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The Cheap-Ass Gamer 4: The Cheapening: Gaiden: Ultimate Moneyshot Edition


If you’ve been following these posts you know the drill by now, a bunch of random games in sets of 5 that I’ve played and enjoyed that can be found on the cheap side of the moon.  Indies, classics, sleepers, and AAAs that can be easily found for under $20 (or euros or pounds) are all represented here by you favorite Cheap-Ass Gamer™.  For more Cheap-Ass Gamer goodness check here, here, and here.  Game on!!! Enjoy!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

Cthulhu Saves the World

So, many of you know H.P. Lovecraft’s King of Insanity from the horrifying tale Call of Cthulhu as well as the Metallica instrumental of the same name.  But did you know in all of his raging evil, he’s actually a pretty decent guy when he wants to be?  In Cthulhu Saves the World you control Cthulhu and his ragtag group of adventures as he battles an ancient evil bent on destroying the world (which is Cthulhu’s job, so he’s peeved).  The game is presented like an 8-bit RPG from the NES days and owes a lot to games like Dragon Quest with its fun and fast paced battle system.  The real winner of this game goes to the writing though, over the 8 hour journey I found myself literally laughing out loud non stop at the sheer ridiculousness of the whole concept and Cthulhu being cute and his interactions with his ‘fans’ and charming support characters.  If you have been playing RPGs for a while you will also get to enjoy the clever  inside jokes that take many cracks at all the oldschool RPGs that we grew up loving.  There is also a wealth of extra content to play with when you reach the gut busting conclusion by way of a whole new ‘Charlies Angels’ themed campaign and hardcore modes.  You can get your own copy on Xbox 360 by way of the Indie Marketplace or for the PC from Steam (which also comes bundled with Breath of Death which I have yet to play, but have heard many good things about.  For 2 euros I think it’s worth a shot).

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