A long, long time ago, in the wayward mists of 2013, I reviewed a game called Octodad. I thought it was a quirky, fun, mechanically interesting game that mostly needed a layer of additional polish to become particularly great, and expressed interest in playing more of it later down the line.
Apparently I wasn’t the only one with this interest, as development studio Young Horses was created more or less with the express intent of bringing the world more Octodad. And last week, a little under three years after setting out, they’ve deliver Octodad: Dadliest Catch: another game about an octopus masquerading as a human man, except this time the title also has a dad joke and a pun. And if that doesn’t immediately make the sequel the better game in your book, your metrics are wrong.
(Spoiler levels: Narrative, medium-to-high. Mechanical, high.)