Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a game about destruction, deception, and fatherhood. The player controls Octodad, a dapper octopus masquerading as a human, as he goes about his life. Octodad's existence is a constant struggle, as he must master mundane tasks with his unwieldy boneless tentacles while simultaneously keeping his cephalopodan...
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Release Date: Jan 30, 2014

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June 7

Update Released (Version 1.2.19388)

Octodad: Dadliest Catch, Version 1.2.19388

    Windows
    • Improved performance for laptops with switchable discrete graphics cards.
    • Improved performance for Windows DirectX 9 shaders.
    • Force reduced anti-aliasing for intel integrated graphics to fix Windows 10 crash.
    • Fix an issue with low shadow settings and borderless anti-aliasing.

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May 12

Update Released (Version 1.2.19027)

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    Windows
    • Add anti-aliasing to borderless windowed mode for Windows.
    • Reduce dependencies for DirectX and Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable
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    • No longer require Stacy to travel up escalator to complete Deep Sea.

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Reviews

“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.”
9/10 – EGM

“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. I love that. Gaming is growing up, and Octodad is some of the best evidence of that.”
91/100 – VentureBeat

“Octodad: Dadliest Catch has one of the great comic premises ever attempted in video games...For much of Dadliest Catch's playtime, everything works in a kind of chaotic harmony, creating comedy out of every day situations that are, unsurprisingly, ludicrously challenging for a cephalopod in a suit.”
4/5 – Giant Bomb

About This Game

Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a game about destruction, deception, and fatherhood. The player controls Octodad, a dapper octopus masquerading as a human, as he goes about his life. Octodad's existence is a constant struggle, as he must master mundane tasks with his unwieldy boneless tentacles while simultaneously keeping his cephalopodan nature a secret from his human family.

In this sequel to the splash hit Octodad, our cephaloprotagonist has gotten himself in a bind between his wife’s mounting mistrust, and a disastrous trip to the local aquarium! Are you dad enough to control the titular octopus father as he strives to hide his nautical nature from his family while keeping his tangled tentacles intact?

In Octo-ber 2010, a group of university students released the original Octodad into the world. Despite everyone being convinced that the game was about a normal human dad, the game was a cult hit, gained critical acclaim, and was an Independent Games Festival Student Finalist in 2011. Octodad received enough attention that the team decided to run a Kickstarter, form the game studio Young Horses, and create a bigger, better, more polished game about Octodad. Two and a half years after beginning production, Octodad: Dadliest Catch is ready to flop awkwardly into your arms.

Key Features

  • Octodad’s wacky physics create hilarious moments that are different every time. Be surprised by the randomness of Octodad’s flailing or express your own sense of humor by making Octodad do silly things.
  • An all-new adventure that explores Octodad’s world, relationships and backstory.
  • Complete Octodad’s sartorial style by collecting and wearing a variety of hidden neckties.
  • Gather family members and/or friends to control Octodad's limbs in co-op mode with 2 to 4 players. Up to 4 times the limbsanity!
  • Gain access to the (Windows Only) level editor that the Young Horses used to create Octodad: Dadliest Catch. Create your own ridiculous levels for Octodad to squish and flop through and submit them to Steam Workshop.
  • Play mod levels created by the Steam community and the creators of Octodad on Steam Workshop. (PC/Mac/Linux)
  • Experience Dadliest Catch’s unique control scheme with various control inputs, including X360, DualShock4, Mouse + Keyboard, Mac multitouch trackpad, Windows 8 touchscreens. For gamepads, XInput is best supported, as DirectInput requires manual remapping in most circumstances.

Soundtrack

Written and Produced by Seth Parker.
Artwork by Chris Stallman.

You can find more music from Kozilek here.
Ian McKinney's Bandcamp is here.
and more of Whitaker Trebella's tunes are here.

If you purchased the soundtrack DLC the files will be placed in your Octodad Dadliest Catch folder in the Steam Directory: ...\Steam\SteamApps\common\Octodad Dadliest Catch\Octodad Dadliest Catch Original Soundtrack\ (Right click Octodad Dadliest Catch in the Games list -> Local Files -> Browse Local Files).

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0Ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Core HD Graphics 3000/4000, NVIDIA 8800 GT, ATI Radeon HD 4850 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: NOT SUPPORTED: ATI Radeon X1600, Intel GMA950, NVIDIA Geforce 7050
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 2.8Ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 450, AMD Radeon HD 5670 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    Minimum:
    • OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or newer
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0Ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Core HD Graphics 3000/4000, Nvidia GeForce GT 330M, ATI Radeon HD 4850 or better (ATI Radeon X1600 NOT SUPPORTED)
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: NOT SUPPORTED: ATI Radeon X1600, Intel GMA950
    Recommended:
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 2.8Ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GT 650M, AMD Radeon HD 6750M or better
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or newer, other unsupported distros may work
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0Ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel Core HD Graphics 3000/4000, NVIDIA 8800 GT, ATI Radeon HD 4850 or better (Open Source Drivers NOT SUPPORTED)
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: lib32-alsa-plugins or libasound2-plugins:i386 and libasound2-plugins-extra:i386 may be required.
    • Additional Notes: NOT SUPPORTED: ATI Radeon X1600, Intel GMA950, NVIDIA Geforce 7050
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 2.8Ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 450, AMD Radeon HD 5670 or better
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
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Chef Henny
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
needs a sequel
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DragonFlight
( 16.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
This is a super fun game. It's a little hard to control Octodad using a touchpad but was easier once I switched to using z and x. The levels are challenging, and it gets a bit frustrating at times when you can't navigate certain places easily. I wish there was more cam control. Overall though it was really fun and I enjoyed playing it.
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Hellabarger
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
its purdy coo i like it but it gets frustrating at the point you want to break your computer in half and the strory is funny
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Ratchet
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Always a good game to play with your freinds!
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[TRVG] Slop
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
very entertaining and quite simple...if you can cooperate with others :P
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[FuG] Mr. Nobody
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Why would someone make a game about a ordinary father?
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homeydragon
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
My wife and I play a version of this game in real life.
It boils down to making sacrifices for eachother and doing things you may not always want to do.
Lately, she has not been playing nice in real life so...

Bought this for my 2 boys, one 10 yr. old and one is 8 yr. old.
They played with xbox one controllers and were thrilled to start.
One had one arm and one leg, the other child had the other arm and leg.
They made it about 1/2 hour before the physical violence began.
I'm their dad and work full time outside the house.

Happy summer vacation Mom!!

Love,

Dad
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TopazSkye25
( 15.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
It's good until you realize your own son is throwing balls at you when your trying to climb the kelp kingdom.
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StarvingGiraffe
( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Octodad is a hilarious simulation game that takes you through the life of the one and only octodad. You complete tasks as normal as grocery shopping or as crazy as sneaking onto a ship.
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DJBJ
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Frustratingly fun. Its hard being a dad.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Videogames love dads.

Whether it’s the new God of War’s less beleaguered, bearded Kratos taking a break from murdering literally everyone to care for his son (may the gods help that poor child), or The Last of Us’s Joel doing his best impression of a McCormack character as he begrudgingly slips back into the role of a father figure, the dads have officially infiltrated games. A lot of that is probably (cynically, though fairly) a result of many game developers being older and possibly fathers themselves, now looking to populate the games they make with characters that better reflect themselves (and are maybe just a little self-indulgent in that respect). Try as they might though, it seems fair to say that the videogame dad arms race has already been won, as it’s hard to imagine any game being quite as dadly as Octodad: Dadliest Catch. They even put dad in the name (twice!).

As one would hope from the world’s preeminent dad simulator, Octodad is exactly what it says on its dad-joke adorned tin. You play as an octopus who has, through a chain of suitably wacky events, been married to a human woman and is now father to her two children (the less known about how this works the better). What ensues from this point onward is a sequence of absurd scenes in which you do your best dad impression and attempt to keep your true aquatic nature under wraps, a prospect made much easier given Octodad operates on a sort of Hitman-esq logic where as long as you look the part, nobody suspects a thing.

Or at least that’s the idea, but when you’re an eight-armed octopus operating in a two-arm human world, things can get a little sticky. Octodad shares kin with absurd kinetic comedy games such as Surgeon Simulator and Goat Simulator, though it diverges from most of its peers by being far less obsessed with indiscriminate chaos. Indeed, though it shares a similarly unorthodox and intentionally uncooperative control scheme, Octodad’s is something on an inverse of the sort of game typically built around ridiculous physics based sandboxes, tasking you with making as little trouble as you can else your cover be blown. That’s both what makes Octodad so special, and also why it can never quite rise to its full potential.

What I love about Octodad is how much it embodies the lovable awkwardness of the best kinds of dads. Though he’s clumsy and bad at communicating and, okay, an octopus posing as a human, Octodad legitimately cares about his family and shows his love in a way rarely explored in videogames: by just being there for his family. Roll your eyes if you will, but it is refreshing to play a game about a dad actually being a dad. Not brooding the loss of his daughter or being forced into a sketchy deal to save his wife. Just being a plain old regular dad, with all the social awkwardness, bad jokes, and hobbled together homemade solutions to everyday problems one could want in a father (plus a few extra tentacles). Octodad works because it touches on something so innate to the act of being a husband and father that underneath all the mayhem and hijinks, it is unexpectedly touching and authentic. All Octodad wants is to be accepted and do good by his family, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t rooting for him all the way by the end.

Octodad has heart to spare, but unfortunately its moment to moment play is not anywhere near as endearing. As I said before, Octodad is less interested in mass chaos than a lot of similar games, but that doesn’t mean it is in any way removed from the same sort of issues that plague its peers. While it is certainly far more forgiving than something like QWOP or Surgeon Simulator, Octodad is still an intentionally clumsy game to play, and as I find with all games of its ilk there came a point rather early on when I simply wished I could play the game without having to constantly wrestle with the controls. This moment may come even earlier than in similar games because Octodad is predominately focused on things beyond making a mess of your environment (though that will happen regardless), and as a result its unwieldy controls feel more superfluous than they otherwise might. Awkwardness is undeniably core to the Octodad experience, but I feel there were perhaps better ways to express it that would have been less abundantly tedious to work around.

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. As humorous as it is to watch an octopus in a suit try to go grocery shopping, it’s how earnest Octodad is as a game and as a character that really stuck out to me. Tiny things like going down the kids slide at the museum (and barely fitting), or making dad jokes with your daughter, made me smile in a way I didn’t expect from a game that seems outwardly so purposely dumb. It’s unfortunate that its underlying mechanics are less endearing than the game they support, but even as I was cursing my inability to effectively climb stairs, I couldn’t help but give Octodad a break. Because, gosh darn it, he’s doing his best and we love him anyway.

Note: Octodad: Dadliest Catch was reviewed playing exclusively with a controller. You can read more of my writing on Kritiqal.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Product received for free
The brutal sex scene at the end was exactly what I was hoping for 10/10
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Super emotional and still funny.

Great story and creative gameplay.

This game is very good.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
It's a short fun game I got during a sale for $3. It's an okay game. Wouldn't get it for the full price though.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Novelty game where the novelty doesn't wear off in 5 minutes. Best played in co-op.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
It's good until you realize your own son is throwing balls at you when your trying to climb the kelp kingdom.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
don't know what i just played, but was awesome.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Reminds me of my father.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Octodad is basically about a dad/husband who is an Octopus. You are in different scenarios where you are given menial tasks which are difficult to perform due to your appendages. Through each scenario a butcher who wants to cook and eat you is chasing after you.

I'm not recommending this because the game is simply not for me. That's not to say its a horrible game. It is actually humorous. I mean the octopus has two human kids, not to even mention if he has trouble getting cereal from the store how in the world did he manage to produce two offspring?! Anyway, it would be perfectly good for children as there is nothing that strikes me as adult content other than the annoying gameplay. Yes, I realize the controls on Octodad's hands are supposed to be difficult, but it is downright annoying to me. I'm an avid gamer and I can't imagine a young child controlling this game well. If they are, you really need to get that kid back in school because they're spending too much time playing games. Ok, that may have been a little harsh because I was one of those kids. But, I'm at the point where I want games to challenge me not my mouse capabilities.

Tl;dr Might be better for children who have more patience with the irritating controls. Funny short game for those who want to kill time.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Octo dadaaaadadd nobody suspects a thing! XD worth a buy trust me!
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