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Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a game about subterfuge and lies. You have to perform everyday tasks like fetching your daughter a glass of milk from the fridge without any of your family twigging on to the fact that you are in fact a Cephalopod in a suit.
This is easier said than done however, you see being an Octopus and all you can't exactly mosy on to the fridge and pour a glass of moo juice like you and I would, oh no, you have to make it there Octodad style.
This involves some inspired controls on the part of developers Young Horses. Each limb of Octodad is controlled by pressing buttons and moving the sticks. So for example moving your right leg would involve holding down RT moving the left stick to stretch it out and then the right stick to move it forwards.
If this sounds like a tussle for your thumbs, it is, but it genuinely clicks after two minutes of play, don't make the mistake of thinking it's ever going to be easy though, this game demands some serious skill.
Octodad: Dadliest Catch's levels are strewn with all manner of obstacles and tight spaces which will test even the best joystick jockey, and you'll also have to avoid and escape from your nemesis the chef, who wants nothing more than you to be revealed as the sea creature you are in front of your loving family. There are difficulty levels to play around with if it all gets too much for you, these alter the amount of fuck-ups you can make before you lose a life, I played on normal though and that was just about right for me.
I'm going to get it out of the way right now. I absolutely LOVED this game. If you ever played Surgeon Simulator on Steam and laughed yourself silly then this will be right up your street, though of the two Octodad: Dadliest Catch is the more polished and complete game. I seriously nearly gave myself a hernia from laughing so much when I was trying to climb a ladder to fetch a crowbar at one point, then I got angry, then I started laughing again. You just can't stay mad at the little guy!
That's also a genuine point, you can't stay mad at him, somehow Young Horses have imbued the game with so much personality it can be genuinely affecting at times, and everything matters just that much more.
Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a pretty short experience however, taking me around four hours to get to the end, but I only found two of Octodad's hidden ties (of which there are loads) and unlocked a paltry couple of achievements, so the content is there should you wish to keep playing, and believe me you'll want to keep playing. There's also a couple of half hour DLC's included in this package which detail a couple of important events in Octodad's life, these have their own online leaderboards too.
If you like fun games, laughing at your own stupidity and are up for a challenege, then I have no qualms at all about recommending you pick up Octodad: Dadliest Catch, it's a belter of a game which you will keep revisiting time after time.