Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a whimsical comedy game that prides itself on being one of gaming’s first truly slapstick experience. It’s an odd game to be sure with a simple albeit strange premise: you are an octopus who tries to assimilate himself into human society. Much easier said than done. But this hilarious game pulls it off as you slip and slide through suburban life, though if you’re looking for substance this might not be the cephalopod protagonist for you.
Aesthetics (Story, Graphics, Sound)
Believe it or not, Octodad: Dadliest Catch does have a narrative complete with villains, exposition, high and low points, character development and even a denouement. While you won’t find any hard-hitting dialogue here, the full story arc is carried by comedic one-liners and plenty of priceless puns and humorous awkward situations. While Octodad: Dadliest Catch is, at its core, a purely silly game, it’s nice to see the time spent on including an actual narrative.
Gameplay (Combat, Systems, Mechanics)
Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a simple game that puts the player in different levels and then gives them objectives which include heavy interaction with the environment (you can grab most anything), stealth and reflex and timing. First off, Octodad is hard to control and that’s the point. Fumbling through a level results in many gut-busting slip ups that had me laughing nonstop. However, towards the end, the game starts to focus on precision movements with very little room for error. It’s fine to ramp up the difficulty as the game approaches the end but it detracts from the lighthearted spirit at the beginning, becoming, at times, frustrating with the due to the amount of precision asked of the purposely clumsy control scheme.
The biggest drawback of the title is that the game is extremely short for what it’s worth. I was able to complete it in a few hours, spending some time searching for neckties or just fooling around. After you’ve finished the main story, you can go back to collect all the neckties but there aren’t that many in the game and they’re not particularly hard to find either. In its short lifespan, it gives just the right amount of challenge and silliness, but its abrupt ending and minimal amount of end-game content leaves me a bit disappointed.
Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a game that succeeds in providing a wacky experience as you slapstick your way through mundane tasks and dangerous situations. It’s lack of substance is a bit disappointing, especially when you start to get the hang of controlling Octodad, but the presented 4-5 hours of gameplay is a solid, enjoyable game that’ll have you and your friends creating zany situations and laughing at an octopus as he bumbles around oblivious humans. The price tag of 14.99 is a bit high, especially compared to other games in that price range, but if you want a good laugh or can find it at a lower price, I’d definitely recommend giving this game a whirl.
Final Score: 8 / 10
Written and Edited by Tim Atwood
Chief Editor at The Pixel Pen Review