Lovecraft Mythos

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Lovecraft Mythos

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Lovecraft Mythos
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The Story so far

The primal horrors have awoken! The entire cosmos is destined to be consumed in unspeakable despair while humanity is powerless against beings who defy the rules of the Universe itself. Or is it?

Our only hope rests in the hands of a single individual. With just his trusty Colt, guts of steel, no sanity remaining and an uncanny resemblance to the late Charles Bronson, he alone will rise to the ocassion and prove his worth against monsters feebler minds are unable to comprehend.

The Game

Lovecraft Mythos is a survival platformer. Collect 9 keys to advance to the next screen, trying to avoid the eldritch monsters which will continuously respawn around you. Shooting a monster will kill it instantly, but be wary of the limited ammo. Try to conserve it as much as possible.

You can only survive a limited number of hits, represented by the hearts at the top left corner. Every time you clear a screen, your remaining life and ammo will be restored. In addition, the game will always start at the last screen you reached. Progress through the 8 existing screens to win honor and glory, which will be useless because the game will start again from the first screen and you'll die anyway.


Use the cursor keys (6, 7 and 0), the default controls (Q, A, SPACE) or the selected joystick to navigate the main menu.

You can redefine the controls keys, but the defaults are as follows:

Space or M  Shoot
R or TReset the game
HPause the game
(press any key to continue)

The game supports a number of joystick interfaces, with Kempston being selected by default. Two-buttons Kempston joystick are supported if your interface allows it (useful for Megadrive control pads), with the second button doubling up as jump.


(5 pts)

A naive and useless monster which will always stay in the platform it spawns.

(10 pts)

A relentless monster which always populates the bottom of the screen. Avoid this area or be prepared to dodge it and run away as fast and possible. Killing it is possible but it will just come at you again immediately.

Night Gaunt
(15 pts)

A flying monster which will always go towards you in a straight line. Dangerous, but gets stuck easily in the scenery.

The Deep One
(20 pts)

A fast and relentless monster which will pursue you and can jump between platforms. It will be destroyed if it touches the bottom of the screen, so try to lure it there if you are in a pinch.


Game score is collected and summarized every time you finish one level.

You get 1 point for each second you survived, plus extra points for each monster you kill, according to the table above. You'll lose 15 points for each impact you received in your playthrough, though.

Call a God

If you are bored, you can always try to call your favorite mythos God to help you. Most of them will ignore your call, but a few of them may grant you cheats or other special effects.

Pay close attention to the scoring screens. If you call a God who watched you as you finished a level, the game will continue from the level after it. This way you can continue your progress after you reset your Speccy.

Credits & Closing words

Idea & art Coalheart
Programming & music Cebrian

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Thank you for playing!

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