Ludum Dare 33 — August 21st-24th, 2015 — Theme: You are the Monster

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The Kraken

by Vennril - Compo Entry

You are THE KRAKEN - A fearsome, googly-eyed creature from the depths.

Try to hit passing boats with your majestic tentacles, while avoiding cannonballs.


Hold Y, X, C or V to control the respective tentacle. While holding, press the Down or Up arrow to either attack or dodge.

Getting hit will make you lose a tentacle. When you are out of tentacles, it's Game Over.


Originally I had way more complex plans for the tentacle controls, which didn't quite work out. So in the end, I had half a day left to hack in the gameplay you see in this version.

But I hope you enjoy anyway :)

Tools used:
Unity, MonoDevelop, Photoshop

Downloads and Links




Dizzyman572 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:12am

Haha, very nice game! Love the Kraken art!

Hyoga-3D says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:02pm

gameplay could have some improvements, but the art is great, reminded me of the old games from snes, like goof troop, good job.

chabuduo says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:21pm

Love the art!

Deadeyejoe says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:23pm

i really enjoyed this game ! and the art is beautiful !
+ Graphics

Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:25pm

Art is good, but no fun to play.

SkullPixel says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:32pm

The art is beautiful. I really like it. I will follow in your footsteps next time and do something simple.

Shaw says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:14am

As a fellow Kraken-er I know the feeling of wanting better/complex tentacle controls. Graphics and gorgeous, gameplay is simple and effecting, would have been helped by some sounds. Still, an excellent entry. Well done :)

Mogwaii says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 7:35pm

Great artstyle! The main problem I have is that the game gets easier the more you mess up. Only controlling one arm makes it very easy to get score however very slow.

randyyaj says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:23am

Hey! Thanks for checking out my game (Kraken Rampage). I will do the favor for you in return.

Want to start off by saying I love this art man!
However, the game didn't run too well for me in my Linux box but I think I get the concept. Good job.

Aug 31, 2015 @ 3:10pm

Great job, and our team make a tentacles game too.

Shaun LeBron says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 3:18pm

really nice art. I had trouble remembering which tentacles were which keys. and the blasted ship just wouldn't go down even after plopping a tentacle over its hull, lol

SiMouth says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 3:36pm

That was fun :)
The Y key is a bit far from the others on some keyboards, "SDFG" on the other hand is more common.

crucknuk says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 3:42pm

Nice entry! I like the artstyle. Kraken rules ;)

Drunkteam says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 3:54pm

The graphics are awesome!

Ivan Volkov says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 4:57pm

Really cool game with nice graphics and gameplay, but I've got only one question:
Thats really uncomfortable to play with so distant button
But anyway here's the 5 for you, I liked it!

reiknight says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 6:32pm

Nice graphics, nice game, but a bit difficult with a QWERTY keyboard and not a QWERTZ.

OldPeculier says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 6:09pm

On my keyboard the Z key is next in line from X, C, and V. Why did you choose Y? Great artwork BTW.

shawn42 says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 9:05am

Great art, but I wanted to crust something! I actually like the simplified tentacle controls. Nice work.

phi says ...
Sep 6, 2015 @ 7:31pm

At first I thought I had to hit/throw the balls in order to attack, but I'm stupid and a normal person would probably understand it more quickly... :P
I like the art of the kraken and the general appearance. It could use some nice splashy sounds! Also, the user interface could be simplified a bit, but since you had more complex controls in mind it probably made sense... Anyways, I'd love to see a post-compo version of this! Good job!

LandoSystems says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 6:49pm

I really like the idea for gameplay, and the art style is really solid, but I just could not get the hang of the controls.

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