Reviews for Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth


Good title, not great

Gmen | Oct. 9, 2015 | See all Gmen's reviews »

This is a game that I meant to play for the better part of a decade but didn’t get round to it until recently. It’s an old title based on the Cthulhu mythos – basically a series of short stories written by HP Lovecraft in the 1920’s and 1930’s. The game takes place mostly during the 1920’s in a place called Innsmouth. Innsmouth is a small, cramped little sea port village in New England, USA, and almost straight away you can see just by looking at the place and its inhabitants that it is not somewhere you would wish to be for very long. Graphically, the game is dated, and has a very limited colour palette of browns and greys which lends itself adequately to the feel of the period the game is trying to capture. There were certainly better looking games released at the time when this game came out though, and earlier than that even. The AI is capable enough although can be a little stupid at times. The sound is probably one of the better parts of the game – from the gurgling noises and funny speech that comes from most of the inhabitants and the sound effects in general as passable. The music is also eerie, and very fitting. Gameplay wise, you don’t even have a weapon for most of the initial parts of the game, and it is more of a puzzle solving affair. Later you get weapons, but they aren’t particularly effective at taking down enemies. Fights are challenging, and when outnumbered or being rushed by enemies, you would be better off running. Reading the story the game is based on, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, might actually prove useful to you in at least one part of the game, and acts as a sort of walkthrough, though many of the events in the game and characters and not to mention dialogue have been changed or at least condensed – quite a few of the characters aren’t even present in the short story. I have to say the voice acting in the game, for the most part, is fairly bad, especially the dialogue voiced by the protagonist. In the end, the game is dated, buggy, and difficult to say the least. It’s a cult classic for sure, and if you are a fan of Lovecraft or wish to play a puzzle-centric game, then you might give this one a try. Just don’t expect to be utterly blown away by it.


Great mix of genres!

Furrek | Aug. 13, 2015 | See all Furrek's reviews »

Lots of action. Lots of horror. Lots of adventure, and lots of sneaking around. Lots of puzzles. I don't remember when was last time when I played game which could offer so many genres, so many different gameplays. What even more amazing, Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth have amazing atmosphere. There are few moments which I will probably never forget and will scary me even after playing it one more time. Each of chapter is rather long, so it's not a short game, but have no fear - it's fun in 100%. If you are looking for something with great atmosphere, probably unforgettable one, this game is great choice. For this price, you can't get a better single player game.


I cried while playing

Obsessor | May 7, 2015 | See all Obsessor's reviews »

For various reasons, which I will mention in this review. First of all, this game captures Lovecraft's writings in an amazingly accurate way. You actually feel like you were inside one of his stories, in this case it's Shadow over Innsmouth. Whoever read it must remember the frantic escape from Gilman Hotel. It's in this very game, recreated so well I was scared witless while trying to escape. Secondly... Well, I wept, because there are so many bugs... At some points the game is simply unbeatable. You can't complete it. There are some workarounds, mainly cheats, that help you overcome the difficulties. It's all very sad, because this game is a masterpiece, yet the developer abandoned it, never trying to fix the bugs. I cannot understand it. And so I cry every time I want to play this amazing game. Still I will give it a positive rating, because any Lovecraftian should play it, no matter the cost. And there's usually one's sanity at stake.


That is not dead which can eternal lie

KingTed | March 20, 2015 | See all KingTed's reviews »

H.P. Lovecraft is one of the most important authors in the genre of Horror. His work is all about ancient gods which were ruling the Earth aeons ago and will be back soon to kill us all. The most famous of these gods is Cthulhu, a giant winged creature that sleeps deep in the ocean. Dark Corner of the Earth is a Survival Horror game inspired by The Shadow over Innsmouth short story from H.P. Lovecraft. You are a private eye who was sent to the small town of Innsmouth. For the most part of the game, you are investigating the area, searching for answers and trying not to piss off the townfolks and their strange cult. There are some action sequences but they don’t disturb the eerie atmosphere of the game. Dark Corner of the Earth uses a excellent and realistic health system and your character can become crazy too. (Note that too much insanity will lead you to the game over screen) It’s very underrated game with good graphics and excellent gameplay ideas. Some parts of the game are among my favorite sequences in all of the survival horror games I’ve played in my life. You should give it a try!


One of the best

ATeciak | Dec. 30, 2014 | See all ATeciak's reviews »

I've played Dark Corners of The Earth many, many times. It's a great treat for Lovecraft fans and especially if you thought that "Shadow over Innsmouth" shortstory was one of his best. Atmosphere in this game is just amazing, and action is breathtaking. Feeling of constant danger mixed with the lack of interface or any GUI is just phenomenal. For example: if you're hurt, you will be leaving blood trails, so the enemies can easily spot you, and patching up requires using stiches and bandages, but to fix a broken leg you will need other things. To place a well aimed shot you have to look down the iron sight, because there aren't any crosshairs on the screen. If you see to many weird and scary things, screen will get disoriented untill you calm down, your character is losing his calmness and sanity every time he see a gruesome murder, and he starts to question his actions, gives you paranoid opinions based on things he think he saw, when you for example, sneak behind somebody. This is one of the scariest, most immersive games I ever played. Don't think about buying it. Just do it. You will be pleased.


The best video game chase ever

Lorddyran | Nov. 28, 2014 | See all Lorddyran's reviews »

The best part of this game is at the very beginning - the world is new, you're introduced to it in a slow manner, hintings and occasional lunatic ramblings giving you glimpses of what you're in for but always in the background and always making you doubt. It's like a Lovecraft book put to a game just perfectly. Later in the game, you have guns and weapons and shoot your way through mythos monsters that should just destroy your mind simply by being close to them, and at that point it's just a decent video game. It never actually gets bad, mind you - but if it had been able to keep the atmosphere of the beginning, and if it had more moments like the chase scene, this would have easily been a 100-rated game.


Creepy atmosphere and solid gameplay

rsencarn | April 20, 2014 | See all rsencarn's reviews »

Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth brings you into the world of H.P. Lovecraft's novella "The Shadow Over Innsmouth". It is a solid FPS/Horror hybrid that relies on atmosphere, jump scares, and a consistent feeling of dread to conjure a gaming experience well worth the price. The graphical presentation is definitely dated but the mechanics are solid and provide for a challenging foray against the denizens of the deep. I recommend the game for its environment, lore, and consistent creepiness. In an age of regenerating health and reckless bullet-time battles, Call of Cthulhu offers a refreshing glimpse back into a time when story and atmosphere were the primary to play. In summation: Sequel when?


Incredibly immersive!

alyousha35 | April 19, 2014 | See all alyousha35's reviews »

An incredibly immersive game, very well paced. It feels exactly like how you'd expect a game based on Lovecraft to work: slow-paced and terrifying. Unfortunately, it's not perfect. While the story and experience are amazing, they can be very negatively affected by the bugs. A black mark on a nearly perfect game. I still highly recommend it for the experience, regardless of any technical flaws.


Faithful creation of the Mythos

Rolalas | April 6, 2014 | See all Rolalas's reviews »

This was a great game that flew under the radar after it came out. You take on the role of an investigator trying to uncover the mysteries of Innsmouth, after an incident report reaches you. You come upon this dank port town full of strange looking people and even stranger mysteries. The game itself plays like 1-player Call of Cthulhu campaign where the keeper insists on making you the most aggravated person they know. Amazing game!


Lovecraft - Do you need more?

Mscigniew | Jan. 12, 2014 | See all Mscigniew's reviews »

I fall in love with Lovecraft`s books and let me tell you in "Dark corners of the earth" I felt like I was a part of one.The game aint exactly AAA production and it has some age on its shoulders but its still hell of a ride!Throughout the whole adventure I found myself scared a lot and my heart was going way too fast!Yeah this game has the proper atmosphere of Lovecraft`s books.There`s many disturbing moments in the story,if your into Lovecraft and horrors you'll like this game,just grab it!


A Lovecraft lovers dream

Harry_276 | Dec. 12, 2013 | See all Harry_276's reviews »

Date in graphics but solid in game play Dark Corners is a game that lets its mechanics speak for itself. Lovecraft lore is front and center in this romp through the village of Innsmouth with background detail so crafted that you swear you entered into one of Lovecraft's novellas. The only downside I would say is how the game goes from a game about surviving and mystery solving to a shooter near the final act, but the shear amount of care they went to making this a quiet apt representation of Lovecrafts world is more then enough to pardon the creators for it. If you are a Lovecraft fan you will love this game, if your curious about Lovecraft you will enjoy this game, you will be happy you did


Lovecraftian horror at its best

commanderhavoc | Dec. 6, 2013 | See all commanderhavoc's reviews »

If you're one of those gamers who had a chance to play the first Alone in the Dark game, Shadow of the Comet and Prisoner of Ice, but wanted something that was even more frightening then those, then this is the game for you. You play as private investigator Jack Walters who is given the job of finding a young man by the name of Brian Burnham who worked as a clerk for the First National Grocery chain and was to establish a store in the xenophobic town of Innsmouth, but he then disappeared and Jack has to find him and find out what is going on in the town and why the towns people are so hostile towards any outsider coming into town. But what really sells the game is the Sanity system, if Jack sees too many horrific things, he will start hearing voices and maybe even commit suicide if it becomes too much for his mind to handle and believe me, there are A LOT of abominations in this game that you MUST NOT look at or else you will suffer a fate not unlike those of the protagonists in H.P. Lovecraft's stories. Ammo will be very limited and sometimes it is actually better to hide from the freaks that are after you, but don't even think about fighting with your fists as you can't do that, besides who would want to punch a slimy fish mutant anyway, and that adds even more tension, especially in the early parts of the game when you don't even have a simple knife to defend yourself. You also have to watch out for any injuries you might get, if you don't treat them, you will die quickly and you might not be able to run properly unless you treat the broken leg in time. And there are plenty of heartpounding moments that will make you just stop playing it for an hour or so as these moments will get very VERY intense indeed. I highly recommend this title if you've also played Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem on the Nintendo Gamecube as they share similar elements when it comes to the Sanity system.


One of the best Horror game

lucasart | Nov. 25, 2013 | See all lucasart's reviews »

Call of Cthulhu is a true rare gem: In addition to lead, with its innovations, a breath of fresh air in the genre, or rather in the genres, this is one of those unusual games can be paralyzed by fear of the player, even on the stylistic choice to take advantage of the first-person view with the total lack of a HUD. More than once you will be to look away from the screen and on many occasions the adrenaline will be so high as to having to pause the game for a few moments, just to recover from the strain. The highlight of Call of Cthulhu is definitely the setting in which the psychopathic protagonist must carry out their investigation. The harbor town of Innsmouth is, without doubt, the best implementation in a game of Lovecraftian background. A masterpiece of thrills, so well made and built to make us forget some small flaw completely graphical.


Insmouth is not for strangers

VaderJacobs | Nov. 13, 2013 | See all VaderJacobs's reviews »

This is probably the best Lovercraftian game out today. The graphics are pretty good, the mechanics and gameplay, it's just like you would want them. The game itself isn't actually scary, it has it's freaky moments but you can't compare them to the ones in silent hill or resident evil. The story is really good and it's also the game's strongest point. Cracking the safes could be tricky but it's possible. Too bad this game has a HUGE flaw in the pc version and it's not a funny one and you will need the internet to get through it. Here's the problem: (Spoiler) On the big navy ship you will have to shoot on the coast with the cannon. You should see some lights there and aim at those but you can't see them in the pc version which makes it really difficult to hit the right spots. The internet has a "map" that gives you the exact coordinates on where the cannon has to be positioned before shooting. (End Spoiler). Aaand the pros and cons list: pros: really good story, mechanics, atmosphere and AI, cons: the huge flaw, bad guys have cliche voices and for some, not scary enough!


Fun & Decent game

Quillan | Nov. 5, 2013 | See all Quillan's reviews »

Probably not the "best" of his genre (action adventure) but with a solid horror background that mitigate some little cons here and there. The strong point, of course, is its Lovecraftian's background : starting as a police-like mistery, you will be drawn in a horror more and more gruesome and scaring. The weak part is indeed the "FPS" mechanics, it is quite ankward (I hate how the camera show some ongoing situations) and a bit dull in some animations... but it's not the main goal of such title. Overall is a good buy (expecially in budget range) and can give you some entertainment in a unusual style respect a normal FPS or a traditional point-and-click adventure.


Creepy Atmosphere

arimajeen | Oct. 22, 2013 | See all arimajeen's reviews »

The game has a good creepy atmosphere and is more about sneaking, investigating and researching than shooting, the save system makes many sequences very difficult. You should always try to consider shooting as a last resort. Your bullets are very limited in this game. What I loved about it was the atmosphere. Put on your headphones, shut down the lights and let the madness begin.


Average Game, but fresh storyline.

YYS1995 | Sept. 9, 2013 | See all YYS1995's reviews »

You get adventure coupled with FPS in this game. But the FPS gameplay is poor, in my opinion [You do not get the typical amo, amo sticks, health indicators] Shabby FPS, in my opinion. However, this game takes into account other aspects of an adventure game such as "sanity levels" , which give makes this game challenging and fresh. You get to see H. P. Lovecraft's intriguing work back in action. You take on the role of PI Jack Walters to find missing individual in the dark town... full of secrets. You embark on a journey, trying to unmask these secrets [The gameplay is fresh, I liked the storyline] An average game, good for a raining weekend afternoon.



thejoakim | Aug. 28, 2013 | See all thejoakim's reviews »

This game is scary as hell and you have to move fast and be smart. The npcs are super creepy weirdos.



Bolo | Aug. 18, 2013 | See all Bolo's reviews »

Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth. Action adventure horror convention. Production refers to the work of H. P. Lovecraft and of his own universe. The game will go to 1920 and takes on a detective Jack Walters, who must find a missing person. The suspect little town hero goes on the trail of dark secrets. While playing traverse the outpost, fighting enemies and seek further guidance.