Octodad: Dadliest Catch Review

Octodad: Loving father, caring husband...secret octopus.

Octodad: Loving father, caring husband…secret octopus.

*Sources of screenshots are listed in their respective file-names.

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Octodad: Dadliest Catch* is a hilarious and heartwarming game with quite possibly the most addictive theme-song known to man.

Dadliest Catch has a unique appeal that immediately draws you in. The intentionally awkward controls (made even crazier in co-op which assigns each player a limb/set of limbs) turn even a simple trip to the grocery store into an entertaining slapstick.

octodad_08 from Official Press Website

Nobody suspects a thing…

A great deal of the game’s charm comes from Octodad’s undeniable likability.

Octodad's charm from YouTube-DSPGaming channel

Blub?

Every interaction with his family shows a genuine love that lends the admittedly silly storyline some surprising emotional weight.

However, this story only lasts around two hours.

I was able to finish Octodad in one hour and forty-five minutes, even when taking time to look for collectible neckties and goof around (PC players have access to user-created maps which can extend this period).

However, I actually feel the length is perfect for this particular title.

octodad_04 from Official Press Website

We’ve all seen that movie that goes on too long, or a certain character that overstays their welcome. This easily could have happened to Octodad if his antics were extended another 10-15 levels just to satisfy an arbitrary number of gameplay hours.

Instead, we get a touching story, an endearing protagonist and a great deal of humor in a complete two-hour package.

octodad_10 from Official Press Website

Conclusion:

Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a heartwarming adventure which vastly improves upon the graphics, gameplay and humor of the original.

Additionally, many of the problems spotlighted by players and reviewers alike upon its original release (such as frustrating stealth sequences) have been fixed. Even mission objectives have been added/changed so that you can focus on Octodad’s unique and imaginative hook…

…being a totally normal, completely human dad.

octodad_12 from Octodad-Dadliest Catch Press Page

Potential Concerns:

In the church where Octodad gets married, a piece of stained glass depicts a bow-tie wearing, haloed Cthulhu with outstretched arms.

Octodad Cthulhu from YouTube-docm77 channel

Ending may reference Leviticus 18:23:

Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.

In one flashback sequence, a “piratey” sailor makes two comments:
Praise Poseidon and his everflowing beard of clams! [said after Octodad manages to start a ship’s engine]” and “By Poseidon…that song’s gonna be stuck in my head for years…

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About Nelson

Writer, amateur #gamedev, and Founder o' Video Games and the Bible. My interviews bring the boys to the yard. Featured from Kotaku to Rock Paper Shotgun. Dropsy.
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