“Octodad” game’s difficult makes it a great catch

By Josh Alfrey

An undercover octopus trying to make it in a human’s world is no easy task.

This unique concept is explored in the funny “Octodad: Dadliest Catch.” Young Horses Inc. developers created a sequel to its hilarious and mechanically infuriating video game “Octodad.”

In the game, an octopus attempts to live a normal life with his human wife and kids. Nobody around him knows of his aquatic former life. With the player controlling his actions, the Octodad performs (or at least tries to) everyday acts without raising suspicion.

One of the funniest story elements is how the Octodad communicates with his friends and family. Whenever he is asked a question, the Octodad responds with a series of emotive gurgles. Apparently everyone understands what he says and finds him very insightful.

The mechanics of “Octodad: Dadliest Catch” are painful to learn; however, it only added to the comedy of the game. The mouse controls all of the octopus’ limbs. Players must switch between legs and arms to walk. Needless to say, picking up a pot of coffee was pretty difficult. But no one ever said that being an octopus would be easy.

The game’s difficult controls created a rewarding feeling when completing the most menial tasks. I’ve never felt so accomplished after pouring a glass of milk. Many releases lack basic difficulty, as game developers try too hard to appeal to a mass market. The niche of “Octodad: Dadliest Catch” fills the difficulty gap.

The art style in “Octodad: Dadliest Catch” has a childish charm that adds on to the ridiculous premise. The graphics remind me of 3-D modeling seen in early 2000 cartoons like “The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius” and “The Fairly OddParents.” The bright color palette creates an inviting look to the cartoon-ish game.

I can’t play “Octodad: Dadliest Catch” for a long stretch of time. Despite the comedy, the game takes a great amount of focus and patience for almost every task. Those who are prone to getting distracted may not want to go for this title.

“Octodad: Dadliest Catch” can be played on Windows, Mac and Linux and will even be on PlayStation 4 in March.