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Musashi vs Cthulhu

Musashi vs Cthulhu is a great little timewaster

Out now on PlayStation, Xbox, Switch and PC, Musashi vs Cthulhu is our new go-to timewaster. You know, the type of game you stick on when you’re waiting for your dinner to cook, or while another game is installing. It’s not going to set your world on fire, but it’s going to do a damn good job of entertaining you for a few minutes at a time.

Similar in vein to the survival mode of One Finger Death Punch, your goal is to slay as many enemies as possible while you remain more-or-less stationary in the middle of the screen. Unlike One Finger Death Punch, however, where one face button deals with the right of the screen while another deals with the left, in Musashi vs Cthulhu you also need to think about where to hit enemies.

Every enemy has a weak point, and that weak point has a specific button assigned to it. Three of the face buttons on your controller deal with the right side of the screen, then, while three of the directional buttons deal with the left side of the screen. It’s much trickier to keep up with than its inspiration, requiring more skill and co-ordination — but it’s equally as moreish.

Musashi vs Cthulhu
Image: Cyber Rhino Studios and QUByte Interactive

There’s only one mode to Musashi vs Cthulhu, so really your only incentive to keep jumping back in is to achieve a higher score. It’s more than enough incentive, though, and it’s keeping us returning. After more than a dozen attempts, we’re still unable to get a higher score than 200: once harder enemies — weird Slenderman-type foes — appear, we’re done for.

Yes, the further you go, the trickier Musashi vs Cthulhu gets. If finger-dancing between six different buttons at a split-second pace isn’t enough for you, you’ll also have to deal with enemies that take more than one hit, enemies with more than one weak spot, some that jump from one side of the screen to the other — and who knows what else. ‘Cause we’re pretty sure more terrors await when we finally get past our current sticking point.

Simple but entertaining, Musashi vs Cthulhu isn’t a game that’s going to change your life. Devoid of story or any real progression outside of a leaderboard, it’s as basic as they come — but sometimes, a barebones yet enjoyable game is all you need. Better yet, it costs just £3.99, and it’s worth every penny.

So, if you’re looking for a bitesize palate-cleanser to entertain you in your downtime, you won’t regret picking up Musashi vs Cthulhu. We’ll certainly be loading it up every time we’re waiting for something else to finish downloading.

Musashi vs Cthulhu is available now on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch and PC.

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