A downloadable game for Windows and macOS

(This is the original free student project. The fully complete Octodad: Dadliest Catch can be purchased here.)

Octodad is a third person adventure game about destruction, deception, and fatherhood. The player controls Octodad, a dapper octopus masquerading as a human, as he goes about a day of his life. His existence is a constant struggle, as he must master mundane tasks with his unwieldy boneless tentacles while simultaneously keeping his cephalopodan nature a secret from his human family. 

The player controls Octodad like a marionette, dragging his arms and legs around while his body flops along. The player’s goals are often simple household chores made difficult and interesting by the flailing, tenuous control they have over Octodad’s body. 

Being an octopus also has its strengths. Octodad can slip through tight spaces, grab objects with his suckers, and knock things around with tremendous strength. But if the player does things too out-of-the-ordinary, Octodad’s family will grow suspicious and realize what he really is. If they do, it’s game over for Octodad!

Please e-mail bugs and crash reports with OS X version, video card type, and system specs to feedback@octodadgame.com.

PC Minimum System Requirements

Operating System:Microsoft® Windows XP/Vista/7 with DirectX® 9.0c
Processor:2.6 GHz Pentium® IV or equivalent AMD Athlon® processor
RAM:1.5 GB
Hard Disk Space:1 GB
Video:Intel® GMA950 Integrated Graphics or DirectX® 9.0c Capable Video Card

PC Recommended System Requirements

Processor:Dual Core 2.4GHz
Video:512 MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GTX or ATI Radeon® HD 3870 or better

Mac Minimum System Requirements

Operating System:Mac OSX 10.5.8 (32-bit, 10.14+ not supported)
Processor:Intel® Processor
Hard Disk Space:1 GB
Video:NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT or ATI Radeon® X1600

Mac Recommended System Requirements

Operating System:Mac OSX 10.6 or 10.7 (32-bit, 10.14+ not supported)
Processor:Intel® Core 2 Duo processor
Video:NVIDIA® GeForce® 9600M GT or ATI Radeon® HD 4670 or better


NVIDIA(R) and PhysX(R) are registered trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation and are used under license. FMOD Sound System, copyright © Firelight Technologies Pty, Ltd., 1994-2013. Irrlicht Engine copyright © 2002-2010 Nikolaus Gebhardt. IJG JPEG software copyright (C) 1991-2012, Thomas G. Lane, Guido Vollbeding.

PlatformsWindows, macOS
Release date Nov 01, 2010
AuthorYoung Horses
TagsColorful, Comedy, Cult Classic, dad, family, fumblecore, Low-poly, octodad, octopus, Physics
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsKeyboard, Mouse


OctodadInstallerV1.5.3.exe 300 MB
Version 1 Dec 21, 2017
OctodadV1.5.3.OSX.dmg 220 MB
Version 1 Dec 21, 2017


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Seems a little sketchy. It wants me to give it permission to change things on my harddrive?! No thanks. 


It needs to change things on your hard drive to install the game you moron


First of all, why would it need to change anything? Second, that's rude. Just because I'm not a computer geek does not mean you get to call me a moron. If I started asking you a bunch of things about music or medicine I bet you wouldn't know much about that. If you want anyone to take you seriously, be nice to them. You could just answer nicely and explain or just leave it alone. 


if it doesn't change anything then how is it meant to install also I know tons about music and medicine

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Alright so tell me what ketoacidosis is and how you treat it? Without googling it thank you very much.


well.... most programs you download have to ask permission to change things on your harddrive, like google chrome and stuff. It's to install the program. I don't exactly trust this download to the fullest, but you should only be skeptical of installations when you have no clue where they came from. Or if they have sketchy file names like "Setup.exe." Most of the time your antivirus will catch these before you give it permission.


A lot of applications on this website seem sketchy, as they do require you to authorize them on some permission. However, if you're looking to actually run the applications, then you may have to take this risk. Octodad isn't that sketchy though, in my opinion. He does look really crusty though.


I can't run it on my pc.

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It looks a little bit creepy, but it's a great game!

so when i click play the game just crashes... if you were wondering i have a gtx 1050 and 8 gb of ram and idk why it just crashes

would u consider making a 64-bit version


It was made in 2011


Just as I was musing upon Google's lackluster advertising for Fatherhood, this came up. Thank you for keeping the Tradition Alive.

Happy Father's Day.

Lin Ji.

Subliminal Mind Games.

Post-Scriptum: I wonder if he tells good jokes.


so hard


Ok Its Fake


If you done your research its actually not. This is the ORIGINAL when the Creator was still a student. He then released the original project from back in his student days. 


hahaha this is so annoying but so fun to play! :)


the hand movements really irritated me... :D

Very good game, im late but still !


Octodad is a must play game if you wanna alot of fun. Not only is the controll unique in itself. But the game has a good story behind it. This is the funniest student project I ever played and they improved so much on everything later for the game Octodad: Dadliest Catch.  

The best part is that this student project is still free so all of us can enjoy it. Definitely a game everyone should try. 




I have played the sequal on my Wii-U, but time to rage with harder controls on the Macbook Pro.

Touch controls work on the touchpad. :)

I used a mouse but it wasn't any harder than the wii u version.


I wanted to play through this before i played through octodad deadliest catch but i am stuck on the end :(


Having trouble climbing the ladder?

no, I wanna play this game but its 32 bit, please update it


Happy to see this here! I thought this was a paid game (If it was I'd purchase it, iiif I had the means).  So this makes a part of me happy. Thank you :)


This one is free, but the sequel is paid. You're welcome!