The best games set in the H.P. Lovecraft universe "Cthulhu 2021

Looking for a really good game set in H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu universe? Then we have just the thing: The best Cthulhu Mythos games.

Who was H. P. Lovecraft?

Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 - March 15, 1937) was an American writer of gothic novels and horror stories, known for his creation of what later became the "Cthulhu Mythos" - he himself always called it the "Arkham Cycle". This myth, or rather the whole universe, can be found nowadays in movies, literature, music, computer games and even board games.

Even Batman refers to the works of Lovecraft

Batman and some other works from DC Comics universe have been inspired by the "Arkham Cycle". For example, the prison "Arkham Asylum" is located on the outskirts of Gotham City and is the place where those of Batman's enemies are imprisoned who are considered legally and mentally insane.

Lovecraft was never able to make a living from his works

Throughout his adult life, Lovecraft was never able to support himself on his income as an author and publisher. He was virtually unknown during his lifetime and was published almost exclusively in pulp magazines before dying in poverty at the age of 46, but is now considered one of the most important authors of supernatural horror literature of the 20th century.

Cthulhu Mythos...what is it?

The Cthulhu Mythos is a fictional universe that originated in the short stories and tales of American horror author H. P. Lovecraft. The term was first coined in 1927 by August Derleth, a contemporary correspondent and protégé of Lovecraft. The Cthulhu Mythos revolves around the settings (Arkham), characters (Henry Armitage), objects (Necronimicon), beings/entities (Cthulhu), and stories used by Lovecraft and his literary successors.

The name Cthulhu derives from the central creature in Lovecraft's seminal short story "The Call of Cthulhu," first published in 1928.

Games based on works by other authors

A lot of games are based on works of book authors. Just see our list of games based on authors below.

List of the best board games from the H.P. Lovecraft universe that you can buy 2021

This list was last updated on March 4, 2021. We compared 111 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Mansions of Madness: Second Edition

    All details for the board game Mansions of Madness: Second Edition and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime120 - 180 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    😕 Questionable price90€ atAmazon.de
  2. Cthulhu: Death May Die

    All details for the board game Cthulhu: Death May Die and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime90 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    💸 Too expensive!139€ atAmazon.de
  3. Lovecraft Letter

    All details for the board game Lovecraft Letter and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime5 - 15 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Lovecraft Letter

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  4. Arkham Horror: The Card Game

    All details for the board game Arkham Horror: The Card Game and similar games

    Nominated for 13 awards and won 4.

    More details for Arkham Horror: The Card Game
    • Players1 - 2 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    👍 Good price!35€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Arkham Horror: The Card Game

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  5. Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu

    All details for the board game Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime40 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  6. Don't Mess with Cthulhu Deluxe

    All details for the board game Don't Mess with Cthulhu Deluxe and similar games
    • Players4 - 8 Players
    • Playtime1 - 30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Don't Mess with Cthulhu Deluxe

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  7. Cthulhu Wars

    All details for the board game Cthulhu Wars and similar games

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

    More details for Cthulhu Wars
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime90 - 120 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Cthulhu Wars

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  8. Eldritch Horror

    All details for the board game Eldritch Horror and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards.

    More details for Eldritch Horror
    • Players1 - 8 Players
    • Playtime120 - 240 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Eldritch Horror

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  9. Mythos Tales

    All details for the board game Mythos Tales and similar games
    • Players1 - 10 Players
    • Playtime60 - 120 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!33€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Mythos Tales

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  10. Tides of Madness

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    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Tides of Madness
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!12€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Tides of Madness

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  11. Arkham Horror (Third Edition)

    All details for the board game Arkham Horror (Third Edition) and similar games
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime120 - 180 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
    😕 Questionable price60€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Arkham Horror (Third Edition)

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  12. Elder Sign

    All details for the board game Elder Sign and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Elder Sign
    • Players1 - 8 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!32€ atAmazon.de
  13. Unspeakable Words: Deluxe Edition

    All details for the board game Unspeakable Words: Deluxe Edition and similar games
    • Players2 - 8 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  14. AuZtralia

    All details for the board game AuZtralia and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for AuZtralia
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 120 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium
  15. Ancient Terrible Things

    All details for the board game Ancient Terrible Things and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    😕 Questionable price31€ atAmazon.de
  16. The Cards of Cthulhu

    All details for the board game The Cards of Cthulhu and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 90 Minutes
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  17. Smash Up: The Obligatory Cthulhu Set

    All details for the board game Smash Up: The Obligatory Cthulhu Set and similar games
    • Players2 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  18. Cthulhu Realms

    All details for the board game Cthulhu Realms and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime25 - 45 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  19. Cthulhu in the House

    All details for the board game Cthulhu in the House and similar games
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime10 - 20 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  20. Stay Away!

    All details for the board game Stay Away! and similar games
    • Players4 - 12 Players
    • Playtime15 - 60 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    👍 Good price!18€ atAmazon.de
  21. Cthulhu Tales

    All details for the board game Cthulhu Tales and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime20 - 60 Minutes
    • Age15+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  22. Cthulhu Gloom

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Cthulhu Gloom
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  23. Gates of Delirium

    All details for the board game Gates of Delirium and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Gates of Delirium

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  24. Mountains of Madness

    All details for the board game Mountains of Madness and similar games
    • Players3 - 5 Players
    • Playtime60 - 90 Minutes
    • Age12+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for Mountains of Madness

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  25. Arkham Horror

    All details for the board game Arkham Horror and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Arkham Horror
    • Players1 - 8 Players
    • Playtime120 - 240 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: hard
  26. Cthulhu Fluxx

    All details for the board game Cthulhu Fluxx and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime5 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!58€ atAmazon.de
  27. Evil High Priest

    All details for the board game Evil High Priest and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime40 - 90 Minutes
    • Age14+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: medium

    Video reviews for Evil High Priest

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  28. Lost in R'lyeh

    All details for the board game Lost in R'lyeh and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime45 Minutes
    • Age13+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  29. Munchkin Cthulhu

    All details for the board game Munchkin Cthulhu and similar games
    • Players3 - 6 Players
    • Playtime90 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!17€ atAmazon.de
  30. Pocket Madness

    All details for the board game Pocket Madness and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Pocket Madness

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