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 (79 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
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.6 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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3 of 3 people (100%) 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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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) 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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346 of 430 people (80%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
DO NOT BUY THIS! The controls are abysmal at best. Loved the original paper based RPG, so I felt compelled to try this little strategy game which looks like a turn based X-com style game. After reading how it is supposed to function in the in game guide, I still cannot get my soldiers to do more than walk around. They will not target or shoot enemies. When you attempt to select an enemy target, it does select the enemy; however, it is as if it simply jumps to an information screen about that enemy while forgetting the original player's unit who was supposed to be 'targeting' the enemy unit. Thus no attack options pop up. Reading some of the producer's website, it sounds as if this might have been developed as a touchscreen tablet ap game, where it may work well for all I know. I'm not a touchscreen tablet user. I have a PC. I opted out of the 'new' Windows experience, not wanting a glorified tablet operating system on my PC, and I do not have a touch screen on my PC. The game currently feels unplayable. I may tinker with it enough to get it to 'unwieldy,' or I may just save the data space on my HDD, as I don't feel much need to trouble shoot games that are supposedly post production.

[After more effort to play and to respond to some comments]:
Oh I've done both. There is some sort of indeterminate lag on input in this game that makes no sense at all. The UI in this game is TERRIBLE. Appearance is fine, but over half the time it doesn't detect the presence of the cursor over a button, or, alternatively, it simply doesn't register most mouse clicks. Since there is no UI feedback to let you know you _are_ hovering over the hotspot for a button, it's anyones guess as to which is the case. I have finally got to see a targeting box, or I'd have deleted long ago. A diehard Cthulu or Lovecraft fan might tolerate this game, and I don't feel cheated at the price I payed for it since I am a Lovecraftian, but most 70's Atari games had better response/detection of user input than this game does, AND IT'S NOT EVEN REAL TIME, it's a turn based strategy game. Clicking a random number of times from 2 to 20 to get the game to acknowledge input, from character upgrade screens, dialogue screens, and combat turns doesn't make for smooth game play. Feels like the developers were pushed to roll the product out before it was fully play tested, like most EA products are done. Don't really expect that in indie type games.
Posted: March 6
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