Have you ever wanted an app so horror-inducing that it dements the mind and perverts the soul? Have you ever wanted to play a game based on the award-winning Chaosism Call of Cthulhu tabletop role-playing system right in the palm of your hand? Have you been wanting a new tactical turn-based RPG for a portable format? Well it’s coming January 30th and it’s entitled Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Lands.
Set in World War I, you play as a group of investigators and soldiers pitted against, you guessed it, a cult bent on using the anguish and fear of the state of the Theatre of War to open the gates to another dimension. The story screams H.P. Lovecraft, who wrote the Cthulhu mythos and upon who’s works this game is inspired.
Initially to be released on iPhone and iPod formats, indie developer Red Wasp Designs also intends to create versions for the iPad, Android, PC and consoles. The game has been developed in co-operation with Chaosism, so I’m hoping that the basic gameplay mechanics feel authentic and similar to their tabletop counterpart.
Along with this announcement came several HD screenshots to whet our appetites for facing our fears and beating down betentacled fish-men. From what can be told of the screenshots, the game looks like it will implement a gridless tactical combat system with a fairly simple list of what can be done on each combat round, as well as a sanity system. A post by the designers relieves any fears I had about this game having a broken sanity system (as nearly all of these systems are in video games) and leaves me interested to see how their’s actually works within the game.
But instead of telling you, why don’t I just show you?