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[Beyond PlayStation] Octodad: Dadliest Catch Review

[Beyond PlayStation] Octodad: Dadliest Catch Review

Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a very funny comedy game with awkward controls that make the game a complete blast. Intrigued? Then check out our Octodad: Dadliest Catch review to learn more about it!


In this game you’re an octopus who wears as suit as he tries to hide the fact that he’s an octopus and not a human. With that setup you can imagine how his clumsiness as an octopus with many tentacles to control will play a big role in this short game. You’ll be having issues at first to control the main character, but I can assure you this will lead you to laugh about your situation every step of way. How an octopus managed to fool people into thinking he’s a human, to the point he ends up marrying a woman with whom he starts a family.

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The tutorial section in the game is wonderful as it walks you through the main gameplay mechanics and how you will need to control your octopus, and it takes place on the wedding day of the main protagonist. You’ll learn how to dress up, how to pick up items, how to use objects, etc. It’s a really funny sequence that sets the mood for the rest of the game – a short section that gets to the point in the best possible way.

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The controls are quite unique since you have to control each of the octopus’ limbs separately. Arms are moved with the thumb sticks and you can grab and let go of objects with the left and right shoulder buttons, while the left and right triggers are used for the movement of the “legs” – remember this is supposed to be a human! You will tumble, crash and fall as you get acquainted with your octopus, laughing as you do so!

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Once the tutorial is over you will live your life as a married family man – as normal as it can be for an octopus! You will do regular stuff like mow the lawn, go on family shopping trips, raise your children, all while you focus on making sure you do not let it slip that you’re not really a human but an octopus. The only person that is aware of who you really are is Chef Fujimoto, and he is out to expose you for who you really are! Be careful, and do not let him ruin your family.

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The game has objectives to complete and it’s been fun watching an octopus trying to do normal everyday tasks set by your family, such as making a cup of coffee, something that comes natural to us normal human folks, since we are indeed human, but to an octopus it’s quite a challenge and that is only half the fun! Although the main character can’t speak, his opinions and thoughts are converted into humorous subtitles that will make you smile as you go.

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As well as the daily tasks and objectives you have neckties to find and an array of mini-games to play. There are also skill-based tasks to complete as you progress in the game, such as stealthily evading scientists or managing to casually exit a room without causing any suspicions. For these instances you will have a special purple meter that will let you know how you’re doing, so if you mess up you will get a game over.

Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a unique and fun game in which the awkward controls and the weird situations you find yourself in are part of the charm. The odd premise, the funky controls, the colorful graphics and the objectives to complete will keep you coming back for more from start to finish. The game might be a short one, but it’s a fun one you have to experience on Nintendo Switch.

This Octodad: Dadliest Catch review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Young Horses.


Review Overview

Very funny, weird and entertaining game