Fans of indie gaming rejoiced when Sony announced a newfound focus on indie development for the PS4. One of the games unveiled during the indie segment of the Playstation press conference was a game by Young Horses called Octodad: Dadliest Catch. To call this game”weird” would be an understatement. The good thing is that I LOVE weird.
The sequel to “Octodad!”, Dadliest Catch once again puts you in the shoes of the one and only Octodad; during this E3 demo, you play a level where Octodad is trying to prepare for his very own wedding. This sounds like it’d be a pretty mundane task, but when you’re the Octodad, nothing goes quite as smoothly as you’d think. Things like cleaning up, getting dressed, and even just walking down a hallway are difficult in the most hilariously fun way.
The controls are easy to get used to, but hard to master; in arm mode, your analog sticks control Octodad’s arms, and the X button grabs and releases items. Similarly, in leg mode, the sticks control his legs. Trying to get Octodad was kind of like playing a more fun (and way easier) version of the internet sensation QWOP. Knocking over anything and everything is a pretty common occurrence. Wandering through this demo, easy tasks putting on a bowtie and opening a door were major accomplishments. Octodad is a very likeable character, and you find yourself rooting for the poor guy on multiple occasions.
I’m all about supporting indie developers, especially when the games are this fun. I’ll definitely be picking this one up when it comes out later this year.