Squids! Octopi! Aliens! What do all of these things have in common? That’s right, tentacles. Okay, aliens maybe not always, but the rest are definitely tentacled. Whether or not you’re going to have a biological tentacle, or a mechanical one, these appendages are long, limber and part of many people’s fantasies. You know what I’m talking about. Anyway, here’s our Top 10 Tentacled Beings.
Platforms supported: Windows, OS X, Linux (Steam)
Developed by: Young Horses
Price: I bought this game for £6.99 during a Steam sale.
Genres: Indie, Simulator, Adventure
Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a game where you play as a perfectly normal man, who lives a perfectly normal life. You have to look after the day to day running of your family, as well as doing a spot of grocery shopping.
You start the game with how you and your lovely wife got married. You go around and be a perfectly normal human, going about his perfectly normal business. Getting dressed, finding the ring, doing a spot of dancing on the dance floor; you know, normal!
There’s one catch: You’re actually an octopus, believe it or not.
You will have some trouble controlling your tentacled gentleman, as you have to control the arms and legs separately. So you can’t simply walk and pick things up, you have to do all of this yourself. All the while, you have to make sure your suspicion levels aren’t too high to where you are figured out to be an octopus.
To think, this lovable dad wants only to be a nice guy, but he’s got crazy sushi chefs chasing after him and accusing him of being an octopus. Insanity, I tell you!
Graphically Octodad is very impressive looking. From its humble beginnings as a free game to this much improved look, it’s really crisp and everything stands out.
Colours are vibrant and in fact the developers clearly put a lot of thought into colour for their game design. I’d go as far as to say the colour even helps make objectives stand out, as well as the brilliant camera placements.
Furthermore, the graphics settings are really generous, as well as the physics settings. This allows computers of various degrees to play, such as my crummy machine (I love it really).
The music is very cheesy and always fits the mood of the scene you’re in. You always feel as if you are a gentleman or as if you are trying not to be caught. The music is brilliant, so check it out!
You can play the original Octodad for free, so you can sort of try before you buy!
I’ll give Octodad a sea urchin worthy 4.5/5. It’s a great game, but there’s one or two little things that kind of bug me. Sadly, I can’t place my barnacle onto what it is that bugs me, but I feel as if some of the original charm is lost… Perhaps that’s because I did play the original first?
Ultimately though, this is a brilliantly fun and polished game which is worth spending the money on. Good going, Young Horses!
Have you played this brilliant game or even its prequel? What do you think of the mechanics of controlling the tentacles for his arms and his legs separately? Are you oddly charmed by this fishy gentleman? Let us know in the comments below!