BADGP Reviews: Octodad: Dadliest Catch (PS4)
Released: April 22, 2014
Review: Fish Out of Water
Trying to fit in and be normal is hard when you are an octopus, but it is even more difficult while wearing a three piece suit. In the game titled, Octodad: Dadliest Catch you will play as a typical eight-legged father figure trying desperately to blend in with the human society. From cooking burgers to even walking you will discover the daily challenges it is to literally be a fish out of water.
Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a short burst of charm and humor. The game will only run around 2 hours in length and can be greatly shortened by running through the story. Even though this game can easily be beaten in one sitting, the endless interactions with the environment around you makes it playable for countless times. The story is light-hearted and most of the humor comes from the awkward interactions you will cause throughout the game. The game mainly takes place in an aquarium as you constantly try to hide your true identity from your family and strangers. The voice cast did a great job at creating fun and engaging experience. Octodad’s incoherent blubbering, that amazingly everyone understood, and animated gestures created some quirky moments and made conversations hilarious.
The gameplay for Octodad is very simple and fairly intuitive. Throughout the game you will be given small objectives to complete. Once the current objective is complete the player is automatically given a new one. Throughout the game you will need to keep Octodad’s identity a secret as you complete these tasks. On the bottom of the screen there is a meter that fills up with ink if you are caught doing something fishy. When the meter is filled completely with ink your identity will be seen and it will be game over. While most of the game handled without a glitch, I did find some instances where the game had some issues. Through my hour and a half playthrough of Octodad I found myself stuck in the environment a handful of times and I also encountered the game crashing a couple of times. Even though these flaws occurred multiple times in such a short period it did not take away from the experience.
Octodad: Dadliest Catch has been one of the most enjoyable games I have had the chance to play. With a humorous concept and intuitive gameplay, this game had me laughing and smiling throughout the experience. Even though the game has some flaws and was really brief I would gladly recommend this game to anyone who is looking for something light and fun.