Octodad: Dadliest Catch PlayStation 4 Hands On Impressions


I recently had the opportunity to play about twenty minutes of the once student project, Octodad: Dadliest Catch on the PlayStation 4. I can say with certainty that Young Horses, Inc. deserved their 2011 GDC Student Showcase Winner award. The games preposterous plot and concept may not be the most approachable in the business, but if you have an open mind, and want to try something truly unique, Octodad is a great exercise in insanity.

The basic premise behind Octodad: Dadliest Catch is to trick your family into thinking you’re an everyday father, when in reality your an octopus. Living out an everyday life as a suburban father doesn’t seem a daunting task in and of itself, but doing so as an octopus is ridiculous. Making coffee, getting your child something to drink, weeding the garden, cooking burgers on the grill, and mowing the lawn are all formidable tasks when you’re not sure how to walk in the first place. There’s a detection meter that fills when your family questions your actions, so be careful to practice a bit before taking your sideshow on the road in front of the wife and kids.

Two main control schemes persist in Octodad. One set has you controlling what’s best described as your hands and the other your feet. At this point, the L1 trigger toggles between the two control sets. The left analog stick controls the depth of field and the right stick manages the vertical and horizontal movements of your tentacles. The simple act of walking takes a ton of getting used to (unless you’re the genius kid to my right). You know who you are! The right and left triggers are used to alternate between legs, and they’re pressure sensitive, so a labored button push will result in an octosplit. Quicker, choppier button presses help you create something that resembles walking. By the end of my time with the demo build I, and the others around me had laughed hysterically at my antics.

In my honest opinion, I don’t see a single person that wouldn’t have fun with this game. The faces of the people around me were that of delight. No one in their right mind could help but crack a smile while either playing or watching the GameStop Expo demo. Octodad: Dadliest Catch will help fill out the PlayStation 4’s indie marketplace nicely.

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Dylan Zellmer

Dylan splits time between games journalism, designing video games, and playing them. Outside of his deep involvement in the games industry, he enjoys It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Shameless, A Song of Ice and Fire, fitness, and family.
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