Found on the Net: Night of the Cephalopods

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This week’s Found on the Net comes courtesy of columnist Orrin Grey, who alerted me about a little video game called Night of the Cephalopods. Cephalopods is an old-school game with pixel art graphics. Yes, this looks like gaming in the 80s, but it’s pretty fun and it’s also free.

Night of the Cephalopods was originally created during the third round of the Artsy Games Incubator, a six-week event where Toronto artists help each other learn how to make their own games.

The game begins with the player accidentally summoning an army of octopi after reading an incantation in the Octinomicon (which I suppose is like the Necronomicon, only eight times better). What follows is a survival horror adventure.

The game is narrated through a voiceover, giving it a classic H.P. Lovecraft quality.

Though it’s a simple little game, Cephalopods has its charm. Spooky Squid Games, makers of this game, also created Cephalopods Co-op Cottage Defence, a two-player co-op game set in the world of Night of the Cephalopods, and They Bleed Pixels, a game about “a young girl haunted by a mysterious book and her violent Lovecraftian nightmares.”

In short, go to Spooky Squid Games and check out their video games.

About Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Silvia Moreno-Garcia lives in beautiful, rainy British Columbia with her family and two cats. She writes fantasy, magic realism and science fiction. You can read her stories in Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing, The Book of Cthulhu, Evolve 2 and Tesseracts 13. She is the co-editor of Candle in the Attic Window, Future Lovecraft and Historical Lovecraft.

Silvia Moreno-GarciaFound on the Net: Night of the Cephalopods