequel to 2017's Chronicle of Innsmouth.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are occasionally shown smoking and drinking, with references made to both in the dialogue.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Chronicle of Innsmouth: Mountains of Madness is a horror adventure game available for download on Windows-based PCs. The game is a prequel to 2017's Chronicle of Innsmouth and is likewise based on the classic horror stories of author H.P. Lovecraft, including Mountains of Madness. It's a point-and-click adventure, with players interacting with the environment and other characters to advance the story. There are some disturbing and violent scenes of injury and death, though the game's retro style takes away much of the detail and impact of these scenes. Parents should also be aware that the game's dialogue does feature some mild profanity, and characters discuss or are shown smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol.
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What’s It About?
Players will step into a world of darkness with CHRONICLE OF INNSMOUTH: MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS. Based on and inspired by the works of classic horror author H.P. Lovecraft, this point-and-click adventure drops players into a supernatural mystery millennia in the making. Missing people and ritual murders are just the start for private investigator Lone Carter. After surviving his own close call with the Shoggoth, Carter is haunted by nightmarish visions that may uncover secrets of the past or, worse, foretell a dark future for humanity. To survive against the power of a god, you must make your way from the shores of the cursed fishing village of Innsmouth to the halls of Miskatonic University in Arkham and even ancient Yemen for the creation of the book of evil, the Necronomicon.You'll interact with your environment to solve mind-bending puzzles while also challenging your wits and your sanity as you unlock the origins of the Great Old Ones before falling prey to their grand design.
Is It Any Good?
Back in the earlier days of gaming, point-and-click adventures were all the rage, because they could tell a complete story while making the player feel like an active part of it. Chronicle of Innsmouth: Mountains of Madness pays homage to these classic games with its faithful retro-styled re-creation of the point-and-click experience, wrapped around the equally classic literary works of horror author H.P. Lovecraft. While on paper it makes for an interesting way to visit the Cthulhu mythos, in practice, the game never quite rises above a certain level of mediocrity. At its best, the game manages to squeeze out a few decent story beats. Unfortunately, the rest of the time feels like a bland, watered-down tale with enough bad edits to keep players fumbling around.
One of the biggest issues Mountains of Madness has is its presentation. While it's easy to appreciate the effort that went into creating a point-and-click adventure that looks like it was found in a time capsule from the early '90s, lots of the presentation still falls flat. The voice-overs, for the most part, sound like they're either being read off cue cards or auditioning for Shakespearean theatre. There's no in-between. And the plot feels like its based off the Cliff's Notes version of Lovecraft's works. Huge chunks of story are just glossed over or completely omitted, often leaving players confused and frustrated. Finally, while the various puzzles have relatively simple solutions, the game doesn't do much to nudge players in the right direction. The end result is an experience that feels rushed and almost incomplete, with holes big enough to fit a Shoggoth through.
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- Platform: Windows
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: PsychoDev
- Release date: March 23, 2021
- Genre: Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Book Characters, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: NR for No Descriptions
- Last updated: March 25, 2021
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