Find out what it's like to play Octodad, the brilliantly bizarre PS4 adventure from Young Horses.
A story of deception and tentacles
Meet Octodad – loving father, caring husband and undercover octopus. It's not easy being a cephalopod in a world built for humans, particularly when you're trying to keep your eight-legged identity a secret from all those around you – and suspicious eyes are everywhere.
All Octodad wants to do is live a quiet life – shop for groceries, spend time with the wife and kids and go about his business in peace – but nothing's ever that simple when you have unwieldy tentacles instead of arms and legs. And when even your devoted wife and two small children don't even realise you're an octopus, keeping a low profile can be harder than it sounds...
Eight legs are better than two...
As anyone who's spent any time as an octopus will tell you, controlling a set of tentacles can be a touch trickier than using two arms and two legs. For a start, tentacles are a lot longer and tend to wrap themselves around anything they bump into, so getting tangled up in all sorts of everyday objects is a constant peril.
Coordinating Octodad's suckered limbs to work together is key to getting by in life without raising suspicion. Each tentacle is controlled separately, so you'll need to be a master of the DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller to make Octodad walk around, avoid obstacles and perform tasks without causing a scene. It can be tricky at first, but once you get into a rhythm with the L2 and R2 buttons, Octodad will soon be strolling around like a true man about town.
Just act natural
Everywhere you take Octodad, you can feel the prying eyes of your family and passers-by watching your every clumsy move. Most people are oblivious to his true identity, as long as he's able to blend into the background without knocking over too many objects and making a mess. Not everyone is as clueless as Octodad's close family however; some folk know an octopus when they see one, making a trip to the aquarium a particularly risky event.
If Octodad causes too much of a commotion with his bizarre antics, he'll start to attract attention until finally his true eight-legged form is revealed and his slimy deception is uncovered – and it's back to the sea for him!
Are you a man or a mollusc?
Throughout your adventures with Octodad, it's not just the day to day tasks that will test your skills – you'll find plenty of mini-games to keep your tentacles busy too. A trip to the aquarium means not only avoiding the marine biologists on patrol, but also keeping your wife and kids happy by playing games and winning prizes for them. Any normal man would have no trouble winning at Whack-an-eel, or having a friendly game of Air Hockey... but of course, Octodad is no normal man.
If you're looking for even more of a challenge and have a friend to play along with, co-op mode offers even more of a challenge to keep Octodad on the straight and narrow. With a wireless controller each, you and a friend can take control of a tentacle each and try to work together to control our slippery hero. It won't be easy, but you can bet your suckers it'll be a hilarious test of teamwork and coordination.
Think you're ready to live the life of an undercover octopus on PlayStation 4? Octodad Dadliest Catch is available to download now from PlayStation Store.
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