GAMEX 2013 Hands-on Preview: Octodad: Dadliest Catch

maxresdefaultOctodad: Dadliest Catch is a game where you play a man who needs to go through his daily life with his family, he has his lovely wife, a son and a daughter. He’s a great dad and they all love each other a whole lot. That’s it really. You’re also a secret octopus I guess.

Octodad: Dadliest Catch (PS4, PC)
Developed and Published by Young Horses

Octodad is a octopus trying to be a human man and he does a great job of it. The gameplay is simple, you are given a bunch of tasks to do and you’ll try doing them without messing up, because if you do you’ll reveal that you’re in fact a octopus, and that’s a shocking reveal for everyone else involve. Think a stealth game where Solid Snake don’t need to hide from the guards, he just need to jump around on all four and try really hard to be a frog to trick them.

What makes this so hard? Well, you control Octodad’s individual tentacles to move and interact, which means you’ll spend most of your time smashing things and slip around like a banana peel greased in frying oil tossed into an igloo. Yeah, Octodad: Dadliest Catch controls really really really bad, but that’s what’s so great about it. It’s something as rare as a game that manages to make the actual gameplay filled with humor. It’s a game that’s constantly funny to play and look at, no matter what you’re up to.

steamworkshop_webupload_previewfile_92915329_previewI played the PS4 version, which surprised me in a lot of ways. While I have played the original Octodad on PC, I was surprised to find the PS4 controls more fitting of the game. You activate your leg tentacles by using L2 or R2, which you have to switch back and forth between to move around the world, you then use R1 to control your arm tentacle so that you can pick things up or push things out of the way. It works really well… …well it works as well as Octodad can work, but you get my point.

I left my demo of Octodad: Dadliest Catch stupidly impressed by what I had played. It was the most fun game at the expo and a game I’m happy to give my Editor’s Choice award to for GAMEX 2013. I can’t wait to check out the full game next year.


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