Thus begins his quest to become a true hero, but only so he can restore his world-rending powers and wash the earth in a tide of insanity and despair. Oh, it's also an RPG inspired by the 16-bit adventures of yore.
%Gallery-112189% As you may have gleaned from the premise, Cthulhu Saves the World plays out with tongue planted firmly in cheek. There's plenty of funny dialogue, which is made all the more absurd when uttered by Cthulhu, one of the more terrifying literary creations of the last century.
The game also plays on many of the established tropes of 16-bit era role-playing games. It's not too long, for example, before Cthulhu (and his newfound party member Umi) happen upon a band of heroes bent on destroying him. These characters all bear striking resemblances to familiar RPG heroes, from masked thief to wavy-haired heroine to dashing swordsman. Honestly, it sort of felt like I was crashing someone else's game of Phantasy Star.
Most of the more onerous RPG tasks are cleverly simplified in Cthulhu, too. Players don't have to futz with lots of different potions to heal various wounds and status effects. Instead, the game uses precisely one type of potion that cures all ailments and restores hitpoints. Furthermore, the game can be saved at any time, and players can instantly warp to any town they've already visited.
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- Key specs
- Game format Optical disc, Downloadable
- Online features Multiplayer, Voice chat, Video chat, Store, Browser
- Drive capacity 500 GB
- Controller type Wired, Wireless
- Motion controls Camera / optical
- Video outputs HDMI
- Released 2013-11-22