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Video GameOctodad: Dadliest Catch Review
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Posted: 3 years ago, last updated 12 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer, Jo Robertson and @GrowingUpGamers.


Most games design their controls to be easy and accessible. Octodad: Dadliest Catch takes a different approach. Using a combination of sticks and buttons, it creates an awkward, stomach-churning feeling of having too many limbs that you can’t directly control. Traversing the simplest of rooms and completing simple tasks like opening a cupboard become brain-achingly tricky. It’s the kind of peculiar difficulty that quickly results in a heady mix of frustration and hilarity as you blunder your way through each level, limbs flailing and sending furniture flying, to the gleeful screams of others in the room.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 30/01/2014, updated in 2017

Price: 85% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Simulation, Traversal (Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Stealth)

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Young Horses (@YoungHorses)




Play Time: This game will take between 6 hours and 7 hours to complete. To complete the single-player story will take around 7 hours and then another 10 or so to collect everything.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 7.

Rated for younger players in Australia.
Rated PEGI 7+ with violence. In the US it is rated EVERYONE 10+ by ESRB with cartoon violence and crude humor.

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Young players either need a good helping of patience and find motor control, or a really good sense of humour. Those that can try, fail, and laugh at how hard it is will get the most out of the game.


Octodad: Dadliest Catch usually costs £11.49 to £11.99. 

Octodad: Dadliest Catch

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


Our Octodad: Dadliest Catch Accessibility Report documents 1 accessibility feature:
Motion control is available on PlayStation and uses one Move controller to control each leg one at a time. When you’re commanding Octodad’s arm, you simply move the controller where you want it to go, and press the Move button to latch your suckers on to nearby objects.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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