On one end of the Seriousness Scale of Games Inspired by Moby Dick, we have Nantuck, an upcoming series strategy gaming about managing whaling boats in the early nineteenth century. Breaching with thunder and fury far, far at the other end of the scale is Pequod [official site], a free Death Worm-ish game about god-whale named Mobias smashing the heck out of whaling boats and singing laserbeams.
I’m far too serious for such frivolity, of course, but must cover Pequod too lest readers accuse us of endorsing cruelty like punting geese off motorway bridges or mocking dogs to their stupid faces.
Pequod is a game about smashing ships. Dive down deep, rise in terrible fury, leap clear out the water and crash down upon the whale-hunting gits. Smash enough of them and the level’s boss will arrive, and then you can crush them too. It’s Death Worm-y fun.
Helping out with the smashing are a few roguelikelike flairs. Pickups can boost your stats, which include damage, magic damage, luck, and madness. Mobias can gain powers too, perhaps picking up a shield, the ability to summon damned souls from the drowned, or strapping a honking great laser gun onto his head. A shop sells bonuses too, in exchange for loot you’ll sometimes get from wrecking ships. And, obviously, waves and power-ups and all that are different each time. Eventually, you might be tough enough to take on Ahab himself aboard his ship the Pequod.
This paragraph is devoted to explaining how much I dig its glorious sunsets. I like them a lot.
Developers Bearmancer have released Pequod for Windows and Mac as a pay-what-you-want download with no minimum on Itch.