Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a humorous sequel to the original hit, Octodad. The sequel released on Steam for the PC in 2014. Receiving mostly positive reviews on Steam, this game quickly caught the attention of gamers, Youtubers, and critics. It had certain attributes that made it stand out from other action and adventure games. But what were these qualities that made it one of a kind?
One of the main features that made this game what it is were the wacky controls. Trying to maneuver the aquatic protagonist, Octodad, proved to be quite a challenge. This is what deemed this as a “rage game.” The game revolved on trying to speed through missions and challenges while using these nearly-impossible controls.
Another feature that this game has is a fascinating plot. It is easy to focus so much on one aspect of a game that the other parts are easily left out, such as the controls. However, Octodad: Dadliest Catch proves that this isn’t the case. The story follows an octopus who disguises himself as a human, has a family, and tries to live a normal life on land. However, some see through this mask and try to hunt him down. Octodad is deathly afraid of the aquarium, which is where the game eventually leads him to. The game tells a story of love, fear, and nostalgia while keeping it all lighthearted and fun.
The quality that stands out the most in this entire game is the use of comedy. There are not many games that can make a player laugh and rage all at the same time; however, this game does just that. Although Octodad: Dadliest Catch came out a while back, it is still a game best known for its use of comedy and is still talked about today.
The style and music match the game very well, and matches the mood for each scene. The cutscenes in the game help convey the story that the developers were trying to tell. Any other art style may not have worked as well with the comedic style that Octodad: Dadliest Catch has.
Overall, Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a game worth looking back on because of its mix of humor, action, and rage that makes it a unique adventure for any player. There were a few short in-game levels added after the release; however, it would be interesting to see even more Octodad adventures in the future. This game had several qualities that brought it together that made it the successful game it is today.