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Generally favorable reviews- based on 241 Ratings

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  • Summary: Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a game about destruction, deception, and fatherhood. The player controls Octodad, a dapper octopus masquerading as a human, as he goes about his life. Octodad's existence is a constant struggle, as he must master mundane tasks with his unwieldy boneless tentaclesOctodad: Dadliest Catch is a game about destruction, deception, and fatherhood. The player controls Octodad, a dapper octopus masquerading as a human, as he goes about his life. Octodad's existence is a constant struggle, as he must master mundane tasks with his unwieldy boneless tentacles while simultaneously keeping his cephalopodan nature a secret from his human family. Expand

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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 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Feb 3, 2014
    70
    A very fun and original experience, that, even if it's quite short, is very satisfying.
  7. Games Master UK
    Mar 10, 2014
    40
    A sloppy and surprisingly unimaginative journey through a dreary world. [Apr 2014, p.64]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 39
  2. Negative: 5 out of 39
  1. 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! Expand
  2. Dec 23, 2014
    9
    Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a really fun game. The gameplay is unique and challenging, and it gives you a sense of how difficult it must be forOctodad: Dadliest Catch is a really fun game. The gameplay is unique and challenging, and it gives you a sense of how difficult it must be for an octopus to live on land. The storyline is charming, and it has you following an octopus who has to live life as a human. And did I mention that the voice acting is superb? However, I was craving more content long after the credits roll. The game is pretty short. The graphics aren't perfect, but the charm that the game brings is enough to make it not bother you. Overall, Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a perfect way to spend a lazy afternoon, with a cute story and unique gameplay. Expand
  3. Jan 31, 2014
    8
    Back when the original Octodad came out as a student project by the then-new developer Young Horses, my feelings were a bit on the negativeBack when the original Octodad came out as a student project by the then-new developer Young Horses, my feelings were a bit on the negative side. The controls, though intentionally so, leaned too far onto the side of frustrating. The sequel, Dadliest Catch, aims more to create a hilarious game than a frustrating one. ODC is filled with personality, from the ridiculousness of an octopus in a blue suit carrying out the duties of a father, to witty, charmingly comical dialogue. The game certainly lacks in content, but this is made up for with excellent replayability through collectable ties and developer time attacks. My major concern with Octodad is this: The game is basically squatting on the line between difficult and frustrating (a very fine line, I might add); the game will occasionally switch between the two. I found the final level absolutely frustrating, annoying, and totally pointless. Without saying what it is, I wish they had made without the type of level it was. A game like this doesn't need moments like that to make it fun and enjoyable. Overall, Octodad is a game worth grabbing during a sale (which, at the time of me writing this, it is), but the lack of content, occasional frustration, and horribly executed final level should drive one away from a full price purchase. Expand
  4. Jul 5, 2016
    7
    Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a pretty fun game. Though the controls are a bit awkward at times, it takes on getting used to. It has an awesomeOctodad: Dadliest Catch is a pretty fun game. Though the controls are a bit awkward at times, it takes on getting used to. It has an awesome theme song and strong opening levels, but has a frustrating back half and tedious stealth sequences. Expand
  5. Feb 18, 2014
    7
    Such a funny and fun game. Worth checking it out, it's a new experience that you get. But it's a bit too short, though that might be a goodSuch a funny and fun game. Worth checking it out, it's a new experience that you get. But it's a bit too short, though that might be a good thing for some of you. Expand
  6. Aug 5, 2020
    7
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  7. Sep 23, 2016
    0
    This game's design is essentially 'be as contemptuous as possible to the person playing'. Buggy, infuriating to control (yes, I 'get' thatThis game's design is essentially 'be as contemptuous as possible to the person playing'. Buggy, infuriating to control (yes, I 'get' that that's 'the point'), visually poor, and the dialogue is so so bad. Pure youtube let's player/ tween memer fodder, as is reflected in the 'positive' review numbers. Save yourself the headache. Expand

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