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 (1,483 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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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Cthulhu Saves the World may go down in history as the best ever parody old-school RPG. You play as Cthulhu, which is awesome, and every detail from the monsters you fight to the items you can buy to the insane dialog is equally clever and hilarious.
10/10 Made me feel comatulid geomyidae curagh chooky, would devour all humanity again Fthagn.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
I may have only played an hour and a half of this game so far but I am really enjoying it. I'm chuckling heaps :). I'd probably take this game in small doses as the constant battles got a bit monotonous for me near the end of an hour. I've had no problem with the game and my laptop's pretty slow and handles it just fine which is awesome. It's also a pretty game.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Finally!
The Generic-♥♥♥ RPG of my Dreams!
Now Staring our Lord Cthulhu

BurdSomeMore/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
As a big fan of old JRPGs, I just knew I would enjoy this game. While the game is rather short, the story is enough fun to make up for that. Also amusing are the descriptions of each enemy, many of which contain a reference to some other game or movie, or what-have-you. I would only not recommend this game if you're not a fan of turn-based combat.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
I like the music.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
A moderately funny JRPG parody. Makes fun of plenty of JRPG tropes and cliches in the storyline and gameplay. Nothing really too special outside of that, but for the price it's worth a shot.

7/10
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
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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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
i only played this for 6 minutes but those six minutes it was atually really funny anf a good game


cthulu gets girls - me of course idiots

10/10 Boring - IGN

Best game since Sam and Max - no one because sam and max is funner ok
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5 of 16 people (31%) 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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2 of 15 people (13%) 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 12 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
This game was painfull to play. I sort of expected that from the price and screenshots but I thought I would give it a shot anyway and I was sourly disapointed. I got to level 20 by spamming the enter key during all fights, speaking of the fights they have tried to do the same thing as Pokemon (And I'm sure a lot of other RPGs) Where all you need to do is walk to find a fight. But who wants to spam the enter key 50 times, every 30 seconds of playing a game? At least in Pokemon you had to walk in long grass... All the dungeons look exactly the same and the whole layout of everything (Menus, battlescreen layout and anything that you need to interact with at all really), are a mix of pointlessness and confusion. I mean, why is "Chat" an option on the main menu? It would make sence if it was an online rpg, but all it triggers is the same conversation with an npc/party member, over and over again. Don't get me wrong I could never make a game at all and for that i respect the efforts that must of gone into this game, but it just wasn't fun to play. At all. I disliked the whole half an hour that i played this. I wanted to find quality in this game but when I couldn't I decided to look into other games of the same producer and I found that "Breath of Death" was almost exactly the same. The same layouts, the same everything with an exception to a few different enimes and npcs. I was pretty much playing the same game, so it gets a strong No from me. Do not recommend.
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1.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
I am actually reminded of some older games with the graphic style, and it has alot of old school adventure rpg feel to it. The storyline is quite punny, and I found myself giggling off and on. Again, it's one of those games that I play when I need a good laugh and when I have a few minutes with my busy schedule. I highly recommend this game. It's small size, with an old school feel and flair, and just lovely in all honesty.
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2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Funniest rpg i played
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2.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Fantastic game and dirt cheap. Buy this game!
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2.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I used to play games like this on my NES. Things were a lot more harder then cause games were in japanese and I can't even read japanese.
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5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
An interesting Rpg with comedy and a bit of 4th wall breaking its entertaining but if you stop playing for a bit there arent many hints to tell you what to do so play attention to text other than this its fun has many charecters to use and is easy to understand.
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11.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
The title (and, let's be honest, the double pack sale) compelled me to buy & try this game, but the fact that it's FANTASTIC will most definitely keep me playing for quite some time to come. When I first installed, I thought to myself, "We love Lovecraft, don't we, Self? This should be neat! Let's just start it up to see the intro, then we'll go to bed." But then, of course, I couldn't stop at the intro. It was too great. I had to keep going. Now, bed is but a distant memory in the fog of nonsense that was my life before Cthulhu Saves the World.

All sleep-deprived babbling aside, this really is one of the most entertaining games I've played in a very long time. Everything from the combat system to the score is solid, unique and engaging (not to mention plenty retro enough to appeal to my inner child). The narration and dialogue are hilarious and I love the helpful tips planted throughout the caves. I've only just made it to Miskatonia - and run around reading all the books, of course - and I'm already hooked. Can't wait to finish, play through it again with commentary, finish that, then find out what Insane Mode is all about.

Cthulhu fhtagn!
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3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Both of these games uses the battle displays from ancient rpgs, think Earthbound, Shin Megami Tensei, or a numbered Phantasy Star (not online, the original games).

Both of them rely on pretty decent jokes, although Cthulhu, being the second game they made, takes the ham way higher, and as a result is mostly funnier. Even though you never see your charathers in the battle, its still pretty involving, with stat buffs and debuffs as well as mana preservation, although it isn't quite as stressful as the games it's actually based on.

The game helps you along with some major streamlining, especially in the inventory and telling you where to go next, although you can sequence break if you are willing to overlevel a bit.

Although if this is the first time you've played one of these in a while, the game will probbably seem monstrously difficult, especially with its unique health refill feature giving them an excuse to use a set monster encounter rate.

In all honesty, I think you should use PSN, GoG, wiiware, xbox arcade, ceirtain indie releases, a compilation game (I can think of several sega genesis sets that include three phantasy star games, not to mention other awesome things in other genres) to experience this sub-genre in pure form.
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