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...
User reviews: Mixed (91 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 4, 2012

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“I was totally addicted to this game for weeks….”
Wired

“This game is worth your time if you like a good story and RPGs.”
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“Stunningly complex turn-by-turn strategy-based SIM”
5/5 – T3

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The fate of humanity is in your hands...

Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land is a turn-based strategy/role-playing game based on the award winning Call of Cthulhu RPG. Developed in conjunction with Chaosium and based their multi-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 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.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel 1.6GHz Processor or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any.
Helpful customer reviews
14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
played it a fair few hours. Very much a Julian Gollop style Laser Squad game and but with some seriously horrendous input HCI issues,. the controls were clearly done with a touch-screen in mind and it hasnt translated over to the PC well, also, the deal breaker; the ♥♥♥♥er crashes! Crashes to the point where I couldnt get past turn 22 on the 4th level. Screw that, lifes too short to mess around with workarounds and Windows settings. 6/10 for me, would been 8/10 if actually worked and had decent keyboard/mouse control.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Clunky!
Buggy!
cheesy dialogue!
weapons like the Carrier Pigeon!
vague directions like 'go east', but with no compass, pointer or map, so east is.... effing well where? (grrrrrr)
(did I mention frustrating at times)
user unfriendly in places
but........
....... strangely addictive
ia ia Cthulhu ftaughn!!
*twitch*
*gibber*

TLDR - well worth it when on sale if you remember Call of Cthulhu paper and dice or have read teh books/played other mythos games/enjoy pain :P
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
I like its its a little buggy but has great atmosfear fitting to the cthulhu universe.Try it its like a mini Xcom with a story.
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20.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
very good game for the price. It's like gettign your RPG fix for cthulhu. I really hope there are more expansions.
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12.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Despite an abysmal UI, this is still a game worth playing. I really enjoyed the campaign, as short and straighforward as it was and I empathized with the characters in my team. I spent most of the game trying to make sure they didn't die, though they did go insane from time to time. :-)

I'd give this game a solid 7/10 and would recommend to fans of the Cthulu tabletop RPG. A good game to get on sale.
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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Longevity: It's unfortunately quite short :( but there is a bit o replayability, cause you want play again a mission to have better result (or try other weapons and characters)
Fun: It's really enjoyable with nice quotation from lovecraft's work
Gameplay: A Tactical game in some ways similar to X-Com, but not so challenging, complex and difficult (but it's not easy at all)
Story: Very Linear but solid and in pure Lovecraftian style.
Sounds and Ambient Music: Not excellent but well done and very immersive.

It's a good game :)
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
In Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land, it's basically the characters you control being dropped off for a happy-go-lucky jaunt of shooting eldritch horrors and cultists in the face, learning things man was never meant to know, and spamming lots of Psychoanlysis checks.

Really though, Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land is what you pay for. It's a good game, but short and sweet. It has it's replay value, but for most people, once you finish it you probably won't be touching it again, save for the extra missions. As a game, it holds up well, although it's not entirely faithful to the Mythos (we all know that the invesitgators would get their s*** slapped by these things). But, relating to the Call of Cthulhu tabletop game by Chaosium? These are all characters you may very well expect to see in any other CoC tabletop campaign.

I'd say that if you're looking for a quick game with some interesting survival elements and a fun battle system, pick this one up. But if you're looking for something a bit more in-depth and drawn out in your RPG strategy collection, this is a game that wont' be satisfying you any time soon.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
A long time ago these controls sucked hard, but with new update it is much better now. The atmosphere feels great with Lovecraftian themes, not just from Cthulhu but also from Herbert West: Reanimator. Gamplay wise its a LOT like XCOM. Its a port straight from a mobile game, so don't expect triple A graphics. Has some pretty good music in it. Overall, if you like XCOM type gamplay and lovecraft then this is the game for you.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Well... this recommendation must be taken with some precautions. The game itself is nothing spectacular, has a clumsy and outdated user interface (not even drag-and-drop or pop-up control hints), crude tactical possibilities and a very straight forward plot. Also, so far all the options have been limited to character abilities and equipment. And it all ain't exactly pretty to look...

So why the recommendation? Because it does have charm. World War I era eerie cult hunting in the mustard gas infested trenches with miscallenous ragtag band of officers, soldiers, turban-wearing professors and whatnot cast is something you can't experience in every other game. We'll see when the campaign moves onwards, if the business is getting tedious and fast, or will the charm hold.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
This is a true lovecraftian game. Before cheking other reviews and beliving this is a worthless buggy crap, do not forget that you give only £3 for a good tactical game with WWI era lovecraft game that comes from a very honest and small developer group. I finished iPad version some time ago and now I wanted to play again and bought the game on steam. There are some bugs I experienced but nothing I cannot get used to. And the story... As much as it is linear, you will enjoy it for sure if you like Chaosium campaings. After I finished the game, I used the story in a tabletop CoC game with success. All game atmosphere is faithful to the dark, hopeless and wierd lovecraft stories.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
So. I love Lovecraft, and I love WW1. I could hardly not play The Wasted Land.

Basically, the game is an old-school tactical RPG: your squad has action points (AP), moves on a grid-based move, and fights endless hords of German soldiers/cultists/abominations.

The usual mechanics you'd expect to find in a tactical RPG are here: your units will try to shoot at targets within range during the opponent's turn if they have enough AP, terrain and armor have an effect on how quickly your units are out of action points, etc.

Truth be told, this isn't the best game of the genre. The interface is atrocious - even upgrading or equiping your men between missions is a pain -, and the maps are more often than not too open and too small, meaning you usually can shoot at everything right from the start.
I'm also wondering why the developpers took two dark themes (the Great War and lovecraftian madness), yet decided to treat it lightly. The pulp/comic book tone isn't really fitting here, in my opinion.

But overall, given how cheap this game is, and how much, simple, honest fun I had with it, I could hardly not recommend it. It's not a masterpiece, but it is indeed fun.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
I was hoping for a nice little Cthulhu game. Maybe it is, it's just almost unplayable, so I'll never know.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
Incredibly shallow and poorly made SRPG. I would rather play Shining Force 1 again for the 100th time than continue through this game's campaign.
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Meh, Laser Squad on my Amiga is 10x better than this...
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
46.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
A thrilling turn-based strategy/RPG based on Chaosium’s classic pen and paper game and set in the gripping nightmarish setting of WW1. You control spellcasters and soldiers intent on thwarting a mad scientist, Kaul, who seeks to build an undead army out of the war’s dead people. Some have made a fuss about its controls; however they are clearly explained in the game’s short tutorial.

A remarkable indie title that becomes even more worthwhile with Kaul’s Diary, a DLC (now integrated in the Steam version), which serves as prequel and in which you play the evil side!
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Horrible game overall with a nonexistent story or character development and with tedious and unfairly difficult gameply. But what can you expect out of the port of a cell phone game.
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1 of 51 people (2%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
I like all things Cthulhu-ian.
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1 of 105 people (1%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
#$%^&*( !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! total sucks
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19.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
A great game for any Lovecraft fan and better yet, the steam version has the DLC (Kaul's Diary) included. As for the control issues, well that was fixed 4 months ago. It's a bargain at £3.99 and if you love all things cthuloid you'll love this. What are you waiting for?
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13.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Straight forward story, easy enough to get the hang of how the game works, and simple enough to play while doing something else as well. It's not breaking any records but it's not a bad little time waster either.
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