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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Octodad: Dadliest Catch 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Ben Kendall and updated 12 weeks ago.
You play the titular Octodad as he goes about his life disguised as a human navigating a troubled marriage and a long series of bizarre and unfortunate scenarios. You move through the stages, from a suburban garden to a supermarket to a huge aquarium, and must make it to the end of each to proceed.
Play involves using a combination of sticks and buttons to control each of your eight legs individually. many of the things you touch stick to you instantly, and just navigating through a small room or opening a cupboard door quickly becomes brain-achingly tricky, yet still comedic and lighthearted as chaos ensues from your failure. It’s the kind of peculiar difficulty that quickly results in a heady mix of frustration and hilarity as you blunder your way through each level, limbs flailing and furniture flying, to the gleeful screams of others in the room.
The result is a game where the fun stems from the challenge of overcoming the physics-based direct-limb control and interactions with the world. The absurdist nature of the game, paired with the satisfaction of finally overcoming a seemingly innocuous obstacle makes for an entertaining and rewarding yet still lighthearted experience.
Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated IGEA G.
Rated PEGI 7+ with violence. In the US it is rated EVERYONE 10+ by ESRB with cartoon violence and crude humor.
10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Young players either need a good helping of patience and find motor control, or a really good sense of humour. Those that can try, fail, and laugh at how hard it is will get the most out of the game.
Release Date: 30/01/2014, updated in 2017
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS
Content Rating: PEGI 7
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Accessibility: 1 feature
Components: 3D Third-Person
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