Mixed or average reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 39
  2. Negative: 2 out of 39
  1. Oct 30, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu is a dark ride through a mad, cosmic horror nightmare with a paranormal detective story as your vehicle. Occasionally poor level and encounter design can make the eerily atmospheric road a little bumpy, but the engaging mystery and an intriguing utilization of RPG mechanics make it one of the more enjoyable Lovecraftian games in years.
  2. Oct 30, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu is no classic horror game, but a clever detective game with an exciting plot and a great atmosphere.
  3. Oct 30, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu is a thrilling experience from start to end. The monsters may be a little lackluster, but the writing, puzzles, and characters are all interesting enough to keep you going until the very end. While the graphics are disappointing, the art style, vocal work, and atmosphere do enough to make up for it. Fans of horror or mystery will find plenty to love here.
  4. Mar 5, 2019
    Another great lovecraftian game, with intriguing plot and ominous atmosphere, but with somewhat poor overall production quality and a sloppy dialogue system.
  5. Nov 6, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu is an interesting retelling of H.P. Lovecrafts famous story. The game mixes aspects of detective- and horror games and does it well. Fear plays an extra factor as well throughout the story. The fun only gets spoiled by some small mistakes.
  6. Nov 5, 2018
    Heavily atmospheric, this dark descent into madness and ruin, speaks directly to the heart of Lovecraft devotees. A narrative that embraces the core of true cosmic horror.
  7. Oct 31, 2018
    At the end of the day, Call of Cthulhu is a pretty fun game. I enjoyed my time with it throughout and it really had me going every time I booted it up. Sure, it’s not the best looking or the smoothest playing game, but it has the atmosphere and some interesting mechanics that I think any horror fan should check out. I was expecting something completely different from what I had thought this game to be and what I got, I realized I liked way more that what I expected.
  8. Oct 30, 2018
    Horror fans, heed the Call of Cthulhu and plunge yourself into an expertly produced Lovecraftian mystery in a finely paced, hybridized adventure/RPG package that, while mostly linear, delivers more depth than its contemporary genre rivals.
  9. Oct 30, 2018
    While you’re out investigating the deaths of Sarah Hawkins and the men in her life, always remember, run and hide if you have to. There are no usable weapons, there are some in the story but not for you to physically use on Cultists. You are only armed with your mind, your thoughts, and a raised perception of the world. Do not try to fight. Just try to keep your wits about you. The Great Old One stirs. Sleep tight.
  10. Nov 5, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu has a great atmosphere, but full of flaws in terms of gameplay.
  11. Nov 8, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu has a lot of promising features, but it should have stayed just a detective game. The horror elements are not implemented well and they seem misplaced.
  12. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Dec 21, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu is an atmospheric game with a rather gripping detective storyline. Unfortunately, it fails to evoke any kind of fear of the unknown, which is essential for Cthulhu mythos. [Issue#234,p.66]
  13. Nov 13, 2018
    An unpolished, but ultimately charming and engaging take on H. P. Lovecraft's most famous creation. A must for psychological horror fans.
  14. Oct 31, 2018
    Although the latest entry in the Call of Cthulhu universe is not a perfect one, every little bit of it stays true to the H.P Lovecraft stories, and that’s the most important thing for the fans of the series.
  15. Oct 30, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu doesn't deliver in several departments (the technology, as well as some of the gameplay elements are rather poor), but a superb atmosphere, a good storyline and a few great ideas make this game what it is - a solid piece of entertaining code. I had fun and rooted for Edward during his crazy investigation. If you feel the call, answer it.
  16. Oct 30, 2018
    The primary problem with 2018’s Call of Cthulhu is simply that it’s a Cthulhu game, done as straight as it possibly can be. In a game that’s mostly about its story, it’s a detriment that its story is thus extremely predictable.
  17. Oct 30, 2018
    On one hand, Call of Cthulhu is able to drag the player into an adventure with a dark and oppressive atmosphere, in which nobody really seems to be on our side, and curiosity can turn out to be our worst enemy. On the other hand, the little care given to some aspects of the game and the implementation of certain mechanics transform this game into a missed opportunity to celebrate the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
  18. Oct 29, 2018
    Overall, I liked Call of Cthulhu a fair amount. I enjoyed the story, the atmosphere, and the environments. It’s a walking simulator for the most part, sure, but it’s a solid one. Although I can’t recommend it at launch due to price, fans of story-based gaming experiences will likely find a lot to like about Call of Cthulhu. Just don’t go in thinking it’s a stealth RPG and keep your expectations in check. If you can do that, you’ll likely have a good time.
  19. Nov 16, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu has a very engaging atmosphere and story telling, adopting successfully the Lovecraftian Mythos, but messes things up when trying to insert gameplay mechanics like stealth and shooting. It should have focused more on puzzles, investigation and light RPG elements. Technically the game looks aged -something we could have overlooked- but the 45 euro price has no place for lenience.
  20. Oct 30, 2018
    When all's said and done, there's a clunkiness to the pacing, plot and gameplay that relegates Call of Cthulhu to the second division.
  21. Oct 30, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu has great ideas that regretfully hasn’t been implemented with great impact in its narrative.
  22. Oct 30, 2018
    After very good first hours of play, Call of Cthulhu dries itself with few interactions and poor stealth sequences. The Lovecraftian atmosphere is here though, which may appeal to whomever can indulge the game’s many flaws.
  23. Oct 30, 2018
    A good detective adventure based on the work of Lovecraft that hits with its setting but fails with the depth of its playable mechanics and technical problems.
  24. Oct 30, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu sadly doesn't live up to either its literary or pen-and-paper heritage. The setting, atmosphere and some of the voice acting are impressive, but the detective gameplay is shallow and fairly linear, and any other gameplay aspects feel buggy and tacked on.
  25. Jan 2, 2019
    Most Lovecraft fans, or those who are just on the lookout for a good occult mystery thriller, will enjoy Call of Cthulhu, but that doesn't mean that they won't be disappointed as well. Cyanide Studio has wrapped an interesting, and engrossing storyline, with a fittingly oppressive feel, but the actual gameplay part tastes like a half-fried, unsalted octopus *wink-wink-nudge-nudge*
  26. Nov 14, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu is an interesting game in which many things cause confusion. It has a nice story, but its mechanics are either poorly balanced or unnecessary at all.
  27. Nov 2, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu is an ode to Lovecraft and fantastic literature, a success in terms of atmosphere with a pleasant artistic part. Sadly, the game is too weak technically speaking. The main quest is interesting but players in search of an RPG with a bit of freedom will probably realize too soon that the game is actually a very linear experience.
  28. Oct 31, 2018
    Although there are a few environments in the game that feel fully realized, and sections of story and dialogue that hint at a much more satisfying gameplay experience, Call of Cthulhu only sporadically engages with the imagination of Lovecraft and too often seems like a sketch that needs to be more completely filled in, shaped and polished. Once again, the particular genius of Lovecraft has eluded us in the video game form.
  29. Oct 30, 2018
    Strong in atmosphere, weak in gameplay, Call of Cthulhu is a missed opportunity to build a great lovecraftian experience.
  30. Oct 29, 2018
    The game tends to dole out the narratively driven elements of Edward’s sleuthing in frustrating half measures, before suddenly blooming into a straight-up survival-horror experience in its second half.
  31. Oct 29, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu is an undeniably fun adventure game with some great ideas, cool stealth moments, and it never devolves into a shooter like Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth did. However, it also wastes its sanity mechanic, and the second half of the game consists of smaller and smaller locations that seem in a rush to get to an abrupt ending. The first few hours of the game are fantastic, but the rest feels like the team were forced to cram around 20 hours of exciting adventure-RPG gameplay and story into just 4 hours. The story skips to the end, the characters change instantly, and then the credits roll without the name “Cthulhu” even being mentioned. A huge disappointment.
  32. Nov 6, 2018
    A mediocre detective game with predictable stealth and a surreal story that runs out of steam near the end.
  33. Oct 29, 2018
    What started out as a promising, unnerving recreation of a tabletop RPG became a rushed, unfocused mess racing to the finish line that leaves players’ input almost meaningless. Call of Cthulhu is a dressed-up horror walking simulator that pitched itself on misleading terms, bungling its story while being light on gameplay or its RPG roots.
  34. 50
    While it delivers a strong start, Call of Cthulhu starts to stumble and fall near the end, demonstrating a lack of polish and poor localization.
  35. Nov 6, 2018
    It’s not so much that Call of Cthulhu is irredeemable as much as it feels flawed. Less than the sum of its parts, I’d say. Any one aspect of Call of Cthulhu sounds intriguing in isolation, but put them all together and it’s a mess of disparate elements, all fighting for control.
  36. Nov 6, 2018
    Call of Cthulu is a deeply disappointing game, because those opening hours showed such promise. If developer Cyanide had just stuck to the bits that work – the investigation – we’d have ended up with a better game. Instead of descending into madness, it descends into tedium.
  37. Nov 1, 2018
    Much of Call of Cthulhu is a perfectly competent adventure game built on firm, if uninspired, point-and-click traditions.
  38. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Dec 31, 2018
    An uninteresting horror adventure that appeals with its story and sometimes good atmosphere, but disappoints with mechanics, forced dialogues and unnecessarily high price. [Issue#291]
  39. Nov 1, 2018
    Cyanide’s Lovecraftian outing promises an immersive world of cosmic horror and consequences but instead delivers a clunky detective adventure that is both formless and repetitive.
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  1. Listen, if you like crawling around in the dark in an asylum, play Outlast. If you like detective games with weird facial animation, play L.A. Noire. If you like the Call of Cthulhu TRPG, keep playing that.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 128 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 128
  2. Negative: 18 out of 128
  1. Oct 30, 2018
    Very atmospheric game. For lovers of creativity Lovecraft the most it. The graphics are not at an ideal level, but for me this is not the main thing.
  2. Oct 29, 2018
    Call of Cthulhu (2018) is easily the best game based on the H.P. Lovecraft mythology that has ever seen the light of day! The story itself isCall of Cthulhu (2018) is easily the best game based on the H.P. Lovecraft mythology that has ever seen the light of day! The story itself is gripping, as well as the setting, narrative structure, presentation, dialoges, atmosphere, investigation style and mechanics are superb! The voicing is very good, too! Well, the graphics may be not the best you can expect from a game in 2018 sometimes, but that does not matter, since they are good enough. Full Review »
  3. Oct 30, 2018
    I will quote AppTrigger
    "What started out as a promising, unnerving recreation of a tabletop RPG became a rushed, unfocused mess racing to
    I will quote AppTrigger
    "What started out as a promising, unnerving recreation of a tabletop RPG became a rushed, unfocused mess racing to the finish line that leaves players’ input almost meaningless. Call of Cthulhu is a dressed-up horror walking simulator that pitched itself on misleading terms, bungling its story while being light on gameplay or its RPG roots."
    To the point. Misleading title, no real input from the player, but hey, you can walk!
    Someone comment on price, but I don't think it's developer fault, more like publisher's, and I don't want to FOCUS on that (pun intended).
    I don't like liars, I've never returned to No Man's Sky and I won't. Same here, there is a lot of misleading pieces of information and I feel like someone lied to me about this game. Maybe I just imagined something more watching the trailers, I don't know. But to be honest, decide for yourself. Watch first 1 hour on youtube and buy if you must. I would rather watch it than play it because it's one of these games.
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