Cthulhu Saves the World Hands-on (iSmashPhone Review) (UPDATE)

Cthulhu Saves the world


UPDATE: Cthulhu Saves the World Has Been Updated With a d-Pad.

Cthulhu Saves the World is a tongue-in-cheek role-playing game (RPG) in the style of classic 16-bit games in the genre. It’s based on HP Lovecraft’s most famous creation, Cthulhu.

The Game

As the ultimate evil, players are put in the role of Cthulhu, who has been stripped of all his powers and cast to the shores with no strength. The only way for him to gain his powers back is to save the world, and once again become as powerful as he once was. Only then can he become powerful enough to destroy the world, was his original intent.

Plays Like a Classic

The game is fashioned after the classic 16-bit games we played on the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). However, it’s also a parody of those games. It takes a humorous look at the Cthulhu Mythos as well as pokes fun at classic RPGs like Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger and Earthbound.

It does plenty of breaking the fourth wall, which is great as the narrator will speak with the player (as will Cthulhu) and they will interact with each other. That’s part of the humor, and the game realizes that though the style is dated, gamers who grew up with during that era love the throwbacks.

One thing I appreciated was the option to go behind-the-scenes. Basically, there are key points within the game with which players can interact and read a bit of developer commentary on the process of creating an area of Cthulhu saves the world.


The One Issue We Have With The Game

There is one issue we have with Cthulhu saves the world. The directional controls aren’t great.  The good news is that the developers are working on a fix. There will be a d-pad added, and this will be a huge, huge improvement to the controls. As soon as the fix hits, we will post a quick update to inform our readers.


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