Octodad: Dadliest Catch Reviews

TSA Score for this game: 687
Posted on 06 March 18 at 23:33, Edited on 07 March 18 at 00:32
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This is an absolutely brilliant game. Everything in the game works, the theme is brilliant, the story is wonderful, and the gameplay is fun.

The control scheme is interesting, you control two legs and one arm of an octopus in disguise. Each is controlled by a different button (play it with a controller, it's worth it). The controls at first feel a bit like QWOP in difficulty, but by the end of the game I was able to move at a full controlled run and was having a blast. After a level or two, the controls start to feel natural, and I was surprised at how much fun the game was.

The game is a touch short, about 3 hours to play through the game the first time, however, everything about those 3 hours is brilliant. The story is that there's an octopus posing as a human (think "Chicken Boo" from Animaniacs).

While the game is short, the writing in the game is top notch, as the octopus has a family (starting with a marriage at the beginning level of the game and spontaneously having 2 kids after that point, feel free to question that). Each character is brilliant, the wife is loving and caring, the Octodad has a ton of emotion even without being able to say a word, and each kid is great, but the daughter steals the show with almost every line she delivers. I couldn't stop laughing because she is a piece of comic gold. Whenever I was working on a task and she started to talk I paused and listened.

Everything about the game is fun, and my family had a good time watching me play. Then there are the achievements. Dear god. I earned 8 achievements for playing the game, only a couple are not main game related, I still have 24 achievements to earn and the achievements range from challenging to silly. There's a lot of replayability to the game outside of achievements but to "perfect" this game, you're going to have really challenge yourself.

There's a real desire to replay the game because there's so much more you can do, but beyond that, you have steam workshops, extra levels (future stories), and more. I have to go back and play the future stories because I want to see what else the game can deliver.

Overall I can highly recommend this game. If you are still unsure, I would suggest it be purchased when it's on sale for those who aren't sure, but Young Horses is an amazing studio and I can't wait to see what they do next.
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