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
    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.
  2. Feb 4, 2014
    60
    Unfortunately, Dadliest Catch is just an inconsistent, intermittently hilarious trifle, and not the game this terrific character deserves.
  3. Jan 31, 2014
    58
    It pains me to level a harsh judgment against a game that’s trying something new and innovative, but Octodad doesn’t balance the frustration with the funny.
  4. Feb 4, 2014
    70
    It's a shame Octodad leans so heavily on traditional gameplay tropes like boss fights and stealth sections in its second half, especially when the opening sections suggest something quirkier and more inventive - but taken as a whole, it's still a minor triumph.
  5. Mar 10, 2014
    40
    A sloppy and surprisingly unimaginative journey through a dreary world. [Apr 2014, p.64]
  6. Jan 30, 2014
    70
    It might be brief, but Octodad is definitely worth checking out for anyone interested in a charming, hilarious experience. Also, you get to play as an octopus, which... you know, is pretty awesome.
  7. 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.
  8. Feb 3, 2014
    70
    A very fun and original experience, that, even if it's quite short, is very satisfying.
  9. Jan 30, 2014
    50
    Octodad: Dadliest Catch asks you to overlook an awful lot more than plot holes.
  10. 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.
  11. Feb 10, 2014
    70
    Original and funny, Octodad is a good adventure game with a inconsistent controlling.
  12. Jan 31, 2014
    45
    Starts out funny, but quickly becomes frustrating. A wonderfully weird and original concept that falls flat like its jelly-limbed hero.
  13. 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.
  14. Feb 3, 2014
    70
    Despite its late-game flaws I’m just so surprised the team at Young Horses managed to make this ludicrous concept work as a fully-fledged game that I still wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.
  15. 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.
  16. Feb 14, 2014
    55
    As its main character, it tries to hide its real nature, but sooner or later you'll grasp it anyway. It's not for the impatient gamer, and some design choices ultimately spoil the fun.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Jan 31, 2014
    50
    That the controls are frustrating and imprecise is kind of the point, but what’s less forgiveable is how poorly Octodad seems to understand its own premise.
  20. 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.
  21. Feb 4, 2014
    70
    Octodad: Dadliest Catch doesn’t always play to its strengths – mechanically or conceptually – but it’s still an enjoyable and unusual game whose charms ultimately won me over.
  22. 60
    More of a quirky technological demo than a full gaming experience. There's enough tentacles but not enough fun. [Issue #239]
  23. 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.
  24. May 20, 2014
    70
    It's weird, childish and really not a masterpiece. Still, Octodad offers plenty of entertainment and is just good old fashioned fun.
  25. 70
    Octodad: Dadliest Catch is hilarious, silly, annoying and engaging all at once, and that’s ultimately what makes it a game worth playing.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. Jan 30, 2014
    80
    Some late-game issues not withstanding, Dadliest Catch is a charming, bizarre, genuinely likable little game.
  30. 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.
  31. Feb 12, 2014
    70
    Octodad is not only original in its concept, but also in the way you play it. It just a shame that the later part of the game is not as brilliant as its first levels.
  32. Apr 2, 2014
    70
    The best idea for a game ever – an octopus must pretend to be human in front of its wife and kids. When it comes to the story it’s a great cartoon, amusing both to children and adults, but gameplay has some difficult moments and peculiar controls result in some odd bugs. [04/2014, p.62]
  33. Jan 30, 2014
    60
    Not unlike a cartoon, Octodad: Dadliest Catch shines brightest when it allows you to revel in the insanity of its premise, but every running joke has a limited shelf life, even when the gag is this good. If you can forgive that, and the sometimes incongruous challenges, Octodad's charm may just win you over.
  34. Feb 12, 2014
    70
    Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a charming and incredibly fun adventure, keeping you on your non-existent octopus toes and wanting more. It’s just a shame that there’s only so much to see and do in this colorful universe, with a premature ending that leaves much to be desired.
  35. 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.
  36. Mar 4, 2014
    70
    A fresh and funny game mainly because of its controls, an interesting and likeable one because of its execution and humour. Dadliest Catch is a little game that's not only capable of pleasing but also drives you wild. The important thing to do is to realize that your nerve-racking is not a flaw but a part of the game. And by the time you see credits rolling on your screen, you will experience this beautiful satisfaction.
  37. 70
    Short play-time and ill-advised stealth sections aside, you should give the at times hilarious Octodad a chance. You could start with trying out the older free iteration that's available on Young Horses' website. I wouldn't be surprised to see people with a fancy for anarchic humor fork out the full 14 Euros for the proper version, after enjoying this taster.
  38. Jan 31, 2014
    60
    Its brevity and reliance on contrived challenges work against Octodad: Deadliest Catch, but when it's at its best, it's a damn hilarious game that'll charm the pants off most players.
  39. 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.
  40. Feb 10, 2014
    70
    Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a rare beast, then, because it made me laugh out loud the first moment that I ambled down the aisle to meet my doting bride-to-be.
  41. Jan 30, 2014
    70
    When the bizarre controls make mundane tasks impossible, Dadliest Catch is just too funny to be frustrating. When it piles on the weight of traditional video game challenges, controlling the tendrils of an uncooperative marionette becomes instantly less appealing.
  42. 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.
  43. Jan 31, 2014
    70
    Octodad oozes charm like a leaky squid. While it’s disappointingly light on content and complexity, the game is sure to light up a room with its humor and whacky control scheme, especially in co-op mode.
  44. Jan 30, 2014
    65
    Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a game fettered by artifice and a noticeable absence of failure animations suggestions a game unfinished. Send Octodad back to the kitchen, he's not quite done yet.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 178 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 30
  2. Negative: 5 out of 30
  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 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 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 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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