Thursday, September 13, 2012

A Little Bit of Genius at PAX

There were things I saw at Penny Arcade Expo that I wanted to go on about. Something besides Microsoft trying to push us into our exciting Windows 8/Internet Explorer 9 future by providing the world middling adaptions of ancient Atari games for some reason.

There was one game at the Indie Megabooth that deserves special attention from all humans. Not only was it funny, but it has perhaps the best elevator pitch in the history of the human race:
OK. You're a guy living in the suburbs. You have a wife, two kids, and a secret: You're actually an octopus in disguise.
Obvious jokes aside, how can you not want to try that game? Especially when you know it's called Octodad: The Dadliest Catch.


This game is the purest epitome of the Indie spirit. (How's that for a pull quote?) It's unique, intriguing, utterly bananas, and no major publisher will ever do anything like it.

Sadly, the gameplay is focused on maneuvering the octopus, which means struggling to do normally simple tasks with an odd control scheme. I am a little skeptical about how much this particular style of gameplay can catch on. On the bright side, if it's priced cheaply enough, it can make a ton of sales based on the "Oh God. I have to try this out." factor.

My unsolicited advice for the developers: If the game turns out to not be that fun, sell it for five bucks. You'll move a lot of copies based on morbid curiosity alone.

Edit: Oh, yeah. You can support Octodad at Steam Greenlight here. I voted for it. KEEP INDIE GAMES WEIRD!


  1. Jeff, you can satisfy your morbid curiosity by playing the first game in the series. The game is fun and I guess everything else is as you expect it, but the gameplay gets gimmicky after a while. The more in the making Octodad game will reportedly have better gameplay and higher overall quality. I preordered as soon as it was announced, looking forward to it.

  2. The first version of Octodad was released back in late 2010. Here's a download:

  3. The original Octodad's worth a try, although I found actually controlling it to be far too difficult once the great comedy/novelty value of it wore off. I quit when I got to those spiders.

  4. Thanks for the post, Jeff! I've been a long time reader and have really enjoyed avadon on my ipad. If you ever want to give one of the alpha Dadliest Catch levels a test drive let me know, I'm sure you would have great feedback.

    -Devon (Octodad Programmer) devon at

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