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Call of Cthulhu to Windows

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The Lovecraftian universe is very popular - no wonder there are so many games based on this well-written and spooky world. Logically, most of these projects are heavily skewed toward the horror genre, but Call of Cthulhu is more like a thriller-detective with rare elements of true horror.


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License Freeware
Compatibility Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows 11
Supported languages English, Russian


Pros and Cons

  • Interesting storyline
  • Easy control
  • Great music
  • Good gameplay
  • Graphics

More about Call of Cthulhu

The game is set at the beginning of the 20th century, after the First World War. The atmosphere of this wonderful time of pre-industrial old Europe is impressive and is not lost on the atmosphere of Lovecraftian - in terms of entourage there is a perfect balance.

The gameplay will be interesting primarily to fans of unhurried adventures - the action here is a minimum, the accent is strongly shifted to the story and the detective component. Since the developers belong to the category B, the project can not boast a brilliant technical characteristics - graphics, smooth animation and physics of objects. But thanks to the genre affiliation and unhurried gameplay this is not conspicuous.

The game's advantages:

  • Dense "Lovecraftian" atmosphere, perfectly conveyed throughout. Minor details in the design of locations, elaborate scenes of nightmares and hallucinations, many references to the original book cycle, music and dialogues - all this contributes to a quick immersion in this viscous, but addictive atmosphere.
  • Environment. Call of Cthulhu cannot offer the player an impressive and realistic picture - for the same reason the locations in the game are rather modest in size, but makes up for it with the design of the levels and the environment.
  • A solid story with an ambiguous ending. Most of the way the game develops as a standard adventure, but closer to the finale the situation changes dramatically. This decision on the part of the developers may seem controversial, but by no means banal.
  • Noteworthy local stories. Like many chamber games, Call of Cthulhu offers the player plenty of secondary stories and opportunities to expand their knowledge of the lore.
  • Average Duration. Because of the same budget constraints, the developers didn't make the game too big, and for players who are tired of modern giant game worlds with dozens of activities, this can be a big plus. Everything here is centralized around the story and atmosphere.

At a glance, it's clear that Call of Cthulhu is a mid-budget game, but that doesn't stop it from telling its own story. On the contrary, this approach allowed the studio to take more risks, put more original ideas in the project and not to fill it with heavy mechanics, which are obligatory for modern games.

Thanks to these features, Call of Cthulhu may become a great recreation for you between big walkthroughs that require the player to spend at least a hundred hours on full-fledged exploration.

You should try Call of Cthulhu if you are:

  • a fan of Howard Lovecraft's Ancient Gods book series;
  • looking for a game where you can take a break from exhausting open worlds;
  • love the dystopian aesthetic and setting of 20th century Europe;
  • value story and atmosphere above all in games;
  • have nothing against average graphics;
  • you prefer an unhurried gameplay and don't expect action from this project.

At the moment Call of Cthulhu (2018) is one of the best game adaptations of Lovecraftian mythos. It's not a AAA-level project, but still a soulful, largely handmade game that doesn't require too much from the player - just the desire to explore a small world and ultimately make a decisive choice. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

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