There are few things in life as tantalizing as a 16-bit treasure chest. Somehow or another, there’s always something incredibly rewarding waiting inside. Might as well open it up, hero. The world needs saving.
But this time, it’s for a different reason; one that many of you aficionados of Lovecraftian literature are sure to enjoy.
Enter “Cthulhu Saves The World,” a quirky and interesting little title produced by Indie developer Zeboyd Games. You heard that correctly: Thanks to a weakening curse, the mighty and god-like abomination Cthulhu has been reduced from a towering avatar of destruction to a man-sized shell of his former self. He is forced to undergo a journey to become a true hero, for only then will he be restored to his former glory.
“Cthulhu” plays much like a 16-bit era RPG, inspired heavily by the “Dragon Quest” series. Players will traverse through tile-based dungeons and towns, gathering information and fighting their ways through turn-based random encounters. The gameplay may be familiar for role-playing veterans. But “Cthulhu” puts an interesting spin on battles in several ways. For example, Cthulhu and his allies can send their enemies into insanity, which tweaks their stats while granting the player stat bonuses. It is also wise to end battles in as few turns as possible, as enemies will steadily grow stronger as conflicts wage on. These and other concepts help keeps the game from becoming tedious, and will certainly keep players on their toes.
While Cthulhu may be out to save the world, that certainly doesn’t mean he has to enjoy it. Indeed, “Cthulhu” is generously peppers with witty, fourth wall-shattering humor that players are sure to enjoy. While some of the humor tends to be dry, it’s hard not to love Cthulhu’s constant bickering and general disapproval of the people he is forced to travel with. He’s truly in it for his own, as one would expect. Enemies often have witty and chuckle-worthy description, and in-between dialogue among party members is sure to keep a smile on your face for the whole experience.
Zeboyd Games made sure to do their research for this project, and it really shows. There are a number of Lovecraftian references to be found in the campaign, including town names that harken to locations and terms found in the literature. And the insanity mechanic mentioned earlier will strike well for those who have read the books. Excellent work, Zeboyd!
“Cthulhu” will run you just $2.99, and also includes its predecessor “Breath of Death VII,” a similar game that is equally enjoyable. An exellent price for such a rare breed of parody in this day and age. It runs smoothly on almost any computer and has very reasonable system requirements. Xbox owners can also download it off the Indie Live channel if they so wish.
So go save the world, and then destroy it again!
“Cthulhu” and “Breath of Death” Double Pack
Zeboyd Games Website