My Steam review for Octodad: Dadliest Catch is now up on Steam.
A Paladin’s Steam Review: Octodad: Dadliest Catch. Intentional Frustration Is…Fun?
- Genre: Co-Op Physics Havok Simulator. OR Physics Frustration Engine. OR 3rd Person Light Hearted Adventure.
- Developed & Published by: Young Horses
- Platform: Windows, Mac, Linux, Xbox, Playstation and Mobile.
- Business Model: Base Game
- Copy Purchased by Myself
Overall Gameplay Thoughts
I knew what I was getting into. I knew it and I still bought this game. Why did I buy this game? Why did I intentionally frustrate myself for three hours? Am I a masochist? All these questions and more will never be answered. Neither is the question about how your family has kids. Probably best that we dont’ know. Or how no one can figure out who Octodad really is except for one guy. Octodad is a physics sandbox game with colorful, cartoony graphics and a very whimsical soundtrack. There are also plenty of references to other games and internet personalities which I found amusing.
In Octodad, you control a standing octopus as he goes about a regular day in suburbia. It’s rather difficult to do this as he flops around being unable to stand up straight. This lack of bones is quite the crutch but Octodad never complains. You control one arm and one leg (and an optional local co-op partner controls the other set. No, this doesn’t make the game any easier but probably more hilarious.) and have to pull yourself around the world, picking up relevant items to solve a puzzle or get past a messy situation.
You control an octopus as he tries to be a good dad in suburbia. While hiding the fact that he is an Octopus. He talks in blurbs and squibbles which is apparently enough to get him by but the Wife seems to be having a major case of the denials. The day starts out ordinarily enough. The kids need to get ready for school and chores/errands need to be done. Which is far more challenging due to Octodad’s unique biology.
However, the only person in this world that seems to know Octodad for who he truly is, is out to stop his “evil plans”, whatever those may be. He’s quite tenacious and bent on exposing/defeating him but Octodad for the most part seems to be able to slip out out of trouble. What follows is a whacky adventure almost as whacky as the physics themselves. When really, all Octodad wants to be is a good dad. Yeah, the plot isn’t too serious but its quite cute and heartwarming.
The story is about two to three hours long depending on how many times it takes you to accomplish a simple task such as putting on a hat or walking 10 feet forward. (It’s surprisingly difficult how mundane tasks can be for an octopus). While that may seem too short, honestly, I think that’s the perfect length for a game like this. Any longer and you’d start punching walls or breaking controllers. Really, the game is looking out for you. The only collectibles in this game are three ties on each level but they can be pretty tricky to locate.
PC Settings & Story
PC settings are quite in depth. Resolutions options seem fully supported, fullscreen on/off, v-sync, shader quality slider, shadows, shadow quality and shadow distance settings are all here. The game is very well optimized, I never experienced any crashing or bugs. You know, outside of the physics wackiness. Bonus: they even give you an immediate preview of graphic changes while you’re in the settings menu. I would like to see more games do this.
Do I recommend this game? Only if you like intentionally frustrating yourself. You’ll only really get about 2-3 hours out of this game. A lot of that time will be frustration and anger as you try to control an octopus who can barely stand up straight. I’m not convinced by the Steam Workshop integration, I really don’t see what more could be done with this game. So far, what has been created there hasn’t been worth writing home about. For a game that is a whacky physics adventure, I didn’t expect it to have quite as much heart in its story though. I liked this game despite the frustration but only approach this if you can deal with it.
Thanks for reading!