PS Vita Review: Octodad: Dadliest Catch

She knows he's an octopus, but those tentacles...

She knows he’s an octopus, but those tentacles…

By: Uma Smith

I’ve seen some weird things in my life, but this one takes the cake. An octopus pretending to be human??? That seems to be the case in Octodad: Dadliest Catch, which has recently arrived for the PlayStation Vita. As wacky as it sounds, it has gotten me intrigued. With such a peculiar concept, will these be the “catch” of the day?

CONTROLS (3.25/5)

Patience and perseverance are the main qualities that you’ll need to have in order to get through this game. The whole idea is to move each of your character’s limbs using a combination of the shoulder buttons and analogue sticks. But that’s easier said than done since the limbs seem to be out of control. As such, some players may feel that the controls are absolutely horrendous. However, others may appreciate the challenges that this game possesses. Either way, it will be a really wobbly “walk in the park.”

GRAPHICS/SOUND (4/5)

Octodad: Dadliest Catch may look simplistic in terms of graphics. Nevertheless, the color palettes and details are just enough to make the overall appearance lively, especially on the Vita’s screen. It also fits well with the cartoon-like characters that opt for some wacky situations.

Complementing quite effectively are the tracks playing in the background which gives a lighthearted feel that fits well with the game’s theme. Tack on the hilarious sound effects and you have yourself a laughing good time that doesn’t require a state-of-the-art presentation.

GAMEPLAY (4.25/5)

Octodad: Dadliest Catch is fairly straightforward in terms of its objectives. You take control of an octopus that is pretending to be human in front of people, including his human family. And the idea is that you want to ensure that you don’t give away the truth, which can happen when you fumble around.

Specifically, there is a meter on screen that represents people’s suspicions. If you fumble around by knocking over items with your limbs, the meter will fill up. Once it hits the maximum, it’s game over and you’ll need to start again.

You’ll do various simple tasks like get past a guard without giving away your secret or just trying to get through a walkway without breaking nearby objects. It should come as no surprise knowing that Octodad plays out with ragdoll physics. So when you have such tasks to perform, it becomes pretty challenging getting the limbs to do what you want them to.

There are an abundance of objects that can be knocked over, grabbed, or thrown. This opens the door for some hilarious circumstances when you’re taking your character through the game’s various scenes.

Without giving away any spoilers, Dadliest Catch has plenty of things for players to go through. The whole experience is pretty short, so it’s not going to really wow you in terms of content. Still, the game works pretty well with the Vita when you’re playing on the go. Looking at the amount of humor and creativity involved, it’s got a special charm that will get you progressing further with its strange premise.

OVERALL (4/5)

Octodad: Dadliest Catch is very enjoyable and works perfectly with the PlayStation Vita. While its crazy scenarios and concepts will ramp up the amusement factor, the intentionally challenging controls can frustrate and even confuse players. If you’re open to some strangeness and creativity, however, Octodad may be quite the “catch” for you.

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