DO YOU EVER FEEL out of place? Like the world is made for people, and you aren't one? Like the suit and tie you put on is a costume... or even a disguise? That you don't belong, and that someone, eventually, is going to figure it out?
That's impostor syndrome, and that's also exactly what playing Octodad: Dadliest Catch is like. Because in Octodad—and get yourself ready for the best videogame premise of all time—you play an octopus who dresses in a three-piece suit and pretends to be a person. A person with a wife and two kids, who somehow don't know that you are an octopus. And you can't let anyone find out.
The gameplay in Octodad is challenging and silly: Through a series of normal tasks (mowing the lawn, buying cereal, visiting an arcade), you control each individual arm and leg of the awkward, flailing octodad, all while trying not to fall over, or be noticed, or accidentally hit someone in the face with a tentacle. The challenges are less puzzles and more dexterity-based, and it's difficult and occasionally frustrating—at points, you really will start to feel like an octopus who's stuck in a turnstile.
Ultimately, Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a fun game with about three hours of gameplay—it's worth a try, given the $15 price tag. But what might be most memorable is that its silliness is offset by a story that's sad, bittersweet, and oddly familiar: Playing Octodad feels the same as when you start thinking too hard at a networking mixer, and realize you never learned what to do with your hands, or how to apply eyeliner. At least in real life, you don't have to worry about people turning you into sushi when they find out you're a fraud.