Call of Cthulhu®: Dark Corners of the Earth
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth is a first-person horror game that combines intense action and adventure elements.
User reviews:
Recent:
Mixed (29 reviews) - 68% of the 29 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Mostly Positive (866 reviews) - 72% of the 866 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: 26 Apr, 2006

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Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth is a first-person horror game that combines intense action and adventure elements. You will draw upon your skills in exploration, investigation, and combat while faced with the seemingly impossible task of battling evil incarnate.

Key features:

  • Diverse array of levels from quaint towns to alien locations, including Deep One City
  • Dynamic Sanity system resulting in hallucinations, panic attacks, vertigo, paranoia, and more!
  • Incredibly detailed real-time graphics with atmospheric lighting and dynamic shadows
  • Intelligent gameplay involving puzzle solving as well as combat and exploration
  • 1920s weaponry and vehicles as well as evil artifacts and alien technology
  • Lovecraft's famous monsters and locations

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/2000
    • Processor: Pentium 3 800Mhz
    • Memory: 128MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 3D compliant Video Card
    • Hard Drive: 2.0 GB
    • Sound: DirectX 8.1 Compatible
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Mixed (29 reviews)
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Llamatic
( 40.6 hrs on record )
Posted: 30 May
So first of all, i played this on windows 10, i had no crashes. The only unfortunate con for me was a bug in a certain part that made it impossible to move foward, luckily another player made a patch for it and it took me less than 2 minutes to fix it. It can easily be found on the internet. This is probably one of my favorite horror games, it is very in depth and displays an amazing story line. If you are a horror fan, or even a HP Lovecraft fan, this is an overall amazing game.
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mushi66
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: 26 May
Don't buy this if you're running Windows 10, it won't work. I had no problems with other versions of Windows. Not a slam on the game, enjoyed what I could.
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kingniko
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: 25 May
couldn't finish because of bugs. sigh..
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insubordin8
( 28.7 hrs on record )
Posted: 23 May
PC Gamer placed this game on their 'Must Play' list (June 2016 issue). It's been in my library for over 2 years now, and I never gave an honest go at it. So I figured what the heck, it's got to be pretty decent, right? Wrong.


I really wanted to recommend this game at first, but after completing it (and I did complete it), I just cannot. The game starts out on a good foot and feels promising, but the combat is uniteresting and the stealth is boring. I personally didn't mind the neolithic graphics, but gameplay became a drag after a few hours.

The potential game-killing bugs are just unacceptable. If you give it a go, you probably won't be able to finish it without the community patch. I ran into the 'blue lights' bug and it was nearly impossible for me to move forward without it. I thank them for putting their time into it.

The protagonist's voice acting is good, but the NPC voicing is horrible. The garbled voices of some of the characters isn't creepy, it's laughable. It almost sounds as if one person is voicing them all.

There's not much more to say that's already been said, so I'll sum it up in two words. Unrealized potential.



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Rellik147
( 11.2 hrs on record )
Posted: 23 May
This is an excellent game its strong points are definatly story and atmosphere, despite some bugs one of which stopped me from playing beyond the boat scene, I really enjoyed this game and if its going cheap, give it a run :)
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Riotous
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: 17 May
Won't run on Windows 10, you end up with glitches, bugs, and crashing to desktop early. There are separate patches in the game forum that attempt to address this issue, but even with the patches I cannot play through even the first area before it crashes to desktop. If you're running Windows 10, skip this title until/unless the developer patches it.

Back in the day when I first got it on an old machine I'd played it through a few levels, it seemed fairly interesting but despite being a big HPL fan, it didn't grip me enough to keep playing at the time. (Wish I had, since I lost the ability to do so now!) Probably not worth buying if you're not getting it for free or close to it.
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parker_86
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: 17 May
A fantastic stealth horror game!! Peaks sooner rather than later and the gunplay leaves a lot to be desired. But the early story is so dark and fantastic I remember playing the original on Xbox, this game does what many horror games no longer do it plays with your senses and makes you feel genuinely unsettled. And the chase scene in the early game is the scariest part of a videogame you will ever actively play and trust me when it comes to horror I have played them all.
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Daigotsu
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: 17 May
I remember playing this on the Xbox, and found it to be an effective horror FPS that served as a solid entry to the Chtulhu mythos. The beginning is somewhat more interesting than the late game, but overall it's still a decent experience.
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Zigamafa
( 9.2 hrs on record )
Posted: 16 May
The thing about this game is that it's a good game but it's super buggy. Certain sections are basically intraversable due to glitches and will require regular loading and unloading of a save. The game also crashes constantly.
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Thrival Pariahtal
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: 15 May
Interesting story and atmosphere, really wish after buying it I could experience it further. Don't give money to something so lazily released. I have worked around the bugs 3 different ways and still face the game hanging up and completely prohibiting progression.
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steveheery
( 21.5 hrs on record )
Posted: 15 May
Good game but lack of saves and frequent crashes make it unplayable
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Ian
( 21.1 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: 14 May
Best video game of the Cthulhu mythos by far!
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Lame Mammal
( 12.0 hrs on record )
Posted: 13 May
If you can ignore the bugs and the crashing, what you have here is a brilliant horror game that does justice to the source material.
The atmoesphere is absoultely brilliant. There is always the feeling of unease, the feeling that something very wrong is always present. As events start to unfold you start to realize that everything you have seen was all part of something much darker than initally thought.
Most horror games fail to do this, which is why I like this game so much despite its age and flaws.
If you enjoy horror games, then I recommend you get this, get the unofficial patch and play through it. You won't regret it.
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Pomurnik
( 14.6 hrs on record )
Posted: 8 May
Now... at my end... I can fully see. My last case opened in me a new fear... a real fear... a fear of myself, of what I am... and of what I have always been. All that I was, is now lost.

Hope? Purpose? Pleasure? All meaningless. I now walk in the shadows between worlds... and it is there I have finally glimpsed upon what lives in the dark corners of the earth...
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Gladwinnnnnnnnn
( 20.1 hrs on record )
Posted: 1 May
Call of Cthulhu? More like, Call of Falling from 5ft and breaking your leg...-thulhu.
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C.L.O.C.K.W.O.R.K™
( 16.9 hrs on record )
Posted: 27 April
buggy ♥♥♥♥♥♥ mess

dont buy this ♥♥♥♥
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Milk Milkerton
( 11.8 hrs on record )
Posted: 22 April
Crashes alot sadly, but if you get past that, the game is amazing, good atmosphere and design.
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Kourgette
( 17.3 hrs on record )
Posted: 21 April
Probably one of the best game I ever played. This game is the novel adaptation of The Shadow over Innsmouth by Lovecraft: The novel is awesome and the game recreate it perfectly in my opinion. I strongly recommend it if you're a Lovecraft fan, or just keen on horror games :) The gameplay is really cool and I loved the fact that you have to be careful about your mental health as much as your physical health. You can get suicidal and kill yourself with your own weapon if you don't be careful about it, it's pretty rare but it happened to me at some point! ^^

The thing is, that steam version is bugged as hell. So bugged I couldn't finish the game. The game crashes at some points so you have to use unofficial patches to go through it. Some bugs can be fixed with the patch as well. As for me, I got stuck during an autosave. The loading screen got stuck and it was the end of the game for me. I tried to use some saves that I found on the Internet but it didn't work. The first time I played the game (and it wasn't a steam version), I only had one bug, which is well known by the community (the blue lights bug), but I used a save and I could finish the game.

So yeah, really really awesome game, I totally recommend it.
The Steam version will drive you nuts though, sooo maybe get it somewhere else, if you get what I mean. (I did get the game somewhere else since that autosave got me stuck, and that other version worked perfectly. You can pm me if you need more informations.)
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Monstermaster42
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: 19 April
simply love this game, great story and insane atmosphere, some new horror games could learn a thing or two
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mentatparadigm
( 11.2 hrs on record )
Posted: 13 April
Not a fantastic game but probably the best game based directly off of the Cthulhu mythos that we're likely to get. Combat is clunky and I wish it was possible to complete the game with stealth alone but it has some very memorable set-pieces ripped straight from the pages of Lovecraft's stories (The Shadow over Innsmouth in particular). Worth checking out if you're a fan.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: 13 May
If you can ignore the bugs and the crashing, what you have here is a brilliant horror game that does justice to the source material.
The atmoesphere is absoultely brilliant. There is always the feeling of unease, the feeling that something very wrong is always present. As events start to unfold you start to realize that everything you have seen was all part of something much darker than initally thought.
Most horror games fail to do this, which is why I like this game so much despite its age and flaws.
If you enjoy horror games, then I recommend you get this, get the unofficial patch and play through it. You won't regret it.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: 8 May
Now... at my end... I can fully see. My last case opened in me a new fear... a real fear... a fear of myself, of what I am... and of what I have always been. All that I was, is now lost.

Hope? Purpose? Pleasure? All meaningless. I now walk in the shadows between worlds... and it is there I have finally glimpsed upon what lives in the dark corners of the earth...
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.1 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: 14 May
Best video game of the Cthulhu mythos by far!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
40.6 hrs on record
Posted: 30 May
So first of all, i played this on windows 10, i had no crashes. The only unfortunate con for me was a bug in a certain part that made it impossible to move foward, luckily another player made a patch for it and it took me less than 2 minutes to fix it. It can easily be found on the internet. This is probably one of my favorite horror games, it is very in depth and displays an amazing story line. If you are a horror fan, or even a HP Lovecraft fan, this is an overall amazing game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: 23 May
This is an excellent game its strong points are definatly story and atmosphere, despite some bugs one of which stopped me from playing beyond the boat scene, I really enjoyed this game and if its going cheap, give it a run :)
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: 19 April
simply love this game, great story and insane atmosphere, some new horror games could learn a thing or two
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: 22 April
Crashes alot sadly, but if you get past that, the game is amazing, good atmosphere and design.
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11 of 20 people (55%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: 10 April
Is this game any good? That is a good question.
If you are a fan of Lovecrafts work and/or lovecraftian horror in general then this is indeed the game for you. But is it any good in a technical way?

Oh gee whiz it is a catastrophe!
When I first bought the game back then I played it for 30 minutes until I encountered the first crash. And it will not crash occasionally. There are specific locations or objects where the game will crash 99% of the time.

FIrst level: Going down the stairs into the basement? Crash!
Second level: Entering a room where a dead body hangs? Freeze!
Third level: Trying to push a shelf? CRASH!
Fourth level: Trying to push another shelf? CRASH!

You will see yourself download and use savegame-files from other players soon enough.

But the atmosphere, the story based on The Shadow over Innsmouth, the horror, some nice puzzles: It is all there and it is superb. Yes, the graphics are a little dated but it is an old, hugely flawed gem.

So? If you are a fan of HPL / horror, thick-skinned and you know that there are game-breaking bugs before you buy it then I can higly recommend this game for you!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: 21 April
Probably one of the best game I ever played. This game is the novel adaptation of The Shadow over Innsmouth by Lovecraft: The novel is awesome and the game recreate it perfectly in my opinion. I strongly recommend it if you're a Lovecraft fan, or just keen on horror games :) The gameplay is really cool and I loved the fact that you have to be careful about your mental health as much as your physical health. You can get suicidal and kill yourself with your own weapon if you don't be careful about it, it's pretty rare but it happened to me at some point! ^^

The thing is, that steam version is bugged as hell. So bugged I couldn't finish the game. The game crashes at some points so you have to use unofficial patches to go through it. Some bugs can be fixed with the patch as well. As for me, I got stuck during an autosave. The loading screen got stuck and it was the end of the game for me. I tried to use some saves that I found on the Internet but it didn't work. The first time I played the game (and it wasn't a steam version), I only had one bug, which is well known by the community (the blue lights bug), but I used a save and I could finish the game.

So yeah, really really awesome game, I totally recommend it.
The Steam version will drive you nuts though, sooo maybe get it somewhere else, if you get what I mean. (I did get the game somewhere else since that autosave got me stuck, and that other version worked perfectly. You can pm me if you need more informations.)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: 2 April
The game itself is great. The PC version as currently sold, however, is absolutely filled with bugs. What kind of bugs? Well, you'll have to play at 800 X 600 resolution or you'll crash to desktop at a certain point during the first mission. Can you accept that? I did! Now you must NOT try to push this bookcase while standing or you'll also crash the game. Fine, that's a small detail, let's move on! But soon the inventory begins to load sloooooowly, freezing the game for 20 seconds every time you must use it. And you use it all the time, to access items or heal yourself. There's a fix! Call the Steam overlay over and over and it will unfreeze, then you select an item, it will freeze again, so you call the overlay again. And so it goes, EVERYTIME you must use a key or heal your leg or something. But yeah, fine. Let's soldier on, I need my Cthulhu fix because all my friends won't touch the tabletop Chaosium game!! But now you get stranded behind a truck with next to no ammo trying to fight off some thugs with shotguns, and you die all the time. But hey, after several tries you finally get good at this part. You kill all the thugs and heal yourself with perfect timing. BUT NOW YOU'RE STUCK AND CAN'T GET OFF THE TRUCK, because F* YOU, THE GAME IS SOLD AS IS, WE'RE BETHESDA AND WE DON'T CARE.

AVOID. Or if you really must play it, try the Xbox version.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
39 of 50 people (78%) found this review helpful
31 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: 20 January
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: 28 February
This game was a fantastic work of horror, and brings the world of H.P Lovecraft to life in a magnificent way. You need to be patient with it. This game is an orphan, after all. It was brought into this world by Bathesda, and was prompltly dumped off at the videogame orphanage. As a result, the game has a few game-breaking bugs that you need to patch in order to beat it. But, I beg you, look past that and give this game a try. The story line is amazing, and the horror is true. Enjoy.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: 22 February
The game starts off kinda slow but eventually starts to become a shooter. The game has nice puzzles to where you may have to think what you need to do and all. The action feels great!

Pros
Amazing spooky atmosphere
Engaging story
Beautiful haunting soundtrack
unique characters
Satisfying gameplay & mechanics, sneaking and guns feel great
Unique health & sanity system
Graphics & art direction
Amazing innovative puzzles

Cons
last level ending bug.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: 2 February
It crashes as you're descending the ladder in the first ten minutes of the game.
But still, from what I've seen it's much more intriguing and classy than most horror games made within the past few years.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: 28 February
While my playtime is very short for this game, don't let that fool you. I've watched and helped my roommate and boyfriend play this game, and helped him get past the only thing - in my opinion - that needed to be fixed: the game breaking bugs. There were two we encountered, one involving blue lights for targeting not showing up (you'll know what I mean when I say the ship cannon scene), and the final escape scene, which literally needs to be patched in order to complete the game.

That being said, using a patch found easily in the discussions area of the community, the game is completable, and is a wonderful game!

The game is basically based off of one of Lovecraft's stories, and it was great to see all of the references and perfect tie-ins to that story while playing. Some parts were a little frustrating, and some of the puzzles were fiendishly hard, but in the end it was an immensely enjoyable experience, and I would reccomend it to anyone who is a) a fan of the mythos and b) willing to patch the few bugs that make the game literally unbeatable.

The graphics are also outdated (it IS a game that is a decade old), but that's to be expected. It has a few troubles running on newer engines, but there are fixes for that as well.

8/10 (would be 9/10 if not for the bugs)
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24 of 43 people (56%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: 17 January
Call of Cthulhu has an amazing atmosphere and story, however the only them this game truely excels at is CRASHING TO DESKTOP.

Tried to go down a trap door 10 minutes into the game. CTD.

Tried again. CTD.

Searched for solution, lowered resloution. CTD.

Opened the trapdoor while jumping at lower resolution. Success.

Alt+Tabbed out of game to check my stream before saving. CTD.

Pushed a non-descrpit bookshelf in the wrong way. CTD.

Walked around doing nothing special. CTD.

I CTD'd at least thirty times, not even exaggerating. The CTD's took up more time in my stream than playing the game.

The fan patch? This game laughs in the face of the fan patch. CTD's occurred regardless. This game is from 2006 and Bethesda will never fix their broke sorry ♥♥♥ excuse for a game. The real tragedy is the game is really ♥♥♥♥ing interesting but the tech issues cripple it. Damn shame.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: 14 January
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Buyer Beware!
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CoC:DCotE has some game breaking bugs that will require you to occasionally drop your resolution to proceed.

Other than that, CoC:DCotE is an excellent game that pays homage to the works of Lovecraft.
The first act in Innsmouth is brilliant, but the moment you get a weapon, the game loses some of it's charm.
There are some bumps in the road as you transition from pure stealth to stealth + shooting, but the level design eventually compensates for the new design.
Voice acting, location design, weather effects, and sound make for great immersion, and the game rarely shows it's age.
Chumps should keep in mind that this game isn't particularly easy, so either get good or stop whining.
Overall, a pretty good game that is worth about $5 to play.
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: 1 February
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211 of 215 people (98%) found this review helpful
66 people found this review funny
Recommended
28.8 hrs on record
Posted: 4 July, 2015
Call of Cthulhu was an experience I will never forget. It was difficult, unforgiving, and unfair for the entire game. It was very glitchy, had a crash or two, and was full of aimless wandering. But it was all worth it in the end. As with most psychological thrillers, the game liked to toy with you in every way, by forcing you to endure absolute horror, figure out impossible puzzles, and continue living knowing that everything around is both a lie and is out to get you. CoC DCotE was grandly successful in using Lovecraft's style of horror, by making you wonder whether or not what you are seeing is real. Did a Deep One just kill that guy? Or did the protaginist kill that guy and only imagined the Deep One? With how often you are alone and surrounded by myths and crazy people, how can you be sure that what you're seeing is really what is happening? You face Fishmen, Deep Ones, a Shoggoth, Flying Polyps, Dagon, Hydra, Servants of Cthulhu, and other such creatures found in Lovecraft's tales as you play through a fantastic reimagining of Shadow Over Innsmouth.

Because of how this game tortured me with constant insanity, endless questions, aimless wandering, failure, difficulty, bugs, and doubt, I probably won't play through this again for a long time. It was a terrifying journey but it was worth it just to finish the game and experience the atmosphere that is Call of Cthulhu.

I go now, for the images that haunt my dreams are too much torture to handle. Everything this game had forced me through was too much. The questions, the wonders, the idea that there may in the future be a sequel, I just cannot handle the stress. So after I have cataloged my experience, I will throw myself to the streets below this home, before the creatures can find me and pressure me into attempting to aquire an A rank through the game. I hear them now. Buy this game, see what I have seen, and you will finally understand. They're at the door now! Scratching! Pounding! I just want it to end! The window! The window!
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379 of 432 people (88%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
Recommended
47.6 hrs on record
Posted: 1 January, 2014
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.
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