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.