Few people view H.P. Lovecraft's most famous creation as a hero. The most important horror writer of the twentieth century portrayed him as a vicious, amoral entity. Cthulhu treated humanity as a race to be enslaved on his nicer days. Although most fiction portrayed the greatest of the great old ones in this manner, one Android game developer has chosen to recast the ancient priests of R'yleh as a hero in his own role playing game. The result is the Cthulhu Saves the World RPG for Android.
Fans of supernatural horror will not find it in this game. It is a parody of the RPG titles of the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis era. Gamers who lived through the 1990s may remember these 16-bit systems fondly. They made the Final Fantasy and Phantasy Star series popular. Cthulhu’s game play, plot line, and graphics serve as a tribute to these games.
Despite the appearance of the tentacled monstrosity, the Cthulhu RPG is not a horror game. It is a joke. Even though it is a joke, people who spent hours fighting random monsters will be familiar with the game play. Random encounters are just as annoying as they were in the original RPGs.
For a game that the user must pay to download, there are some flaws that need to be addressed. Game text does not stay confined to the text boxes. This makes the text difficult to read at times, and the game's introduction does not give additional information about what the plot..
While these issues are annoying, they do not make the game unplayable. Users can figure out the controls easily, and they can enjoy background music that is reminiscent of the SNES Final Fantasy games. The Cthulhu 16-bit Android RPG earns 3 out 5 stars.