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Shower with your Dad Sim

Showering with my dad was a surreal, terrifying experience


No more flying bath tubs daddy
Sep 02
// Laura Kate Dale
Yesterday, I got an early Steam code for a game called Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015. I instantly took Mad Max and Metal Gear Solid V, threw them out the window and thought no more of them. Showering with my dad was cle...
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Promoted Blog

Go hug your dad and play some video games. I would if I could


Promoted from our community blogs
Aug 01
// ooktar
Hey guys, things are obviously getting a little tense here the past couple of days. As someone who's only lurked in the forums every once in a while, I'm only aware of bits and pieces of what's going on right now with everybo...
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Dad Beat Dads

Belated Father's Day: Throw babies in Dad Beat Dads


My dad could beat up your dad
Jun 26
// Darren Nakamura
True story: my dad used to be quite the brawler. At a stocky 5'5" (165 cm), he was often underestimated. What he lacks in height and reach he makes up for in tenacity. What I'm trying to say is that I'm pretty sure my dad co...
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Dad by the Sword

Everything is your dad in the new Dad by the Sword trailer


Use Danny Phantom's dad if you lack one
Jun 22
// Joe Parlock
Yesterday, what is probably the greatest trailer you will ever see was released. It also being Father’s Day, that trailer was of course for indie Sword-em-up Dad by the Sword. The website can explain the game way bette...

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Octodad

Octodad on Vita will have same-screen co-op


Haha, what a cluster
May 21
// Chris Carter
Young Horses, the developer of Octodad, has noted that the Vita version of the game will be released on May 26. It'll cost you $14.99, but since it features Cross-Buy, a PS4 purchase already netted you the Vita version for fr...
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Dad by the Sword

Anti-dads, claymores, and hotdogs in Dad by the Sword


Jed by the Kepa
Mar 16
// Jed Whitaker
While at PAX East, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kepa just before the show floor closed on the first day. He and I were both frazzled, but that didn't stop him from smiling and refusing to take my bait to say that his g...
Octodad LP photo
Octodad LP

Make eye contact with this super cute Octodad vinyl


(That's what average human dads do, right?)
Mar 13
// Jordan Devore
To distract myself from the incessant sports talk happening in Destructoid chat this laid-back afternoon, I've been staring at the wonderful 7" Octodad: Dadliest Catch record. What a cutie. Nice to see Young Horses stick with...
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Dad by the Sword

Dad by the Sword features limp, floppy swords


Jean shorts, evil hot dogs, and jealous beast-men make for a delightful game
Mar 11
// Rob Morrow
Dad by the Sword is iOS developer Rocketcat Games' first entry into the PC market and boy howdy, is it a doozy. Part sword-fighting simulator, part long-running dad joke, all demented loveliness. Rocketcat's design expe...
Shower With Your Dad Sim photo
Shower With Your Dad Sim

Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015 washes up on Steam Greenlight


Wanna scrub that dad
Mar 10
// Ben Davis
Laura first reported on Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015 last week, but we didn't know many details about the game yet. A few days ago, the dad-showering simulator went up on Steam Greenlight with a trailer and new info, ...
Naked Dad photo
Naked Dad

GIFs surface for Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015


Showering with dad never looked so fun
Mar 02
// Laura Kate Dale
So, this is a GIF of a small child trying to find the correct naked dad to shower with at high speed.  The GIF is from an indie game called Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015: Do You Still Shower With Your Dad and...
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Bowser and Son

An irony-free feel good fan video about Dads


Bowser and Son are legit heartwarmers
Nov 08
// Jonathan Holmes
There is a whole genre of comedy dedicated to uncomfortable emotions about Dads. Pierre's Doo Dah Doo Doo rap is one example. That's doesn't mean there isn't plenty of room in the internet's heart for honest, not-weird affec...
Octodad DLC photo
Octodad DLC

These free Octodad: Dadliest Catch levels are going to end in disaster


Cephalopod of the year
Oct 08
// Jordan Devore
Feeding watermelon to a hospital patient? What a nice guy, that Octodad. Such large, sharp forks he's got, too. It's a good thing he is an adult human with fully developed motor skills. Octodad: Dadliest Catch was a treat, bu...
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Octodad Shorts

Free Octodad: Dadliest Catch DLC 'Shorts' coming late summer


More objectives to complete and breakable objects to mishandle
Jun 26
// Darren Nakamura
Since its release in January, Octodad: Dadliest Catch has sold over 250,000 copies, according to developer Young Horses. The awkward octopus-in-dad's-clothing simulator is a lot of fun for those who take the time to really l...
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Octodad: Dadliest Catch

Go behind the scenes with Octodad: Dadliest Catch


Nobody suspects a thing, except the devs
Apr 28
// Brittany Vincent
Octodad: Dadliest Catch is peppered with some of the most ridiculous scenes I've ever seen in my 22-odd years of gaming, and that's why I love it. To celebrate its launch on PS4, PlayStation and Young Horses have released a ...
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Octodad PS4

Octodad: Dadliest Catch finally coming to PS4 next week


Catch of the day
Apr 18
// Steven Hansen
Octodad: Dadliest Catch is coming to PS4 on April 22. Thankfully, it won't cost an arm, an arm, an arm, an arm and a leg. Just $15. And 20% off of that in its first week for PlayStation Plus members. And it's not a straight ...
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Octodad

Octodad aiming for PlayStation 4 release in April


Xbox One version under consideration
Feb 20
// Jordan Devore
Young Horses remarked on Twitter that its goal is to release Octodad: Dadliest Catch on PlayStation 4 in April. Some of us were expecting a bit sooner than that, but "There was never a definite date, or delay," according to t...
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The Past: Parental bonding


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Feb 11
// Logan Janes
[Dtoid Community Blogger Logan Janes shares a touching story about how video games gave he and his father a platform on which to discuss the big questions in life and grow together. Want to see your own words and thought...
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Octodad tie locations

All the Octodad: Dadliest Catch ties and their locations


From 'Anchors Away' to 'Zen Tie'
Jan 30
// Darren Nakamura
Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a pretty great game for those who take the time to re-learn how to walk. One of the neat extra features are hidden neckties throughout the game. In each level (except for "Shark Naked"), three ties ...

Review: Octodad: Dadliest Catch

Jan 30 // Darren Nakamura
Octodad: Dadliest Catch (Linux, Mac, PC [reviewed], PlayStation 4)Developer: Young Horses, Inc.Publisher: Young Horses, Inc.Release: January 30, 2014 (Linux, Mac, PC), March 2014 (PlayStation 4)MSRP: $14.99 ($11.99 until February 6)Rig: AMD Phenom II X2 555 @ 3.2 GHz, with 4GB of RAM, ATI Radeon HD 5700, Windows 7 64-bit Octodad is just a typical guy, trying to make his way through life with his wife and two children, except that he is an octopus and he has the additional burden of keeping that a secret. Dressed in his snazzy suit, most people are none the wiser about his true identity, but suspicions rise when he is spotted acting strange. In addition to mouse and keyboard control, full gamepad support is in place. I ended up preferring playing with a controller, but both work on the same principles. By default, players control three of Octodad's limbs: two legs and one arm. By manipulating their positions in space, Octodad can walk, run, climb, grab objects, and do all of the things a normal human being does. The kicker is that each limb is generally controlled one at a time, and they are all held together with an elasticity that often sends them off in unintended directions. [embed]269232:52279:0[/embed] The result is almost like handing a non-gamer a controller and putting him in the thick of a first-person shooter; there is a lot of flailing around and looking at the ground. It takes a certain amount of brain rewiring to be able to make Octodad move as intended, even when the necessary sequence of actions is cognitively clear. In any other game, these would be complaints, but Octodad is specifically about being uncomfortable and learning how to function in a body that is almost alien. For some, it may be frustrating, but for those willing to put in the effort, it is ultimately rewarding to learn how to function as an octopus in society. By the end, players should be able to walk competently without knocking things over or punching kids in the face too often. Being an octopus also affords Octodad some benefits that humans cannot reap, like the ability to squeeze into tight spots or to stretch out over large gaps. Young Horses built this awkward, difficult control scheme, and then crafted environments that take full advantage of its physics. Where the previous title was more of a proof of concept on the control scheme, Dadliest Catch delves a bit more deeply into Octodad lore. Revealed over the course of the campaign are how Octodad and his wife Scarlett met, when he decided to start masquerading as a human, and why the neighborhood sushi chef wants to kill him so badly. Of course, how he and Scarlett managed to have two human children is jokingly brought up but never seriously addressed. Truly, Dadliest Catch realizes how silly its concept is, and never takes itself too seriously. The writing fits the mood perfectly. Some of the off-hand remarks and terrible marine biology puns are worthy of a few laughs, but the general absurdity of the situation in its entirety is the biggest source of humor throughout the game. The silliness is conveyed well through the graphics and sound as well. Octodad lives in a colorful cartoon world that serves as a welcome contrast to the muted palettes of more realistic games. The soundtrack is similarly upbeat and peppy, and it features a main theme that will be stuck in my head for years. Though it looks great, there are occasionally hiccups throughout in which the graphics lock up for several seconds at a time. It is a minor nuisance for most of the game, but one area in particular features spawning urchins that exist in number too great for the system to handle. Calculating the physics and rendering that many objects is just too processor intensive, and the experience becomes screen-punchingly unplayable with normal settings. Even after dropping the graphic effects and resolution to their lowest levels, the World of Kelp plods along with frequent framerate drops. That it ends with a fairly difficult climb up a jungle gym exacerbates the issue; ascending a fair way up just to fall due to graphics locking up is intensely frustrating. Another potential sticking point for some might be the relatively short length of the story. Clocking in at about three hours, it ends before the central conceit starts to wear thin. Dadliest Catch does about as much as it can with its octopus limb control scheme, but it (ironically) would not have the legs to last much longer. I personally had no issue with the length, but those who like to calculate hours of entertainment per dollar may take exception that the main story finishes not very long after it begins. Alleviating that a bit are some optional objectives for those who want to keep playing. Each level hides three custom neckties for Octodad to wear, each requiring thorough exploration, tricky climbing, or some interaction with the environment. Additionally, each level has a par time to beat, opening it up for potential speed running. Also included are Steam Workshop support, so users can create their own levels, and a hilarious cooperative mode that allows up to four players to control one or more limbs, requiring an unusual form of teamwork and resulting in an even more awkward octopus than usual. Despite the short length of the campaign, there is enough in place for diehard enthusiasts to keep going for as long as they want. In the end, I would not be surprised to hear that the Octodad community is thriving years down the road. It exudes a certain weirdness and charm that makes it stand out from a lot of other titles out there, and there are tools in place for it to live on past the point when the credits start to roll. Though it has some issues with framerate drops and its approach to control is definitely not for everybody, Dadliest Catch kept a smile on my face for most of its duration.
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Not octobad
An interesting exercise in game design is to identify assumptions about the genre or medium in general, then question those assumptions. One such assumption that most make is that control should feel natural and unobtrusive a...

Octodad launch trailer photo
Octodad launch trailer

Your doctor might recommend Octodad: Dadliest Catch


'Medical grade interactive hardcore gunless action entertainment'
Jan 30
// Darren Nakamura
The strange octopus-dressed-as-a-human simulator Octodad: Dadliest Catch releases today on Steam, the Humble Store, and GOG.com, but how do you know if Octodad: Dadliest Catch is right for you? The informative medical video ...
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Yoshi

Yoshi is the world's greatest dad


brentalfloss' "Baby Mario & Papa Yoshi"
Dec 28
// Tony Ponce
My favorite track off brentalfloss' Bits of Me is definitely "Baby Mario & Papa Yoshi," a ragtime arrangement of Yoshi's Island's "Athletic." In the song, Yoshi decides to take care of the future Mushroom Kingdom hero in...
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Dad alters text in Wind Waker to turn Link into a girl


He wants his daughter to understand that girls can be heroes too
Nov 10
// Tony Ponce
Mike Hoye loves playing videogames and sharing his pastime with his three-year-old daughter Maya. Their game of choice is The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and Mike likes to read the text aloud so Maya can follow along. Bu...
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Dad at Nintendo

My dad works at Nintendo ...


For real!
Jul 12
// Jim Sterling
... and he said the Wii U is getting Grand Theft Auto: Mushroom Kingdom at launch.  And he works at Nintendo so that's for definites.
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Hardcore gaming dad

A glance at the gaming habits of a hardcore dad


Dadcore
May 08
// Conrad Zimmerman
I had the extremely good fortune to be born into a family with a long history of playing games and not be the first generation to take up the digital variety. My father was playing games on a PC as far back as my memory allow...
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My dad the phone

My Father the Phone: A tribute to Ness's dad


Call your mother
Jun 21
// Ashley Davis
Today is Father's Day, and many videogame characters out there are likely celebrating their fathers and father figures. The Koopa Kids and Bowser Jr. have Bowser, Jade has Pey'j, and Mega Man has Dr. Light. Fathers are import...
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Promoted Blog

Playing with others: My dad and I love Shaq-Fu


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Jan 30
// pendelton21
[Editor's note: pendelton21 talks about how he bonded with his father through Shaq-Fu for his Monthly Musing piece. -- CTZ] My father is a gigantic f*cking nerd. For some background: he majored in History in college, collec...
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Promoted Blog

Playing With Others: Let's play a game, dad!


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Jan 17
// Tony Ponce
[Editor's note: megaStryke talks about gaming with his dad for his Monthly Musing piece. -- CTZ] I really should count my blessings more often. Who doesn't complain about X and moan about Y from time to time? It's all small...
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Beat up your dad

Nintendo helps you kick your dad's ass


Happy Father's Day
Jun 12
// Dale North
I love my dad. Coolest dad ever. Everything cool I know how to do can be traced back to him, so I could never kick his ass. But, sometimes I think it would be funny to do so. You know, just to say I did. And I'm too old now f...

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