If TinkerHouse Games' port of Zeboyd Games' Cthulhu Saves the World [$1.99] left you ready for a padded cell and shock treatment, the doctor will see you now.

The port of this highly acclaimed retro-RPG came out with a swipe-to-move system many players hated, crash problems (especially on jailbroken hardware, it seems), and eye-straining text on iPhones and iPod touches.

The patch adds a d-pad and makes it default (you can switch back to swipe movement if you wish), fixes those nasty crashes, and changes the font on smaller retina devices.

The first two fixes are spot on, and the font change is probably the best compromise possible: the old, 16-bit RPG is replaced with a laser-sharp sans-serif. The text is still the same size, but the new font maximizes readability at that size.

iPad users get to keep the more thematic font, so the only loss on the deal is for players who preferred the SNES-like font on their iPhones (there is no option to toggle font). Game icons (menu and walk/run) are also sharper and simpler, and game will now match the orientation of your device - the original release had fixed screen orientation.

  • jay401

    Thanks for covering this update. These guys got off to a rough start, what-with spelling their own app name wrong initially, which may have lost them some day-one purchases due to inability to find the app in the store. Looks like they're doing a good job with bug fixes and adjustments.

  • jcifrit

    Unfortunately this update took far too long to come out and I've since lost interest

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/MBUDX2PFFHGOJH5TI42LVTJMJE Tyler

      I agree...I just got on the ship and now I can't even move forward with the game without the crashing. (I haven't played in a bit so I haven't updated yet), but still, I don't even know if I want to play it any longer.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M7HPZQN2QW3KNY5NXAHRMSJDSM Doug

    Would be nice if every update article like this contained a link to the original review (or maybe I'm not seeing it?)

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

      They usually do. I don't see one either.

  • Onikage725

    I hope the d pad is more than cosmetic. The d pad update on android a couple of weeks ago just...puts a d pad there. The swipe controls are still in effect (like a bad version of dragon fantasy's base controls, which I honestly didn't have trouble with). But the d pad in the android update just seems to be for guidance. Has anyone tried this iOS update yet?