About this game
Developer: Zoetrope Interactive
Content Rating: Teen
Conarium is a chilling Lovecraftian game, which follows a gripping story involving four scientists and their endeavor to challenge what we normally consider to be the ‘absolute’ limits of nature. Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s novella "At the Mountains of Madness", but largely set after the original story.
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A single playthrough of Conarium will take just under five hours unless you find yourself well and truly stuck on one of the game’s many puzzles. After that, there’s not much reason to go back unless you want to find all the collectables the game offers. There are multiple endings, too, but the game’s chapter system makes it very easy to get both without any hassle.
The game could’ve used several more moments offering up a life-or-death fear factor to help elevate it passed a creepy mystery without going overboard and feeling too similar to mainstream horror titles. Perhaps I’m just being too picky, but don’t let this complaint change your opinion overall on the game as it certainly didn’t change mine; Conarium is a damned treat, and even as bleak an individual as H.P. Lovecraft was, I think he’d be proud that his works inspired this.
Conarium is a game so rooted in its desire to tell a story inspired by a great author that it feels more like an interactive novel than a game itself. The narrative, atmosphere, and graphics have proven to be particularly superb; however, the poor voice acting and lack of significant interactive content root this game firmly as a walking-sim above a full horror experience.