Octodad: Dadliest Catch Review

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Posted: 13 months ago, last updated 9 months ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

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 failing and sending furniture flying, to the gleeful screams of others in the room.

DetailsGame Details

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

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

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation

CommitmentCommitment

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

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Android has accessibility settings including ways to navigate and interact, although not all games support this. Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. The Wii U has some limited settings, such as disabling rumble and selecting mono audio. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.


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