(S)Quids In: Octopus City Blues Kickstarter

Ready to Roctopus?
I love cities, and I moved to London to experience life as part of tapestry of the giant, throbbing organism of England’s capital. The city in this open-world 2D adventure game Octopus City Blues is an incredibly literal interpretation of the language people use to describe cities, with the surreal setting of this city’s foundations being a fricking octopus. A living, breathing, sucking city: its tentacles creeping through the streets, sliding in and out of every crack, the blood of the beast turning the people into drug addicts. Adam had a brief look at this last month, and promised a Kickstarter would emerge. It’s here, and I’ve just backed it.

Why? Because it sounds amazing, that’s why. The lead character, Kaf Kafkaryan, is a coward and an octo-blood junkie trying to figure out what his dreams mean. To do so he needs to wander the landmasses settled onto the octopus’s arms.

[Octopus City Blues is] A 2D adventure game that focuses on exploration, replay value and the consequences of choices. It simulates the lives of the city’s NPC as they go about their daily schedules. Each NPC is important and has his or her personality and relationships. The city is changing all the time and dynamic events happen frequently. The main plot is explored using a number of independent quests that can be attempted in any order. Choices are central to the game and can be affected by several factors such as Kaf’s stress and guilt.

Though they had me at “The authentic Octopus City simulation for Windows”.


  1. strangeloup says:

    Dithered about reward tiers for a bit, then decided to back it for $20 ’cause it looks pleasingly mad.

    The kickstarter page doesn’t answer the most important question though — can it be played with the Octopus Rift?

  2. pupsikaso says:

    If the animations in the full version will be as staggered as shown in the video I won’t be able to play it.

  3. Drinking with Skeletons says:

    I don’t know if I’m ready for junkie Abe Sapien.

  4. Inverselaw says:

    The octopus they are living on is obviously Octodad

  5. Dog Pants says:

    I’m a sucker for anything with tentacles.

    • Bhazor says:

      It certainly grabbed me and pulled me in.

    • Noburu says:

      The Japanese will certainly be writhing for joy at this one.

      • scatterlogical says:

        The Day has come fore this game to Take On The World!

    • killmachine says:

      anything tentacle reminds me of lovecraft’s “mountains of madnass”. :) to me this game clearly is inspired by this book. the “meatballs” remind me a lot of the shoggoth’s, creations of the great olds.

  6. Peeveepee says:

    I really enjoy indie and old-styled games, but this seems kind of way too retro to be an enjoyable experience, even for me.

    • Drinking with Skeletons says:

      There’s looking retro and playing retro. If the controls are more accommodating and the puzzles less obtuse than in the old days, you probably won’t mind it.

  7. Turkey says:

    I’m pleased that videogames are going down this path of weirdness right now. I remember complaining a lot of how predictable games were in terms of settings back before the indie thing took off.

  8. InternetBatman says:

    Just fair warning Craig, you accidentally put a period instead of a comma in the tag at the bottom. So Octupus City Blues. Kickstarter is just one tag.

  9. mwoody says:

    Ugh, was on board immediately, but then saw that there’s a tier that has extra in-game levels for higher backers.

  10. Conciliator says:

    Lord, there is not much posted that I feel like I absolutely have to play. But I must play this.

    EDIT: I guess I kind of wish it looked like there were more mechanics in it but the main draw is the world/presentation anyway.

  11. Viroso says:

    Somehow it reminded me of Legacy of Kain series, and it wasn’t the tentacles.

  12. lowprices says:

    I’m willing to back this based on how weird this looks alone.

  13. scatterlogical says:

    Ah, fantastic! Backed. Been waiting for this kickstarter on this bizarre dose of digital calamari since the sneaky-peek a couple months ago.

  14. Coriform says:

    I’m happy to see such an abundance of work put into something so bizarre.

  15. The Random One says:

    That’s a pitch-perfect… pitch. Go look at the insane reward tiers! I like how the Cheater level says Assaad will pay for lunch if you beat him at Monopoly, but you play Monopoly after lunch. Trickery!