Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land Review
- Perfectly chosen scenario to blend tactical gameplay with Mythos story elements.
- Creepy art design helps to reinforce the otherworldly vibe.
- Unresponsive controls.
- Clunky interface and tactical gameplay design.
- %'s for aiming sometimes feel arbitrary rather than concrete.
Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land is a great concept gone to waste as players are forced to deal with game design concepts that belong to another era.
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Those who regularly play or have experienced Tabletop RPGs that go beyond basic dice-rolling, numbers and statistics will know just how quickly you can become absorbed in the world you're exploring. Some players may find themselves exploring the terrible and fascinating worlds inspired by H.P. Lovecraft and may even use scenarios devised by the boffins at Chaosium for the 'Call of Cthulhu' series. Now regular iOS gamers can do the same with The Wasted Land, developed by Red Wasp Design, though a few changes have been made in the process.
Foremost is the switch to a tactical turn-based RPG setup. Given the game's WW1 trench-warfare setting it's a change that works in the game's favor, with players controlling several 'investigators' at a time, battling against the supernatural forces set against them.
Each character sports the usual slew of statistics ranging from fundamental values such as 'strength' and 'dexterity', as well as more specialized values representing a character's skill with certain weapons or items. These can affect accuracy with a weapon or item; how many 'action points' are available; and more importantly the character's 'sanity'. Lowered sanity can result in incapacitating or 'frenzy-ing' which are both ill-advised, however you may need to tow the line closely as 'spells' expend sanity (though the pay-off is often more than worth the risk).
However, battling against German occult forces is not as easy as it sounds, not just because the game itself throws up lengthy and challenging fights, but because the controls and interface make things far more difficult than they should be. In the release build used for this review, touching the screen resulted in a 50/50 chance of recognition of a tap. Swiping to look around the battlefield was seemingly not affected, but buttons, selecting individual units and attempting to double-tap to perform actions was painful to say the least. Coupled with an archaic interface that throws up numbers as though they impart meaning, it's a game designed with a certain type of tactical player in mind and not a broader audience.
This is a shame as the almost horror-survival feel of the tactical gameplay and trench-warfare scenario meshes well with the Lovecraft mythos of ancient cults and horrible creatures best left unseen. Sadly unraveling this mystery is made more difficult than it should be thanks to a clunky old-school tactical system and controls that, by this time in iOS game development, are frankly unforgivable.
Description"The best strategy game on the iPad yet." DigitallyDownloaded.net
"..you MUST download today...Awesome..." Guardian
" I was totally addicted to this game for weeks..." Wired.com
"...redefines expectations for the iPad as games platform…" 5/5, T3 Magazine
"..deep and fun turn based strategy game with well implemented role playing elements." 8/10 capsulecomputers.com.au
"Highly recommended." MobileTechReview
"...this is arguably one of the best turn-based strategy titles on the App Store. Fans of horror and turn-based strategy alike, consider this one a must buy." 4.5/5 Gamezebo.com
"Joyously thoughtful..." 9/10 PC Advisor
"Is a must have..." ipadblogs.nl
"What this boils down to is isometric turn-based combat at its finest...be sure to visit The Wasted Land as soon as possible." mobot.net
"I’ve been playing this for the past couple of days and it is brill... Lovecraft would be proud." liveforfilms.com
"It's freakin' awesome." TouchGamePlay
"This is a fantastic video game version of the role-play game Call of Cthulhu by Chaosium." AppAdvice.com
"I’m giving it a 4.5 out of 5..." TikiGeeks
"This is one 'Call' that you should most definitely answer." 85% theangryspark.com
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... Can your team of investigators keep their grip on sanity long enough to stop these diabolical plans? The fate of humanity is in your hands...
Developed in conjunction with Chaosium and based their multi-award winning Call of Cthulhu RPG.
"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." H.P.Lovecraft
The game features:
Full 3D graphics with high quality textures, images and effects to bring the action alive.
All visuals are enhanced for retina and iPad displays.
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!
Integrates to Game Centre and Open Feint with challenging achievements to unlock.
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.
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Updated more authentic text and images for medical equipment. See 'Game Guides' for more.
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