Afternoon gamers, well on Wednesday just passed I finally got my hands on Octodad for the PS4. Young Horses have had tremendous success with the PC version of this indie title and with its much hyped launch for PS4 does it live up to its top billing.
When you first install Octodad and get your story underway you are immediately grabbed by its quirky yet fun design. A quick control tutorial whilst finding your way to the alter will hopefully see you swagger through the various rooms ensuring you scrub up nicely for your big day. Oh and don’t forget to grab the fish on the way after all he’s the best man.
The controls at this stage can be forgiven they are new and Young horses should be applauded for deliberately making them so unique. once the basics are grasped and you understand what buttons move legs and which don’t your on to the tricker of opening doors and moving objects. its straightforward and simplistic at first but the first Trophy you may want to grab will have you a little bit frustrated. It needs to be pointed out there is no guide to Octodad and nothing gives you clues for where and when trophies can be achieved. This may deter some of the trophy hunters amongst you and certainly if your after a platinum because it aint got one!
So you make it through the big day and the greatest joy of this game is revealed. The credits sequence is brilliant falling through the sky hitting each credit is very unique and artistically genius as you hit each letter.
For the next few hours of gameplay its all much of a muchness Octodad is charged with carrying out set tasks as represented at the bottom of the screen. You do these on the road to being the worlds greatest dad. We won’t go into any more plot details but theres plenty to do to keep you mastering those pesky controls.
This game is not without its frustrations and one major one is the controls at times they lead you into places you simply can’t get out of. In many instances I encountered floundering arms and legs vanish through doors and despite what buttons I pressed there was no way Octodad would move. This is perhaps down to early release bugs but its a disappointing thing to have in a finished product of this nature.
In the early stages of the game many of the tasks seem repetitive with only light hearted humorous dialogue saving you from the mundanity of it all. The supermarket throws up some interesting scenarios I wish you could do more with. Such as the freezer doors and stealing cereal, more mechanics and interactions allowing for more than one way to complete the objective would be a welcomed addition.
Octodad’s Co-op is a great attempt at making the game more engaging but unfortunately its like the blind leading the blind and increasing the difficulty curve ten fold with regards to manoeuvrability.
There is no difficulty setting so if you get stuck well your stuck. I found many hours walking away from the game to return and take on the challenge later the best approach. Never have I played a game thats sent me away so many times yet through its charm brought me back for more. Its like Trials fusion but worse.
Chapter select is the biggest thing missing for me and having not fully completed the game up until this review unsure if this something Ill unlock upon completion. Its a required feature if you want to play it your way on the first play through and then come back to mop up those trophies on the second play through.
In summary I love Octodads theme tune its attempt at a novel yet short lived concept. I can imagine Octodad 2 making an appearance but I do feel this is a game for the Niche who love the frustration and the gratifying reward it provides.
Octodad is available for the PS4 in the UK for £11.99