Publisher: Young Horses, Inc.
Developer: Young Horses, Inc.
Release Date: November 9th, 2017 (Nintendo Switch)
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Wii U, Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC
Of every old game that could be hitting the Nintendo Switch, Octodad: Dadliest Catch is probably not a game anyone was hoping for or even expected would make a return for another release. Yet, this bizarre creation is such a strange concoction, you would think Nintendo would have thought up of this themselves. It’s a love it or hate it type of game, but one that we happen to love.
In Octodad: Dadliest Catch, you happen to be an octopus who just wants to be a normal human husband and father. It’s not that easy fitting in as a biped, which the game showcases with terrible controls, by design. You control one “foot” with each trigger and use the joysticks to move them around along with your “hand” to pick things up. Since you’re an octopus, your tentacles flail about most of the time causing the people around you to become suspicious. You have to make do as you complete otherwise mundane tasks like grilling out or buying groceries. If you get caught you’ll just have to try again, but you also have to watch out for a sadistic chef whose life goal is to out you to the world as the fraud you are.
It’s a fairly short experience with a few formal ties to find as collectibles during each stage. The game is just ridiculous, but that’s what makes it so fun as you navigate through life as an octopus. As long as you go along with the joke, you’ll love it. The controls are designed to be frustrating at times because your controlling tentacles that aren’t human appendages. It’s all super kitchy, but if you just accept it for what it is, you’ll have a great time.
If quirky titles aren’t you’re thing, I definitely recommend staying away. This is such a strange game that it’s not anywhere near the mainstream. But isn’t that what Nintendo can do best? This isn’t their game, but it feels like it in the best way possible. If you are down with the strange and haven’t caught this title on its other system releases, make sure to give it a shot and you might find yourself pleasantly surprised.