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.
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
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.
Conclusion: Octodad: Dadliest Catch doesn’t always play to its strengths – mechanically or conceptually – but it’s still an enjoyable and unusual game whose charms ultimately won me over. Silly walking through its fun but flawed adventure is a fine way to spend an afternoon despite a less focused third act. If you’re in the mood for something refreshing and different from the usual kill-em-dead directives in games, I’d recommend you play it.
Excerpt: That Octodad: Dadliest Catch spells out its premise in its catchy opening theme song should come as little surprise – this is a ridiculous game. You wouldn’t expect developer Young Horses to evolve this absurd concept much beyond a simple, wacky tech demo, yet here we are. With a move so bold as to take the antics of a wildly gesticulating octopus and build an entire game around it, Octodad is so gutsy, so stupid and so utterly charming, that you can’t help but let it...
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.
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.
Conclusion: Playing and enjoying Octodad: Dadliest Catch seems to require an active narcotic influence; however, thanks to deliberately obtuse controls and a conscious sense of humor, even the most capable operator will inevitably render their invertebrate avatar a hilarious mess of tentacles and destruction.