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 (85 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 4, 2012

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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

    • 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
0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
I like all things Cthulhu-ian.
Posted: October 19
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1 of 8 people (13%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
#$%^&*( !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! total sucks
Posted: October 12
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
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 :)
Posted: June 25
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 24
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
This is a game I heard some positive buzz back when it came out on smartphones ages ago, but unfortunately virtually nothing was done to polish and prepare it for a PC release. I won't speak much to writing and presentation, since the controls kept me from progressing very far. They are wildly intuitive, it seems no consideration was given to updating them for PC gamers.

The many, many developers now porting their smartphone games to the Steam marketplace really need to realize what works on one device does not always work for another. Taking the time to fix up your release for the new audience will earn you a lot of mileage, and a lot less negative reviews.
Posted: May 30
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
A charming game with an interesting setting and concept. Has enough going for it to recomend to anyone who enjoys SRPGs and the Cthulhu mythos, just don't expect an epic 40+ hour quest with deeply detailed nuances. That said the mechanics for the system, and character growth are fun, and worth experimenting with, each character being molded how you would like to use them, along with in battle skill growth, based on weapon usage.

Though the controls are (initially) obtuse, once figured out are actually rather easy to use.

The only real downsides are that the story seems a little stilted and that the ingame 'help' menu offers little in the way of actual help. Also, the accuracy on some attacks seems really low, at times, but this never got in the way enough to cause me real frustration (as some SRPGs are wont to do)
Posted: May 21
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land is a great turn based combat game with a mixture of H.P.Lovecraft cthulhu-mythology and WWI combat. The scenarios and the overall feel to the game is awesome and it really is a enjoyable game for a Lovecraft fan like myself. The chemical warfare and the pigeon are really nice features. It's like some kind of another dimension of ww1 with cults, cthulhus and evil. The extra missions are also really awesome. Highly recommended!!!! And the game is also really cheap and it offers a lot of great things and entertainment.
Posted: May 9
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 1
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 2
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Most excellent. I'm a great fan of Cthulhu and RPG. I love this game and I've played it 3 times.
Posted: May 10
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
The look and the atmosphere is right for a Cthulhu game, but the combat mechanics are hilariously bad. You can stand right beside someone with a medium machinegun and completely miss them. This happens often. There is no way to crouch or take cover, except leaping into a shell hole or trench, as all characters remain standing at all times. The artillery call is very amusing, you launch a pidgeon and seconds later a shell lands where you called it. This should have been delayed by several turns but resulted in a brief barrage to even begin to approach reality.

Another annoying part was there was no easy way to see your character's experience gain until after the mission. Equipment slots are also extremely limited.

More work, with an interface for combat more like Xenonauts (which is excellent, btw) or Far Cry, and this could have been a legendary Cthulhu title. As it stands it comes off cheaply done and completely unrealistic.
Posted: May 17
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 5
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
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.
Posted: June 24
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Honestly, a good waste of my money when I was having high hopes for this game when I first looked at it. Not worth the time and effort and don't read the reviews on this page given to you by "Wired" and the rest, they are completely useless.

Annoying controls, a camera that annoyingly swings around whenever you make a single movement and crashes just makes it that much more frustrating. I can't go any further than that, just keep reading what the rest of the users have to say.
Posted: April 29
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Awful. Clumsy controls, poor instructions (and an abysmal tutorial). Almost unplayable. I never even made it to the meat of the game because the tutorial & first two missions were just...blargh. I can't bear to look at it anymore; just using the interface made me angry and frustrated. This breaks my heart, but i cannot recommend it.
Posted: April 27
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13.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: July 19
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0.1 hrs on record
I was hoping for a nice little Cthulhu game. Maybe it is, it's just almost unplayable, so I'll never know.
Posted: July 11
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19.8 hrs on record
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?
Posted: July 14
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3.9 hrs on record
Meh, Laser Squad on my Amiga is 10x better than this...
Posted: July 15
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46.0 hrs on record
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!
Posted: August 3
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