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    Published: 2012-06-08, by Peter Warrior.

    A strategy game based on Cthulhu mythos.

    9
    • Awesome atmosphere
    • Intense yet brainy gameplay
    • Worthy homage to Lovecraft's legacy.
    • Non suited for too-casual gamers
    • The bigger your screen is, the better.

    "It isn't about library use"

    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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    by Peter , Appszoom

    Jun 08, 2012

    Users review

    from 1.065 reviews

    "Great"

    7.8

    Users comments

    Troy Lauffer

    by Troy Lauffer

    Nov 08, 2016  |  "Awesome"

    Man, I had to use a google search to finally find this to re-download. Why the hell does the Play Store not bring this back through the in-store search bar?

    Sam pridmore

    by Sam pridmore

    May 03, 2016  |  "Good"

    Stupidly difficult game that requires an unreasonable amount of trial and error with tactics and what items to bring. It's fun enough, but so ungodly frustrating. Luckily the game saves each turn and objective, so you can reset yourself pretty easily.

    Brandyn Fitzgerald

    by Brandyn Fitzgerald

    May 02, 2016  |  "Poor"

    And no fix or refund available

    michael andrea

    by michael andrea

    Mar 08, 2016  |  "Awesome"

    I'm convinced the people complaining about the movement do not understand how it works.If your new to this type of turn based game, it can be tricky at first.I love these type of games and this one is one of the best.Thanks for a great game love it, love it, love it please make more.

    parsonharlequin

    by parsonharlequin

    Mar 07, 2016  |  "Poor"

    On LG android, this is unplayable. None of the buttons respond to my touch so can't even get past the main menu.

    Tim C

    by Tim C

    Mar 04, 2016  |  "Poor"

    As many reviewers have noted, this game is totally unplayable due to unresponsive touch screen controls. In this case, my S5. I feel like I'd have to hit my phone with a hammer to get the game to recognise a tap. I tried restarting, reinstalling etc and nothing has made a difference.