No doubt the most common villain in RPGs is Cthulhu. Cthulhu is a creation of H.P. Lovecraft who is ominously one of the most popular fantasy writers of all times. So because of this Lovecraftian invention it seems all of video games are plagued with Cthulhu. Note that a lot of elements from this game take on elements from HP Lovecraft novels.
Cthulhu Saves the World tries to twist the formula by making some way for Cthulhu to actually be a hero instead of a villain.
If this sounds like a joke… well it’s because it is.
Surprisingly however Cthulhu Saves the World is able to get a few laughs out of me while the other two were not. So let’s look at Cthulhu Saves the World shall we? Note this game often comes as a free bonus for purchasing a different game from Zeboyd Games.
First off really neat thing:
Yes it appears the game designers after re-releasing their second game decided to add commentary about their game design. It’s interesting stuff if you’re into game design.
It comes up here:
I don’t want to spoil too many of the gems of this game however, so I won’t.
Instead I’d like to mention that most of the commentary is discussing all the great ideas they had for this game that they decided not to do because of time constraints. You would think they would just re-build the game with added content since they re-released the game and all… but they didn’t.
The game much like many of the Zeboyd Games likes to point fun at gaming stereotypes. One such is the traditional party group, which would look something like this:
Instead they give you this
Yes your first party member is in fact a self-described demon Groupie who sees Cthulhu through rose tinted glasses.
The next party member is Sharpe, a sword.
A Necromancer who wants to become powerful so she can enslave the zombies.
An alien cat (it’s green)
An old man who is out of his mind.
And a dragon
So Cthulhu is stripped of his powers. The only way to regain his powers is to become a true hero. He decides he will become a true hero in order to regain his powers to destroy the planet… oh the dry humor is already hitting me.
An interesting thing about this game is that every single battle is pre-programmed as opposed to random. At the top of the menu is an indicator of how many monsters are left in that area to fight.
Once you have depleted them you will no longer fight monsters in that area and are forced to move on to the next.
This is an odd innovation because honestly these kind of games often have people just running around a single small plot of land until they are strong enough to move on.
This is not good because some items will be out of your reach:
So the game works like this. You have moves that have a set number of attacks that stack into a combo meter.
Attack is a standard attack that adds one Combo point.
Tech are specific attacks designed for your hero that are automatically added.
Potions regenerate every singe battle and can be used to heal or bring people back to life.
Unite are group attacks that add extra damage.
Protect allows for a player to defend as opposed to attack.
What about magic you say?
Well every time you level up you will get a choice.
You have two choices. Often it is between abilities and stats. Sometimes it’s between different types of stats. This adds an RPG element in which your choices actually do matter. On the hardest difficulty it becomes impossible to win the game if you choose wrong.
But it ends up just being another Zeboyd Game. They’re short, they’re grindy, they are not that funny, and they’re buggy.
Note in this bonus added content that he has made a serious grammatical error “to handle to handle.” That’s something that has been ADDED POST PRODUCTION. As if he couldn’t even use a grammar check on his own script.
A lot of times when you see buildings you will see non-existent of buildings everywhere. It’s just a mess.
It’s a really cheap game, but unfortunately it is not fun and it is not well made. Of the three Zeboyd Games I’ve played, this is the best… but that’s not to say much.
Unfortunately this is the second game they’ve made of three and their work did not improve that much in On the Precipice of Darkness 3.
So don’t buy this game, it’s just not very good.