Gap Monsters

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These monsters aren't monstrous at all! Look how soft and trusting they are, how they make innocent eye contact with you as if to say, "Please don't electrocute me and all my friends and family!" Too bad that's the aim of the game in this negative space puzzler that has loads of charm and black humour, not to mention style, to carry you through the day.

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hikari no sakura July 27, 2011 9:54 PM

Ugh, the face that monster makes when it screams... Not a pleasant game for me, no matter how interesting the gameplay is.

Patreon Contributor kingjulien86 July 27, 2011 10:02 PM

Personally it's one of the best games I've played all summer. Never repetitive and devilishly tricky once you get about halfway in, but I'll definitely attempt to do the rest. Not sure why the "scream" is unpleasant. Kind of adds to the humor for me.

hikari no sakura July 27, 2011 10:07 PM

I think it's one of those uncanny valley things? When a monster screams, it's entire body opens up in a toothy scream, but the eyes are still at the same place, making it look as if its mouth is located above its eyes...

Patreon Contributor kingjulien86 July 27, 2011 10:32 PM

I can concede that point. I just imagined it was upside down for some reason the developer didn't want to share.

Littleghost July 28, 2011 12:54 AM

I managed to get less than par on the last level but still haven't beaten five of the levels. Fiendishly tricky! Anyone else get less than par somewhere?

Coldfrog July 28, 2011 2:12 AM

Did anyone else create a level and then have it never show up? It COULD be related to Newgrounds and having to sign in there instead of using the JIG provided link, but I was just curious if anyone had it work here.

I actually am pretty proud of my level, it's trickier than it looks.

Coldfrog July 28, 2011 7:28 AM

An addon to my post - after checking in, it did in fact never post my level (which makes sense, it has to associate it with a screenname anyway), so I got on newgrounds and did it there, where it worked just fine. I am having way too much fun with this game.

Anonymous July 28, 2011 8:07 AM

Definitely think about changing the game rating for this one. Even if there's nothing besides some violence, it's quite dark humor and something parents might not want to introduce to their kids.

I can get below par for 3 little pigs:

move bottom n pig up one, upper right n down and to the right, top white all the way up, bottom right pig to the left eye, and then requires the bottom left one to "climb" stairs by shaking the white up and down.

Couldn't find a way to finish at par for dig and the last level, but everything else I was able to solve on my own. Enjoyable puzzling and interesting but ultimately unnecessary atmosphere. Nice music though.

MmeTurbulence July 28, 2011 12:04 PM

@hikari no sakura

My issue wasn't with the scream image so much as the commentary that went with it about the endless suffering the monsters experience.


The visuals, the screaming, and the sociopathic flavor text make this one of the most pointlessly unpleasant gaming experiences I've ever had. No interest in playing past the tutorial stages.

Iconian July 28, 2011 8:01 PM

I played a few levels and didn't get the negative space aspect of it. Additionally, I just didn't like the whole feel I suppose, so I don't think I'm going to bother trying to figure it out.


I found it ridiculously hilarious.
The sadism is SO over-the-top that it's quite funny. The screaming images were creepy, but that's because I always found the cartoon idea of "eyes projecting from the head on tiny stalks" thing gross. But the different screaming sounds were funny. One sounds like opera, another like a belch...

And the levels were tricky and required enough thinking to be quite fun. I will admit I needed the video walkthrough in order to make par, but most of them I got on my own.


I can get below par on "Got your Back".
First press restart with the "r" button on your keyboard. Then VERY quickly move the white tile and push the gap monster to the red see-through block.
The gap monster will pass under the corpse.


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