The best games set in the H.P. Lovecraft universe "Cthulhu 2022

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 2022

This list was last updated on January 12, 2022. We compared 101 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Cthulhu: Death May Die

    All details for the board game Cthulhu: Death May Die and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    More details for Cthulhu: Death May Die
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!78€ atAmazon.de
  2. Lovecraft Letter

    All details for the board game Lovecraft Letter and similar games
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 5 - 15 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
    👍 Good price!10€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Lovecraft Letter

    • YouTube Review for the game "Lovecraft Letter" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  3. Mansions of Madness: Second Edition

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    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  4. Don't Mess with Cthulhu Deluxe

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    • 4 - 8 Players
    • 1 - 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Don't Mess with Cthulhu Deluxe

    • YouTube Review for the game "Don't Mess with Cthulhu Deluxe" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  5. Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 40 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  6. Tides of Madness

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    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Tides of Madness
    • 2 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Tides of Madness

    • YouTube Review for the game "Tides of Madness" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Tides of Madness" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  7. Arkham Horror: The Card Game

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    Nominated for 13 awards and won 4.

    More details for Arkham Horror: The Card Game
    • 1 - 2 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Arkham Horror: The Card Game

    • YouTube Review for the game "Arkham Horror: The Card Game" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  8. Mythos Tales

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    🔥 Deal: 7% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

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    • 1 - 10 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    🔥 Great price!32€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Mythos Tales

    • YouTube Review for the game "Mythos Tales" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  9. Unspeakable Words: Deluxe Edition

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    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  10. Cthulhu in the House

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    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 10 - 20 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  11. Elder Sign

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 1 - 8 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  12. Cthulhu Wars

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    Nominated for 4 awards and won 1.

    More details for Cthulhu Wars
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Cthulhu Wars

    • YouTube Review for the game "Cthulhu Wars" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  13. Eldritch Horror

    All details for the board game Eldritch Horror and similar games

    Nominated for 5 awards.

    More details for Eldritch Horror
    • 1 - 8 Players
    • 120 - 240 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!50€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Eldritch Horror

    • YouTube Review for the game "Eldritch Horror" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  14. Stay Away!

    All details for the board game Stay Away! and similar games
    • 4 - 12 Players
    • 15 - 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  15. Lost in R'lyeh

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  16. The Cards of Cthulhu

    All details for the board game The Cards of Cthulhu and similar games
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 90 Minutes
    • Easy to learn
  17. Unfathomable

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    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 120 - 240 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!70€ atAmazon.de
  18. Ancient Terrible Things

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  19. Cthulhu Fluxx

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 5 - 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  20. Cthulhu Realms

    All details for the board game Cthulhu Realms and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 25 - 45 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  21. Pocket Madness

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Pocket Madness

    • YouTube Review for the game "Pocket Madness" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  22. Arkham Horror (Third Edition)

    All details for the board game Arkham Horror (Third Edition) and similar games
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 120 - 180 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Arkham Horror (Third Edition)

    • YouTube Review for the game "Arkham Horror (Third Edition)" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  23. Smash Up: The Obligatory Cthulhu Set

    All details for the board game Smash Up: The Obligatory Cthulhu Set and similar games
    • 2 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  24. Cthulhu Gloom

    All details for the board game Cthulhu Gloom and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  25. Gates of Delirium

    All details for the board game Gates of Delirium and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!38€ atAmazon.de

    Video reviews for Gates of Delirium

    • YouTube Review for the game "Gates of Delirium" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  26. Munchkin Cthulhu

    All details for the board game Munchkin Cthulhu and similar games
    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    👍 Good price!17€ atAmazon.de
  27. AuZtralia

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 120 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
    👍 Good price!62€ atAmazon.de
  28. Mountains of Madness

    All details for the board game Mountains of Madness and similar games
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Mountains of Madness

    • YouTube Review for the game "Mountains of Madness" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
    • YouTube Review for the game "Mountains of Madness" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  29. Penny Arcade: The Game – Rumble in R'lyeh

    All details for the board game Penny Arcade: The Game – Rumble in R'lyeh and similar games
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 15+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  30. Miskatonic University: The Restricted Collection

    All details for the board game Miskatonic University: The Restricted Collection and similar games
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Miskatonic University: The Restricted Collection

    • YouTube Review for the game "Miskatonic University: The Restricted Collection" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English

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