From Junior: the monster in the shed, to Tigger-Man: the faithful feline concerned with that “rats” in the walls. Cthulhu Gloom follows the depressing life, and eventual death, of 2-5 unique families.
Gloom is, by far, the ultimate depressing game. The objective is to live the most miserable life possible with all members of the family, and then kill them off. The game ends when someone manages to eliminate all 5 of their family members, and the winner is the one who’s dead characters lived the ultimately disheartening life together.
Cthulhu Gloom ever so subtly captures the depressive humour of Lovecraft, where everyone just quietly ignores the strange occurrences like it were just an ordinary Shoggoth on the roof. The flavour text offers insightful commentary on the events, characters and brutal deaths that can occur, such as Lord Slogar, [the literal] Brain in a box who reads “Lord Slogar’s thoughts may be muddled, but Helena assures us that his heart is in the right place.”