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Octodad: Dadliest Catch (2014) is a traversal game where you try and control an octopus masquerading as a human as he goes about his day-to-day life. Using a combination of sticks and buttons, it creates an awkward, stomach-churning feeling of having too many limbs that you can’t directly control. It stands out for how it makes even the most basic tasks into a complex challenge, balancing (intentional) frustration with lighthearted fun and (eventually) immense satisfaction.

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.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Octodad: Dadliest Catch 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Ben Kendall and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Simulation and Traversal game with Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Stealth elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 6 hours and 7 hours to complete. To complete the single-player story will take around 7 hours and then another 10 or so to collect everything.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 7.

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.

Skill Level

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.

CostsCosts

Octodad: Dadliest Catch usually costs £2.29 to £11.99.
 

Octodad: Dadliest Catch

XBox Store Xbox One £11.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £2.29
Steam Store PC £11.99
Switch Store Wii U £11.99 Unavailable On Digital Store
Switch Store Switch £11.99
Steam Store Mac £11.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

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

Players: 1

Genres: Simulation, Traversal (Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Stealth)

Accessibility: 1 feature

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Young Horses (@YoungHorses)


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