The Last Leviathan: The Maiden Voyage of HMS Pip

“This is the good ship Pip” I said, posting screenshots of my construction into work chat.

“Cool, I didn’t know you could make submarines in that game,” said Alice.

Yes, yes. Hilarious.

I’ve spent the afternoon building what I thought was quite a snazzy ship in early access ship building/ship destroying game The Last Leviathan [official site]. I sort of maybe completely forgot about “weight” and “hydrodynamics” in the face of fancy balustrades.

Now I’m bloody-mindedly forcing the good ship Pip through the water, splooshing half-submerged towards a distant island. I am making slower progress than I would like on account of not really having got to grips with the way wind works so I’m mostly going slowly backwards.

There’s a barrel of rum on board though so I assume there’s a limit to how bad the voyage could really be.

OH WAIT! I can add propellers!

Oh no! The propellers were too strong and now I seem to be doing sea wheelies:

Also I seem to have sort of crash landed on a beach.

I feel like the good ship Pip is a work in progress.

The Last Leviathan is currently £6.29 (usually £6.99) on Steam. Early access caveats apply – whole modes aren’t implemented yet, same with sea monsters and multiplayer and all of that. I just fancied building a ship with my afternoon. Check out Joe’s earlier post for a bit more detail on the devs’ plans for the game.


  1. RimeOfTheMentalTraveller says:

    Absolutely irrelevant to the game at hand, althought it looks fun for a genre I don’t play, but I can’t help imagine Pip and Alice ribbing each other and acting in the general fashion of Max and Chloe from Life is Strange, although I know Pip will resent that comparison to a character she dislikes. I will also admit that is because I am playing it for the first time now and because Alice has blue hair. Ehem. Sorry for that, had to get it out.

  2. KDR_11k says:

    How does the game handle buoyancy, do you have to leave hollow spaces or just stick on swim bubbles like in Banjo-Kazooie?

  3. Fede says:

    For some reason, as soon as I read “fancy balustrades”, I could only think of the Vasa!

    • Replikant says:

      It IS a beautiful ship, I had a chance to see it in Stockholm in 2012.
      Unfortunately, they seem to have had the same clue about ship-building back then as Pip does nowadays (or me, for that matter).

  4. melnificent says:

    My first ship was brilliant, it floated, it had a sail and rudder…. and was built entirely backwards.
    So, I started again and built a bigger ship the right way round…. it sank.

    • tigerfort says:

      “The next one caught fire, fell over, and then sank. But the third one stayed up.”

  5. haldolium says:

    I’d rather want another Overboard!, since the almost 1:1 clone from some inexperienced indie dev failed tremendously.

  6. Velleic says:

    Points for the word “balustrades”! Also, points for making the ship look like a waterborne/underwater chessboard, very stylish.

  7. NephilimNexus says:

    It’s a shilling to tie up your boat at the dock.