The lord of insanity, Cthulhu was all set to plunge the world into insanity and destruction when his powers were sealed by a mysterious sorcerer. The only way for him to break the curse is to become a true hero. Save the world to destroy it in an epic parody RPG journey of redemption, romance, and insanity!
User reviews: Very Positive (1,439 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 13, 2011

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"A classic RPG in the 8-bit style in which curiously, Cthulhu attempts to be the hero. Kinda..."
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“So when I say Cthulhu Saves The World is already one of my favourite games of 2011 you can be sure I've not been swayed by its astonishingly precise pastiche of early 1990s JRPG cliches, strident synth music, chunky menus and all. It's simply a really clever, hugely enjoyable game, and it's as much honest tribute as cheeky spoof.”
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“It's rare to find a game that is both entertaining and genuinely funny, and so far Cthulhu Saves the World is both.”
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About This Game

The lord of insanity, Cthulhu was all set to plunge the world into insanity and destruction when his powers were sealed by a mysterious sorcerer. The only way for him to break the curse is to become a true hero. Save the world to destroy it in an epic parody RPG journey of redemption, romance, and insanity!

Key features:

  • Old school RPG style mixed with modern design sensibilities!
  • Inflict insanity upon your opponents for fun and profit!
  • 6-10 hour quest with unlockable game modes & difficulty levels for increased replay value.
  • Highlander mode – XP gains are quadrupled, but only one character can be brought into battle at a time!
  • Score Attack mode – Gain points by defeating bosses at the lowest LV possible!
  • Overkill – Jump to LV40 in a single battle! Perfect for replays and experimentation!
  • Cthulhu's Angels mode – Remix mode with new playable characters, new dialogue, new bosses, and more!
  • All of the great features players know and love from Breath of Death VII: The Beginning have returned – fast-paced gameplay, combo system, random encounter limits, branching LV-Ups, and more!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7
    • Processor: 1.6Ghz or higher
    • Memory: 1GB
    • Hard Disk Space: 200
    • Video Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • DirectX®: 9.0c compatible
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • Additional: Current version of Windows Media Player
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
If you like H.P Lovecraft you will enjoy this game. Enable the commentary from the makers as well. It's pretty good.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
This game is really well written and hilarious. It's definitely worth the purchase.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Fun but difficult
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Thankfully this is a rather short RPG because I don't see how anyone could tolerate it much longer than that. Pretty much every dungeon is exactly the same, big sprawling maze with random encounters and the occasional chest. The hardest thing about the game is finding the next level of the dungeon, really. Mobs generally aren't too tough and it's easy to be overpowered in this game. The bosses are kind of a joke; even the final boss took practically no effort at all. The story kind of stops caring about a quarter of the way through the game and there's no sense of atmosphere at all. It's not even that f funny, either. There's some jokes but they're far too infrequent for it to really be a comedy game. The last dungeon has a big difficulty spike which is a bit unwarranted but even then, hopping into an optional dungeon and then back into the last dungeon basically destroyed all the challenge I was having. It's just... bland. I don't like RPGs in general and only got this in a bundle, and it was short enough for me to not get bored of it, at least. I wouldn't call it "bad" for what it is, but I certainly can't say it blew me away or anything.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
this is a great game and you would be silly not to get it for this price
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
This game is the reason why I love indie JRPG's. Its funny, engaging, and visually attractive. The controls are tight and it doesn't feel like the many JRPG's that are out there. Only problem is battles can feel repetitive sometimes, which is a big problem with most JRPG's. If you like elder gods and RPG's then this game is for you.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Skip to the bottom for a summary.

Gameplay- Pretty typical JRPG as far as gameplay goes. You have your party and you explore dungeons, towns, and the overworld. As with most JRPG’s you can find a wide variety of armour and weapons, each with their own special abilities. The only feature that separates this game from any other JRPG is its combat. It is turn based, with the unique twist; after each turn the monsters slowly get more powerful. Ultimately all this normally does is forces you to use the spells that cause the most damage, and subsequently use up the most of your magic points. After the battle is over your characters will regain full health and a portion of their magic points back. This at first is pretty fun, however after a few hours you will only be playing this game for its storyline, as it is pretty repetitive. Also, each area has a predefined amount of monsters you can fight, which for me really encouraged exploration as I wouldn’t have to fight endless enemies. I would definitely recommend turning on the developer commentary as it is always optional to read, and is usually funny/insightful to read. 6.5/10

Sound- Really not much to say here, some catchy little tunes and mostly generic sounds. 5.5/10

Graphics- They are stylized to look retro and I believe it works out pretty well for the most part. The overworld and towns always look pretty good, and handcrafted. The dungeons on the other hand look all pretty similar and boring. The monster sprites however are beautiful. There are many, many monsters in this game and they all are unique and awesome! 7/10

Storyline- This is what makes this game rise above other similar games. This is an epic tale describing Cthulhu's struggle to regain his powers, and to do so he must become a hero. This is a very original idea, and was wonderfully delivered. Cthulhu is a great anti hero. All the side characters are well thought out and enjoyable. This game is funny, and is able to remain so for the entire game. This is by far the greatest aspect of the game. But I do feel as if the combat and exploration sometimes was not broken up enough by story bits. Honestly I would have preferred a shorter game that focused much more on the story than anything else. 9/10

Summary- What a wonderful little gem, and an addicting one at that. Despite the generic gameplay, the storyline rises this above most of its competition. The graphics achieve what they set out to do, as does the sound.

Pros
+Story
+Art Style
+The Developer Commentary

Neutral
-Sound
-Majority of the Gameplay and Combat

Final Score- 8/10
Recommended Purchase Price- Full Price (At the time of this review only $3.00!)
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5 of 11 people (45%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
There is a talking cat FROM SPACE in this game.

10/10
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Classic RPG style game with the visual style of early Final Fantasy games. Controls are pretty simple and the gameplay is rather straightforward turn based combat. The story is highly entertaining. Admittedly I have not finished the game myself but from the amount I have played I can tell you it is a fun experience. If you enjoy classic RPGs and humour this game is for you.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
It's okay.
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
The creators of this game succeeded in reproducing and improving the game play of classic NES RPGs. They got rid of unnecessary features and streamlined the whole experience, but they completely failed to capture the charm, atmosphere and "style" of the old classics. My biggest problem with the story, characters and atmosphere was that they don't take anything serious and constantly break down the fourth wall. Some may perceive this as amusing, but it is annoying to me. The whole idea to use Cthulhu as an involuntary hero is great, but the Cthulhu Mythos is characterized by madness and horror, which are both missing here. Instead of Cthulhu they could have used Mickey Mouse.
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
WOLULULULULULULULULULULULULULU
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
10/10
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
To paraphrase my other review of Breath of Death VII (same developer)--

"Okay, but not really worth the time. CStheW is funny, but would have been better as a comic strip. Go play a real RPG, or play outside!"

I think I spent a lot of time on this because I'm a completionist, and a fan of the Cthulhu mythos. But in hindsight, naw man.
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0 of 9 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Only for die-hard fans of the genre. Repetitive, meaningless to me.
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9.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
A short, but humorous and awesome RPG, sold for a steal. The music is most impressive, and ranks among the best in the genre.
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0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
CTHUUULUU SAAVESSS THE WOOORLDDDDDD!

10/10 legit. its actually a really good rpg maker game. :)
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11.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Definitely exceeding expectations. I thought that gameplay looks terrible and the title is just wrong. Two weeks ago I launched the game to convince myself, how bad this game must be. I was wrong on so many levels. Game mechanics are solid and RPG elements are simplified, yet well designed.

Biggest selling point is the theme. Lord of insanity and saving the world just sounds strange. Authors used this setting to make hilarious and remarkable moments. Cthulhu is loveable character; he just wants to destroy the world, to do so he must become true hero. This makes no sense... actually most of the game doesn't make any sense and that is a good thing, because almost every dialog makes me laugh.

Big thumbs up.
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13.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
A throwback RPG that combines great humor, art style, soundtrack, and battles. You play as Cthulhu, who's power must be regained by his becoming of a hero. As you progress through the game you gain followers with customizable abilities and play styles. Though it is not perfect and is rather tedious, it is definitely a great buy for only three dollars.
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1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
This is a fun game with funny dialog and good game play.
This is good in the fact that it is not played with a mouse and I liked that asspect of the game.
The speed up button is very help full and good for use when against weaker monsters but I have noticed that there is a suddden jump in level in the difficulty curve so I would reccomend some grinding or clearing all areas you can.
I would deffinatly reccomend this game and it is only 2 euro and it comes with a free game that is in a similar design and so if you enjoy this game or finish this game you have something to look forward too.
I would deffinatly reccomend this game to any friends who like games like I play.
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