Octodad: Dadliest Catch
It's a tentacle dance with the beautiful futility of hiding in plain sight.
A worthy challenge for any player.
A laudably outlandish concept well executed.
Genuinely funny, pun-packed script.
Whirling your way through levels, leaving a trail of destruction in your wake.
A surprisingly heart-warming story.
A couple of instances of maddeningly demanding play with unpredictable controls.
A handful of tough spots require saintly patience.
Difficulty spikes and insta-kills make several chef encounters annoying.
Frustrating when you get caught on objects.
Mouse-based controls pale in comparison to using a controller.
Itís really short.
By PCWorld on February 12, 2014
Octodad: Deadliest Catch's unique control scheme is a great gimmick that takes itself too seriously. But at least the theme song is amazing!60
By PCAdvisor on February 06, 2014
Ocotodad is an instant star, but despite a strong start this cheerfully chaotic game doesn't quite wind up being the best vehicle for him.70
By EuroGamer on February 04, 2014
It's a shame Octodad leans so heavily on traditional gameplay tropes like boss fights and stealth sections in its second half, especially when the opening sections suggest something quirkier and more inventive - but taken as a whole, it's still a minor triumph.70
By GameInformer on February 03, 2014
Engaged players will also want to check out the included level editor, and the workshop mode that lets you explore other users’ creations. It pains me to level a harsh judgment against a game that’s trying something new and innovative, but Octodad doesn’t balance the frustration with the funny.58
By PCGamer on January 31, 2014
Starts out funny, but quickly becomes frustrating. A wonderfully weird and original concept that falls flat like its jelly-limbed hero.45
By MacLife on January 30, 2014
Controlling a virtual man has never been so equally challenging, rewarding, and occasionally dumbfounding as when that man is an Octodad.90
By HardcoreGamer on January 30, 2014
The fact that this game even exists is baffling - making you question the inspiration. Was there a professor at DePaul University who’s office was an oversized fish tank? Did one of the developers code the game four times faster than everybody else? Perhaps we’ll never know.70
By Polygon on January 30, 2014
So, does this brash, patently insane concept work as a fully-fledged game? Not perfectly, no. But it's also so funny and weird that you ignore it at your own peril. Much like its cephalopod protagonist, it's a wonder the thing moves at all.70
By Destructoid on January 30, 2014
In the end, I would not be surprised to hear that the Octodad community is thriving years down the road. It exudes a certain weirdness and charm that makes it stand out from a lot of other titles out there, and there are tools in place for it to live on past the point when the credits start to roll.80
By GiantBomb on January 30, 2014
Even when it falters, Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a likable game. It's only disappointing by virtue of the fact that with a few of its design and story quirks worked out, it could have been a lovable game instead.80