E3 2013: Octodad: Dadliest Catch Impressions

Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a game that works on a very simple premise: Octopi are hard to control. It doesn’t seem like the kind of game that would get a dedicated kiosk at E3. Octodad has four.

I played Octodad on the PlayStation 4, and out of all of us at Gamer Horizon, I was the only one with experience playing the previous Octodad title released on PC. The fun of Octodad is that you are trying to do very simple tasks, which is hard for a creature with no real arms or legs. Controlling Octodad can be extremely bewildering and difficult, but you see, that’s the entire point of the game.

In the E3 demo, Octodad has to get ready to walk down the aisle and marry the woman of his dreams, getting his tuxedo open, and then slithering down to the altar. This wouldn’t be so bad, but you have to press L1 to switch between controlling Octodad’s arms and legs. You can’t use both at the same time. Your control over these limbs is awkward at best. You’ll need to use the analog sticks to move your arm up, down, left, right, in, and out. Trying to pick up a single item, usually results in you knocking aside or breaking all the other items. To walk, you have to press L2 or R2 to raise a leg, then move the analog stick to place it where you want. It is very hard to walk in a straight line without knocking anything over, which is what the final task of the demo has you do. You have to be careful though, for if you cause too much havoc, people around you might think you’re not a human after all, but perhaps you are an octopus.

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