Hello everybody, Shaun Meyers here to share my thoughts on Conarium by Zoetrope Interactive and Iceberg Interactive. I received a copy of the game for review purposes but like all of my reviews, this has no effect on my thoughts and experiences with the game.
Conarium is a horror adventure game that’s heavily inspired by HP Lovecraft and his story At the Mountains of Madness. The game is meant to be a sort of sequel to this story and follows 4 scientists who embark on a quest in Antarctica to learn about an ancient device known as the Conarium. The devices are said to hold the key to allowing mortal men to shed their earthly bodies and ascend to greatness. The game follows the perspective of a man named Frank Gilbert as he finds himself delving into ancient ruins while his sanity slowly decays.
The game can be considered apart of the walking simulator genre but there is some logical puzzle solving here and there, it’s just not widespread. The story is largely told through narrative based notes found throughout the game world or with memories left behind by his friend, Dr. Faust. They often shed light on the things you see as you make your way through the game.
Gameplay wise, it’s fairly simple to figure out. The game is fairly linear so you won’t find yourself lost in the giant caves but the puzzles you encounter can have some tough solutions to figure out. The game’s puzzles aren’t too bad though and they give you the solutions to many of them in your notebook.
The game has some excellent atmosphere (Headset recommended) and some gorgeous graphics to go along with it. I will admit that the game is mostly a walking simulator so if you aren’t big on a lot of walking and taking in the really weird sights, you probably won’t like this one very much.
It is, however, incredibly authentic to HP Lovecraft’s work and it gave me flashbacks to the superb authenticity that was their previous games Darkness Within, most notably the first game. I could also feel some inspiration from SOMA in there as well and there were moments that I had flashbacks to that game as well. Overall, it’s a superb horror adventure and if, like me, you enjoy HP Lovecraft’s mythos, a lot, then you’ll like this game too. Happy gaming folks!
Thanks for taking the time to read this review folks and I’ll be back with my next one soon, until then, happy gaming folks!
Shaun Meyers (Kyo Akiara) out!