There are a number of ways by which you may find yourself itching to explore Snaktooth Island. Maybe one of the game’s whimsical trailers caught your eye, or you could have been lured by the incredibly catchy theme song by Kero Kero Bonito, or the adorable creature designs (I mean have you seen that Strabby!?), or perhaps it’s the gaping hole in your heart left by the absence of a new Viva Piñata, or maybe some combination of the aforementioned. Regardless, if you’re coming to Bugsnax, you already have some idea of what you’re in for: a cute-as-heck creature collector full of good vibes, vibrant colors, and little food-inspired critters that speak their own names incessantly in the most endearing ways possible. This is all true, but this knowledge will not prepare you for what awaits.
University student project, Octodad, back in 2010. It garnered a lot of attention and was a freeware success. In 2011, a Kickstarter for Octodad 2 was formed to help fund a proper sequel, which was successful on its own terms (and not like Double Fine numbers). And here we are, Octodad: Dadliest Catch is the renamed, completed project of Octodad 2. Is it truly a catch, or should you throw it back?