He’s A Bit Spineless: Octodad

Oh, Indie Games Blog, the gifts you give! Ahem: IGF 2011 entrant Octodad is a game where you play an octopus who is pretending to be a dad. A human dad. The tagline alone leaves me lost for words – “Loving father. Caring husband. Secret octopus.” That might just be the single best piece of games writing ever.

As you’ll see from the trailer below, the game’s quite forgiving as to what constitutes normal behaviour and lets you concentrate on the little things, like staying relatively upright and not smashing every single object in your house. Now, I won’t ask you to download this game. I’m just going to suggest you watch the following trailer, and then do what comes naturally.

Here’s that download link again.


  1. Noterist says:


    QWOP meets Minotaur China Shop?

    Here’s hoping!

    • jeremypeel says:

      I was about to tweet about its relation to the thoroughly-rubbish QWOP, but came here, saw the post and your comment… it’s all been said!

      Can’t wait to get my hands on this. Yet another mad indie to blog about this week. How do I choose?

    • Man Raised By Puffins says:

      Yes, and hopefully with just a dash of Chicken-Boo, plus a soupçon of Hugh Man to taste.

  2. _Jackalope_ says:

    Dalmation Rex FTW!

  3. Humble says:

    Holy smokes! I don’t remember the last time a trailer made me laugh out loud! Well done people!

  4. Berzee says:

    I watched the trailer and am now doing what comes naturally!

  5. frags says:

    Downloading NAO!

  6. Colthor says:

    “Loving father. Caring husband. Secret octopus.”
    So, um, I guess they kept the lights off then?

    • Ballisticsfood says:

      “What’s that Octoman? You want to buy fourteen packets of viagra? Whatever for?”

      Lovecraft would be… Actually I have no idea what his response to that would be.

    • Haplo says:

      Considering his abject hatred of the DENIZENS OF THE DEEP (not the eldritch ones)…

      … Actually pretty much the exact sort of reaction one is supposed to get from reading his books, which is a little ironic.

  7. Incognito says:

    Oh, an edit on that picture. Nice one Quintin. :) But I still know what you did in your last….edit.

  8. lhzr says:

    sounds, and looks, excellent.
    mixing sumotori dreams and must lead to something fun, so count me in for a download.

    • lhzr says:

      that was supposed to be “mixing sumotori dreams and calamari wrestler”. ah, well.

  9. WiPa says:


  10. Brumisator says:

    That song is so awesome.

  11. Kast says:

    I must be dead inside because that just looked as frustrating as hell.

    • Man Raised By Puffins says:

      A couple of bits are, the final “boss fight” perhaps justifiably so, but on the whole it’s enormously charming. It’s a quick half hour of silly-fun.

    • frags says:

      Frustrating controls actually make sense in this game. They didn’t say being a dad and an octopus was going to be easy.

    • Man Raised By Puffins says:

      I’m not sure it’s actually so much the controls that are the problem, more that the camera often goes for a burton and screws up what you’re trying to do. It certainly seemed easier to control Octodad’s flailing limbs in the credit sequence (which used a fixed camera) than when wrestling about in the confined spaces of the house.

    • Shevy says:

      @Man Raised By Puffins
      We’ve got better camera behavior and it’s coming in the next update :)

  12. kutkh says:

    If they assign a keypress to “RUE LIMBS” I don’t think I’ll have ever felt a more profound connection to a computer game.

  13. Alexander Norris says:

    They missed a quality reference to 19th century pop-art by not making his wife Japanese, there.

    • Lars Westergren says:

      Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife?

    • AncientToaster says:

      I could NOT stop thinking about that print while playing this. It almost ruined the mood of childlike humor.

  14. invisiblejesus says:

    Someone made a game of the monster in Possession? I’m down.

  15. Meatloaf says:

    Wow. That’s one of the best things, that is.

  16. realmenhuntinpacks says:

    As a species we have our bad points, but it’s this kind of thing that makes it all worthwhile.

  17. Lambchops says:

    I wonder if his wife uses Octo-kleen and stars in cringeworthy mysogynistic adverts? (One for The Apprentice watchers out there!)

    • James G says:


      Was the first thing that occurred to me on seeing the headline as well.

    • Stu says:

      I was all set to post a similar comment myself. So instead I’ll wonder aloud about the likelihood of a Germ-O-Nator game.

  18. demo says:

    Added this to burnbit for a torrent…

    link to burnbit.com

  19. Pani says:

    That game looks like they were trying to get some nice graphics together, great physics and game play. Then they botched the physics, laughed at what they’d created, decided to reskin it and make it into part of the gameplay.

    I wonder what they were originally going for?

    • ben says:

      This might sound insane, but… this was our goal from the start.

    • devon says:

      No, Ben’s lying this was the original idea.

      link to octodadgame.com

    • Pani says:

      Well if that truly was what you were going for, then how the hecky-thump did you come up with this idea?

      Don’t get me wrong, I;m not knocking you, it just seems so bizarre to be real. It’s awesome, but bizarre.

  20. Shazbut says:

    Downloading this SO HARD

    • Shazbut says:

      Ok, so it’s somewhat unplayable but – pff. That doesn’t matter.

      My favourite bit was when I was advised against holding makeup because men don’t wear makeup and it might look suspicious.

  21. Brumisator says:

    I just finished playing it, and it’s by far the best game I’ve ever seen use this kind of wobbly physics thing.
    Others games I mean include sumotori, QWOP, ragdoll kung fu and of course, minotaur in a china shop.

  22. pakoito says:

    Catchy song is catchy.

  23. noodlecake says:

    3 minutes to go! This looks ace! I’m giddy. :)

  24. Hydrogene says:

    Great! All my tentacles are tingly with anticipation… downloading.

  25. Norskov says:

    A great little game, highly enjoyable. I did have some trouble with the spiders though..

  26. AquaticVirus says:

    Norton thinks its a virus, damnit.

  27. Nyuu says:

    DO WANT ! I’ll take one sir.
    (love silly games)

  28. Evyn says:

    Only problem is the spider part. I kept failing, and altho I found the game hilarious, its too frustrating to control to be of any real “fun”.

  29. Fetthesten says:

    I played it and feel I can safely say that Octodad is possibly the best dapper-octopus-disguised-as-human game I’ve played this week. Good work.

  30. Martin Kingsley says:

    I have to say, given the way in which, for a decade, on millions of computers worldwide, almost all Norton/Symantec products have inhibited the user’s ability to enact routine computational tasks, slowed systems to a crawl and caused vast and insurmountable irritation courtesy of the fact that in many cases the bastard thing is impossible to uninstall, one might almost suggest it’s high time we officially branded the thing what it so clearly is: insidious virus to (as I believe the kids are wont to exclaim) da max.

    Mad game looks mad. +1 to invisiblejesus for Possession references.

  31. Jolly says:

    And thus was born, the game to end all games.

  32. Davie says:

    Yeah, this is pretty much the best thing ever. Stairs are a little frustrating, but it doesn’t matter because SECRET OCTOPUS.

  33. Berzee says:

    It would be cool if there were Octohats

  34. thermo says:

    A team of 19 students made this? Very impressive, I struggle to get 3 other blokes to work together on something at uni

  35. sinister agent says:

    I am fighting back laughter and I haven’t even watched the trailer yet. Oh, mercy.

  36. The_B says:


  37. Spacewalk says:

    Wow, free. I would have paid ten squid for this easily.

  38. Army of None says:

    Awesome. This was genuinely entertaining and amusing. Some places I actually laughed out loud (Octodad’s Game Face for example.) Would sooooo pay for this

  39. Olivaw says:

    This game is adorable and lovely and charming and great.

    I ended up wanting more adventures in the life of Octodad! Which is more than I expected by a wide margin!

    • Olivaw says:

      I have to say, though. There wasn’t any resolution on what Octodad was working on in the basement! I thought it would be a way to turn himself into a human and they all lived happily ever after or something!

    • PTibz says:

      We really want to continue the game with more adventures eventually, but with the IGF submission due date looming this is what made the cut. Thank you everyone for your feedback!

  40. DMJ says:

    You laugh.

    This is my life.

  41. Unaco says:

    I didn’t even need the whole trailer… It had me at about 50-55 seconds in. Downloading, but slowly.

  42. Flobulon says:

    Hahahaha, had a lot of fun with that, it’s made my day.
    Best tentacle action I’ve seen since the Majesty of Colors.

  43. merc says:

    Gloriously mental, charming and funny.

  44. MD says:

    Oh, shit yes. I haven’t actaully played it yet, but man. GOTY

  45. MD says:

    Oh, shit yes. I haven’t actually played it yet, but man. GOTY

  46. fuggles says:

    That is the best thing I have ever seen.

  47. disperse says:

    Kept crashing when loading new areas after cut scenes which wiped out my save and the tutorial is annoyingly unskippable.

    What a shame.

  48. Maj says:

    Hey, disperse, check out: link to octodadgame.com and send us an email, so we can help you out.

  49. Kurt Lennon says:

    Best game ever made, by miles.

  50. panther says:

    down loadin loadin loadin