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Night of the Cephalopods

What I should be doing right now is playing Tomb Raider: Underworld for a last minute slightly behind-the-pack review, but I nevertheless find myself distracted by indie game fancies. Night of the Cephalopods is one such entertainment that takes my attention. While the game itself – one of shooting floating octopi and running for your life – is a little underwhelming, it’s the presentation that really makes this an interesting oddity: your actions are fully narrated by the protagonist’s voiceover. The poor fellow is, it seems, trapped in a Lovecraftian fiction, and he tells you all about it, from your failure to reload, to missing your shots. He’s going mad, and you have to hear about his plight. Well worth playing, if just for those bleak comedic utterances. Via Indie Games.

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