|I do enjoy the box art|
Cthulhu saves the world. It's a fun distraction, bordering on a complete waste of time. Which is how I would describe a lot of games, to tell you the truth. But right now I'm little irritated with Cthulhu saves the world. It's a funny game, and the first couple of hours are good for some snickering and old-school RPG nostalgia. But by now, I'm 5.5 hours deep, and it's really not going anywhere.
Granted, this game is a parody of 8 and 16 bit era console RPGs, so it's not really out to impress anyone. And as a part of the parody, there are some interesting gameplay modifications. For example, the ability to fight all of the enemies in a given dungeon, and then walk freely after that. Or how, after a given battle, the party is healed to full. This streamlines the game, however, that's where some of the problem is- the game is too streamlined for the genre.
As I said, 5.5 hours in, and I'm on the other side of this volcano. I got here by finding a cure for a plague which had plagued the poor port town on some other island/continent. The dungeon where I went to find the cure was pretty boring, and the town I landed in before the volcano was boring. I think it was when I was searching all the bookshelves and drawers in the town, and one of the responses made fun of me for doing this- this is when I became suspicious that this game was falling into the 'suck' territory.
I think it's funny that the narrator made fun of me for looking in every f-ing drawer. But the thing is - there is NOTHING in any of the drawers. Just jokes. Lots of them, which I appreciate, but the game has basically no items, so there isn't much to find. So, after wandering a useless city, I go to the volcano, and I am back in another dungeon, after only 5 minutes of time between dungeons. It's just too soon to be in another damned dungeon.
|BoD VII has boxart too!|
I recommend playing Breath of Death VII first. It's by the same makers, and it has many of the same themes and gameplay elements. It came out before Cthulu, and features 8-bit style graphics. BoDVII is much shorter, and I think it is a better game. Cthulu tries too hard, but somehow without trying hard enough. If you play Breath of Death VII and really like it, then go ahead and play Cthulu. (Oh, I guess I should mention that I bought both of these games as a "two-fer" on steam, for 15 bucks.