Octodad: Dadliest Catch is adorable and hilarious, as you try to pull off everyday chores controlling a slippery suckery cephalopod disguised as a family man. The joke can wear thin at times, especially when things get too 'gamey' and contrived towards the end, but if you love the idea you can save £4 on Steam. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!
Developers: Young Horses
Octodad: Dadliest Catch stems from what is, quite frankly, one of the best comic foundations for a game we've ever come across. Octodad is a loving family man -- a doting husband and father -- who flips burgers on weekends for his kids in the back yard, mows the lawn and weeds the flowerbed, chops firewood, does the grocery shopping, and takes his family on day trips to the aquarium.
But he's also an octopus, meaning that everything he does is hilariously awkward.
Octodad: Dadliest Catch is what you'd get if you stuffed QWOP into a blender with The Ministry of Silly Walks and a Sea Life Centre. It wears its inspirations on its sleeve too, with numerous nods to Bennett Foddy’s brilliantly farcical athletics game, and an abundance of comedic calamity that call to mind the shctick of Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, and the absurdist creations of Monty Python. It's wonderfully silly, and it's been some time since we've seen a game revel in such a simple yet effective joke. It's likely to be this year's Surgeon Simulator in that regard.
Octodad draws its challenge and its charm from a deliciously warped control system. You control four of the cephaloprotagonist's limbs -- ostensibly arms and legs -- independently: one trigger to lift the left leg, one trigger to lift the right, with direction then controlled by the left stick. What follows is a slithering, tumbling, lolloping motion that would probably be disgusting if everything wasn't so brightly saturated in the aesthetics of a CBBC cartoon. It's hilariously haphazard, even more so when trying to climb anything such as the stairs on a slide or a ladder of cereal boxes on display in a shop.Click here to read more...
It's basically this year's Surgeon Simulator, with lots of potential for slapstick comedy, controls that are hilariously warped, and a premise that might just be one of the best we've ever come across. For that alone, it's probably worth picking up on the cheap in this first week or two.
You play the role of a family man -- a loving husband and father -- who happens to be an octopus. No one suspects a thing, and your job is to keep it that by carrying out everyday activities in a normal fashion. But that's the thing: in a game where the character handling takes oodles of inspiration from QWOP, even the most mundane tasks can prove absurdly difficult, and the simple act of walking can have inadvertently hilarious results.
Also, who knew mowing the lawn would prove so difficult?!Click here to read more...
Octodad: Dadliest Catch is quite possibly our favourite videogame concept of all time.
Clumsily controlling an octopus masquerading as a normal suburban family man, players discover that even the most mundane household tasks become ridiculous adventures when they have to manually manipulate tentacles instead of arms. It's silly, endearing and coming so soon we can practically smell the tempura. Young Horses have confirmed that the game will release on PC (via Steam and the Humble Store) on January 30th - with the PS4 port trailing along in March.
We are so ready for this. Carl and Matt even wrote and performed The Octodad Song to while away the last few months... though the new sing-along-a-launch trailer has them beat hands-down. Tentacles down?