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: Mostly Positive (561 reviews)
Release Date: 26 Apr, 2006

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"A game that at first achieves the Lovecraftian horror you would hope for. Sadly it then delves into some shooting. Still pretty good, worth a look."

About This Game

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
Helpful customer reviews
68 of 75 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: 20 November, 2014
Lovecraftian horror at its greatest. The madness mechanic – copied pitifully in the first Amnesia – was pure game design genius. It’s relatively easy for video-games to make you feel like a total bad-♥♥♥ gun toting superhero, but it takes a true masterpiece to make you experience the world it creates from inside a poor frightened fragile mind about to shut down into madness at the slightest glimpse of a cosmic horror impossible for it to comprehend.
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35 of 47 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: 2 November, 2014
Incredible atmosphere, great story, good voice acting, decent gameplay, terrible engine.
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61 of 97 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: 10 November, 2014
Everything was going good until I looked at a statue of Cthulhu for a tad too long.
Now my brain is leaking out my left ear.
Thanks Obama!
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: 22 November, 2014
This game is to all lovecraftian games what the movie Dagon is to all lovecraftian movies: an all-encompassing yet painstakingly detailed, lovingly created monument in the name of the favourite author.

No, really, it is THE definitive Howard Phillips Lovecraft experience. It has everything a fellow cultist could ever wish for, including (but not limited to) fish men, the infamous Marsh family, rats in the walls, insanity-inducing Cthulhu statues, the Esoteric Order of Dagon, and even Dagon himself.

A final warning to those wishing to meet the Shoggoth and survive to tell the tale:
Call of Cthulhu is really glitchy and is plagued by game-breaking bugs. But still, try to find patience (and patches!) and play it. You'll be glad you did.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
58.6 hrs on record
Posted: 29 November, 2014
Pretty fun game in spite of the bugs that sometimes render the game unplayable or should I say there may be some parts you will have to use a cheat to skip over because a bug will not let you complete it. But as far as gameplay and story it is excellent. Graphics are good for its time and still good enough to play today IMO. Lovecraft fans will especially have fun wtih the references and there are references galore. On top of that the game is pretty good in the creepiness department. I wouldn't go as far as to call the game scary but definitely creepy. Played the game through more than once and that says a lot because I rarely play a game more than once through.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: 17 March
Deep into that darkness (blackscreen crashes) peering
Long I stood there
Wondering (whether or not my patching attempts had worked)...
Fearing (another mother♥♥♥♥ing crash)...
Doubting (that I would ever complete this game on PC)...
Dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before (of the potential for this game to be a stable port).

Getting this game to work on Windows 7 64-bit is the true path to insanity. Fortunately I was wise enough to say no and just pick up the Xbox version 'cuz it's at least not horribroken.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: 2 February
Played this game again now and ended up getting the feeling why most horror games now day fail miserably, they try to rely on action and give you to many toys to play disregarding the ambiance itself and lack of story doesnt imerse you in the adventure, Call Of Cthulhu still put many Horror games to shame and its 2005 game with few bugs but nothing gamebreaking (didnt experienced any glich that didnt let me continue the game like stated by some users in the forum).

I could say the graphics arent very good for game of this time, but they helped creating the creepy feeling and in conjuction with the sanity mechanic, i feel that any modern engine would made COC loss is horror strengh in my opinion.

Your character weakness make you avoid combat and even the weapons you pick trough the game arent that strongh that could make you blast trough the levels, and the sound is just perfect to create the mood.

Like any good horror game, it will make you think in the end and try to understand what just hapenned, the notes, documents and other stuff help build a story that not being great is good enough to keep you interested and your fragile character at your toes.

It is must have for all Horror lovers and dont let the fact of being old fool you, bc few new releases can keep up the pace with this one, and even when replayed after time, still manage to attach you to the monitor.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: 8 March
Wouldve gotten me an oscar
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: 13 January
Despite modern technology, this game looks cool for our time. Rendering isn't perfect, this game has a few bags(sometimes they are very annoying, like a bug in the 7 chapter with invisible targets or an error, which doesn’t allow you to finish the game), but a story is exciting, interesting: unexpected events impress me, i should keep an eye on an every dialogue.
COC comprises puzzles, which arent very difficult, but they can take 5-10 min.
An atmosphere in the COC soaked with dusk, macabre sounds and fear.
This game contains action and stealth. In a few missions you have to use your weapon and your serpentine tricks.
I ought to mention that system of health is realistic: you took damage in a leg then you slower, you took a hit in a hand then you shoot slower. Sanity is valuable:for example, if you are scared you can not move or rotate with normal speed. There you can even fail a mission: mass sanity failure.
An idea of the seaside city and of the taint in him was realized. There a lot of facts, which specify on a lovecraft’s innsmouth(persons, buildings). But a story line in a game and in a lovecraft’s work are quite different.
A genre of this game ranges between detective, horror and shooter(not like cod or cs).
I can conclude that COC should be rewarded with applause and the highest rank. I should specify on a distributor (Ubisoft) and a publisher (Bethesda Softworks), which picked out this game. We know they are famous and they won’t pay attention on a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: 25 January
Positive

+ The sanity system, while confusing at first, does effectively emulate the effects of insanity, and the inflictions it has on the player are, quite simply put: enthralling
+ The Lovecraftian horror elements sprinkled throughout the story create a legitimately scary and unique experience that few games can emulate
+ The voice acting for the main character and the numerous surrounding characters you interact with during the game is exceptional, enrapturing you into the story even more so
+ At approximately 9 hours in length (on Private Investigator difficulty), the game is the perfect length for the material it is adapting.


Negative

- An untold amount of glitches. From numerous random game crashes and falling through the game world several times, to an unfinishable ending sequence (on modern hardware) without editing game files; this is easily the most buggy and glitch-ridden game I have ever played [Note: While the community has released numerous patches that reduce the amount of glitches that occur, this is still not enough to warrant not giving this aspect of the game a negative score.]
- The gun gameplay is mediocre at best, with indications of the damage you inflict on enemies and take yourself being vague to say the least.


Verdict

Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth is a unique experience. On the one hand, the amount of bugs this game has can easily put off any gamer from playing it. But... on the other hand, this is probably one of the only games that has managed to make me feel legitimately sick while playing it (minus any motion sickness this game tries so hard to induce on the player), which I must give the game credit for. If you don’t want to suffer through the technical mess this game is, I can understand. But if you’re the sort of person who can appreciate a well-told story and enjoy dabbling into the inner-mind of troubled souls, persevering through this game will reward you with such gifts.”

8/10 TJBs
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: 2 November, 2014
Love it! Love it! Love it! Yes this game can be glitchy but boy oh boy is it intense! This first person survival horror game is a MUST for any fan of H.P. Lovecrafts works. Sure this game dosn't have the best graphics, but the immersion is very strong with this game!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
42.8 hrs on record
Posted: 11 April
I'm slowly, cautiously picking my way through the game. It's difficult, but I'm gradually getting through it, and I'm nearly to the end of "The Air-filled Tunnels." This is my first playthrough, and I've had to turn to some online walkthroughs to get me through some rough spots.

No complaints with this game.

It would be nice if there were more, and more modern, Cthulhu titles to play. I guess I'm stuck looking for peeps to play the tabletop roleplaying game with.

In any case, Dark Corners of the Earth is (as of this writing) the only true-to-Lovecraft computer game ever made. So if you're a fan of Lovecraft's novels (or if you just like scary games) you may want to pick this one up.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
22.7 hrs on record
Posted: 25 December, 2014
This game is one of the top games in my horror list. The enviroment, the characters, the suspense and tension work together to bring an good game. The only problem I have with the game was that in certain part of the game my computer shut the game off and there was one part of the game where you suppose to shoot some target down but they never appear. The game is really good so try it.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: 23 December, 2014
A slow burning survival horror set within the Lovecraftian Mythos.

Beware, for you can hear the Great Old Ones calling your name...
They are luring you closer and closer to their realm, where what awaits you is a sure and painful death.

Faced with the revelations unfolding before you, the biggest battle you have to fight is your own sanity.










































No really, you can go insane and shoot yourself in the face. Fight it.

7.5/10
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: 4 January
An amazing horror game that is dripping with that classic H.P. Lovecraft atmosphere and story. The story is based upon "The Shadow over Innsmouth," a novella that Lovecraft wrote in 1930s. This game is an absolute must-buy if you enjoy any of Lovecraft's works, or if you just want a creepy game for Halloween.

Personal rating: 10/10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: 8 April
One of the better Lovecraftian games out there, that sticks true to the existing tropes (Lone Investigator, Other Worldly Creautres, Unseen Goals) while still having an innovative enough story to not become a cliche.

For lovers of Lovecraft and/or Amnisia/Penumbra/Ect...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: 6 March
Its a little clunky, a little glitchy, and a little awkward as times... But I still highly reccomend it. Its a game that had a lot of potential, and for the most part lives up to it. Mostly. But other than that, i suppose I can only reccomend it to people who have a lot of patience and play a lot of video games; because this game is INCREDIBLY unforgiving. Got shot in the leg with a single bullet? Enjoy limping until you can find a medkit, you jerk. Got shot in the arm? Enjoy not being able to hit the broadside of a barn until you find a medkit, you jerk. Got shot in the head?! Enjoy not being able see anything and not being able to find a medkit cause you can see anything, you jerk. Also amnesia style sanity effects. Always a blast, and a must when you are dealing with this source material. and for the most part, they are implemented pretty well. I do like the game, I just wish I could beat it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: 17 April
Pros:
Lovecraftian
Does the Cthulhu mythos good (everything is meaningless)
Has decent stealth mechanics
Good story (everything is meaningless)
Decent difficulty (no hud)

Cons:
Bad graphics (for the time)
Strange control mapping (took me a good three minutes to set controls that didn't give me a hand cramp)
Near impossible without a walkthrough (without one a lot of back tracking is going to happen)
Most importantly SO ♥♥♥♥ING BUGGY (without the unoffical patch it is impossible to continue the game)

Over than that, 6/10 Average
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: 12 December, 2014
A Genuine Classic. WAY ahead of it's time. (also there's a great fan-made patch for any issues out there, so be sure to grab it)
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: 9 February
I have played this game many times since its release. I really enjoy games based on lovecraft and this is like the greatest hits. Sure some of the elements are a little wonky but overall a game greater than the sum of its parts. part horror adventure part arcade shooter all 9/10
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