Octodad: Dadliest Catch; Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft; Nintendo Pocket Football Club, gaming reviews


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Octodad: Dadliest Catch


PS4, PC (£11.99)

If multitasking is not one of your skills in real life, Octodad will pose a tough challenge. Following a successful Kickstarter to make a sequel, this suburban father must carry out everyday chores such as mowing the lawn or going shopping – but he's secretly an octopus! The wonderfully wacky premise means controlling his body is the tricky/hilarious function to master, and although there's not too much depth to the gameplay and short storyline (and invertebrate living can become frustrating), he's a very loveable cephalopod.

Laura Davis

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft


PC, IOS (Free)

This morning I thought I'd squeeze in a game (or two) of Hearthstone before getting ready for work. Blizzard had a message saying they were undergoing maintenance; I stared in disbelief. It didn't last long, but that's how addictive this game is on the iPad – I only wish practice mode was available offline for travel play. As a collectible card game with fantasy characters who fight battles, the more cards, the better your chances. Flawlessly orchestrated, and you don't have to be a World of Warcraft fan to get hooked.


Nintendo Pocket Football Club


3DS (£13.49)

While there are plenty of Football Manager-lite sims on the handheld market, this is possibly the most basic. With limited tactical options and a painfully basic training system, Nintendo's offering opts for cuteness and simplicity. Despite so many own goals, the match engine is the game's super sub as watching the sprites play short and scrappy matches is an entertaining and oddly realistic likeness of the beautiful game. While the management input is irritatingly sparse, it'd be a shame to see this likeable sim left on the bench.

Oliver Cragg