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. Langetc says:

    I’m having an odd problem…
    It works fine with the mouse, but crashes instantly upon any sort of keyboard input.
    Shame, because it seems like a really cool game.

  2. ord teapot says:

    music is yo la tengoish

    moby octodad?

  3. Oak says:

    I loved this. It makes me want to hug everybody.

    • katinkabot says:

      Me too. I also downloaded the song. Everything about this is just so happy.

  4. Pantsman says:

    This is a wonderful thing.

  5. Miresnare says:

    This looks absolutely fantastic. I haven’t laughed so much since Sumotori Dreams. Downloading now.

  6. Pony Canyon says:

    Aboslutely hilarious. Favorite part was the chef in the closet. Gfflrglrffg.

  7. Baf says:

    I was put off at first by the way that Octodad kept facing the opposite direction from the way I was trying to move him. But then I remembered that this is scientifically accurate! When octopuses in real life walk bipedally in order to prevent others from realizing what they are, they do in fact walk backwards

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  9. fuggles says:

    seriously, spiders – how the hell?

  10. negativedge says:

    why would I ever play this for more than two minutes

  11. gpcxii says:

    How do you climb the stairs in the bedroom? I end up falling down the steps and then I’m stuck.