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Octodad: Dadliest Catch

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Overall 8
7.8

Octodad: Dadliest Catch

IGN
23 April 2014
  • Conclusion: Young Horses has done an excellent job taking the diamond in the rough that was the original Octodad student project and turning it into a short but charmingly absurdist physics game. While it doesn’t quite take the extra step that would cement its place as a classic, lovers of physical comedy owe it to themselves to check Dadliest Catch out.
  • Pros: Genuinely funny, Touching story, Gameplay variety
  • Cons: Punitive last level, Light on challenge
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Overall 6
6.0

Octodad: Dadliest Catch Review

GamerNode
22 February 2014
  • Summary: The hard work and concentration put into every little action along the way, along with an unshakable concern for Octodad’s ultimate fate, make the experience feel larger and more significant than can be measure in megabytes. Especially for an audience receptive to its message, it’s definitely worth testing the waters with Octodad: Dadliest Catch.
  • Pros: Addresses real-world issues, Excellent ludonarrative consonance thanks to ridiculous controls, Funny
  • Cons: Little gameplay substance, Feels like a one-trick pony
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Overall 9
9.0

Octodad: Dadliest Catch Review – PC/Steam

Game Chronicles
10 February 2014
  • Excerpt: Octodad: Dadliest Catch is the latest indie-darling to arrive on Steam, and it’s taking the gaming world by storm thanks to its quirky charm and fiendishly difficult gameplay.   The premise is so far out there it seems the developers were playing a game of Mad Libs when they created the design docs for this action-adventure.
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Overall 8
7.5

Creating A Splash

Game Debate
8 February 2014
  • Excerpt: Octodad: Dadliest Catch's premise is simple. You're a loving father with all the responsibilities of family life thrust upon you; shopping, cooking burgers for your two quarrelsome kids, making coffee and chopping firewood are all in a days work.
  • Pros: Interesting, Fun Mechanics, Very Funny, Quirky And Original
  • Cons: Some Visual Glitches, Joke Wears A Little Thin
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Overall 8
8.0

Octodad: Dadliest Catch

Strategy Informer
7 February 2014
  • Conclusion: Still, Octodad is three hours of fun I wouldn’t want to throw back. While it is too short an experience it’s a great, unique one and I urge anyone who likes fun games to give it a go. Anyone who played Surgeon Simulator and thought it was hilarious should immediately pick up Octodad , and anyone who thought it was funny but wanted a fuller game experience should be covered too. Dadliest Catch is funny, charming, challenging, and packed with loveliness.
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Overall 8
8.0

Octodad: Dadliest Catch

Gamezebo
7 February 2014
  • Summary: Suit up those tentacles!
  • Pros: Simply hilarious. Ridiculous controls make the easiest of tasks super tricky. Touching story.
  • Cons: Controls can also be infuriating at times. Might be on the short side for some people.
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Overall 8
8.0

Octodad: Dadliest Catch

GameTrailers
3 February 2014
  • Excerpt: Imagine going through life without a spine. Not in a sad or serious sort of way, but more of a stretchy, gummy, awkward display of elasticity. Putting you in the role of an octopus dressed in human clothes, Octodad delights in making a bumbling mess out of mundane life and will have you laughing at your own clumsiness.
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Overall 6
6.0

Expert Review

GameSpot
3 February 2014
  • Summary: For a typical hero like Superman, saving dozens of people from a burning building may be all in a day's work. But Octodad is a different kind of hero, one whose struggles remind us that the trials and tribulations of everyday life can be tough for us all. You see, Octodad has carved out an ordinary life for himself as a husband and father, but secretly, he's an octopus, which makes living this ordinary life especially difficult.
  • Pros: Controls make simple tasks comically difficult, Humorously places an absurd character in ordinary domestic situations
  • Cons: Becomes less enjoyable as it becomes more demanding, Feels like an insubstantial trifle rather than a complete experience
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Overall 8
8.0

Octodad: Dadliest Catch

Destructoid
2 February 2014
  • Summary: An interesting exercise in game design is to identify assumptions about the genre or medium in general, then question those assumptions. One such assumption that most make is that control should feel natural and unobtrusive as the player's interface with the game. Octodad: Dadliest Catch challenges that idea, making awkward control central to the gameplay.
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Octodad: Dadliest Catch Review

VideoGamer.com
1 February 2014
  • Excerpt: Although less convincing than a trenchcoated, bowler-hatted, fake-mustachioed comic strip schoolboy standing on a chum’s shoulders, no one but the most scrutinous marine biologist or a curiously homicidal chef nemesis can see through Octodad’s piss-poor disguise. It's Dadliest Catch's running gag, where living a lie is taken to preposterous extremes and deceiving loved ones is the aim of the game.
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