Nautical But Nice – Octodad: Dadliest Catch

He is a flailure of a father

I know what you’re thinking. Not another game about grim men shooting each other in the future. However, Octodad: Dadliest Catch is actually the kickstarted sequel to Octodad, the tale of an octopus attempting to hide the tentacled truth of his being while living in suburbia with a wife and two children. There’s a trailer now and some details on the plot, which involves a family trip to the local aquarium. That’ll go well. If I ever stop enjoying the almost liquid collapse of Octodad as he attempts to brush the teeth he doesn’t have or sentimentally caresses a family portrait, I’m convinced I will no longer be able to enjoy anything.

You can download the song here and you probably should. The bit in the trailer with Octodad being stretched through cogs looked like it might be a 2d platforming section, or at least a 2d section. A 2d ‘flopping and writing about in a confusion of limbs’ section might be closer to the mark.

When I first saw Octodad I was a little afraid of him. Had he killed and replaced the human father? I harbored dark suspicions about the fellow, despite his dapper suit. Now, torn between family and fishdom, he fills me with sorrow. The casual carnage that he can cause, wrecking his entire house while trying to open a fridge or pick up a teddy bear, is a lesson for all of us who have ever had one drink too many, for when whiskey knocks the world sideways and the whole of existence falls off the edge of itself, we all become a little more like Octodad.

If you haven’t played the original, rectify that sad fact immediately by downloading it now.


  1. edwardoka says:


    • povu says:

      The sushi chef with his infinite hat was great.

      Octodad was awesome. Everyone should play it.Those who played it very long ago should also play it, I believe it was updated last year with a bonus level.

  2. JackDandy says:

    Trailer makes me think “How Gmod would be as an actual game”.

    The premise is interesting enough! And the tune’s great, too.

  3. caddyB says:

    My father is an octopus.

    • Doesn'tmeananything says:

      I have an ink-ling you wanted to (ten)tacle this news post’s lack of pun train and father one, seeing as we all are suckers for this kind of thing here, but I’m sorry to say that your comment doesn’t have eight legs to stand on in that regard, and you have disappointed me, son.

    • Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

      Come on you spineless suckers, get on the pun train!

    • caddyB says:

      No I actually didn’t want to make a pun thread. So yeah.

    • TheGroovyMule says:

      I would, but I’m octopied at the moment

    • kavika says:

      I’d beak out a pun or two, but I can’t ink of any right now.

  4. DrScuttles says:

    This brought a face-aching smile to my otherwise poor mood today. I’ve heard tales of events involving laughter, coffee and the spitting thereof, but had until now thought such nonsense to be the mad ravings of fools.
    I’m not quite sure why this tickled me so. I think it was the “nobody suspects a thing” that got me.

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      Adam Smith says:

      If you haven’t played the original, it could improve your mood yet further! I just added a link to the download.

    • Ushao says:

      I’ll have to get it and play it as well, then. Caught a bug Saturday and it’s been terrible. The trailer lifted my spirits quite a bit!

  5. G-Lord says:

    Great to hear some news. Looks like my kickstarter pledge is used well ;)

  6. wcq says:

    Having seen the headline, the alt text and the actual name of the game, I think we’ll soon drown in an ocean of octo-puns.

  7. Lord Custard Smingleigh says:


  8. SiHy_ says:

    I really enjoyed Octodad with its fantastic sense of humour and crazy controls. Until the point with the lasers and no checkpoints, that is. I haven’t been back since. I really should go back and see how it ends, though.

    • sinister agent says:

      There were lasers in Octodad?

    • vivlo says:

      thanks to RPS (praise be to Him), i too played that cheerful thing and though it looked like i completed it, i’ve always been wondering if there wasn’t like a hidden half of the game i had missed, because there was several scenes in the trailer that i didn’t play at all, like the lawnmower scene. Neither did i see any laser beam..

    • luthyr says:

      The basement levels (the one with lasers) were done after our submission to the IGF as more of a bonus challenge to the end of the original. In our Kickstarter trailer, we had some footage of prototypes that didn’t exist in the game of what the sequel might include, like the lawnmower. In any case, we’re making tons of improvements on removing the frustrations people had with the original, without losing the awkwardness of what made it fun.

    • vivlo says:

      “The basement levels (the one with levels)”

      you mean
      “The basement levels (the one with lasers)”
      right ?
      in which case, do you mean we are able to play this level if we re download the game today ? anyway grats, keep on great stuf and so on :-)

    • luthyr says:

      Sorry, yeah, meant lasers. :D

      Yeah, if you redownload and beat the game like normal, it will send you to the basement levels. They are a bit harder than the normal game.

  9. McCool says:


    Keep writing articles about Octodad, RPS. No-one will stop you. We need as many as possible to counter-act the grim men shooting each-other in the future.

  10. DK says:

    Still the best tagline any game ever had. Secret Octopus.

  11. TheGroovyMule says:

    I might give it a shot if I’m not octopied by some other game

  12. Soapeh says:

    Wanna meet that dad.

  13. neoghoul says:

    I wonder why his ‘wife’ doesn’t suspect a thing….. oooo I get it *wink wink*

  14. Scarecroww says:

    You cannot defeat me, octopus, you have no booones! Hohohoho!

  15. Bhazor says:

    Loving Husband.
    Ahh marriage the deadliest catch.

    Wish it stuck to the idea of trying to do everyday tasks. The bit with the gears was a big turn off for me.

  16. cjlr says:

    I’ll just leave this here.

  17. xp194 says:

    The last few seconds of that trailer tugged my heartstrings. Take my money, Dead Horses.

    Take /all/ of it.

  18. Saldek says:

    ‘flopping and writing about in a confusion of limbs’ brought to mind a vivid picture of an entanglement of RPS writers with a deadline. Cannot unsee.

  19. Matzerath says:

    Woo hoo! It’s been a while since they’ve updated — I was getting worried. I REALLY want to see this completed!

  20. The white guar says:

    I stopped thinking with portals. Now i’m thinking with tentacles! Thank you Young Horses.