Polish indie game development studio Bit Golem has released a new immersive video game based on “Dagon”, one of Lovecraft’s most popular stories, which lets you explore the incomprehensible cosmic horrors from the bottom of the ocean. Here is the official description:
Dagon is a free 3D storytelling experience in Madness (you could also call it a demonic visual novel) based on the new self-titled cult of master of cosmic horror, HP Lovecraft himself. It is an interactive portal into the world of the controversial genius and its famous myth of Cthulhu, open to both newcomers and longtime devotees. Step into the shoes of a former ship officer and morphine demon and dive into the Stygian abyss of a drug addicted mind. Discover the unspeakable and long-drowned horrors on a distant supernatural island and immerse yourself in Lovecraftian dread.
The developers claim that the game can be finished in 15-30 minutes if you want to play it quickly. There are also downloadable (paid) expansion packs to enhance the experience. I was looking forward to playing it myself, but alas, it is only available for computers running Windows. But if you have a Windows computer, the download is completely free, and the PC player the opinion is rather positive:
I’m a notorious skeptic of cosmic horror games, and I’m never surprised when a game with the theme is bad. I am surprised when they are good. Dagon strikes a good balance: it’s a point-and-click adventure, so it’s more about walking you through an interactive story rather than delivering a narrative in which you are a fundamental participant. It’s a big step forward for the genre. But if that interests you, well, go for it. It’s free.
Dagon [BitGolem / Steam]