A Terrifying Narrative Experience
November 28, 2008 10:41 AM   Subscribe

Night of the Cephalopods Shoot eldritch floating squid monsters with a shotgun as a horrified narrator describes your every move. Requires download, and is Windows only, I'm afraid. via
posted by Caduceus (10 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
They mention HP Lovecraft, but chief prototype has to be HG Wells' The Sea-Raiders.
posted by raygirvan at 11:02 AM on November 28, 2008

Lothar's relevant song on Metafilter Music kicks ass.
posted by zoinks at 11:18 AM on November 28, 2008

Interesting idea, but it gets annoying quickly when it repeats. Left 4 Dead attempted something similar with the automated dialogue, but they seem to have had vastly more options available for any given situation.
posted by empath at 11:42 AM on November 28, 2008

It's like Nazis.
There's always more cephalopods.
posted by Balisong at 12:29 PM on November 28, 2008

Of course there are always more.

There are always more carnivorous, greasy, beak-faced, and tentacled lifeforms than one person can handle.
posted by Kikkoman at 1:36 PM on November 28, 2008

Speaking of mean, carnivorous, beak-faced and tentacled cephalopods, there's a short documentary about the Humboldt Squid in the extras of the DVD for Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
For humorous effects, watch it after playing too much of this game.
posted by _dario at 4:06 PM on November 28, 2008

heh heh. I saw this on one of the indie games blogs I read. I thought it was great. Glad to see it on Mefi.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 9:51 PM on November 28, 2008

_dario, there's a National Geographic show titled Devils of the Deep all about the Humboldt Squid.

In the show, the researchers were lifting these squid out of the water to tag them. Temporarily immobilized, each squid they captured became a target of attack by the other squid in the water. At one point, a squid is pulled from the water missing half of its head -- including the brain. Thinking the squid is dead, they drop it in the boat, but still it lunges for the nearest person... the hideous beak snapping spasmodically.

Is there anything worse than a monster that will try to eat you even if it has no brain?
posted by Kikkoman at 8:31 AM on November 29, 2008

Is there anything worse than a monster that will try to eat you even if it has no brain?

I think there's a great lawyer joke in there.
posted by _dario at 1:55 PM on November 29, 2008

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