The late H.P. Lovecraft is regarded by many as one of the most influential horror authors of the 20th century. Many of his creations, the most prominent of which being Cthulhu, have acted as the inspiration for countless movies, books, and games. In recent years, however, these adaptations have gotten somewhat stale, especially the video games. The upcoming adventure title Gibbous looks to change that. It aims to explore more elements of Lovecraft’s works than just the usual tentacle monsters and gaping maw of madness. Check out its trailer below:

The story of the game begins when our protagonist, detective Don R. Ketype, takes on a case to track down reports that the Necronomicon (a forbidden tome in Lovecraft’s fictional universe that contains information about necromancy and how to summon the Old Gods) has emerged among cults roaming the dark, shady alleys of Darkham. Before the detective can get his hands on the book, however, it was obtained by Buzz Kerwan, a librarian living in the local area, who accidentally put a spell on his cat, giving it the ability to speak out how it feels.

Gibbious Talking Cat
The cat is under a spell that allows it to speak

In term of gameplay, Gibbous is a point-and-click adventure game kind of similar to the classic Monkey Islands series of the 90s that will see our three main characters – Ketype, Kerwan, and the talking cat Kitteh – traveling to various parts of the world and dealing with abominations both cosmic and man-made. The game features over 60 hand-painted scenes created with a "traditional 2D animation" style, giving it a vibe similar to the Disney movies of old. There are also 70 "fully voiced" characters, one of which is portrayed by Doug Cockle. In case you don’t know, Cockle is the voice of the legendary Witcher Geralt of Rivia.

Gibbious Cover
A point-and-click adventure game with a hand-drawn art style reminiscent of the old Disney movies

Gibbous is set to launch next month on the 7th of August on Steam. How much it will cost has not been confirmed at the moment, but developer Stuck In Attic has mentioned that it’ll probably set players back $20 (Rs 1370), with a 10% discount in the first week. A deluxe edition will also be available, likely at $25 (Rs 1715), which will include the soundtrack, a digital artbook, and a prequel comic. For more information, visit the game’s official website.