Octodad: Dadliest Catch

a game by Young Horses
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 8.5/10, based on 2 reviews
User Rating: 8.7/10 - 3 votes
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Octodad: Dadliest Catch
Octodad: Dadliest Catch
Octodad: Dadliest Catch
Octodad: Dadliest Catch

There are many weird games, but Octodad: Dadliest Catch has to go down as one of the weirdest! Here we have a game that makes you play as an octopus who is just trying to live his best life and be a loving husband and an involved father. It sounds weird, but there is something so very captivating about this game.

Meet Octodad

Octodad is a character that I find very appealing. He is a father and a husband, but he does not want people knowing that he is an Octopus. Thankfully he likes to dress rather dapper but getting around the human world as an octopus is rather tough and he has scientists and other nosey people out after him. The basic goal of the game is to help Octodad live his life, take care of his family and not get spotted and outed as an octopus. I know this sounds weird, but you really do connect with Octodad and want to help him help his family.

Hard To Master, But Still Fun

Once people get over how weird the premise of Octodad: Dadliest Catch is, they always talk about the controls. Controlling Octodad does take a while to get used to. You control his limbs with their own buttons and getting the hang of just moving forward can take some time. Octodad can also grand and throw stuff around which is needed to complete various puzzles that the game throws your way.

Having Octodad cause chaos as he is walking from place to place is actually very funny. However, you have a meter (basically your life meter) and the more chaos you cause the more attention you draw to yourself and the meter will fill. If it fills all the way people realize you are an octopus in clothing and you have to start over at the last checkpoint. This is a far more challenging game than many people realize, but it is also a lot of fun.

Doing Chores As An Octopus

I really like the way that Octodad: Dadliest Catch is set in different sections. These have a lot of variety and they will challenge you in different ways. For example, the game eases you in at the start as it is your wedding day and you have to get dressed and make your way down the aisle in as “normal” a fashion as possible. My personal favorite level is the one in the supermarket. Just like an average dad, Octodad needs to get groceries. I found this level hilarious and as I am trying to do my shopping having people look and star did make me rather nervous! While there are some bonus episodes, Octodad: Dadliest Catch is still a rather short game, but it is a fun and memorable ride while it lasts.

In all, I never in a million years thought this would be a game that I liked. However, I have actually played through Octodad: Dadliest Catch numerous times and had a great time every time I do. It is not the easiest game to get into and the controls along with the premise are super weird, but that is the point of the game!

8/10

Pros:

  • Octodad is an awesome character
  • I love the story of the game
  • It has a lot of humor
  • It is far more challenging than you would think
  • Each playthrough feels a little different

Cons:

  • The controls do take a while to get the hang of
  • The game is a bit short

Download Octodad: Dadliest Catch

PC

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

People say:

9

Dadliest Catch might be weird, but it's also weirdly good. Developer Young Horses' first paid release puts you in the tentacles of an octopus masquerading as a human. You're tasked with keeping up the charade by accomplishing mundane tasks against the constraints of an awkward, convoluted control scheme. The participatory slapstick that ensues--with your orange, business suit-wearing avatar flailing into everything in sight--is entertaining enough to make the concept a worthwhile one, but it's the way Dadliest Catch is designed around clever settings like a rocking fishing boat and an arcade full of interactive games that really give the idea, uh, legs.

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