CTHULHU!!! HASTUR LA VISTA, BABY!
Cthulhu!!! is a competitive-cooperative game set in Kingsport, Massachusetts, where the players control heroes trying to stop the cultists and byakhee from summoning the King in Yellow. Each turn players do the following: play an Automatic event card (if they have one); draw and place a map tile (stocking it with, as appropriate, bullets, hearts, cultists, and byakhee); fighting any cultists or byakhee on their space; draw back up to three event cards; roll a die and move that many spaces plus their health; roll a die and move that many cultists two spaces each; move all byakhee to an adjacent tile; and discard one event card if they want. Players can also play one event card each turn.
Players win mainly through combat. Players start with three hearts, three bullets, and five sanity. When a player meets a cultist, the player has to roll a 4-6 to defeat them. If the player wins, they get a random relic card. If the player loses, they can spend bullets to increase their roll, or lose a health and roll again, or run away. The monstrous byakhee are a bit different. When a player encounters one, the player has to roll 3-6 or lose one sanity. To defeat a byakhee, a player needs to roll 5-6 -- but if the player wins, they get two relics! And if a player loses all their health or sanity, they start over with one less sanity than they had before; and if their starting sanity is zero, they're out of the game.
Overall grade: C+
Reviewed by James Lynch