Cthulhu Realms 9+

White Wizard Games

Designed for iPad

    • 3.1 • 61 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Star Realms has gone insane! Introducing Cthulhu Realms! Are you zany enough to play the crazier and creepier cousin of Star Realms?

Download and play today to find out why Cthulhu Realms is so crazily addictive!

In Cthulhu Realms, each player tries to drive their opponent insane or have more sanity than their opponents when the deck runs out.

"The art in Cthulhu Realms is hilarious and beautifully done, somehow complimenting the horror theme perfectly. The production value is top-notch."
— Gameosity

"It’s a surprisingly effective package that delivers a great little deck builder with a low price tag. If you can embrace the playful theme, you’ll find a pleasant gem in Cthulhu Realms."
— Geek Ken

"It certainly is not just another deck-building game, but has original and fresh mechanics that will challenge your brain."
— Board Game Maniac

How to Play the Game:
Each player starts the game with a small deck comprised of initiates, goons and followers. Five cards from the deck form a row of available cards on the table; with more than two players, place three available cards between each pair of players.

Each turn, you start with five cards in hand, playing those cards in order to put locations into play, boost your own sanity or reduce that of others, collect conjuring power to acquire new cards, and remove cards from the game. You can use the power of your locations once each turn. At the end of your turn, discard any cards still in hand and all entities and artifacts that you played.

If you lose all of your sanity, you're out of the game. If you're the only one at the table who's still sane, you win. Otherwise, the game ends when the deck runs out and whoever has the most sanity wins.

Darwin Kastle is the designer of the popular Star Realms Deckbuilding Game, and with the digital release of Cthulhu Realms, he once again provides tons of playability for free, and a one-time upgrade to be able play with your friends and more on any device.

Free Version

• Drive people insane everywhere - play across devices.
• Crazyily addictive deckbuilding game.
• Tutorial teaches you how to make people crazy in minutes.
• Awesome, comical art.
• Play VS the AI.
• 8 silly campaign missions!

Full Game Additional Features

• Play the AI on 2 different difficulty settings.
• 8 more fun campaign missions.
• Battle your friends face to face with Pass and Play.
• Play against many more opponents online.
• Challenge a friend to online Player v Player combat

Cthulhu Realms is also available at your local game store as a physical card game from Tasty Minstrel Games.

What’s New

Version 1.230921.41000

-Updated to use new game server
-Purchase no longer required to play online.

Ratings and Reviews

3.1 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

artfoundry ,

Fun gameplay, terrible online UI

This game is considerably more confusing/complicated than Star Realms for two reasons. Each card has numerous rules on it, and the wording used is ambiguous at best ("conjuring" for money, "abjuration" for banishing, even using "+" or "-" sanity to indicate "bonus sanity for you" or "attack on opponent"). So the learning curve is definitely steeper.
That said, the game is quite fun once you get the hang of it.

The worst part though is the "lobby" for online play. No friends list, no list of online players, if you challenge someone who doesn't accept, you can't delete the challenge! And they can't refuse the challenge! So it just stays in your queue indefinitely as far as I can tell. That's just stupid. And then there's a bug such that if you start an online game while you already have challenges waiting, the text saying "waiting for player" is covered up by the game challenges. And you can't delete/stop the process of waiting once you start. Why doesn't this game use the Star Realms lobby system?? That one, while not the best, is still way better than this one.

HireTaxman&FixThis ,

This is a Good Game... not sure if it deserves hate.

Yes this isn’t Star Realms. Yes the UI might be a little cluttered looking. Yes the voice acting in the tutorial is sub-par. But it is basically still the same gameplay as Star Realms, just with its own unique twists. Personally I even prefer this game over Star Realms! It’s a shame the developers don’t seem to update this game anymore. I think it offers a fresh perspective, and the artwork & atmosphere is spot-on. Also, whoever does the voice-overs for all White Wizard games’ Campaigns, that man deserves an award or something. Dude has the perfect narrating voice. TL;DR, don’t listen to the negative reviews. If you like Lovecraft, and strategy card games, Cthulhu Realms is your ticket to ride.

Etherei ,

As someone who loves deck builders..

This was absolutely a letdown. Don't get me wrong, in execution, it wasn't bad. It's well enough made, despite complaints I think the UI is fine.
However, the AI is terrible. Easy AI is either too easy or way too hard, and hard is actually ridiculous to the point that it seems it's less RNG and more forced difficulty.
The tutorials are fairly weak, i'd say. If I weren't knowledgable about deckbuilders already, they would have left me more lost than before. Perhaps this is just my opinion though, as I was taught in person by friends.
Overall, the harsh rating is based more on comparison to other deckbuilders than in relation to the game itself. The game itself would only get a 3.5 from me, anyways.
If you have no one to play deckbuilders with in real life, or if you are just so obsessed with them that you need to play all the time, this is for you. Otherwise, wait til game night.

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