This Game of the Month was delayed some-what by a family camping holiday… Yep, pretty extreme, my life.
Cthulhu Saves the World first appeared at some point last December, on the X-Box Live Arcade (Or whatever it’s called… I don’t have an X-Box), but it only came to my attention in July, when it hit Steam. It promised a humorous, old-school-style RPG. It kept it’s promise.
You get to play as Cthulhu, the big squid-faced god of chaos. The catch is, you got zapped by a wizard, and to get all your evil powers back, you have to save the world (As is the way with these RPG quests). Along the way, you meet all sorts of colourful characters, such as Umi, Cthulhu’s number one fan girl, Sharpe, the magic floating sword, and Paws, the alien space cat. In typical RPG fashion, you walk around the over world, getting into random battles, buying stuff from towns, and then sweeping though dungeons to beat a boss at the end. Repeat until you beat the game. However, everything in the game is eye-candy for anyone with a love of 8 and 16-bit gaming, and has a soundtrack to match the feel of those old RPGs like the first few Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest games. It also tweaks some of the things that made the aforementioned game repetitive. For example, a branching level-up system, which allows you to choose one of two options when you level. You might choose to up more hit-points, or increase your speed and damage. This means you can play through the game differently pretty much every time.
This is a great take on the Role Playing Game genre, and is pretty impressive seeing as the creators, Zeboyd Games, are only a two man team. Cthulhu Saves the World is on Steam, along side the equally good Breath of Death VII, for just £1.99. Go and get them, right now.