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Octodad is one of those games that you can’t be good at. No matter how hard you try. Octodad is student-made by a team of 19 from DePaul University for the Independent Games Festival as an entry, it’s free to download for PC, and it’s possibly the (best) weirdest game I have played this year on both a conceptual and mechanical level.

To put it simply, Octodad is a game full of destruction, deception, and fatherhood, where an octopus (that’s you) has managed to convince his family, and supposedly, society at large, that he is just a normal guy in a rather dapper suit. A lot of the indie game appeal are the controls. Every leg and arm movement is controlled entirely by your mouse movement. These controls are intentionally difficult and lacks the precision a normal human has. Octodad has no fingers nor opposable thumbs, thus causing every object he meets into a frenzy, leaving you in a tangle with your own limbs.

If the controls didn’t frustrate you enough, you are also forced to wrestle with an uncooperative camera. The camera can be shifted to the left and right manually, but due to your erratic movements and the tight level design, the camera angle can suddenly shift, having Octodad covering up most of the screen (as well as go through you!). Coupled with an awkward lock-on that automatically places your arm… tentacle to the nearest object, grabbing stuff is less enjoyable next to the simple joy of knocking over furnishings.

To add challenge to the game (like it isn’t challenging enough), there is a Suspicion meter. Acting less like a human and more like the real octopus you are, will drain the meter until the jig of being the caring husband and father is up. The Suspicion meter puts pressure on you to put on a decent and convincing act.

The unique gameplay, visuals, and sound effects presented in this indie title is light hearted but funny humor is truly different to anything I have ever played. Although Octodad has its bugs, the overall experience of being an octopus disguised as the family of four is a concept hard to hate and not to laugh at.  The game is rather short, but do not fret! Octodad: Dadliest Catch will be out shortly… For anyone with an hour or two to spare, I totally recommend this game!

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That damn badger.

Hey guys!

Yesterday I played Enviro-Bear 2000 Operation Hibernation. You just know it’s going to be a good name by the way how the title just rolls of your tongue. The point of this game is that you’re a bear and for some reason you’re driving around in a car collecting berries and fish to fatten up for hibernation in the winter. Why you have a car? I’m not too sure; presuming the bear just stole it from some unfortunate person. I know I wouldn’t want to mess with a bear. You can pull on the accelerator, brake, steer, and pull into drive and reverse to tear around and try to collect as much food as you can within a certain time limit. You have to watch out for the other bears too, who also have their own cars.

As you drive into trees, loads of pine cones and leaves will be deposited and smashing into boulders will result in large chunks of rocks come flying down. Be sure to constantly clean your car because it can obscure your vision and make you swerve into boulders and trees like a psycho, as well as obstruct your ability to reach parts of your car. Badgers can suddenly fly into your car and eat all your fish, as well as bees flying into your face making you roar with anger. A clock and a fuel gauge will give you all the information you’ll need. The clock counts down your time limit, and the fuel gauge tells you how much more you need to eat before “HIBERNATE” starts to flash on your screen. There are multiple caves in the distance (which strangely look like tunnels) that you can drive into and hibernate when the time comes. Remember you are not a winter bear, so make sure you make it within the time limit. After the end of every round, you are given new obstacles to overcome, such as a shorter time limit, only being able to eat berries because of overfishing, and even an overgrown forest thrown at you. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the game, it can be very stressful because it’s all about survival. Survival in the wilderness is hard work, even if you do have a car. But bears don’t have cars.

The graphics aren’t great, but it’s good enough for what it is. The game itself is pretty comical, so the graphics actually reinforce the silliness and sell the concept. You have one looped tune throughout the game but I’m pleased to say that it is very catchy. But the game has a serious issue on detecting collisions where it’ll let you drive straight through mountains and occasionally large rocks. Although it’s low on the graphics side, it’s high on the entertainment side. This game will certainly get you playing for longer than you’d like. I’d like to say that I’m pretty good at this game, but I honestly don’t think anyone can be good at this game.

This game is free for Windows so go ahead and download it and try it out yourself.

Enjoy!

http://gamejolt.com/freeware/games/action/enviro-bear-2000/211/

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