Quirky, weird, and utterly charming, Octodad’s total commitment to its idea is immediately warming. Wrapped in a kindly ’50s sitcom-esque world, the satirical take on suburban naivete blends well within the context of that era’s television. So cautious, Octodad teases – quaintly – the social blindness of a period usually depicted with warmth and joy while so many were oppressed. Octodad’s absurdist premise, that an octopus could mingle with his family (or even have a family) unnoticed carries parallels to those hiding from bigotry.
While part of the wonky controls genre – QWOP, Goat Simulator – Octodad stays inherently smart. Challenges elicit laughs and absurdity rises within the puzzles without overwhelming. It’s mixed and tested and balanced to ensure clarity rather than to annoy. Fantastic.