As of March 2015, the video game "Octodad: Deadliest Catch" has a Metacritic score of 69, which is based on 44 critic reviews. Several reviews applaud the game for its humor and creative concept, while many cite difficult controls and numerous frustrating levels as downsides.
The games have received generally favorable critical receptions, with review site GamesBeat lauding the game for the way it utilizes gameplay and concept to convey a specific message. In particular, the review recognizes the awkward and difficult mechanics and the odd concept as a metaphor for an outsider struggling to function and fit in within a foreign society. Alternately, PC Gamer Magazine gave the game poor marks due to the increasing difficulty that distracts from the other positive aspects of the game.
The game "Octodad: Deadliest Catch" was developed by Young Houses, Inc., which was founded by several students from DePaul University who worked on the original "Octodad" freeware game. Both games involve an octopus, the titular Octodad, who dresses in a suit and pretends to be a human. Gameplay involves controlling the unstable Octodad as he attempts for perform numerous mundane, everyday tasks in an attempt to avoid raising suspicions about his true aquatic nature.