Sep 28, 2012

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Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land iPad Review

Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land iPad Review

For some time now I have been searching for an interesting take on a turn based strategy game. Red Wasp Design’s Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land on iPad is just that. While I did run into some issues on the iPad version, it was not anything game breaking to make me not enjoy it.

Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land takes place during the World War I era. You control British troops as you fight against German soldiers and cultists. As the war continues, you begin to learn about the dark force that is behind it all. The basis of the plot is simple, but it is supported in depth with cheesy character dialogue throughout.

After the tutorial, if you choose to play it, you are thrown into the first mission. With each mission, you are given multiple objectives you must complete to move on to the next mission. You are given a set amount of actions you can take with each soldier, and once those are used, you pass turn to the enemy. At the end of each mission you can upgrade/add equipment, recruit more soldiers, and spend experience points to increase soldiers’ stats.

Even in “Normal” mode the game is still stressful. Tensions run high as you seem as if you are constantly being overrun by the enemy, then the game kicks it up a notch when it adds “Sanity” into the mix (lose your sanity and lose the control of the character). More than a few times I had to try my best to reach a target zone by outrunning the enemy.

The controls only require you to tap targets and swipe to move around the screen. That sounds easier then it actually may be, however. I found a lot of issues with the touch controls; they can be unresponsive at times. I had to tap on my target or item multiple times until the game responded.

The graphics of the game are just what they need to be on the iPad, and may even look better if you decide to play the game on iPhone or iPod Touch. The graphics of Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land are not extremely resource heavy to where they will slow down your gameplay, but the graphics are easy on the eyes. The same goes for the sound and music of the game; while the music does not stand out, it does keep tension high.

Each mission is rather lengthy, and because of the difficulty, you may have to restart objectives occasionally. Once you do complete the game, Red Wasp Design offers extra missions you can purchase and play.

Other than the aforementioned issue with the touch controls, some errors were present in the game text. When viewing the help screen, some instructions were given as if you are playing the PC version. Therefore, to perform the task I needed help with, I had to rely on trial and error.

In summary, I can definitely recommend Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land. I feel like the issues with controls and errors in text are minor and can be overlooked because of the quality of gameplay. The challenge and level of tension is just right to where you want badly to complete the mission and do not want to give up. This is a quality iOS game.

Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land
Platform: iPad (reviewed), iPhone, iPod Touch, PC
Genre: Strategy
Release Date: January 30, 2012
Developer: Red Wasp Designs, Ltd
Publisher: Red Wasp Designs, Ltd
App Rating: 12+
MSRP: $4.99