Red Wasp Design has just released a new mission for Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land that will drive you totally insane. As I mentioned in my review of the full game, CoC:TWL is a turn-based game that combines realistic role-playing game play with stunning graphics. I was hooked on it for several weeks this summer, playing on my iPad during my daily commute. If you haven’t played it, the first two levels are now free in the App Store.
What I enjoyed most about The Wasted Lands was the ability to plan and execute strategies against an array of increasingly deadly enemies in a game I could pick up and put down easily. But, alas, all good adventures must come to an end … or must they?
The good news is that Red Wasp has released a new “Extra Mission” as an in-app purchase to CoC:TWL called “Kaul’s Diary.” This time around, no more mister nice guy. You play the evil mad genius – yes, there are “good” mad geniuses – Docktor Kaul as he works tirelessly to bring about the end of the world. This is a prequel to the events in the first adventure, and pits you against the forces of good as you collect your resources to summon Cthulhu. This would be a near impossible feat if not for the many friends you are able to enlist along the way, including a particularly feisty Leng Spider and a few of the reanimated dead provided by the ever resourceful Herbert West.
As game designer Tomas Rawlings puts it:
While it is fun fighting zombies, we figured it would also be fun controlling zombies. What is more fun than shooting at Leng Spiders is controlling Leng Spiders and in “Kaul’s Diary,” that is exactly what you get to do. “Kaul’s Diary” is in some respects a return to the game design ideas that originally brought me into contact with Chaosium [the publishers of the paper version of Call of Cthulhu] for whom I wrote a monograph entitled ‘The Dark Mirror’ about just this theme: being the baddies!
I was a huge fan of my first outing in the Wasted Land. The new mission, although not as involved an adventure as the original, is well worth the $2.99.
My only complaint? I want more!
Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land is available for the iPad, iPhone, and iPad Touch for $4.99/£2.99/€3.99. “Kaul’s Diary” is avilable as an in-app purchase for $2.99/£1.79/€2.39.