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Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land

£2.99

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Stunningly complex turn-by-turn strategy-based SIM redefines expectations for the iPad as games platform

Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land Review

by on March 13, 2012

Based on a cult role-playing-game, itself based on the classic novel, ‘Reanimator’ by king of understated horror, HP Lovecraft, this dark tale of madness is no Angry Birds – it’s a truly immense turn-based strategy sim for iOS.

Set during the dark days of WW1, you must guide a select group of soldiers through the horrors of trench warfare and mustard gas. Led by a mysterious American chemist and occult boffin Professor Brightmeer, you’re soon battling German zombie troopers and increasingly unsettling hints of ancient unknowable evil.

Game designer Tom Rawlings said: “I was a massive fan of the original RPG, and thought that Lovecrafts apocalyptic themes were pretty timeless, so creating a game like this has been a long-term aim of mine”.

Faithful to cosmic horror inventor Lovecraft’s original text, the eerie, the disturbing audio and high quality textures, images and 3D effects soon draw you into this epically tactical strategy game, which unfolds with chilling results.

On the downside, the touchscreen controls can be fiddly, even after an update aimed at settling them, and the sheer scale and complexity of the game means that a fair bit of research is required to unlock the potential of this monster.

Rawlings continued: “This has been a proper labour of love for us, taking a year to create, and is the first game we’ve done since setting up Red Wasp. It was great to be able to make the game we wanted to make instead of doing it for a client! iOS was just the beginning, an Android version will be out soon, and we’re in discussions about a PC version.”

Buy it now: Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land

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