skanda

June: Lost at sea

Whalecome to the new monthly theme! It’s inspired by World Oceans Day which is celebrated this month (8 June).

Games that qualify: any games related to the ocean, the sea, marine animals, swimming and diving.

Check out this list if you’re unsure about which game(s) to play:

  • games taking place at the seaside/at open sea/under the sea (for example Assassin’s Creed IV/Origins/Odyssey, Bioshock, Bioshock 2, Subnautica,…),
  • games with a sea/ocean level,
  • games that feature marine animals as the main character(s) or prominent side characters (for example Octodad: The Deadliest Catch),
  • games with the following tags: Naval, Pirates, Sailing, Submarine, Underwater (use this website to filter games in your library by tags).

To participate, reply to this post and tell us which games that fit the monthly theme you’re going to play. Please post one or more screenshots of the sea/marine animals!


You can use the following (or similar) format to make it easier for me to keep track of everyone’s progress, but feel free to add any extra thoughts about the game(s) to your post!

Name | Achievements obtained | Playtime | Status | Screenshots
:-: | :-: | :-: | :-: | :-: 
name of game 1 | achievements obtained | playtime this month | unfinished/finished | Screenshot link(s)
name of game 2 | achievements obtained | playtime this month | unfinished/finished | Screenshot link(s)
name of game 3 | achievements obtained | playtime this month | unfinished/finished | Screenshot link(s)
TOTAL: | achievements obtained | playtime this month | Number of games finished | 

Have fun!


Theme song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqZsoesa55w


Challenge me

The newest edition of the monthly Challenge Me is available here: click.


FAQ

Do I have to participate in this month’s theme?
No, as with every theme, these are merely suggestions for anyone who is unsure about what to play next. If you already have a battle plan for your backlog and/or don’t like this month’s theme, you’re free to ignore it.

What happens if I don’t participate in the monthly theme?
Nothing.

What happens if I play all of my unfinished games this month?
Your backlog will be a much smaller place.

I don’t have any unfinished games!
Really? well that makes one of us… I salute you.

I already finished my entry can I play another?
Go ahead - the goal is to reduce your unfinished games list. The more you can play the better.

Trent

How fun! I’ll have to take a look at the backlog and find some games. Thank you for setting these up! :D
Too bad I played Bioshock in March-April!

skanda

Would you kindly play Bioshock 2?

🐁 MouseWithBeer 🐁

As someone with the irrational fear of videogame (sea) water I will happily not join in, but I just wanted to say it is a lovely theme. There is something very special about themes that reflect nice world’s XY day.

Cece09

water is the worst!

🐁 MouseWithBeer 🐁

But only in games!

Cece09

Yes water in games are the worst. I remember kameo had a water scene and I just got my mum to do it for me the whole way through since no way was I going underwater especially when there was monsters under it. I can barely handle a hat in time and thats just a blue blob that only hurts if you stay in it to long. The fear of unknown water territory is horrible

Trent

What about pirates: Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island, SPAZ, or Tempest.
Or perhaps a nice puzzle.
Or Glowfish.
Plenty of options! :D

🐁 MouseWithBeer 🐁

Hmmmmm I need to see if Jips works on Linux, I started playing it a bit back and never finished it. Thanks for the suggestions ^^

Bangledeschler

Glad I’m not the only one, though I totally enjoy that fear (in gaming) and dive right in. :3

stef
Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status Screenshots
Airscape - The Fall of Gravity 0 0 unfinished Screenshot link(s)
TOTAL: achievements obtained playtime this month Number of games finished  
JaffaCaffa

Aquatic games are some of my favourites, lets me live out my ultimate dream of being a waterbender/Pokémon. :D Will have to sea (hah) what I can find!

Game Achievements Playtime Theme Status
Puzzle Puppers 16/16 1.8 hrs Water levels Completed
Old Man’s Journey The End 1.7 hrs Seaside / Underwater / Sailing levels Completed
Divide By Sheep 5/19 1.6 hrs Water levels Won’t Play
Jaded

I’ll definitely try, no promises :P
Some ideas so far looking at my games are listed below. Any progress will be amazing. Definitely don’t expect much though :)
I finished the Nightmares of the Deep: The Cursed Heart in May so.. that would’ve been perfect for this theme! Don’t yet have the sequels to play..
Tower Unite just released their Fishing update, so I’ll do just those achievements if possible :)

  • Tower Unite (Fishing)
  • Divide by Sheep
  • The Last Leviathan
  • Legend of the Skyfish
  • Bioshock Remastered
  • Rime
  • Cornerstone: Song of Tyrim
  • Old Man’s Journey
Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status Screenshots
Divide by Sheep 3/19 31 mins playing Brutal
Tower Unite (Fishing achievements) 6/6 Fishing + 7 others 9h Goal Complete 1
Old Man’s Journey NA 71 minutes Completed 1
Cornerstone: The Song of Tyrim 0/10 0 unfinished Screenshot link(s)
Forager 84/84 22.5 hours Completed 1
TOTAL: achievements obtained playtime this month Number of games finished  

2/6/19 - Ended up doing a few more achievements in TU - such as Treasure Cove Mini-golf ones and the Underwater Condo achievements! Goes with the theme ;)

Saikania

Oh man, this song. :) Now I have an earworm for days!

skanda

Just days? Lucky you. :D

Saikania

Yesterday I was driving in the tram (I live in germany) and there was a maybe 3 years old little boy who was singing “Baby Shark, Dudududududu, Baby Shark Dudududududu…” Really, I never heard this song before it was posted here as the monthly theme song. And now I heard it from the little boy. That was so cute and I automaticly have to think about BLAEO. ;)

skanda

Should have told the little dude about our monthly theme! :P

Saikania
Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status Screenshots
ABZU 0 0 never played Screenshot link(s)
Braveland Pirate (13) 4 3.0 beaten  
Nightmares from the Deep 2: Siren’s Call 23 8.4 beaten Ending Screenshot
Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones 26 7.6 beaten Screenshots
Don’t sink 1 0.2 won’t play  
TOTAL: 44 19.2 Number of games finished: 3  

Well, I have so much more, that would fit to the theme, I really didn’t expect that. But for now, I choose these 4 games. Let’s see, how far I get. I like the theme and the picture is really beautiful. Thank you!

Arbiter Libera

Missed opportunity for a theme song. SHARK SHARK.

Jaded

Oh god this monthly theme is perfect for sea shanties!

EvilBlackSheep

I might get around to finally play subnautica and stop failing at the monthly theme! Great theme nonetheless :3

Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status Screenshots
Flat Kingdom Paper’s Cut Edition 35/48 11h beaten Orca - Jellyfishes
Submerged 9/10 4h beaten Whale - Dolphins
Subnautica 1/17 playtime this month unfinished Tentacles
TOTAL: achievements obtained playtime this month Number of games finished  
Kaleith

Time to pressure the sheep into not failing the monthly 2 times in a row :catglare:

EvilBlackSheep

Actually… I also failed in April so it’s already 2 months in a row :sheepsweat:

Jaded

You should play Divide by Sheep this month ;)

EvilBlackSheep

Great suggestion, thanks, I never finished it and it would fit the theme!

Jaded

Yeah I added it when looking through my items.. and really, with your name its perfect :P

skanda

Won’t she have to feed poor sheep to sharks (doo doo doo doo doo doo)?

Jaded

…and slice and dice them….

パプリカ

Oh yes, I am overjoyed to see that someone else remembers the timeless classic: Baby Shark (Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo)

Lucky Thirteen

Oh hey, I never finished that game, either. Now’s a good time to give it another try, thanks for mentioning it :)

Girlbeard

I just finished Cat Goes Fishing at the end of May :( I have a few other nautical games I was hoping to finish anyway so I’ll do those.

Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status
Divide By Sheep 19/19 5.5h Completed
Cornerstone: The Song of Tyrim 9/10 12.1h Beaten
Estranged: Act 1 9/9 1.6h Completed
Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships 0/14 0h unfinished
Aquaria 0/27 0h unfinished
TOTAL: achievements obtained playtime this month Number of games finished
  37 19.2h 3

Estranged takes place on an island and you start off underwater when your fishing boat sinks. If it doesn’t count then I can remove it. I also played through Cat Goes Fishing on the harder difficulty but didn’t include it here.

Jaded

Stole your idea of Cornerstone! Cheers ;)

Kaleith

Shell yeah, I sea fishies and an opportunity to start the summer sea-son with puns

Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status Notes
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair 25/47 (-8/47 in May) 30 h (-7 h in May) beaten Takes place on a faraway archipelago
Shantae: Risky’s Revenge 10/26 6 h beaten Pirates, ships, you name it :3
Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse 26/44 7 h beaten Pirates, ships, you name it :3
TOTAL: 53 36 h 3 games beaten  
uguleley

Is it required to play the theme song on repeat while we’re playing the monthly themed games? :I

skanda

I’m sure your brain will have it on repeat all month whether you want it or not!

uguleley

This month will be pain
ᴅᴏᴏ ᴅᴏᴏ ᴅᴏᴏ ᴅᴏᴏ ᴅᴏᴏ ᴅᴏᴏ

escollo

There is a better version of theme song

Bangledeschler

Everything is better with guitars and in the rock/metal genre… well almost everything.

skanda

Not surprised to see it done by Leo, but I am surprised I haven’t seen it before!

Bangledeschler

I am really bad at keeping up with these themes as I often get too busy or distracted, but I shan’t give up yet. Definitely plan to XCOM: Terror from the Deep, but also might fall back on Bioshock Remastered or Bioshock 2 Remastered just to secure my Monthly Theme contribution. Thank you for creating this months theme!

Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status Screenshots
XCOM: Terror from the Deep 0 1 hour 3 minutes unfinished Screenshot link(s)
Depth Hunter 2: Deep Dive 17/17 32 hours Completed Many a fish were taken pictures of
TOTAL: 17 33 hours 1
the Traveler

I’ve been very distracted from backloggery since the semester ended and I got a taste of freedom again - did not finish last’s month’s theme though I did at least play it. Will see if I get back on track with this month. :)

Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status Screenshots
ABZÛ 0/12 0 hrs unfinished Screenshot link(s)
Lucky Thirteen

Last month was a failure as I only finished a single game, let’s see if I can find something that fits this theme.

Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status Screenshots
Demon Hunter: Chronicles from Beyond 28/28 (4 this month) ~7 hrs (3 hrs this month) ✔️ 📸
Divide by Sheep 19/19 (8 this month) ~8 hrs (3 hrs this month) ✔️ 📸
Hydrophobia Prophecy 11/13 ~9 hrs ✔️ 📸
Anoxemia 19/23 ~8 hrs ✔️ 📸
TOTAL: 77/83 ~ 23 hrs 4  

No marine animals in Hydrophobia, but a lot of water, swimming and diving.

The Queen of the World is the largest ship ever to grace the oceans, a colossal city at sea where the wealthy elite live in exile from the chaos which surrounds them.

skanda

Games I should keep in mind:

  • Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden
  • Left in the Dark: No One on Board
  • Lightfish
  • Mimpi (might have a sea level based on the images on the trading cards)
  • Mimpi Dreams (seaside level)
  • The Emerald Maiden: Symphony of Dreams (“Save your family from an ominous undersea facility!”)
  • Tropico 6
Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status Screenshots
The Emerald Maiden: Symphony of Dreams 13/13 2.3 hours 100% Potential Spoiler
Mimpi 0/0 3.1 hours finished Underwaterboye
Mimpi Dreams 32/57 1.6 hours finished Pirateboye
Tropico 6 16/40 (+10) 31 hours (+21) finished /
TOTAL: 55 28.0 hours 3 games finished  
tsupertsundere

This is really cute! I don’t know if I’ll actively play a game with the ocean in it, but I’ll keep an eye out!

Name Achievements Playtime Actual Status Screenshot
Mutiny!! 35 of 35 ~5 hrs actual Completed! Sailing Under the Sea
the Invisible Hours 36 of 36 5.1 hrs Completed! Arrival to the Island
Nier: Automata 11 of 47 ~10 hrs In Progress At the Edge of the Sinking City
adam1224

This reminded me of Why Am I Dead At Sea. Such an awesome game :3
(Likely won’t have time to commit to this one too, but I really like the topic)
This is my wallpaper right now:

EvilBlackSheep

Old man’s journey <3

ninglor03
Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status Theme Screenshots
Assassin’s Creed Freedom Cry 0/0 7h finished Naval Screenshot link(s)
Nightmares from the Deep: Davy Jones 32/32 4h finished Pirate Screenshot link(s)
Empress of the Deep 0/0 unknown since internet crashed finished Under the sea Screenshot
Empress of the Deep 2: Song of the blue Whale 0/0 2.5h finished Sea Screenshot
Ominous Tales: The Forsaken Isle 0/0 1.2h finished Isle Screenshots
TOTAL: 32 14h 5    
adam1224

Recommended games:
Burly Men At Sea (at least it’s short, and looks kinda good)
Old Man’s Journey. It’s simple, sweet, and holy hecking herring it’s beautiful. Story is ocean-related.
edit: Burly Men At Sea is really not for people who are afraid of open waters, for multiple reasons. Old Man’s Journey is AOK :D

Tempête Joachim
Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status
Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden 16/20 4.5h Beaten
Burly Men at Sea 25/25 2.2h Completed
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition - 5h Beaten
Subnautica 1/17 2.2h Unfinished
Why Am I Dead At Sea 27/27 3.2h Completed
TOTAL: 69/89 17.1h 4/5

List

Garcias
Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status Screenshots
ABZÛ 4/12 2h beaten Screenshots
Old Man’s Journey - 2h beaten Screenshots
Divide by Sheep 19/19 7h completed Screenshots
TOTAL: 23/31 11h 2 beaten, 1 completed  
Jaded

Those screenshots are gorgeous!

Garcias

Thank you :) The game is very beautiful!

Skatrzoo

Smh, making the poor weeb octopus participate in 2 of these in a row. Much fewer choices for this theme, but it’s nice that I can continue the only unfinished game I had from last month :3<
List thingy here (gonna edit as month goes by)

Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair 44/47 (5/47 before June) 39h (+10h before June) Beaten
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition N/A 6h Completed
Monkey Island™ 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge™ 12/12 6h Completed
TOTAL: 51 51h Games beaten: 3
Kaleith

No one’s forcing you to participate you know yeah sure :laugh

Skatrzoo

O-of course not :swea

skanda

:blobdogpeek:

Kaleith

:blobcatnom:

Fnord
Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status Screenshots Thoughts
The Sea Will Claim Everything 12/19 2,9 finished Crab! Guess I expected more from this one.
Victory at Sea 0/23 0,8 Dropped N/A Not for me :(
Disney Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End N/A 3,9 finished Small octopus Mediocre game based on mediocre movie
Vendetta - Curse of Raven’s Cry N/A 2,1 Dropped N/A Why can’t I hit enemies on slopes?
Squidlit 3/18 0,6 finished N/A That’s an octopus, not a squid
Age of Empire II: The African Kingdoms +15 +20 finished Sea horses? I was not going to add this, but it actually had a lot of water levels
iBomber Defense Pacific 17/25 4.1 finished N/A Well, it takes place in the pacific, so it counts, right?
TOTAL: 30 31,5 5    
escollo

Old Man’s Journey - Screenshots
ONE PIECE PIRATE WARRIORS 3 - Beaten
Borderlands 2 - Completed. Again. There is some sea

86maylin

Last time.

Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status Screenshots
Sea Legends: Phantasmal Light Collector’s Edition 0/0 3.7 hours Completed Boat and sea
Voices from the Sea 0/0 1.4 hours Completed Maris, Sandcastle, Cute
Neighboring Islands 40/40 11 hours Completed Small raft, Sir Le Clerk
Total: 40 16.1 hours 3 6
adil

I don’t have much game fitting the theme this month… I still managed to pick two for now.

Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status Screenshots
SOMA 10 of 10 achievements about 10 hours beaten Screenshots
One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 22 of 40 achievements about 14 hours beaten / dropped No screenshots so far
TOTAL: - 24 hours this month 1 game finished  

SOMA was great. 4/5
One Piece, a bit boring and annoying to set up plus crashes too much. So I’m dropping it but I also consider it beaten due to how much I suffered through it. 2/5
Reviews

Trent

Okay, time to log some progress for some unknown reason, since probably nobody reads these.

Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition no achievements 10h completed
Empress Of The Deep 2: Song Of The Blue Whale no achievements 5h beaten
Monkey Island 2: Special Edition 2/12 9.8h in progress
Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden 20/20 9.2h completed
SOMA 10/10 20.5h completed
TOTAL: 30 54.5h 3 completed, 1 beaten, 1 in progress
Trent

Cute…well you “have” to read them (or at least see them) to clear your notifications. But yes…you are much more than “no one.” :3

skanda

Just post some screenshots to lure some more corgis people in! :)
How was Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden, by the way? I still have it on my “possible candidates for the theme” list.

Trent

It was fine…standard somewhat-older AF HOG fare. The protag saves her incapacitated husband. None of the puzzles was really difficult or annoying. It does require two full playthroughs (one on Expert) for 100%…once doing the HOG scenes, and once doing the HOG-alternative game (dominos). And I ended up having to play 2 1/2 times because I didn’t realize one short sequence was actually a HOG, so I didn’t switch to dominos.

JaffaCaffa

Pfffft, I think many people are curious what others are playing! That’s why we’re here, right? :D Am always nosey and have a gander, even if I don’t reply to most. Did you enjoy Monkey Island?

Trent

I did…I never played this old classic back in the day, and so I finally played it with my kids. It’s nice not having to worry about achievements and being able to get an in-game hint when you’re stuck and not having to consult a walkthrough. :) The UI was definitely “old school” (read: annoying), but it was worth it overall.

We’ll probably play Monkey Island 2 next, which does have achievements, which means having to get up and check a walkthrough when we’re stuck. Oh well.

BTW, I do think people are curious what others play, and read/skim the updates, but coming to this page just to look into somebody’s progress on the monthly theme seems a bit dubious, except maybe if you’re updating your own progress and glance at others’ while you’re there.

JaffaCaffa

Yeah it’s one of those that I missed out on as well and have heard nothing but great things, but can be hard to tell how much of that is rose-tinted nostalgia. It’s awesome that kids from this generation are still getting to experience the older classics. Hope you enjoy MI2 just as much, even with the achievements!

That’s exactly what I do, whenever update my own see how far everyone else has progressed.

Fnord

I tend to at least skim through the page a few times per month. Sometimes people play something you did not think of for the theme.

Jaded

Hmmm does Forager count? :P
Edit: It counts. I have a Pirate’s hat! ;)

skanda

Yep, then it definitely sounds like it counts!

Jaded

Beautiful. Included a screenshot with said Pirate hat :)

Trilled Meow

I like the banner. How was it made?

Blue Ϟ Lightning

reverse image search gives so take stock photo and add text?

(and maybe that tool that uses other parts to paint over it to hide the stock market thing)

skanda

Yeah the secret was finding a nice picture and then adding text on top. :)

Trilled Meow

LOL. You taught me a lesson because I didn’t think to use the reverse image search to find if something is a stock photo. I thought maybe they found a regular stock photo of a whale and then used some kind of effect.

Quisty

I’m back to work after a year of unemployment (yay!), that’s why I didn’t play as much in the past two months. But I managed to squeeze in a couple of games that fit the monthly theme.

Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status Screenshots
Katy and Bob Way Back Home 28/28 7 hours Completed -
Burly Men at Sea 25/25 2.5 hours Completed Floating dudes
Don’t Sink 11/15 1.5 hours unfinished -
TOTAL: 64 11 hours 2  
JaffaCaffa

Congrats on the job, hope you’re having an easy transition back into it. :)

Quisty

Thank you. It’s the same old job, but the government decided to ban gambling for a while.

Tristar

Finished Starbo last month which fit the theme containing a whale ^^

Name Achievements obtained Playtime Status Screenshots
STARBO - 2h finished Screenshot