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 (1,427 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.”
Eurogamer
“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
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.1 hrs on record
Player Stats for refrence:
18 hours completion time (Not the dugeons after the final boss)
Hard difficulty
favorate team (abrivated to first two letters to prevent spoilers)
Ct, Sh, Oc, Da
tldr; 8/10

This game is impressive to say the least; the devs clearly thought about all the things players hate in rpgs and removed them.
Get lost in a dungeon?
Random encounters disabled after 30 fights (though can be fought manually)
Also dugeons are all of reasonable size so you don't feel stuck in one place forever
Fights constst mainly of spamming heals rince and repeat?
You are timed to beat fights so you must plan turns in advance depnding on the encounter.
Random encounters constrantly the same enienes?
Encounters get pregressively harder as you approach the 30 cap limit

Though the game has its issuses mainly due to its small budget:
Simalair dugeon looks; art and format
Charatchers have simalair abilities
No respecing attributes so if you pick dumb abilities on a character, tough
Some chartchers seem to be favored, The later in the game you obtain a character the less abilities you see for them the fact you have to wait a few levels before thay get anything of value makes it disappointing when you get a new charatcher.
low end graphics outside cutscenes
Occasionally you get cheesed when all the fast eneimes kill you medic(s) on the first turn, though its rare enough not to be a problem
some fights simply boil down to damage rush constests end game

Regardless of its flaws there are some things I have to commend it for
Waaaay longer that expected for price range
Even though you do fight random encounters a bit for filler it is about 7 hours per dollar with extras which is obsurd for a single player game that doesn't require multible playthroughs.
Witty dialogue
most fights require forthough since increasing enemy damage means more than one unconsious party member means game over.
Posted: September 28
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
I no longer have the sanity to review this game
Posted: September 28
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
There is a talking cat FROM SPACE in this game.

10/10
Posted: October 8
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Would be funnier if it had more plot but the game play is good
Posted: September 25
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
i get creamed on easy mode. freaking hard game with a epic sound track.
Posted: September 27
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Fun but difficult
Posted: October 16
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
best $3 ever spent.this game is much fun
Posted: September 24
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Being a actor from a hentai manga is a good way for waste time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxScTbIUvoA
Posted: September 27
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Can walk under bridges 10/10 ~IGN
Posted: September 24
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
This game is great. I bought it on a sale for $1.49 and it came with another game as well. I've only played the story mode on this (there are a couple more as well) and it was more than worth the money. It is similar to the old school final fantasy, and is very nostalgic of NES/SNES games. I would recomend this game to anyone who enjoys Cthulhu and/or old school games.
Posted: September 24
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
I want to like Cthulhu Saves the World. I really do. It has a clever premise, creative characters and some really great humor. But the game has one of the most boring combat systems I've ever experienced in a RPG like this. Ok, sure, this is in the style of jRPGs and those apparently have notoriously boring combat systems. But are you telling me we couldn't have come up with something at least a little bit better? I'll admit, the last jRPG I played was back in 2005, I think. (Ignoring Breath of Death VII). That was long before I had moved to the PC platform so my memories of those games are a bit fuzzy.

Despite some welcome innovations after Breath of Death VII like Insanity, retrys and a faster combat system, the combat really starts to drag. After 10 hours of boredom, I just couldn't handle it. The only time the game would beat me is if I didn't kill monsters fast enough and that was becoming frustrating fast. It was just get-in-battle, select the same attacks, rinse and repeat 100s of times. Oh and I guess pay slight attention when bosses showed up on scene.

Cthulhu has a great start but the middle really drags itself out. Which is really too bad because it has such a hilarious story. But a clever and amusing story is not enough to keep my interest through a mind-numbing combat system. If this is really what jRPGs are like, I wonder if I can ever play something in this genre ever again. I can't recommend it. I couldn't finish it so I can't recommend the game.

But.......

I recommended that you buy the game because Breath of Death comes with it. Being a casual reviewer is hard. You've been warned. I find it boring but I can't help but appreciate what the devs did with Cthulhu and the very funny story. There's this other part of me that says that nothing about this game deserves a negative recommendation. There are certainly worse games out there. There, you now have my conflicted feelings well spelled out.
Posted: September 23
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
I want to like Cthulhu Saves the World. I really do. It has a clever premise, creative characters and some really great humor. But the game has one of the most boring combat systems I've ever experienced in a RPG like this. Ok, sure, this is in the style of jRPGs and those apparently have notoriously boring combat systems. But are you telling me we couldn't have come up with something at least a little bit better? I'll admit, the last jRPG I played was back in 2005, I think. Long before I had moved to the PC platform so my memory of those games are a bit fuzzy.

Despite some innovations after Breath of Death VII like Insanity, retrys and a faster combat system, the combat really starts to drag. After 10 hours of boredom, I just couldn't handle it. The only time the game would beat me is if I didn't kill monsters fast enough and that was becoming frustrating fast. It was just get-in-battle, select the same attacks, rinse and repeat 100s of times. Oh and I guess pay slight attention when bosses showed up on scene.

Cthulhu has a great start but the middle really drags itself out. Which is really too bad because it has such a hilarious story. But a clever and amusing story is not enough to keep my interest through a mind-numbing combat system. If this is really what jRPGs are like, I wonder if I can ever play something in this genre ever again. I can't recommend it. I couldn't finish it so I can't recommend the game.
Posted: September 23
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
11.0 hrs on record
I want to like Cthulhu Saves the World. I really do. It has a clever premise, creative characters and some really great humor. But the game has one of the most boring combat systems I've ever experienced in a RPG like this. Ok, sure, this is in the style of jRPGs and those apparently have notoriously boring combat systems. But are you telling me we couldn't have come up with something at least a little bit better? I'll admit, the last jRPG I played was back in 2005, I think. Long before I had moved to the PC platform so my memory of those games are a bit fuzzy.

Despite some innovations after Breath of Death VII like Insanity, retrys and a faster combat system, the combat really starts to drag. After 10 hours of boredom, I just couldn't handle it. The only time the game would beat me is if I didn't kill monsters fast enough and that was becoming frustrating fast. It was just get-in-battle, select the same attacks, rinse and repeat 100s of times. Oh and I guess pay slight attention when bosses showed up on scene.

Cthulhu has a great start but the middle really drags itself out. Which is really too bad because it has such a hilarious story. But a clever and amusing story is not enough to keep my interest through a mind-numbing combat system. If this is really what jRPGs are like, I wonder if I can ever play something in this genre ever again. I can't recommend it. I couldn't finish it so I can't recommend the game.
Posted: September 23
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Get a controller and have fun. Really short though.
Posted: September 25
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
This game has some cute moments, funny characters and dialogue, and that's about it. There isn't much of a storyline, what little there is gets presented in the first half hour of play. Finishing the game only took me 11 hours but felt a lot longer. Overall this was good enough for the price, but not worth replaying.
Posted: September 26
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
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!)
Posted: October 18
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
WOLULULULULULULULULULULULULULU
Posted: October 18
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 19
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 8
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Only for die-hard fans of the genre. Repetitive, meaningless to me.
Posted: October 11
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