Octodad: Dadliest Catch

  • Octodad: Dadliest Catch
73
Based on 26 scores, 32 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    5
  • Good:
    8
  • Average:
    6
  • Bad:
    7

Pros:

  • It's a tentacle dance with the beautiful futility of hiding in plain sight.
  • Masterfully designed.
  • A worthy challenge for any player.

Cons:

  • A couple of instances of maddeningly demanding play with unpredictable controls.
  • A handful of tough spots require saintly patience.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Trusted Reviews on 60

Octodad has brilliant ideas, endearing characters and a great sense of humour, but as a game it's not quite where it should be. The deliberately vague controls cause a little frustration along with the hilarity, and it's not long enough or rich enough...

By New Game Network on 66

The concept of Octodad: Deadliest Catch is clever and the overall experience is good for some laughs. But it is hard to recommend a game that is fun for little over an hour. Young Horses just doesn't seem to know what to do with their good...

By avforums.com on 60

Comedy comes in many forms. From the ever topical Jon Stewart to the quintessentially British Morecambe and Wise. From the foulmouthed South Park through to the broader appeal of six chums in a coffee shop and Friends. Myself, I'm partial to a good pun,...

By PCWorld on 60

Octodad: Deadliest Catch's unique control scheme is a great gimmick that takes itself too seriously. But at least the theme song is amazing!

By PCAdvisor on 70

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.

By EuroGamer on 70

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.

By GameInformer on 58

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.

By Strategy Informer on 80

Sometimes you hear about a game and you just have to play it. A game so crazy, so unique, so fun, and so gamey that it makes you want to seek it out. As soon as I heard about a game where you play as an octopus posing as a human and trying to avoid...

By PC Gamer on 45

Starts out funny, but quickly becomes frustrating. A wonderfully weird and original concept that falls flat like its jelly-limbed...

By MacLife on 90

Controlling a virtual man has never been so equally challenging, rewarding, and occasionally dumbfounding as when that man is an Octodad.

By HardcoreGamer on 70

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.

By Polygon on 70

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.

By Destructoid on 80

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.

By GiantBomb on 80

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.

By TechnoBuffalo on 90

Yes, there’s a storyline here that’s certainly clever. And, sure, you’ll be able to spend $15 and get a nice little package with a clear and concise line of play. But, Octodad, for me, has been rewarding because of the small culture it creates. It’s fun. I can’t wait for everyone else to have it, because then it’ll be fun for them.

By Digital Spy on 80

The brilliant design used throughout Octodad: Dadliest Catch brings out the absolute best from a bizarre concept that simply needs to be played to be believed.

By Joystiq on 60

Not unlike a cartoon, Octodad: Dadliest Catch shines brightest when it allows you to revel in the insanity of its premise, but every running joke has a limited shelf life, even when the gag is this good. If you can forgive that, and the sometimes incongruous challenges, Octodad's charm may just win you over.

By Edge Online on 50

It’s hard to tell quite how things went so wrong. Lacking the confidence to revel in its protagonist’s clumsiness for the entire runtime, Young Horses takes Octodad’s comical core mechanics to places they have no right to go. QWOP, remember, only gave you an athletics track, and with good reason.

By Kotaku on

I can't help but feel for Octodad, clumsy mollusk-out-of-water that he is. As he crashes into a display stand or falls down the stairs, I'm sure he's wondering the same thing I wonder from time to time: Why can't things just be easier?

By VideoGamer on 80

Simple tasks inevitably degenerate into Buster Keaton-evoking farces – with soundtrack nods to silent film accompanists to boot – and my only gripes with Dadliest Catch are an occasionally wayward camera and a few cruel difficulty spikes necessitating repetition of short sections ad nauseam. Otherwise, it’s a blast.