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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"A horribly frustrating yet enjoyable physics-based try-not-to-fall-on-your-arse simulator, starring a perfectly normal man."
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April 30

Update Released

Fix for missing Russian "Shorts" menu translation.

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January 21

Update Released (1.2.13414)

Octodad: Dadliest Catch, Version 1.2.13414

    Major
    • Chinese language support
    • Japanese language support
    Minor
    • Add helper forces and flashing lights for Kelp jungle gym area.
    • Adjust kitchen camera in Restaurant.
    Bug fixes
    • Properly clear Shorts levels checkpoint after completion.
    • Improve location of tie in tie screen.
    • Fix story timer best time.
    • Korean proofreading changes.

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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, DirectInput, and XInput controllers which all can be remapped to any configuration a player may want.

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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 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)
    • Hard Drive: 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)
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
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1,047 of 1,179 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 31, 2014
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(Translation: This is a wonderfully realistic simulation of being a nice, normal human male with absolutely nothing strange about him. Just a simple story about one man's plight in the face of fatherly duties and mundane tasks-- which he, of course, finds completely easy and by no means complicated in any way-- and his struggle with living in a world of judgmental peers who obviously harbor envious feeling in regards to his most gentlemanly fashion sense. So many ties! Such fancy hats. And many references to cultural icons that a man who lives on top of the land and never takes off his suit would definitely recognize. Not sure why everyone is so tickled by this video gamery. Maybe they should have called this Totally Human Motor Skills Simulator 2014?)
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506 of 562 people (90%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 30, 2014
One of the silliest games on Steam, yet one of the best free-time killing games. Co-op is especially hilarious as everyone in the room screams at eachother do perform simple tasks. If you have the cash, definitely pick it up. It's even better if you have some friends nearby to play along.
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1,394 of 1,627 people (86%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 30, 2014
I feel like it's rare to find a video game that's funny. Not the kind of "funny" that Borderlands 2 tried to be, where the development team ham-fistedly shoved in as many internet memes and pop culture references as possible, devoid of any meaningful context. I'm also not talking about an ostentatious satire of modern Polish political dealings (though if you find one of those, let me know immediately). No, the kind of funny I'm talking about is just chaotic, goofball, slapstick comedy. Not a biting social commentary, no gritty world, and no over-abundance of the color brown. It makes you laugh because it's just straight-up silly.

It's no surprise, then, that I adore Octodad: Dadliest Catch (what a great subtitle, by the way). Developed by a team of college students, the original Octodad was a humorous concept but something of a technical mess. That's okay, because it was just a school project that they decided to release to the world. Dadliest Catch is the full realization of the inherently comedic ideas: You're an octopus moonlighting as a human man, trying to hide from your human family the fact that you are an octopus. You go about mundane, inconspicuous human activites such as mowing the lawn, making coffee, and grilling hamburgers with the kind of stunning precision one would expect from an octopus. If you're not already sold, then I don't know what to tell you.

The controls are loose and imprecise in a way that really feels like you're trying to control a bipedal octopus-man, but they're also consistant in a way that keeps the player from feeling any lack of agency over Octodad's actions. The ragdoll physics of Octodad's body only serve to add a level of awkwardness to everything you're trying to do. Within the first five minutes of gameplay, I accidentally found myself completely wrapped around a floor lamp, writhing on the floor like an octopus wrapped about a lamp. I tried to think of a better analogy, but I'm pretty sure you can imagine that situation. I was also laughing hysterically at the ridiculous situation Octodad had gotten himself into.

Technicallly, this game is pretty impressive. It's very well optimised, with a consistantly high framerate on my admittedly below-average PC. The art style is cartoony and clean, and all of the colors pop like a Technicolor movie. It's a world totally suited to Octodad's wacky hijinks. The non-octopus characters are a pleasant surprise as well: they're caricatures of some modern personality tropes such as the overly cynical journalist or the too-smart-for-her-age daughter. One character I particularly enjoyed was the chef, but I'll refrain from spoiling those moments here.

Now, normally I dislike reference-based humor. I feel like it's never done well, because it's just shoved in your face as if to say, "Look as this! We know about that thing you know about! Aren't we timely/clever? LOOK AT OUR RELEVANCE!" Octodad: Dadliest Catch makes some pretty direct references to other indie games. For example, in the supermarket level, there's a table at the back with a breakfast cereal that is a Minecraft reference. It's not right in your face, and you might even miss it if you look too fast. If you go up and try to grab the block modeled after Minecraft's Creeper enemies, it'll briefly flash and then explode in a small cloud of smoke. It's not subtle, per se, but it's not trying to rub its relevance in your face. I really appreciate that quality, and the entire game is sprinkled with similar little touches like that.

Octodad: Dadliest Catch has been in the spotlight since its huge appearance on stage at the PlayStation 4 conference at E3 2013. Since then, the hype has been steadily growing, all culminating in a final release which absolutely delivers on everything I ever wanted Octodad to be. Young Horses makes an incredible debut with a technically solid, gut-bustingly funny video game. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with Octodad: Dadliest Catch, and I can't wait to see what's next.
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1,082 of 1,274 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
I really don't understand. Why would I want to play a game where I'm just a normal, boring dad? The dude doesn't even look interesting.

They should replace him with an octopus.
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236 of 263 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Octodad is a game about an octopus. But not just any octopus. He's married. He has children. He wears a stylin' suit. He's Octodad! The player will control Octodad as he goes about his "normal" life, undertaking seemingly mundane tasks for his family.

Its sounds very simple, but the controls....the controls make it a huge challenge. And that's where this game shines! The controls make for some hilarious moments, and that's what this game is all about. It's not meant to be serious, but more of a fun, relaxing adventure full of laughs and mishaps. It has a very lighthearted story, and you come to love the brave, fatherly octopus. Don't ask how he had 2 human children though...

The controls are...well, atrocious. You use the mouse to manipulate his arms and legs. Pressing Spacebar toggles between moving your arms or legs. You press and hold the right mouse button and move the mouse in the direction you want the arm/leg to move. It sounds easier than it really is because the mouse is very sensitive, so a slight move will send his arms/legs everywhere, toppling everything nearby over! Be careful how much commotion you cause, as a bar across the bottom of the screen fills up when you are nearby any people and they see you knocking stuff over. When the bar is full, that's it! Your disguise is blown, and you restart from your last checkpoint. After a little while the player should get used to the sensitivity of the mouse and be able to complete most tasks in a relatively short time...just expect several tries as you go!

If you liked and enjoyed games such as Surgeon Simulator 2013, Probably Archery, or even Ampu-Tea, you owe it to yourself to give Octodad: Dadliest Catch a try. The antics you will get into is well worth the pricetag.

Recommended!

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281 of 334 people (84%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 31, 2014
I fail to see why this game is called "Octodad", you clearly play as a normal human dad trying to get through the day. No octopi involved.
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314 of 380 people (83%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 26, 2014
Overall, I liked this game. It was well-scripted and had some nice action scenes. A few small issues though:
1. Animation. The protagonist looks like an octopus. I think this is a glitch.
2. Voice acting. Overall, pretty good, but the main guy's words are always garbled and unintelligble. I thought at first this was intentional as some sort of weird joke, but the other characters understand him!
3. Controls. I press buttons and my legs and arms kind of just wind and wiggle all over. Game is still beatable, but much harder than if I could just walk and jump like if it was working.
It's good enough that I would still buy it with this issues, but fix these and it's a no-brainer!
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266 of 324 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 1, 2014
I flushed myself down the toilet and found a secret level. 10/10
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301 of 373 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Apparently it matters more if someone sees you screw up than if you hit your kid over the head with ketchup.
10/10
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325 of 413 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
I played this during work today. Today I was paid to play Octodad for two hours. Today was a good day.
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73 of 78 people (94%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
One of the funniest games in the last couple of years! Yes, it's a 3D comic game. Yes, it's colourful. Yes, it's also funny for kids. Yes, the story is far fetched. Yes, the music is cool. Yes, it's not too easy but also not too hard. Yes, it's many hours of hilarious fun. Yes, the physics are good.

But you know what? The control of Octodad is a blast! YOu have 2 control modes which you switch with the middle mouse button. One is walking ... sometimes sliding ... by pressing left/right mouse for the left/right leg ... erm ... arm. The other mode is just for controling your right arm ... errr ... just another arm. While in control of your legs/arm, you move the mouse to stear it in the 3D room. The controls are really intuitive after you get used to it. Much easier than e.g. in Surgeon SImulator 2013.

Octodad is always in motion - well, it's not that easy to "stay" on 4 arms to somehow hide your appearance in a human trouser. It's a little slimy, slippery and jelly like movement. You can grab/hold things by usiong your vaccuum arm. The arms are also quite elastic and can stretch about twice it's size when holding unmovable things. You can also throw obstacles around. You also swim totally nacked just like a real octopus in the water. And have to solve lots of puzzles and quests.

I bought this game for my children, but it's so much fun, that I had to play it, too. If you like to have a good time - palay Octodad! :-)
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306 of 422 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 31, 2014
It's short, but funny.

Like a small pen1s.
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65 of 69 people (94%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 5, 2014
Octodad: Dadliest Catch, also known as "Being High In Public Simulator 2014".

Story is about an octopus, which is Octodad(Player) living life with her wife(Scarlet)
and two kids named Tommy(son) and Stacy(daughter). Being an octopus isn't easy, because there is this person, a chef(Fujimoto) that wants to turn you into moderately priced sushies. You know like those 10 sushies stacked and sold for $2.99 per plate.

Game is simple, you play as Octodad. Then you begin your adventure.

Game is fun and the controls are great with cool story! A very fun destruction game with fun story and seriously good soundtracks and graphics.Very recommended for singleplayer or co-op, if you would like to play with your friends and pals, this game is very suitable. Really good game if you want some big laugh.

You would never find any more foolish games in Steam.This game is the most unique game ever made...You SHOULD try it out, even for $14.99.



Score:IT'S OVER 9000!
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194 of 259 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
"I've seen enough hent-"

no im not going to make that joke.

This game include:

-Octopus Simulator
-Wedding Simulator
-Shopping Simulator
-Dad Simulator
-Segway Simulator
-Titanic Simulator

Mosty breezy, with a few frustrating moments that will probably make you rage a bit. No violence, just weird-ness. Recommended, tho not really worth fifteen bucks.
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149 of 195 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
I couldn't find the milk, so I destroyed the whole fridge, tossed ♥♥♥♥ around and pummeled my daughter with crayons. I'm still a better father than Chris Benoit. Wait, I'm supposed to say if you should buy Octodad? Oh, sure, go ahead and buy it, it's a really good game.
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120 of 157 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
You play as an octopus who somehow manages to breath on land, raise human children and interact with his wife in a series of blubs and still make sure she understands him.
He is gaming's greatest hero.

11/10 IGN
420/360 MLG
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164 of 226 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
It's just a normal game about a normal man. I don't know what all the hype is about.

10/10 eight tentacles up
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132 of 179 people (74%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
WHERE DO THE KIDS COME FROM!?!!?!!?!??!
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617 of 924 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 30, 2014
This one is a hard "No" to give. At it's current price, for what it gives, Octodad: Dadliest Catch is NOT worth it. The game's about an hour and a half long, for $15? Now, if this price ever goes down to, say, $5 or so, this would be an absolute "YES". Octodad is a funny game, with chuckles throughout, the sheer obsurdity of what you can do is always worth a laugh, the silly theme song is great. However, the game feels like it's over before it even starts.

The last 30 minutes or so of the game are some of the most annoying trial-and-error types of gameplay that I've ever seen. Yes, the controls are bad, I get it. Having to 'sneak' past people is annoying in this, having to walk across a narrow path as fast as you can is also annoying. Instant-death attacks that go through walls and physics objects are also not fun.

But with that out of the way, everything else in Octodad is extremely fun! The writing is silly enough to work, the subtitled blubs that Octodad gives are rather funny at times. The objectives you're given are fun.

But that's really all you can say about this. It's just so extremely short. Lower that price to $7.50 or even $10, and I'll change my review accordingly, but at $15 for a regular, non-launch purchase? Not worth it. Wait for a price drop, or sale.

Edit: To people saying this review is not helpful, please let me know how it is not helpful, and I will work on adjusting it as such.
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59 of 68 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
*Pours child a glass of milk*

"Thanks dad!"

*Atempts to set down milk jug on table*

*Milk jug proptly leaves my hand at 100000mph and smacks my son in the face*

Son: "*grunt*" *walks off*




11/10 would assault children with milk again.
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