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Octodad: Dadliest Catch Quick Review



Developer: Young Horses, Inc.
Publisher: Young Horses, Inc.
Format: Xbox One
Release Date: August 26th, 2015
Copy provided by publisher
The Gist

Octodad: Dadliest Catch is physics game about an octopus masquerading as a human. He wears a suit, does yard work and even has a human wife and kids. He's just trying to live a normal life with his family while keeping the fact the he's an octopus a secret but he has to keep dodging a chef that just won't live and let live. And that's where I'll end the story description. I don't do spoilers. Though I will say that Octodad has a charming story, a lovable lead character and it's pretty funny at times.


Gameplay

Each tentacle used to walk on and one of the tentacles he's passing off as an arm are individually controlled. Throw in his constant flopping around and you have a recipe for some awkward controls but they're suppose to be that way, you are controlling an octopus trying to pass as human after all, and the controls are what make this game fun. Fumbling around the levels destroying everything in your path while trying to complete mundane tasks like making a pot of coffee or grabbing an apple at the grocery store is pretty entertaining.

The control scheme doesn't take very long to get used to either. I would say the controls don't take long to master, but I'm not sure if that's even possible. But after the first couple of levels you'll be running, grabbing things and flopping like a pro. The only downside to the gameplay is every once in a while you might get stuck inside of something you tried to plow through and have to reload a checkpoint to correct it. This only happened to me three times though and wasn't enough to ruin my enjoyment of the game.


Conclusion

Octodad is worth checking out. It's a silly game with a charming story but it's short length leaves you wanting more. The story can be completed in about 2 hours, a little longer if you're looking for all the ties and purposely destroying stuff like me. It also has a theme song that will be stuck in your head for weeks. Not that it's relevant to this review, I just wanted to put that out there in case one of the makers reads this and say to them thanks, I've been walking around singing it for days.

Summary:
+ Story
+ Fun to just pick up and play
+ Humor
-  Short Length
-  Occasional Glitch

Score: 7.5/10 "Good"


What I played: 4 hours completing the story and the two shorts levels once and unlocking 29 of 29 achievements
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