Two Great Comedy RPGs Rise
Two of the most recent examples of comedy RPGs come courtesy of indie developer Zeboyd Games. The first, titled Breath of Death VII: The Beginning, is considered a parody RPG due to its references to other franchises. The dialogue from the characters is true genius, and hardcore gamers are likely to get at least a few of the nods in the game. The Legend of Zelda, Earthbound, Pokemon, and Resident Evil are a just some of the many franchises Zeboyd parodies in Breath of Death VII. The game is full of memorable moments, and this is largely thanks to the fact that it is so aware of not only popular series in gaming, but of the RPG genre, as well. The game jovially pokes fun at several games, but it does so in a welcome, non-threatening manner.
Almost immediately following the release of Breath of Death VII, Zeboyd launched Cthulhu Saves the World. After discovering that his amazing powers have been drained, Cthulhu finds himself unable to conquer the world and spread insanity across it. He then sets out on a journey to save the world, as doing so will earn him his mighty powers once more. The plot itself is fairly comedic, but it's the character interactions that really make Cthulhu Saves the World a ridiculously funny RPG. As I played through the game, I came across several laugh-out-loud moments, and I was very satisfied with the game's style and direction. Cthulhu Saves the World is, for all intents and purposes, the most hilarious RPG I've ever played, and it really makes me wish that the genre let loose a little more often and offered funnier outings.