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Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land

By Red Wasp Design

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"The best strategy game on the iPad yet."
" MUST download today...Awesome..." Guardian
" I was totally addicted to this game for weeks..."
"...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
"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
"Joyously thoughtful..." 9/10 PC Advisor
"Is a must have..."
"What this boils down to is isometric turn-based combat at its sure to visit The Wasted Land as soon as possible."
"I’ve been playing this for the past couple of days and it is brill... Lovecraft would be proud."
"It's freakin' awesome." TouchGamePlay
"This is a fantastic video game version of the role-play game Call of Cthulhu by Chaosium."
"I’m giving it a 4.5 out of 5..." TikiGeeks
"This is one 'Call' that you should most definitely answer." 85%

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.

What's New in Version 1.3


Updated more authentic text and images for medical equipment. See 'Game Guides' for more.

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Customer Reviews

Frustratingly difficult

Reminded me (in a bad way) of Fallout: Tactics. Your team is too fragile. You might like this game if you like games where you have to play a level over and over to figure out the exact puzzle sequence of moves necessary to beat it, like memorizing Pac-Man levels. For anyone who likes natural intuitive tactical gameplay, this game is a big disappointment. Some cool elements, but in the end, not worth the effort of trying to finish it. The actual tactical decisions are simple, it is not a deep game at all. The problem comes from the "lose a single team member, have to start the mission all over" nature of gameplay. You can wipe a screen clear of enemies, advance a little, and suddenly trigger the next wave of bad guys to appear (from all sides!) at which point you are very likely to lose a team member and have to start the entire scenario over again. Tedious and frustrating, especially on a phone. The game apparently has Cthulhoid monsters at some point, but I never could get past the endless waves of boring soldiers, cultists and zombies and so never got to see the cool stuff that was the only reason I bought the game to begin with. Replaying the same boring fight over and over and over to try to figure out the exact pattern required to finish it is not my idea of good tactics. A real shame because the setting was a great concept.

Good squad based tactical game

I'm a big fan of squad AP based tactics game, like Jagged Alliance or XCOM. Cthulu Wasted Lands is a good entry in this catalog, definitely worth $5. It's quite challenging and will punish you for your mistakes. I would give this 5 stars except for a few flaws that really drag down gameplay. First, in a game that is this precise not having an "undo" button is a big problem. Especially considering how easy it is to have a character mistakenly walk a space when you don't intend it. Firing and special abilities are fine as they require pushing a conformation button, but walking when un intended is a killer. Second, there should be a save function mid-level. Levels are too long and difficult, plus the designer's love of late mission "surprises" not to at least let you go back a few turns instead of completely restarting.

Other than that though, awesome game. Haven't played the expansion missions, but I likely will someday. battling the forces of the unnameable one has never been such a blast. Great game!


This is a truly engaging strategy, turn-based, tactics grid game that I have fully enjoyed. It takes some getting used to--there is quite a learning curve even if you're familiar with similar games (Final Fantasy Tactics, etc). If you cannot figure out how to properly exploit the system to work in your favor, you're going to spend many turns on the same battleground, being stabbed by cultists and shot by machine guns. That, and not enough explanation behind the sanity system (as simple as it turns out) or how to work the investigator upgrade or quartermaster must be the only hangups about this game. It has a higher difficulty rating for an iPad game, but can easily be done right. I definitely enjoyed the original sounds for this game. It adds so much spook factor to an already unsettling plot. I highly recommend this hidden gem to anyone who reads Lovecraft or wants a fun, slightly disturbing, engaging strategic board-game-on-the-go.

Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $4.99
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.3
  • Size: 84.6 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
  • Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
  • Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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