Dadish was released on Feb. 11 for iOS, Nintendo Switch, Android and PC. Dadish combines parenting and dungeon crawling in a colorful, 8-bit inspired style that mixes mind numbing segments with genuinely entertaining content. Once you pick it up and play, it’s hard to put the game down. That’s not to mention that Dadish is fairly cheap. For only $5 on the Nintendo Switch, why wouldn’t you try it out?
You play the game as Dadish, a dad who is a radish, in search of his radish children. A very charming opening cutscene shows you that the radish children got distracted by a balloon and chased after it while Dadish was asleep. Then, you go from level to level of bright and colorful scenes through the vast world that is Dadish on your journey to rescue them. There are 40 levels in total, each progressively harder than the last. Additionally, at the end of each area is a boss level. You must fight the bosses and win in order to proceed. The bosses as well as the enemies are all based on fast food.
Dialogue wise, Dadish is very entertaining. At the end of one of the levels, after you find one of your missing radish children, the little radish says, “I’m constantly and deliberately putting myself in terrible danger. I pretend I’m doing it for thrills, but really I just want attention,” to which Dadish responds, “Neat,” with a straight face. It’s interactions like these that really catch you off guard with laughter that make Dadish worthwhile.
Gameplay wise, Dadish is harder than I was expecting. Going in, I had little to no high expectations for the game, but it proved me wrong almost immediately. An unexpected mechanic of the game is that you can’t fight anything. Dadish forces you to simply dodge everything instead. This way, beating Dadish becomes more of a challenge. I’m grateful that the developers didn’t make the game super easy, but I would have loved to stomp those evil french fry things into the ground.
The music is good, too. It’s a bit repetitive, yet still enjoyable. Most of the “Dadish” soundtrack is made up of the kind of songs that end up getting stuck in your head, like the Jetpack Joyride theme: you can hear it once, and then you’re haunted by it forever. That said, I was fairly satisfied with the music. There’s something almost hypnotic about it: you hum to it without even thinking.
I’m giving Dadish an 8/10. It’s short, charming and very unique. I don’t usually play games like Dadish but I’m glad I decided to try something new as I found a wonderful game in the process.