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

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Free Hugs Kraken

by crucknuk - Jam Entry

You play an affective Kraken who is looking for love on the World Wide Sea. Will you find it? Will you search only for one day romances (scoring) or for the real one..


Use the directional arrows to wander around the map

Combat mode:

Dodge bullets by using W,A,S,D for the left tentacle and the directional arrows for the right tentacle (you can even play with your girlfriend/boyfriend on the same keyboard!)

Hope this will make you smile and give you mood for love! Even if you are a monster...


Note: To find the true love, you might need to score a little bit (min. 5500).
Stronger boats means bigger score: The higher your score, the stronger the boats spawn (the Aircraft carrier gives around 2500)

Downloads and Links




Legulysse says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:19pm

Aaaah well made ! Beautiful graphics, and love everywhere

Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:28pm

A very unique idea - who doesn't love tentacle hugs right? I do really like the concept and it's pretty fun to float around

DruhinM says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:46pm

Good style. I overall liked it

JakeL168 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:52pm

This is awesome on so many levels. It's like a JRPG where you walk around a world map and battle. I love how you approach and change it into a different experience entirely. The battle system cracks me up every time. Well done man. The music and SFX was great too.

jrhee says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:57pm

Awesome game! Great concept, love the art (esp the overworld). Ready for some lovin', works as advertised.

RHY3756547 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:58pm

Cool idea, really like the overworld graphics. Not hard to avoid dying tho, and there doesn't seem to be an end goal. :(

Arnage says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 4:31pm

Lovely interpretation of the theme.

Darkgoon says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 4:35pm

awwwww little kraken sooo cute <3

zenmumbler says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:19pm

I'd like to play this but NG is giving me grief, any chance of a standalone flash embed?

Aug 25, 2015 @ 6:06pm

Hi, could you provide a Windows download? Because I have Chrome and cannot run the webplayer.

One more thing:
Have you played my game until the end? Did you find it too long? Maybe i should make the level smaller?

crucknuk says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 7:03pm

We just add a windows version for the persons that can't play on webplayer.

@team klappermann
Yes I did. Maybe a bit too long, but I think that instead of shortening the level, you might ask for specific pitch on your voice at some points (like the "enraged" point), might be fun ;)

radmars says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 7:28pm

bahaha, mad bonus points just for the concept alone! This is great. The art is adorable and its quite fun! Id like to see some more complicated mechanics in the battle mode though. Id also like to see a lot more flavor text in the encounters to really flesh out the experience. (it could be just bad RNG) but every ship seems to have the same 'dating' profile. I could see this being expanded into something purely wonderful! Nice jam man.

rotpar says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 7:32pm

Very good game! I liked it a lot.

mantis says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 7:44pm

I did NOT expect this game :D. Cool stuff!

Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:51pm

so much love

taaboo says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:01pm

Haha the idea of the game is hilarious, Loved the way the character moved in the over world. Felt realy smooth.

Lukbebalduke says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:37pm

Nice graphics and awesome musics, you did a good job!

BeardoGames says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:38pm

Hahahahahahahaha, awesome concept and execution, I love it!

MortalWombat says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:40pm

Cool idea!

I love the theme and story idea. Very nice.

The hug minigame is too easy in my opinion. I didn't get to 5000 points as it seemed like it would take ages.

Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:44pm

Hey! We got the same control schema in our games (not alone anymore) ^_^
Because of that I feel like cheating or something hehehe
Anyway, nice game, I see there is a lot of effort with those different game modes (sea and battle) and the popups and stuff.
At the begining, deciding sex and stuff I was affraid the game contained tentacle porn or something like that j/k

Solchain says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:29am

Fun game. Krakens need hugs too. Liked the graphics.

Shaw says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 1:04am

Great graphics, smooth fun gameplay, excellent submission and a real standout in the kraken games :)

Mase says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:32am

The scenario is amusing.
I got to 5171 points but I guess my true love didn't spawn and my love power depleted.
The gameplay is too simple, relative to the length of the game. It's not interesting to battle the same class of ship twice.

crucknuk says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 10:30am

Thanks for all yours feedbacks!

@Mase : We implemented all the mechanisms for the battle part, but we lacked some time to add variation of patterns to each boat. This is the reason why each boat have a single pattern. It is sad you failed so close to the end, something really fun was close to happen. I changed the description from "around 5000" to "min.5500" because it happens after this score.

Erlend Aakre says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:57am

Nice game, enjoyed controlling two separate tentacles. Glad someone else also went for the Kraken theme! :)

Wasn't able to use the Web Version because of NG.

MrSylar59 says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 1:39pm

It's a really great game! Sounds effects are a bit repetitive though

Aug 26, 2015 @ 2:41pm

Fun idea! Lovable krakens are great. Really liked where you went with this and it was a lot of fun to play. One simple thing that I think could make it a lot better is some sort of feedback when you get hit and lose love power, either audio or something visually on the tentacle that takes damage.

lanestp says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:19pm

I like this one a lot! Very creative! Poor kraken, just wants to give out hugs, he's so misunderstood! Everything on this one is nice!

Literal Games says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:26pm

Cool idea, It would work pretty well on mobile if you used touch to control both tentacles

peterthehe says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 5:06pm

Fun little game. Cute, funny and beautifully made.

ZzCalvinzZ says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 7:18pm

well made and love the gameplay...great job!

bigbuggames says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 12:28am

Hahaha before we did our game we also thought about a monster who needed hugs xD Good job!

veoviscool12 says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 12:47am

Really good idea, I enjoyed floating around and once I figured out how to move the tentacles, the battle system was fun to play around with. Loved the angle.

Reallysketchy says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 4:19am

It takes a bit too long to score points (5000 seemed like it would take forever) and you could definitely make it harder, but I really like the graphics and audio and the idea is hilarious. Great job!

Wevel says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 12:49pm

Great fun, love having to control the tentacles separately

Flygamer101 says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 1:17pm

Nice game. I liked it overall.

BlackQuiltro says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 2:17pm

Jaja i love the concept! I liked the idea a lot and how you used the theme. Very nice graphics and good music. A bit repetitive after many encounters thou. I liked wandering in the map and the combat mechanic was very interesting. Could use some more challenge and variety.
Great and charming game!

Unept says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 5:20pm

This game has made me laugh the most. Nice innovative gameplay with the dual arm controls. And the matchmaking, nice.

HeyZeus says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 7:32pm

Awesome graphics, really interesting concept, could definitely be developed further, really impressed.

BoskoSokolov says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 12:00am

good graphcis nice concept i love this game good job :D

NoWandStudios says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 10:14am

I played alone and I like the challengue of play with both tentacles xD. Love the music!

DarkBoulevard says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 4:17pm

Amazing graphics and audio, the idea was really funny. The gameplay itself it's not that enjoyable, but overall great entry!

DaanVanYperen says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 5:23pm

Very original!

Ptolo says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 5:27pm

Very cute game with a novel gameplay mechanic. I played a while but didn't reach an end state, the score required seems pretty high. Having two limbs is neat, although I often had both next to each other :P Perhaps have each one on one side of the screen? The music on the map is lovely and its worth chilling to hear it all :3

spotco says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 8:22pm

Tentacle love
Great theme and I like the idea of a double control system in a bullet hell type game. A bit easy to play though, didn't find it too challenging

WizzardMaker says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 8:32pm

Nice game, repetitive but funny gameplay!

Gil4 says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 8:38pm

Well made, free hugs Kraken is brilliant even as a standalone concept. :D

FrederickK says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 10:29pm

Oww, that's so cute!
Clever gameplay and idea, my problem is that it is too easy, you have too much health!

aaronsnoswell says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 3:10am

Great game - quite fun and the gameplay, visuals and music are sublime. The bullets in combat mode didn't seem to hurt me at all? Not sure if that was a bug. I feel like the love metaphor was taken a bit too far too :P 4/5!

Aug 29, 2015 @ 3:35pm

Nice Idea

Aug 29, 2015 @ 3:49pm

It was fun. I liked the music.

Dizzyman572 says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 5:14pm

Very neat take on the theme here! I loved how selecting ships was almost like finding a date on the internet. That made me laugh. :D

Acerio says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 7:41pm

I loved the graphics. Good job!

Linus123xbb says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 10:42pm

Great game it was very well made the graphics and audio was quite nice. I failed to see how you're a monster though.

Almax27 says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 10:44pm

Haha, this was awesome :D very innovative

puppetmaster says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 11:56pm

Nice entry, love how you did the fight part. Submarin should have some torpedos. :-)

Jakob37 says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 7:56am

Nice! Played it with a smile the whole way :)

Aug 30, 2015 @ 12:52pm

Awesome game! That hug when getting a ship was amazing! Great art!

Darkflint says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 1:18pm

Haha, hugs from a kraken, count me in! But what is supposed to happen after 5500 points? i had somewhere over 10k and nothing happened. Btw, the submarines are way more dangerous then carrier, they should give more points. Hugged 3 or 4 carrier without a problem, but i avoided submarines after the first one. Until i got bored after some time and decided to let myself be killed.

crucknuk says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 2:03pm

Spoil: After 5500, you should stop fighting other boats and looking for "a special one". It spawn once you've score 5500.

We wanted to add torpedos, but we missed time unfortunately

Same problem, missed time to add collision action. At the moment, you just loose life but we originaly intended to add something like explosions

Vaclav says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 3:02pm

lol really fun

David Yates says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 7:02pm

All-around fantastic job. The graphics, the sound, the design, all great! I really love how quirky the story is. No idea how you came up with this.

I just think it could do with a difficulty tweak: the ships were so easy to love at first that I got a bit bored with it, and even the submarines only managed to get me down to about half my love power.

Qaterknan says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 9:12pm

A really good game. I like the multitasking involved and the take on the theme is in fact rather fresh. All in all: LOVE IT!

xvw says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 1:01am

I just ...died laughing!
It's very funny and cute!!
Very well polished, and surprising above all!!
Congrats!! :D <3

MrTwister says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 6:37pm

Hahahaha, loved it! Really creative and fun to play! I wasn't expecting a sort of dating sim with sea battles.

Took me a while to find "True Love", the ship appeared after I reached a score of 6969, lol.

The small ships are really worthless though (score-wise), they could give more points, otherwise there's almost no point in engaging them.
The cannonballs have really weird movement, but it made it all the more funny I guess.

Who made the music though? Was it made for the game? Did you get it somewhere else?

Anyway, a very fun entry, Congratulations. I really enjoyed playing it.

DerekRumpler says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 8:47pm

It is a fun little concept. I think it could make a nice "bullet hell" and hope to see more of it.

Sep 1, 2015 @ 6:58am

Funny take on the theme. I love the idle animation, it's great!

freaknarf says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 7:08am

Funny little game, original gameplay and story :)
I felt quite weak during combat mode, but i enjoyed wandering on the map. That's cool, but first boats really gives a minimal score so scoring 5000 seems a bit high at the begining ...

crucknuk says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 1:40pm


Thanks for the feedback and the encouragement! :)
The music was taken from independant artists on newgrounds, you can see from the web link all the music in the credits section:

@David Yates @freaknarf
Thanks for the feedback :), We wanted to tweak the difficulty balance but couldn't do it much on scheduled.

Thanks for all the love by the way!

Biruts says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 7:53pm

Very nice project guys, i really love it, please check our game too and if you liked it give us a vote. Look for Road to hell and enjoy.

UncleChris says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 8:34pm

The game was fun, but got very repetitive quickly. It was enjoyable, and very innovative mechanic. I liked it a lot, and can't wait to see other ideas you will make.

Pantoufle says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 12:17pm

Great game!
I loved the idea and the realisation is really good. I liked the graphics, music, sound effects, and the gameplay is quite enjoyable too (maybe a little bit repetitive).
Great job overall!

Crosstales says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 3:40pm

Very nice entry. Awesome gameplay and Beautiful graphics, enjoyed it a lot.

bombjack says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 6:21pm

very original gameplay that totally fits the theme

shawn42 says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 7:31pm

Pretty amazing game. Fun mechanic, but it did get pretty repetitive rather quickly. I liked the curvy canon balls though! Nice work.

dunin says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 7:23am

then end was so beautiful for this poor kraken!
patterns of bullets is interesting but not really realistic...

Vennril says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 12:09pm

D'awww it's so adorable! I love everything about this :)

DrZanuff says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 1:34pm

Good atmosphere. I think you could make something great with this. Upgrades, others locations, pretty solid entry!

KhaoTom says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 8:55pm

Super kawai kraken!

6DownStudios says ...
Sep 4, 2015 @ 8:18am

Groovy game! Comedic twist on a classic monster, well executed to boot!

Art and music are great, styles of both really fit the moods of the two game states; whimsical absurdity of the sea-spanning romance-hunt in overland mode matched with a retro pixel style, a kawaii kraken and a catchy, carefree tune...immediately replaced by the dramatic drum-driven battle song, detailed sprites and a more menacing (yet still lovable) sea monster, quite appropriate for the intensity of combat mode's cannonball-dodging (those submarines and their sine-wave torpedo trajectories can be mighty tricky).

Keep it up!

Brightstar says ...
Sep 4, 2015 @ 9:10am

Very nice. Pleasant game.

Sep 4, 2015 @ 9:32pm

It's so nice to be a Kraken in love)

AlexFili says ...
Sep 5, 2015 @ 10:33am

The overall theme is great and I particularly like the music. The graphics are serviceable besides the octopus but to be honest it doesn't look out of place. The core gameplay is funny but it's not that engaging to play. It gets repetitive very quickly as well. Great concept though!

Xanjos says ...
Sep 5, 2015 @ 4:06pm

This was a rather fun and charming entry. I like the dual controls for the tentacles although I wish there were some sound effects to tell when you're hit.

hunttis says ...
Sep 5, 2015 @ 8:36pm

Nice graphics, felt the love, liked the overhead map music a lot!

Maybe a bit on the easy side :)

dancingmad says ...
Sep 5, 2015 @ 10:41pm

Funny game with good music, but a little repetitive.
However, good jam :)

Grahhhhh says ...
Sep 6, 2015 @ 10:55pm

That was pretty challenging playing alone! I like the concept, I like the theme, excellent entry for a first time game maker!

OadT says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 6:27pm

It made me smile - mission complied! Very cute and funny idea and well executed

superfreak says ...
Sep 8, 2015 @ 5:34pm

Adorable graphics <3 <3 <3

oostap says ...
Sep 8, 2015 @ 10:09pm

Cool and funy game! I like moving effect on the water and 2 screens and 2 modes.

jk5000 says ...
Sep 9, 2015 @ 2:42pm

A great idea and a great game. Perhaps a bit to easy.

anjack says ...
Sep 9, 2015 @ 6:40pm

Very impressive game! Hilarious concept, well executed!

igoramendola says ...
Sep 11, 2015 @ 4:42am

hahaha that was funny and has an adorable ending. The idea is pretty cool and it was nicely done. Also, the graphics and music are good. Nice work! :D

CrefossusJam says ...
Sep 11, 2015 @ 8:44am

I like the overworld music and graphics. The love theme throughout the game is clever too, instead of just destroying ships.

bossmojoman says ...
Sep 12, 2015 @ 12:20am

Nice graphics, sound worked well. Good Job

Aaranos says ...
Sep 12, 2015 @ 4:35am

Well made, definitely fun and interesting.

Jelinib says ...
Sep 12, 2015 @ 8:20am

Very humorous concept, awesome variety of music, and cute art!

Maybe could use a couple more sound effects for some feedback when I get hit. (And maybe also sound effects for when collecting hearts at the ghost ship.)

Sometimes I'd see the cannonballs just static, only moving at the same speed as the screen, mainly on the easier ship. They'd start moving when the ship was to appear on screen, though. Maybe a bug?

The movement on the overworld feels so smooth and satisfying. The control scheme was also quite innovative! Fun mood, very unique game, and really well done!

Raspadsistema says ...
Sep 12, 2015 @ 11:53am

The world looks nice and magnetic, actual gameplay is too simple but at least it's original.

reiknight says ...
Sep 13, 2015 @ 4:11pm

Good job! +1 for the multiplayer with your boyfriend/girlfriend ;)

PowerSpark says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 4:58am

Fun! The hugs were surprisingly satisfying.

REIN1 says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 6:41am

So much fun! Very unique! I love it!

Togimaro says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 8:38am

Really cute! Good game!

Lianne Booton says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 9:03am

haha I love the title :p

crucknuk says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 9:48am

Thank you for your comment and your love and we can't wait your post jam version, keep it up! :)

Thank you :) we don't know if we will touch it after the game jam, its a thought being examined though, anyway thanks!

Thank you! Yea we know about the repetition, we might look into that or maybe not as it was just some fun for tha jam. Will see :)

Yeah we didn't add some due to time constraints, thank you for your comment :)

@Grahhhhh @Oadt @Superfreak @Igoramendola
Thank you! glad you liked the way it is! :)

Yeah the poor kraken was misunderstood the whole time, just wanted some hugs from the beginning :P

Yeah we aknowledge that some sounds are missing especially the hit one :)
For the bullets moving it is not a bug, it is just due to time constraints, we couldn't add what we all wanted, like the sounds of the hits and the hearts unfortunately. Thank you for your comment, keep up the good work :)

Thank you all for the love and the comments!

MikeEnoch says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 12:10pm

Love it :)

Sparrow says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 3:38pm

Awesome game! That kraken has a lot of love.

Tanton-H2X says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 4:29pm

sooo lovely~~
Full of Relax and Happiness
love this game
it really have a wonderful topic main idea~~ (╭ ̄3 ̄)╭♡
(but why the submarine shoot the shells ?haha~~)
reat and lovely Game,make me more happy~~
well done :D

yuigoto says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 8:57pm

Oh you Kraken! :3

Everybody loves a Kraken, who wouldn't? As he hugs the boat, we all scream and jump into the water! /o/

Nice graphics and good work on the soundtrack too!

crucknuk says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 10:06pm

Thank you guys for your support, you games were amazing too! :)

Thank your for your support, i tried your game just a the moment :P
Also the music in our game is not from us, there is a credit section in the web link, you cann see the authors there :)

BoyWithStick says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 11:02pm

Neat game idea. I really liked the oversea map and looking for potential "Mates". Enjoyed the artwork and audio. Very well done!

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