Video Game Cthulhu Saves the World (PC) (2011)

Cthulhu Saves the World (PC) (2011)

One of the many jokes.
Relevant Links:
Cthulhu Saves the World (MetaCritic.com)
Cthulhu Saves the World (Steam Store Page)
Zeboyd Games (Wikipedia.org)

Splash Screen
Cthulhu Saves the World is an RPG which is styled after classic 2D JRPGs (late 80s/early 90s). As the almighty Cthulhu rises and seeks to rule the world, his powers are taken from him. Fortunately, Cthulhu learns that he can break the curse by becoming a true hero.

Part of the game's premise.
Overall, Cthulhu Saves the World manages to both capture the spirit of classic 2D RPGs and create a humorous dialogue by playing with the traditional structures.

20150512 1:30AM ET:
I've owned this game for a while now, but I never thought to give it a try (much like many games in my game library).

Classic/Retro RPG fight screen.
I have, however, recently been collecting various Steam Trading Cards and this game was one of the hundred or so games that has them. What caught my eye as I looked through the list of games with Steam Trading Cards was an in-game screenshot which suggested Cthulhu Saves the World was an RPG where you actually play as Cthulhu!

Cthulhu and his fangirl Umi (healer)

Setup:
Windowed Mode (I decided to play in Windowed Mode for a crisp/sharp feel). Controller: Gamepad (while this game would have been suitable to play with a keyboard, I have been playing more games with my controller and enjoyed the comfort of it). Difficult: Normal (There are many available difficulties, with Normal being the default).


Commentary Off (Being my first playthrough, I decided to keep the extras off)

Thoughts:
Pros:
+ Humorous and occasionally pokes fun at the genre (RPG)
+ Captures the spirit of classic 2D RPGs.
+ Strong story and dialogue

Cthulhu, Umi, and Sharpe (damage).
Con:
- The game captures the RPG spirit so well that some of the grinding comes along for the ride. There is, however, a cap for the number of mobs that can be encountered in a specific area. Once this cap is met, then the player has the option to turn random mob encounters in that area on or off. From what I can tell, if you were doing a speedrun, then you would likely not reach the cap.


Recommendation:
Overall, even though the game pokes fun at RPGs, it itself is a good, enjoyable RPG. Among the few 2D turn-based RPGs I've played, the game is most similar to Final Fantasy I & II (which I played in the Gameboy Advance release Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls (2004)).

A poke at a common RPG trope.
As of May 2015, Zeboyd Games, the developers of Cthulhu Saves the World, have also released three other 2D RPGs: Breath of Death VII: The Beginning (2010), Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode 3 (2012), and Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode 4 (2013).

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