‘Octodad: Dadliest Catch’ Swims onto PC Jan. 30

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Finally, after nearly three years of waiting, the long-awaited sequel to the indie hit Octodad has finally nailed down a release date of January 30th. It will be available on Steam, the Humble Store, and GOG.com for PC, Mac, and Linux, with a PS4 release aimed at March.

For the unfamiliar, the Octodad series revolves around an octopus marooned in a suburban home environment who must pose as a human dad. Armed with only a business suit and his eight unwieldy limbs, he must perform basic fatherly tasks, such as washing dishes, playing ball with his son, and reassuring his daughter that monsters don’t exist. Oh, and he also must survive a crazed chef that wants to make sushi out of him. Ah, fatherhood.

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The sequel promises that players will uncover the cephalopod’s origins, live through a full day in the life of a dad, and learn about love, forgiveness, and courage. If that’s not enough to sell you on it, the game will also feature crazy new physics toys like springs, jointed objects, and slippery surfaces.

Octodad: Dadliest Catch has been on my must-play list ever since it was announced. After all, the original is one of my favorite feel-good games to show off to my friends on random afternoons. You can download the first one for free here, and I recommend it to anybody who likes physics sandboxes, heartwarming aesthetics, and just plain fun. I expect the sequel will have all this and more!