Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 44
  2. Negative: 2 out of 44
  1. Jan 30, 2014
    91
    Octodad is a great example of a game that conveys a message through gameplay. In conjunction with its story, characters, and setting, the controls offer an empathetic look into the life of an extreme outsider trying to fit in and trying to do right by his family...I love that. Gaming is growing up, and Octodad is some of the best evidence of that.
  2. Jan 31, 2014
    90
    Dadliest Catch is a wily, outstanding title in the vein of infamous freeware QWOP. With awkward controls, volatile physics and formidable environmental puzzles working in compelling harmony, Dadliest Catch makes the player the architect of physical comedy in a brilliant and idiosyncratic way.
  3. Jan 30, 2014
    90
    Smartly built, endlessly entertaining, and unexpectedly heartwarming, Dadliest Catch manages to turn an utterly ridiculous concept into one of the most surprising games in recent memory.
  4. Mar 7, 2014
    80
    Octodad: Dadliest Catch has a brilliant concept, a hilarious story and the same goes for the gameplay. The shortness of the story mode is a letdown, but not because it doesn't justify the price tag. Whether it's a sequel or a feature film by Pixar, Octodad is an unforgettable character that deserves more time in the limelight.
  5. Feb 12, 2014
    80
    At first it looks like a silly experiment, but once you sink your tentacles into the game, you’ll encounter challenging and manic arcade fun.
  6. Feb 4, 2014
    80
    It keeps you laughing with the sheer absurdity of its lead character, the not-so-subtle references, and fumbling physical comedy that's made all the more potent through your participation. Like a plate of sushi, it might seem a bit pricey for what you get, but it's worth paying a small premium for a fresh catch.
  7. Feb 3, 2014
    80
    While it is too short an experience it’s a great, unique one and I urge anyone who likes fun games to give it a go.
  8. Feb 3, 2014
    80
    Octodad: Dadliest Catch may be a one-joke game, but the team at Young Horses has taken that joke and squeezed as much hilarity out of it as possible. Don’t ask questions about the man in the suit — just buy the game.
  9. Jan 30, 2014
    80
    In a game like this there's careful line between frustration and elation, and Octodad walks it (or slides down, falls along, slithers against - whatever) with appreciable balance.
  10. Jan 30, 2014
    80
    The brilliant design used throughout Octodad: Dadliest Catch brings out the absolute best from a bizarre concept that simply needs to be played to be believed.
  11. Jan 30, 2014
    80
    Octodad is an engaging, unique game which crashes the everyday and the uncanny head-on with aplomb, and one particularly enjoyable to onlookers. Simple tasks inevitably degenerate into Buster Keaton-evoking farces – with soundtrack nods to silent film accompanists to boot – and my only gripes with Dadliest Catch are an occasionally wayward camera and a few cruel difficulty spikes necessitating repetition of short sections ad nauseam. Otherwise, it’s a blast.
  12. Jan 30, 2014
    80
    Some late-game issues not withstanding, Dadliest Catch is a charming, bizarre, genuinely likable little game.
  13. Jan 30, 2014
    80
    Though it has some issues with framerate drops and its approach to control is definitely not for everybody, Dadliest Catch kept a smile on my face for most of its duration.
  14. Feb 8, 2014
    79
    A brilliant comedy that takes place in a sandbox world. It's hilarious and poignant at the same time, and above anything else it's a lot of fun.
  15. Jan 30, 2014
    78
    Young Horses has done an excellent job taking the diamond in the rough that was the original Octodad student project and turning it into a short but charmingly absurdist physics game.
  16. Feb 19, 2014
    75
    Octodad: Dadliest Catch is anything but intuitive, and that’s exactly what makes it this much fun. While you’re doing everyday things with your family you’ll be rolling on the floor laughing, whilst also feeling something for the characters and its story. All the more a shame that the camera isn’t cooperative at times and certain moments simply don’t work, because Octodad: Dadliest Catch is something special.
  17. Feb 3, 2014
    75
    Octodad: Dadliest Catch might just be the funniest game of the year. It’s not just the idiotic premise, but also the as insane gameplay with controls that don’t really give you control of anything. Octodad frustrates in the end with some sneaking elements, but by then you’ll have messed around, tripped and spilled so much, that Octodad is without a doubt father of the year.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 197 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 33
  2. Negative: 5 out of 33
  1. Aug 2, 2013
    10
    Absoulutely fun and hilarious. The maps are fun and the controls are wonky and amazing, it's basically a ragdoll physics game and youAbsoulutely fun and hilarious. The maps are fun and the controls are wonky and amazing, it's basically a ragdoll physics game and you Octodad, are trying to hide your identity of an octopus. The tasks are hard and stupidly hilarious when you try to get used to the controls. Awesome game, and you'll understand more when you buy it. Full Review »
  2. Jan 30, 2014
    10
    A Metascore of 70 for Octodad? Are you kidding me? There are 2 things, you have to give 10/10 no matter what, Surgeon Simulator and OctodadA Metascore of 70 for Octodad? Are you kidding me? There are 2 things, you have to give 10/10 no matter what, Surgeon Simulator and Octodad (Duke Nukem somehow too, because it's Duke Nukem...). These games may not be executed the best possible way but they form a gaming culture with fresh and unused mechanics. They bug out and have no real depth, but they try something new with crazy ragdoll physics and are therefore fun. And that's all that matters when it comes down to games like Octodad, give the player a fun and enjoying time. Octodad: Dadliest Catch achieves that! Full Review »
  3. Feb 4, 2014
    0
    A terribly gimmicky game that relies solely on the inability to control the main character. What you see in the beginning is what you areA terribly gimmicky game that relies solely on the inability to control the main character. What you see in the beginning is what you are going to get overall. I've seen game demos that feature more game play then this pile of sewage has managed to pull of.

    Another waste of time, just like Surgeon Simulator.
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