Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015: Do You Still Shower With Your Dad Review – Dad Max

I feel a Dadly Premonition coming on…

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Developer: Marbenx
Publisher: Marbenx
Format: PC
Released: September 2, 2015
Copy provided by publisher

It should be a one-note joke.

You’ve got another “hilariously” random simulator idea that would have made a more efficient photoshop than a full-on videogame. However, Shower With Your Dad Simultator 2015: Do You Still Shower With Your Dad is more than a simple creepy gag.

The main objective is as simple as it is mildly alarming. You are one of three boys taking a shower with your dad. There are three dads, visually distinct and bearing some physical similarities to the playable kids. The aim is simply to move the correct kid to the correct dad, avoiding taking a shower with a stranger. Showers respawn after each success at a frantic pace.

Outside of its awkward – and increasingly controversial – premise, Shower With Your Dad Simulator is initially little more than a throwaway timewaster, the kind of thing you’d expect to see on a mobile platform and dip into once in a while. In that regard, the base experience is quite serviceable, and makes for a fun enough matching game to justify its $0.99 price tag.

However, the more you play, the more things open up, and the already strange premise just gets plain weird.

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Repeated plays unlock random items for future playthroughs, a’la the similarly nude The Binding of Isaac. Soap, for example, doubles the amount of points you gain each time you get into the correct shower, while the rubber duck reduces penalties for failed shower experiences. Moreover, the longer one spends succeeding, the more challenging obstacles appear – puddles that cause the child to skid uncontrollably, or warning signs that slow down movement.

There are three modes of play to begin with. Endurodad is an endless mode in which you pick a kid and keep finding your dad in shower after shower. Dadathalon randomly switches which child you’re playing as, keeping you on your toes as you try to find the correct father before time runs out.

Most curious of the three starter modes is Dad Divisions, a very clear pastiche of the game many have likened Shower With Your Dad to already – Frog Fractions. Here, you switch between the three sons at will, using the mouse to extend your arm and catch falling dads.

From here, things only get stranger.

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With extended play, new modes randomly unlock, interrupting your current run in some bizarre way. This “Dadloadable Content” opens up yet more games, such as Inglorious Bathdads – it’s a cross between Flappy Bird and a sidescrolling shooter as you have to collect 69 of your corresponding fathers in the sky. When you win he becomes president, and then you get to look at the gravestone of the videogame industry.

I won’t spoil the other modes, but they’re equally bizarre and their appearances are never not surprising.

The word “surprising” most sufficiently describes Do You Still Shower With Your Dad. For all its attention-grabbing suggestiveness, this game – featuring vast quantities of digital dad dong – is regularly changing its tone, dripfeeding new content and providing an adventure that may not be quite as disruptive as Frog Fractions, but most definitely carries its spirit.

Nevertheless, the general premise still wears thin after a while, even with regular unlocks, and the surface idea is still potentially disturbing. Yes, it’s presented as innocent showering, but it’s hard not to look at the game and feel at least a little creeped out – and this is before you unlock the item that slows down time by getting the son drunk, or the adoption papers letting you shower with another dad.

Oh, and the reveal of a fourth dad that implies one of the sons might not be showering with their actual father.

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Quite what this game is trying to say at times is hard to fathom, but in a world where Tim & Eric has turned anti-humor into an art form, I’d say there’s a place for curios like Shower With Your Dad Simulator. I may not entirely know its intentions, but it knows full what it is.

From its eccentric random mini-games to its regular groan-worthy “dad joke” screens, Do You Still Shower With Your Dad has taken what should have been a vapid punchline and spun it into an experience.

I feel there’s a lot more to this game than I’ve yet to crack. There’s an entire cheat code option that I haven’t sussed out, and while I’ve muddled my way through such game modes as Soapico and unlocked all manner of strange pickups, there’s the promise of yet more oddity under the surface.

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You know what? I kind of love it, too. I’m not sure I should. I don’t know if anybody should. It’s kind of great though, and the fact it’s far more enjoyable and complex than it has any right to be is admirable.

Shower With Your Dad Simulator: Do You Still Shower With Your Dad might not be a game you could explain away to a significant other, but it’s markedly better than any explanation could suggest.

Plus those dads really do hang dong.

8/10
Great

Even Luck
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Even Luck

Live streaming it now. Really fun stuff. http://www.twitch.tv/thecrazyeven

Brian Seiler
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Brian Seiler

I can’t decide whether it’s me or the world at large that’s broken. I’m not entirely sure how a person could be offended by this thing. I can understand being dissatisfied with it – I found the pacing to be just far enough on the side of tedious that I ended up bailing out after I unlocked the second hidden game – but offensive? Really? I just don’t even for seriously.

Gorantharon
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Gorantharon

Um, amercian airlines photoshop nipples that can be seen through the contours of shirts out of movie scenes so the material stays child friendly.

I just watched a show where a father told how he took his nine year old son to see mad max, but wondered if a comic book he considered introducing to his son might be too explicit in the depiction of sexuality.

There are countries that have even stricter levels of how much nudity is publicly accepted.

Nathan Stapleton
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Nathan Stapleton

People still get offended by stuff like this because their worldview is still the same as it was back when people still thought the earth was the exact center of the universe.

Alex Bertsch
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Alex Bertsch

I don’t get the all of the comments about how sick this game is. When I was playing it, it made me think of a time when I was a child, and was shopping with my grandparents. I thought that I saw my grandpa, and so I grabbed his hand. It turned out that it was not him, and I felt really embarrassed, and that is the feeling that I thought the game was going for, along with the wacky side games about your dad being some sort of awesome guy like a detective or the president.

nikolas orava
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nikolas orava

mad max 4/10
shower with your dad simulator 8/10
fucking legit m8

Jpkurihara
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Jpkurihara

Except that one is a $60 triple-A game and the other is a $0.99 indie.

Helmic
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Helmic

The harsh truth. Iunno about you guys, but indie games make up a majority of my gaming diet at this point. Fuck what some reviewers say, price is a major consideration for the vast majority of people and it should come up in reviews. If this was a $20 game I’d raise an eyebrow but $1 is a goddamn steal.

jlenoconel
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jlenoconel

Pay $60 for a decent triple A game or $ for a dog turd I found on the ground outside. Hmmm?

Jpkurihara
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Jpkurihara

True, Fallout 4 really is a decent triple A game!
And if you pay for dog turds you find on the ground, remind me to never look at your collections.

Brendan Christopher Marks
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Brendan Christopher Marks

If you give me a $20 steak but charge me $60, I’m gonna be pissed. However if you give me a $20 steak and charge $5, I’m over the moon. Content vs price is always a factor. Head out of butt please “m8”

nikolas orava
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nikolas orava

it was a joke

Butz
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Butz

It’s okay, everyone, he was just pretending to be retarded. False alarm! Disperse in an orderly fashion.

Nada Namae
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Nada Namae

No, it wasn’t. It was a lazy “figure out what I’m going for yourself” shitpost.

dennett316
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dennett316

How are you even comparing the two? They’re so wildly different, and set out to achieve different goals, that any comparison based on score is fucking idiotic. How is it possible to miss the point of reviews SO badly?

jlenoconel
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jlenoconel

LOL exactly. I stopped listening to SJWs reviewing games a long time ago.

Sylocat
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Oh, and the reveal of a fourth dad that implies one of the sons might not be showering with their actual father.

…Oh yikes. Now I have to watch Let’s Plays of this to find out what that means.

Protogamer
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Protogamer

Huh. Surprises every day.

HisDivineOrder
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HisDivineOrder

This Dad joke has dadded on for too long.

roland
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roland

Dads hanging dong is a pretty cool thing
I remember mine
It’s a memory that tests the mind of a man

BAH!
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BAH!

You need to re-work that into a haiku.

Will Arthur
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Will Arthur

Fathers hanging dong
Memories that test the mind
I remember mine

marvelator
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marvelator

*clap clap clap clap clap*

DeathMinnow
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DeathMinnow

I was going to say “It seems like there’s more anger about this than I expected” but then I realized it’s just one nutcase with an axe to grind about how his morals are better than everyone else’ because he doesn’t like this game. It’s not more people are angry than I expected,” it’s “That guy is more angry than I expected.”

Yeah, we get it, you’re a true moral crusader. Go save the world from indecency.

TheMagicLemur
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TheMagicLemur

I’m not going to speculate on why he’s so upset, but I kinda feel bad for him.

Raven
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Raven

Who is he even?

BAH!
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BAH!

I am also upset about things! PAY ATTENTION TO ME!

Northreyar
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Northreyar

Loving the ”Somehow by some reason im offended by this game” comments

TheMagicLemur
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TheMagicLemur

I mean, that’s fine; you can be offended. But, if we’re being perfectly honest, little kids showering with parents is a pretty normal thing, and honestly in a lot of countries outside the US, completely non-sexual communal bathing is more common. I don’t see any disturbing sexual undertones here, just a goofy joke.

But holy SHIT is that one dude upset about this game.

Northreyar
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Northreyar

Putting all ”im offended” nonsense aside, people who complain about this kinds of things are generally the same arrogant people that believe themselves having agency to protest that the game shouldn’t exist

DeathMinnow
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DeathMinnow

So very upset. I’m trying to figure out if he’s trying to hide anger about the Mad Max review behind moral outrage, or if he’s legit just morally outraged.

TheMagicLemur
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TheMagicLemur

“WHY DID YOU LIKE THIS GAME I DIDN’T LIKE and DISLIKE THIS GAME I LIKED? YOU’RE BAD AT REVIEWS!” — Idiots

Gorantharon
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Gorantharon

tragicomendy

Butz
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Butz

Mustardayonnaise

Hajeil Sounak
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Hajeil Sounak
Why are people complaining that this scored higher than Mad Max with Jim? It’s simple people: they are two different games. One is a AAA game costing $60. The other is an indie game costing only $.99. Jim simply judged them on their content to price ratio along with quality. There is nothing wrong here and it is totally acceptable for it to have scored higher than Mad Max. Jim saw that for $60 Mad Max was lacking features and quality that should be expected of a AAA game thus it dropped it to a 7 in his opinion. Shower… Read more »
Drake Sigar
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*Looks over comments* What people? Nobody has made that complaint so far.

Mulecenter78
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Mulecenter78

I also venture to guess if this game was $60 it would have scored quite a bit lower than Mad Max.

Jettero Fletcher
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Jettero Fletcher

Frankly, I think your talents are ill-used glorifying this trash, Jim.

dennett316
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dennett316

You think Jim is above enjoying “trash”? Are you new here?

mydyingparadiselost
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mydyingparadiselost

Jim at showers with dads confirmed.

Drakeonian
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Drakeonian

He is a dad, and he’s in the shower with himself when he’s in the shower, so yes.

Anders Schou Thomsen
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Anders Schou Thomsen

I love the fact that it kicked the ass of some AAA games… and without all the hype. (Though I realize you can’t really compare the two, in price OR in content)

Dragonzeanse
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Dragonzeanse

inb4 scored higher than mad max
Surprised this wasn’t a pile of shit.

Jettero Fletcher
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Jettero Fletcher

Don’t get confused Dragon, it IS a pile of shit.

Bob
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Bob

Wow, why are so mad?

Jettero Fletcher
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Jettero Fletcher

Mad? Hmm I’d consider it closer to “another reason to despair for humanity”. Why are you so UN-mad, Bob?

TheMagicLemur
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TheMagicLemur

Jesus, we get it, the game offends you.

Jettero Fletcher
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Jettero Fletcher

It’s Jettero, not Jesus. But thanks for the compliment.;)

MeatyMe
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MeatyMe

If you like Jim Sterling you should listen to his work on Podtoid. I think it would really speak to you.

TheMagicLemur
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TheMagicLemur

So please explain why the game offends you. I’m curious.

cheezywheezy11
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cheezywheezy11

*crickets*

dennett316
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dennett316

“Another reason to despair for humanity”….holy crap, dramatic much? Go outside dude, life’s too short than to hold bizarre grudges against a guy you haven’t met.

Bob
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Bob

I don’t think Mad Max is any more highbrow than this game…

SilentPony
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SilentPony

Yeah, I like joke reviews too Jim. Good for a one-note joke.
Just don’t make a habit of it.

Tadej Kupčič
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Tadej Kupčič

Oh please…

Jim Sterling
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*Checks comment history*

Of course.

Tadej Kupčič
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Tadej Kupčič

It’s not about Mad Max, it’s also a pretty boring generic open world game. But giving this “meme” game of the week thingie a time of day is also disappointing.

Sidrat Flush
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When will you learn, checking comment history improves not your mood, writing ability or journalistic skills at all, ever.

That says nothing about posting a comment.

Thanks for the review. After Laura’ suggestion I guess you couldn’t resist trying it out. Possibly like many of her suggestions eh. Eh. 😀

spyro2060
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spyro2060

When I watched your video on this I thought it looked fun to play, but sadly I just feel the premise is too off putting for me… In saying that I’d be more likely to play this than I would be to play that shitty Mad Max game

Jettero Fletcher
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Jettero Fletcher

Hehe “off-putting”? Yeah, ya think?;)

spyro2060
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spyro2060

Still not as off putting as Mad Max’s quality as a game

Michael Alexander Seiler
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Michael Alexander Seiler

At least Mad Max is less buggy than WB´s last vidya Gaerm

spyro2060
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spyro2060

Not if you played their last video game on consoles, also Arkham Knight is still better than Mad Max the video game

Michael Alexander Seiler
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Michael Alexander Seiler

That´s… debatable.

John Smith
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John Smith

So its a public pool situation right? I’ve only went swimming in beaches before so this whole situation seems pretty alien even without the frog fractions weirdness.

Jettero Fletcher
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Jettero Fletcher

Yeah, like a public pool. If the pool was filled with naked dads and all their junks was more-or-less eye level. Then yeah, exactly like a public pool…

TheMagicLemur
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TheMagicLemur

You do realize “little kids showering with their parents” is a thing, right? And that it’s completely non-sexual unless the parent is a fucked up child molester, which is mostly not the case.

Jettero Fletcher
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Jettero Fletcher

Yeah dude, I’m sure that’s EXACTLY what the devs were going for.

TheMagicLemur
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TheMagicLemur

I mean you seem to be thinking about boy-fucking a LOT more than anyone else here, man.

Helmic
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Helmic

To be fair, the game’s entire premise is that you’re thinking about this as sexually as possible the entire time.

Locuas
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Locuas

noone ever let him visit Japan.

Gwathdring
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Er … so in the shower room of a public pool, where do people store their junk exactly? Do they hang it on the wall with their towels so it’s not swinging at your eye level?

Or are you actually unaware that public showering exists at a lot of public pools?

Indymonster
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Indymonster
You’ve obviously never been to a shower in a public bath. I have no idea how it is where you come from, but here in Norway it’s natural to shower naked before and after bathing in a public pool. And in the shower there are usually men and boys (in the mens locker-room ofc) of all ages. And sometimes there are even very young girls who have to change in the mens locker-room with their father because they’re to young to go all alone into the womens locker-room to change and shower. And this might shock you, but this happens… Read more »
Gwathdring
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I’m from the US. We have public showers at many public pools here, too.

BAH!
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BAH!

ITSREALLYBETTERTHANMADMAXOMGAREYOUFORREALICANTBELIEVETHISBUL
LSHITSOMUCHFORGAMEJOURNAISMIMNEVERCOMINGBACKTOTHISSHITTYCLIC
KBAITSITEYOUDONTDESERVETHECLICKSRABBERABBLERABBLE

Ashrand
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Ashrand

im’ma buy it with trading card money when it’s 50% off!

mrshair
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mrshair

I’m kind of shocked this ended up being so well-reviewed; I’d glanced at it, decided it was another LOLsowacky humor game, and never gave it a second though. I guess at a dollar, there’s not much harm in seeing if it lives up to the hype.

dunesen
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dunesen

He has a Let’s Play on YouTube that shows the random paths the game takes beyond the initial premise. It’s worth checking out.

Jettero Fletcher
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Jettero Fletcher

I’m sure if you can check your dignity and self-respect at the door, it’s a perfectly fun game to play.

Gwathdring
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Oooh, yes. Playing the weird and silly game on the Internet everyone’s talking about. How damaging to one’s sense of self-worth!

irfanf (IrfanF)
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irfanf (IrfanF)

whaaaaa……………………………………………..
*jaw drop*

Jack Philipson
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Jack Philipson

Incoming salt from people who are annoyed Jim likes this more than Mad Max in 3… 2… 1…

Drake Sigar
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I’ve been skimming the comments of that review trying to find the salt. The proportions seem to be greatly exaggerated.

spyro2060
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spyro2060

They really aren’t

dunesen
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dunesen

Well, pixel art doesn’t allow for much nuance, so certain features might be exaggerated to stand out.

Wait, what are we talking about?

Jettero Fletcher
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Jettero Fletcher

The fact that more people are annoyed at the Mad-Max correlation and not the blindingly-offensive nature of the game, is more disheartening IMO.

TheMagicLemur
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TheMagicLemur

I guess I don’t see the offensiveness.

Jettero Fletcher
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Jettero Fletcher

I”m developing a “Lynching simulator” where a little African-American boy’s being chased by people in white bedsheets and pointy hats and must click the controller buttons in various ways to stay ahead of the mob chasing him. If he fails, well, you don’t actually SEE any lynching, just the mob surrounds him and you hear some giggling, and hooting, etc.

Now Lemur, if I had a game like that, would I be safe from blinding criticism for being a STINKING racist?

yokcos700
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yokcos700

No, you wouldn’t be safe. But you also shouldn’t be criticised for racism in that situation. Making a game about lynching is quite different from condoning racism.

Also, this has nothing to do with showering with one’s father.

MeatyMe
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MeatyMe

I think we need to be explicit about this because I don’t want to be making assumptions: You think that whenever the boy goes to the shower of a man who isn’t his father he will molested? Because that’s what all men do with boys who aren’t their sons?

Gwathdring
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In your example, the lynching is heavily implied through robust systems of both historical context and explicit on-screen action. The mob is doing SOMETHING unpleasant to the character, they’re clearly identifiable as the KKK, and the character is trying to escape from them.

If you can’t see why that’s not the slam dunk you think it is, perhaps you should stop sassing people about being bad a critical thinking ….

TheMagicLemur
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TheMagicLemur

I don’t even — What the fuck are you on about, man?

cheezywheezy11
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cheezywheezy11

ok, now THAT’s offensive. are you seriously…oh my god. wow.
you might think that’s a good comparison, but just…read that over. it’s not. what the fuck does a lynching sim have to do with showering with your father? I mean, i can see how this game can be offensive and i love reading differing analyses but i think i lost a few brain cells reading your comment.
also question, have you actually played the game?
or even watched gameplay footage
or a trailer

Jack Philipson
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Jack Philipson

You have a sick, sick mind.

Jettero Fletcher
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Jettero Fletcher

You have poor critical-thinking skills if you’re insinuating that “my take” on this game is sort of deviate mental “stretch” I’m doing here. I understand though, dude, another kid let-down by the public school system…

Jack Philipson
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Jack Philipson

Communal bathing is a thing which exists. Naturism is a thing which exists. There is nothing in the game to suggest your idea is the most right, so it all comes down to mindset. Hence, you have a dirty mind.

Gwathdring
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What does the public school system have to do with your presumptions?

TheMagicLemur
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TheMagicLemur

He really seems to be thinking about the sexual possibilities of adult men and preteen boys way more than anyone else in these comments.

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