A bride stands at the altar, worrying about her missing husband-to-be. "He's always late," she says. "But what on Earth is keeping him?" The delay, it seems, is because he's an octopus — and as you'll learn over the next few minutes of the game, everything from putting on a tie to walking down the aisle is infinitely more challenging when you're a cephalopod pretending to be human. Good luck getting the ring on her finger. It's impossible to play or even watch Octodad: Dadliest Catch without smiling. "We really had no idea whether people would think the idea was stupid, wonderful, or both," says Phil Tibitoski, president of developer Young Horses.

Octodad is a delightfully strange game. And, along with other titles from small developers, it’s just part of a recent resurgence of weird.