In the belly of a whale

Locations theme

All or part of the game takes place inside some creature.


The first video game about In the belly of a whale was released in 1984.

Nintendo, Capcom and Atari has published most of these games

Usually a whale is involved, hence the name. But this is not limited to whales or their stomachs. Commonly these are very unrealistic depictions of the internals.

This does not include mechanical creatures (robots and such) in general because they may be indistinguishable from artificial structures like space stations, but they may be included regardless if the experience is less so. For example, one may see the Citadel Station SHODAN was in control of in System Shock as her body, this case is very similar to being inside the body of other robotic entities and is very different from what one would experience inside an organic creature. The space station however is still largely indistinguishable from regular space station and thus does not qualify here.

One of the oldest examples of this fantastic story setting can be found in Book of Jonah, of the Hebrew Bible, where Jonah is swallowed by a great sea creature, commonly assumed to be a whale, and spends three days in its belly after which he's vomited out.