The Miskatonic: A Horror-Comedy Visual Novel Set in a Lovecraftian College

“Inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft” generally tells you what a game is going to be about: horror, eldritch abominations, tentacles, things that man dare not speak of. Very rarely, the phrase means shiny big-eyed character models and cheerful black comedy, but that’s what The Miskatonic is all about.

There’s a demo up on Kickstarter that revolves around Charlotte LeStrange clicking around and exploring the playfully scary world she inhabits. The title refers to an occult university of sorts, where students and faculty often get eaten or driven mad–but still, as far as these things go, it’s not a bad place to be. Plus, as the staff is well aware, the hazard pay is fantastic.

The character designs are weirdly appealing; everyone’s frankly ginormous heads are set on stick bodies that make them look like spooky lollipops. The cast is as strange as anyone could hope–Professor Lake stands out, since he has a tentacle fused to his head and a single enormous eye–and the game promises to be a combination visual novel and side scroller, loaded with puzzles and riddles to tantalize the mind. Charlotte LeStrange’s unwavering optimism in the face of eldritch horror is endearing, but rather than the typical Lovecraftian protagonist, she seems more like a long-lost member of the creepy, spooky, mysterious and ooky Addams family than anything else. I count that as a good thing, though.

If you’re looking for a humorous and frankly irreverent take on Lovecraftian mythos, The Miskatonic is projected be out in 2016.

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