Percentile Rank

Octodad: Dadliest Catch is ranked in the 56th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 68 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

73

Top Critic Average

52%

Critics Recommend

Based on 68 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Kotaku
Yes
Yes
Apr 22, 2014

An often hilarious bit of video-game slapstick that makes up for its shonky second half with delightful gags and a lovably clumsy protagonist.

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Videospielkombinat
Wait for Sale
Wait for Sale
Oct 2, 2016

Octodad looks like it is made for kids, but the gameplay can be very hard and frustrating at times. It will reward you with dozens of laughable moments nevertheless. We recommend buying it in a sale.

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TotalBiscuit, The Cynical Brit
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 5, 2014
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The A.V. Club
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 4, 2014

The game stumbles, though, when it focuses more on the "octo" and less on the "dad."

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 2, 2014

The game accidentally became a perfect metaphor for itself. It's often charming and it really does mean well, but it has a bad habit of tripping over its own four feet when it really counts. I want to love my Octodad. I really do. But I don't think he really understands me, and – worse – I don't think he really understands himself.

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Twinfinite
Unscored
Twinfinite
Twinfinite Staff

Top Critic

Unscored
Feb 6, 2014

So grab some friends, throw Octodad: Dadliest Catch up on the big screen, and prepare to laugh and stumble your way through the life of one of the world's best dads.

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Birth. Movies. Death.
Unscored
Unscored
Feb 4, 2014

Octodad: Dadliest Catch's back half wouldn't be so disappointing if the front wasn't so wacky and enjoyable. The titular octopus has the potential to gain as iconic a status in indie gaming as Meat Boy or Minecraft Steve - he just needs a consistently great game to achieve it.

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Gamestyle
Unscored
Unscored
Apr 22, 2014

Octodad: Dadliest Catch isn't a system seller, but if you already own a PS4, it is a game you must buy, because it is just so different it must be experienced. What could have felt like a tech demo, or an experiment, turns out to be so much more. A well rounded game, that will give you so much joy when playing.

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VGChartz
Unscored
Unscored
Apr 27, 2014

If nothing else the IP represents an interesting attempt to turn a brilliant tech demo into a full game and it's certainly unlike anything I've ever played before.

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Scored Reviews

GamesBeat
91 / 100
91 / 100
Jan 29, 2014

Octodad is a great example of a game that conveys a message through gameplay. In conjunction with its story, characters, and setting, the controls offer an empathetic look into the life of an extreme outsider trying to fit in and trying to do right by his family.

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TechnoBuffalo
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2014

It's a great joke of a game where the punchline can be felt by both players and spectators, and that's why I think Octodad is so special.

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EGM
9 / 10.0
EGM

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2014

Smartly built, endlessly entertaining, and unexpectedly heartwarming, Dadliest Catch manages to turn an utterly ridiculous concept into one of the most surprising games in recent memory.

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Digitally Downloaded
May 8, 2014

Still, even if you don't subscribe to that particular analogy; that Octodad is code for anyone a little different that needs to figure out how to act in mainstream society, there's still a lot of fun to be had here. Even when the overall challenge of living a day in Octodad's shoes bears too much weight, the game is amusing enough to quell most of the frustration.

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Gameplanet
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jan 31, 2014

Dadliest Catch is a wily, outstanding title in the vein of infamous freeware QWOP. With awkward controls, volatile physics and formidable environmental puzzles working in compelling harmony, Dadliest Catch makes the player the architect of physical comedy in a brilliant and idiosyncratic way.

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NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2015

I loved Octodad's premise right when I heard about it, and I'm glad to finally have the chance to play it. The Wii U version doesn't run at 100%, but It's already sold me on any projects Young Horses works on in the future. I just hope it comes to a Nintendo platform sooner.

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PlayStation Universe
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
May 2, 2014

Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a quirky mix of physics and mini-games wrapped up into a story about an Octopus that pretends to be a man and simply wants to live a normal life with his family.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2014

In the end, I would not be surprised to hear that the Octodad community is thriving years down the road. It exudes a certain weirdness and charm that makes it stand out from a lot of other titles out there, and there are tools in place for it to live on past the point when the credits start to roll. Though it has some issues with framerate drops and its approach to control is definitely not for everybody, Dadliest Catch kept a smile on my face for most of its duration.

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GameTrailers
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 2, 2014

And that's where Octodad really shines. It keeps you laughing with the sheer absurdity of its lead character, the not-so-subtle references, and fumbling physical comedy that's made all the more potent through your participation. Like a plate of sushi, it might seem a bit pricey for what you get, but it's worth paying a small premium for a fresh catch.

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VideoGamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 29, 2014

A rewarding, idiosyncratic romp imbued with nonsense, humour, and pathos.

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GamingTrend
80 / 100
80 / 100
Feb 3, 2014

Octodad: Dadliest Catch may be a one-joke game, but the team at Young Horses has taken that joke and squeezed as much hilarity out of it as possible. Don't ask questions about the man in the suit — just buy the game.

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Digital Spy
Jan 29, 2014

The brilliant design used throughout Octodad: Dadliest Catch brings out the absolute best from a bizarre concept that simply needs to be played to be believed.

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Digital Trends
Jan 31, 2014

Young Horses' Octodad: Dadliest Catch makes up for clunky controls and a rough final act with undeniable humor and charm.

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Arcade Sushi
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 3, 2014

Dadliest Catch may have the worst control scheme of any game I've ever played, and that's the entire point.

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Digital Chumps
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2014

Playing and enjoying Octodad: Dadliest Catch seems to require an active narcotic influence; however, thanks to deliberately obtuse controls and a conscious sense of humor, even the most capable operator will inevitably render their invertebrate avatar a hilarious mess of tentacles and destruction. In a game like this there's careful line between frustration and elation, and Octodad walks it (or slides down, falls along, slithers against - whatever) with appreciable balance.

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GamingBolt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 3, 2014

Octodad: Deadliest Catch is a silly game with a silly yet simple idea, and it works well in just being that.

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Giant Bomb
Jan 29, 2014

Some late-game issues not withstanding, Dadliest Catch is a charming, bizarre, genuinely likable little game.

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GameWatcher
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Feb 3, 2014

Still, Octodad is three hours of fun I wouldn't want to throw back. While it is too short an experience it's a great, unique one and I urge anyone who likes fun games to give it a go. Anyone who played Surgeon Simulator and thought it was hilarious should immediately pick up Octodad, and anyone who thought it was funny but wanted a fuller game experience should be covered too. Dadliest Catch is funny, charming, challenging, and packed with loveliness. It's over too quickly, but I can't think of anything I'd rather be playing in that time.

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Dealspwn
Feb 1, 2014

Octodad: Dadliest Catch is an absurdist delight. It only has one joke, but it's a damn good one. Though the game itself falters perhaps towards the end as Young Horses try to force things a little too much, it is to be hoped that the creation tools and the Workshop included with the game extend its lifespan. A brave and bonkers game, for the most part Octodad lollops along the fine line between fun and frustration with gloriously haphazard aplomb.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Feb 25, 2015

Intentionally uncooperative controls are one of the most difficult ways to engage a player, but Young Horses has pulled it off twice in a row as of Octodad: Dadliest Catch. Aside from a handful of gameplay missteps (heh), the game is sublime slapstick that never stops being funny.

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Gamers FTW
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 3, 2015

While many ports are simply lesser versions of what is already available, Octodad on the Vita retains what made the original releases so fun and therefore it is easy to recommend.

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GameSkinny
Jan 31, 2014

The game's fun outweighs its faults. Do I recommend you go purchase this game right away? Absolutely!

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PS4Blog.net
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 9, 2018

If you're looking for a very interesting game with a weird premise, Octodad is the way to go on Switch.

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PS3Blog.net
80%
80%
Dec 7, 2017

Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a unique and fun game in which the awkward controls and the weird situations you find yourself in are part of the charm. The odd premise, the funky controls, the colorful graphics and the objectives to complete will keep you coming back for more from start to finish. The game might be a short one, but it's a fun one you have to experience on Nintendo Switch.

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SmashPad
Apr 22, 2014

Despite the flaws, Octodad offers a good, ludicrous journey that at least pays off in its key moments to make enduring the frustration worth it in the end.

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Marooners' Rock
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 25, 2015

Octodad is a short, sweet story with some fun gameplay and challenging tasks. Grab three friends for some multiplayer action.

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Nindie Spotlight
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2017

What will likely either attract people to Octodad or scare them away will be its unorthodox control and style of play. If you’re looking for a serious challenge with tight controls and impeccable level design you will very much come away disappointed. If, however, you’re open to the experience and the humor of it all Octodad is an excellent representation of the genre as a whole and plays very well as a handheld game to boot. If you’re looking for a major change of pace on the Switch Octodad will be happy to help you out with that!

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
Hardcore Gamer

Top Critic

4 / 5.0
Apr 22, 2014

Octodad succeeds as both a gut-busting slapstick routine and a touching treatise on what it means to be a family. It's a little short, and it won't turn the gaming world on its head, but at least it's fun, replayable, heartwarming and didn't cost 15 million dollars.

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IGN
7.8 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

7.8 / 10.0
Jan 30, 2014

Octodad revels in its brand of absurdist physical comedy, but also tells a touching tale.

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Cheat Code Central
3.9 / 5.0
Cheat Code Central
Angelo M. D’Argenio

Top Critic

3.9 / 5.0
Apr 23, 2014

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.

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Game Debate
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Feb 8, 2014

Octodad: Dadliest Catch offers a short, good value and entertaining romp that should satisfy those looking for something a little different.

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Critical Hit
7.1 / 10.0
7.1 / 10.0
May 14, 2014

Originally and stupidly funny, with plenty of charm wrapped up in a package that is a bit too short.

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CGMagazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 28, 2014

In the end, the entertainment value of Octodad rests on one all-important factor; what kind of sense of humor you, as a player, have. If you can laugh at the absurdity of game mechanics, then this game will be silly, goofy fun and well worth the $15. If, on the other hand, you get mad at any design failing that impedes your ability to win, this game will simply bore you at best, enrage you and make you put your foot through your TV at worst.

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GamesRadar+
Jan 30, 2014

It might be brief, but Octodad is definitely worth checking out for anyone interested in a charming, hilarious experience. Also, you get to play as an octopus, which... you know, is pretty awesome.

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God is a Geek
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 10, 2014

Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a rare beast, then, because it made me laugh out loud the first moment that I ambled down the aisle to meet my doting bride-to-be. Whilst the joke didn't have me splitting my sides with laughter for the entire duration, the shift to a more endearing tale of one sea-dwelling creature's pursuit of a normal life was a welcome one. Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a lovely game, despite its issues.

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Game Rant
Jan 30, 2014

Octodad: Dadliest Catch knows exactly what type of experience it wants to deliver and, for the most part, it succeeds in doing so. The mechanics work well and the concept is charming and enjoyable. But a few rough patches will likely keep players from seeing the game as anything more than a pleasant distraction or a fun sandbox to mess around in. Luckily, Octodad is a relatively short experience, and even when it starts to get a little dull or frustrating, there's always something different for Octodad to struggle to do.

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ZTGD
7 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Aug 27, 2015

Octodad is a clever game that is fun in the same sense something like Goat Simulator is. It is hilarity, physics-based mayhem that is entirely random. The difference here is that the developers tried to streamline it with actual objectives and level progression, which can lead to frustration.

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Eurogamer
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 3, 2014

It's a shame Octodad leans so heavily on traditional gameplay tropes like boss fights and stealth sections in its second half, especially when the opening sections suggest something quirkier and more inventive - but taken as a whole, it's still a minor triumph.

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Polygon
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 29, 2014

When the bizarre controls make mundane tasks impossible, Dadliest Catch is just too funny to be frustrating. When it piles on the weight of traditional video game challenges, controlling the tendrils of an uncooperative marionette becomes instantly less appealing.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
Ofisil

Top Critic

7 / 10
Nov 13, 2017

Octodad: Dadliest Catch is the epitome of cult, as it's clearly a love-or-hate video game, since its purposely "bad" control scheme and comedic approach to things is far from most people's cup of sea water. As for those who think that this is up their alley, it's best to wait a bit. Not because this isn't fun or anything, but because it's currently a bit too pricey for what's on offer.

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GameGrin
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Feb 19, 2014

In the end, Octodad is an interesting and amusing title, a good game to pick up and play with friends for short gaming bursts. If however, you are liable to fits of rage then for the love of God, avoid.

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Kritiqal
7 / 10
7 / 10
Jun 22, 2016

Octodad is the sort of game that is going to sell itself on absurdity alone. But by reducing it to just a joke, we miss what makes it so special

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Nintendo Insider
7 / 10
7 / 10
Dec 5, 2017

Octodad: Dadliest Catch is quite a hard game to actually recommend but, at the same time, it’s worth a dabble for a cheap laugh. While the original was praised for its interesting proof of concept, this rendition of trying to flesh out the idea further can feel a bit stretched. However, there is a charm to this game and its very short length ensures that it doesn’t outstay its welcome too much, and, if you want, you can always try and coordinate the lovable protagonist with a friend for some squits and giggles.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Apr 21, 2014

Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a game that embraces its craziness. The title's zany controls lead to some even stranger onscreen occurrences, and that culminates in a lot of unexpected entertainment. The release does start to grate in long sessions, and perhaps doesn't have enough gameplay variety to carry its core idea, but with PlayStation Move support and a ridiculous co-op component, the package will spread a smile across even the sternest countenance.

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Paste Magazine
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Feb 6, 2014

Don't get me wrong, Octodad is a ton of fun. It's got a self-aware irreverence—call it the Katamari factor—that you usually only find in indie games. That being said, with games like that, I usually focus on the stand-out moments, like the big reveals in Gone Home, the progressive decay of Limbo, or even the silly mysteries of something as slight as Frog Fractions. Octodad doesn't have anything like that. It's a giddy little glide full of heart and genuine goodwill, but never manifesting into anything more than a distraction.

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New Game Network
66 / 100
66 / 100
Feb 26, 2014

The concept of Octodad: Deadliest Catch is clever and the overall experience is good for some laughs. But it is hard to recommend a game that is fun for little over an hour. Young Horses just doesn't seem to know what to do with their good idea.

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NZGamer
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
May 9, 2014

It's hard to recommend a game that may or may not work each time you load it up.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2014

I wanted to like Octodad more than I did. The concept and craziness of the idea intrigued me and the humor was great. If Octodad were a more robust adventure, I would have very few complaints. While it started out as a great experience, sadly, much like the floppy tentacles of Octodad, Dadliest Catch couldn't hold itself up and began to flail wildly all over the place. The hilarity and novelty wear thin quickly and there was too often that my tentacles became glitched inside of random objects or the environment itself. Octodad is worth experiencing just for how different it is from most other games out there, not to mention the trying multi-limb mode that is the co-op, but don't expect to be enthralled by it for longer than it takes to watch a couple of ocean life documentaries.

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GameSpot
6 / 10
6 / 10
Feb 2, 2014

Octodad: Dadliest Catch has moments of comic brilliance, but much of it is uninspired, and it ends before it really even gets going.

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The Escapist
Jan 30, 2014

Its brevity and reliance on contrived challenges work against Octodad: Deadliest Catch, but when it's at its best, it's a damn hilarious game that'll charm the pants off most players.

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Nintendo Life
6 / 10
6 / 10
Nov 4, 2015

As a game, Octodad seems less interested in entertaining and is more intent on taking the player through a journey, and by its own design can be an incredibly stressful affair. Break it down and you'll see why: challenges involve shopping, chopping wood and pouring yourself a cup of coffee. Add this on top of a few technical hiccups, such as slowdown and some drops in framerates, and you have a middle of the road title.However, this game is all about portraying life's bigger picture and would appear to be one big analogy for some of life's biggest challenges and the problems some of us face, depending on you interpret it. That in itself is good art and also where Octodad is a success. The real fun lies in seeking your own meaning behind this bizarre title and helping Octodad cross the metaphorical finish lines that seem to plague his every turn - no matter how mundane the challenges are or how taxing it may be to guide him through life, he's a character you'll want to see succeed.

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TrustedReviews
Apr 23, 2014

Octodad has brilliant ideas, endearing characters and a great sense of humour, but as a game it's not quite where it should be. The deliberately vague controls cause a little frustration along with the hilarity, and it's not long enough or rich enough to hold your interest for more than an evening or afternoon. There's potential here for something great, but Octodad needs to stretch those tentacles further if it wants to reach that point.

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DualShockers
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Apr 22, 2014

Octodad isn't a game that's for everyone but it is unique and for that I applaud it.

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Nintendo Life
6 / 10
6 / 10
Nov 9, 2017

Once the novelty and the wackiness have worn off, you are left with a short and sometimes haphazard experience that treads an incredibly fine (and wobbly) line between hilarity and frustration. While kids will love the simple, bold, bright cartoon-like characters and physical humour, older players will likely feel that they are constantly at odds with the game's controls and become immune to its charms. If you haven't experienced Octodad before it's worth checking out, but be cautious - it will make you giggle as well as probably stretch your patience.

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GameSkinny
GameSkinny
B. Chambers

Top Critic

Feb 28, 2014

I can't really figure out why the developers felt they needed to add some of the frustrating platforming sections seen in the second half of the game.

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Switch Player
Nov 13, 2017

If you've already played this on Wii U you'll know what's to come, and there won't be the laughs to the extent there'd be if you're a newbie. It's certainly worth experiencing, but try and get those controls nailed down ASAP or you're in for a frustrating time.

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Game Informer
5.8 / 10.0
5.8 / 10.0
Jan 31, 2014

Funny at first, but the jokes wear thin as harder objectives set in

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Metro GameCentral
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jan 30, 2014

That the controls are frustrating and imprecise is kind of the point, but what's less forgiveable is how poorly Octodad seems to understand its own premise.

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PC Gamer
45 / 100
45 / 100
Jan 31, 2014

Starts out funny, but quickly becomes frustrating. A wonderfully weird and original concept that falls flat like its jelly-limbed hero.

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