Game: Cthulhu Saves the World
Platform: PC
Genre: turn-based RPG, parody
Style: directly based on Lovecraft’s work (as a parody)
Verdict: Recommended
Buy: Steam

Cthulhu Saves the World manages to present an absurd, ridiculous story while also coming across as an homage to H.P. Lovecraft at the same time.

It is a parody that begins with Cthulhu being defeated, his powers sealed away. The only way he can regain his powers (and spread chaos like he wants) is if he becomes a hero. And so, he sets out to help people until he has done enough good to be recognized as a hero and get his powers back.

The tone is silly, and it’s filled with references to Lovecraft’s work. Don’t assume it stops at the basic premise. On the contrary, it has nods to Lovecraft all over the place.

Gameplay-wise, it’s a turn-based RPG where your HP is restored after battles (but your MP isn’t) and enemies grow strong with each turn. It’s an interesting twist on a basic system, although this isn’t really the sort of game you’ll go to for its gameplay.

But if you enjoy turn-based RPGs and want to experience a lighter take on Lovecraft, Cthulhu Saves the World is a funny, entertaining homage.

Buy: Steam