With Octodad: Dadliest Catch, indie studio Young Horses have created a game that stands alongside Katamari Damacy as a game that gets so much right as a result of going out of its way to do everything wrong.
As Octodad struggles to maintain his cover as a husband and father, arms contorted into a besuited, bipedal sham, we are forced to deal with the restrictions such an unnatural scenario entails.
Dadliest Catch, a sequel to the freeware Octodad released a few years back on PC (you can download and play that version here), occupies a relatively new genre of games that make it difficult to do basic things by implementing intentionally clunky controls.
Hardcore Gamer Magazine
Octodad: Dadliest Catch is the strangest slice of gaming pie since Mister Mosquito. You’re a family man — I mean, mollusk — with a loving wife, and two semi-beautiful children. - See more at:
Octodad: Dadliest Catch is so gutsy, so endearingly stupid, it's almost painful to critique it as I would any other game. "Yeah, I know this bit doesn't work," the part of my heart undeadened by years of game criticism protests, "but may I remind you you're controlling a goddamned octopus?"
Octodad’s controls are best thought of as like Bennett Foddy’s slapstick athletics game QWOP in a 3D space.