Part II: Ricardo's 2020 Guide to Horror Gaming 

October 23, 2020

It is finally here! This year may have had quite a few twists and turns, but we're excited that we can still celebrate Halloween by reading some spooky stories and playing some scary games! Here are some more highlights from Lair employee Ricardo’s 2020 Guide to Horror Gaming! Ricardo is a Lair employee board game expert, and highlights a number of new horror games released this past year that you’ll want to be sure to check out this week. Here are some excerpts from the guide highlighting the games Horrified and Grindhouse.

Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein: Honestly, everyone is sleeping on this title. This one’s for those that want the heavy thematic elements of gothic horror, but also prefer the Eurogame style of play. Now that I think about it, I don’t recall there being many Euro style horror games out there, so Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein by Plaid Hat Games is unique in that sense, which is a lot to say since this game comes out of the same company that publishes Dead of Winter! In Abomination, Frankenstein’s monster is in search of a mate, and you take on the role of a scientist tasked with the duties of harvesting body parts to bring his creature to life. I picked this game up early in the year expecting an unbalanced game that was more Euro than theme but I was shocked at how well it plays. At its core, Abomination is a worker placement game that has you send your workers to various locations around Paris: The University — which allows you to teach and gain renown, The Morgue — which allows you to harvest organs from the dead to build your creature, The Slaughterhouse — which provides you with animal parts to use instead of human organs, The Gallows — where only the freshest and bloodiest bodies will be found, you know… choice cuts, or the Dark Alley — Where you can take murder into your own hands. You and your fellow scientists will race against each other as you try to build and bring your creature to life first, but be careful as organs you harvest will degrade over time, causing you to lose points and delay your victory! This game is not for the faint of heart and the artwork is pretty R-rated; but make no mistake, Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein drips with story and theme wrapped up in a very Euro package that even the most seasoned of gamers will enjoy. Plays around 2-3 hours 2-4 Players.

For more of Ricardo’s recommends, check out the full article online now! We hope you’ll enjoy these detailed breakdowns of some of this year’s hottest horror games. These games and more are waiting for you to pick up and play – come get ‘em!