Call of Cthulhu: Wasted Land

Call of Cthulhu: Wasted Land

10,000 - 50,000 downloads

Pros
  • Awesome atmosphere
  • Intense yet brainy gameplay
  • Worthy homage to Lovecraft's legacy.
Cons
  • Non suited for too-casual gamers
  • The bigger your screen is, the better.
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Expert's Review
9.0
Awesome

"It isn't about library use"

Reviewed by / Jun 08, 2012

A strategy game based on Cthulhu mythos.

While horror and mobile gaming seem to be antagonists, an England based company called Redwasp dares to fetch the inspiration from the one of the most powerful and difficult horror writers. Yes, I'm talking about Lovecraft and all concerned to him, from unpronounceable lost gods to a parallel study of human psyche through the deepest Freud-ism. In Lovecraft's tales, reality and sanity are torn to tatters and thrown into the fire of human incomprehension while mankind is scourged and whipped by powers far beyond our control, much less understanding. (Gasp)

It wasn't an easy feat, and is highly appreciated the alliance with Chaosium, creator of Call of Cthulhu board RPG back in the early eighties. Wasted Land brings us to the muddy, dirty and stinking trenches during WWI, where a group of British soldiers (yours) engaged against German forces (AI's) while trying to survive to war's own attacks (poison gas...). However, as if picture wasn't bad enough, strange stuff starts to happen onto the battlefield, and what started as a rifle and bayonet close quarters fight quickly becomes a nightmarish wrestling with preternatural creatures which ask for being defeated through spells and hexes instead of mundane and prosaic arms.

So far, the story line. Wasted Land is a turn based strategy game. You have to weight up every move and every shot, use items (gas masks, first aid kits, obscene dark knowledge...) and balance power, skill and mental health; trying your men not panicking nor die from natural or unnatural reasons. It seems hard because it is. Stats aren't overwhelming, but the few that have to be looked up are to be crucial.

The best, its great replayability based on a smart use of experience points and rewards, the awesome and thrilling atmosphere (rather difficult from a non real time strategy game) and a technical flawless side, being a pleasure to rotate and zoom in the screen. Wasted Land may not be the panacea game of casual gamers (who will discover a new brave world, though) but it can definitively be the Holy Grial of strategists and more mature players.

Even though we should ask for even more characters, even more monsters, even more powers and more tentacles and slimy stuff, nothing can avoid we rate this game with a deserved five out of five for 48 Mb of breath taking awesomeness.

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Developer's original description available here
"The best strategy game on the iPad yet." DigitallyDownloaded.net
"Joyously thoughtful..." 9/10 PC Advisor

*** For optium game speed and control sensitivity, force-quit all unused apps. For more info see - bit.ly/cthulhudroidhelp ***

Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land is a turn-based strategy/role-playing game based on the award winning Call of Cthulhu RPG. Set in the midst of World War One, the game pits your team of investigators and soldiers against an ancient enemy, one older than humanity itself... Can your team of investigators keep their grip on sanity long enough to stop these diabolical plans? The fate of humanity is in your hands...
Developed in conjunction with Chaosium and based their multi-award winning Call of Cthulhu RPG.

The game features:
- Full 3D graphics with high quality textures, images and effects to bring the action alive.
- Select from a range of authentic period weapons, equipment, armour, skills and more.
- Build your team up to match your gaming style; will you shred your foes with massed rifle fire or blast them with powerful spells gleaned from forbidden tomes? It's your choice!

Call of Cthulhu was originally the title of a novella by cult American horror writer H.P. Lovecraft (1890–1937) which has, since it was published in 1928, captured the imagination of generation after generation of fans. Returning to the horror from Lovecraft's original 'Reanimator' set during the dark days of WW1, Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land draws the player into a nightmare world where the terror of mustard gas and trench warfare are but a foretaste of what is to follow.

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    by Wayne Grant on 20/06/2014

    Brilliant turn based strategy. Could do with a higher difficulty to increase replay. Otherwise it's perfect. I will definitely buy any expansions or sequels (hint, hint Red Wasp)

  • (62)

    by Robert Vernon on 20/06/2014

    I've been playing this game far too much.

  • (62)

    by Mike Burton on 18/06/2014

    The setting, the mechanics, the creatures...everything about this game makes me want more.

  • (62)

    by Charles Hunt on 06/06/2014

    Game is impossible to play. Touch controls respond inconsistently or not at all. Tried force stopping all other apps while playing but this made no difference.

  • (62)

    by Kok Fai Loke on 04/06/2014

    The devs seem to have abandoned the app. Updates to not just flavour (health kits realism) to DLC on the Steam version. Nothing since 2012 for this one, content-wise.

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    by zack steen on 02/06/2014

    Controls are hard to handle but solid gameplay