|Dev: Young Horses|
|Pub: Young Horses|
|Release: April 22, 2014|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Fantasy Violence|
The most interesting parts of the game are when you are asked to manipulate objects or machines, like when you have to play Skee-Ball to win your wife a prize. If you are like me, you’ll probably just crawl up the ramp and drop balls into the high score slots, laughing all the while. Unfortunately, this humor once again fades as you’ll soon have to find another object, and bring it to another location.
Luckily, the game manages to keep all of your mess-ups funny, which keeps the game feeling fresh. Early on, you’ll be pleased just seeing the rampant destruction that you cause, but as the game goes on you’ll find yourself in more and more precarious situations that get more and more absurd. For example, you routinely save the lives of your family and people around them with your octopus powers, and nobody even bats an eye at how… stretchy you are. The game also throws a lot of inside humor at you, like a Cthulhu etching on a stained glass window in a church. It’s just a treat to play, even if it isn’t particularly deep.
Octodad is a pretty interesting game. It takes a huge risk in making frustrating controls its centerpiece of gameplay, but it really pays off considering the absurd subject matter. It’s not without its flaws, especially considering the repetitive level design, but it’s undeniably fun. Octodad is one of those rare games that literally gets you to laugh out loud while playing it. It’s a comedy in a landscape filled with dramas starring hardened marines and action movie stereotypes. It’s a real gem of an experience and for $10-$15 dollars, depending on whether or not you have a PlayStation Plus account, it’s certainly a game worth spending your time and money on.
Angelo M. D’Argenio
Date: April 23, 2014