Octodad: Dadliest Catch Review
Octodad: Dadliest Catch Box Art
System: PS4
Dev: Young Horses
Pub: Young Horses
Release: April 22, 2014
Players: 1
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.

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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.

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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.

By
Angelo M. D’Argenio
Contributing Writer
Date: April 23, 2014

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.4
Graphics
While native 1080p, the graphics are pretty basic and cartoony.
5.0
Control
The controls suck… and that’s the point.
3.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The voice acting is OK. It serves the comedic purpose enough.
4.0
Play Value
If you can laugh at your own failures, this is a perfect game.
3.9
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Remote play compatible.
  • Navigation Controller Compatible.
  • Full 1080p native graphics.

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