The Picture in the House is a creepy and unsettling first person horror puzzle adventure based on a short story written by H.P. Lovecraft, which follows a young man who stumbles upon the house of an old man with a taste for human flesh.
Based on the 1920 short story of the same name by H.P. Lovecraft, The Picture in the House puts you in the shoes of a young genealogical researcher who managed to get lost while out on a research trip. The weather is pretty horrible, so you seek shelter in an old ramshackle house that you stumble across. However, the house isn’t empty and the old man who lives there has a mysterious book that seems to talk about how to extend your life through cannibalism. Won’t you stay for dinner?
Taking around 45 minutes to play through, The Picture in the House offers a nice mixture of Lovecraftian horror and brain-teasing puzzles. It does a good job of retelling Lovecraft’s classic short story and has a very tense and foreboding atmosphere throughout. The voice acting is very well done and puzzles are varied and challenging. A freaky old house well worth visiting.
Note: At time of writing one of the puzzles if a little broken. When decoded, the fifth letter of the word to unlock the crate is actually “I” (not “K” as the puzzle currently deciphers to).
Controls: WASD – Movement, Mouse – Look, LMB – Shoot
Available On: Windows
Gameplay Video: Here