Some of the time, you can get up to mischief by staying out of sight, but other instances end up with you making a mad dash for it. Regrettably, you can’t fly, nor can you outrun the humans (though you can get the upper hand a few times). There’s no health, lives or continues. In fact, none of the humans ‘interfere’ with you in any way. They mostly scare you off. But you know you’ll be back, as do they. Additionally, there’s no time limit either, so you can really take your time to explore the environment or work out a puzzle. The level of difficulty isn’t that hard at all, though. The game is over far too quackly. No?


Goose is chinwagging with the local artist, discussing a statue
At the latest Tate exhibition, the Goose explains ‘The Pipe’.

What’s The Life Expectancy Of A Goose?

To tell the truth, after the first-hour playthrough, I was going to leave Untitled Goose Game to one side and savour it for the weekend. While dicking about making videos for social media, I thought that would be the best game to experiment with. Visually it’s tidy – there are no energy bars, timers or scores contaminating the screen space. Nor were there booming sound effects or a soundtrack likely to get me slapped on the wrist if sharing. Instead, the game is mostly silent, other than when the goose honks (press Y at any time – and believe me, it doesn’t get tired) and the score. Only a piano is present, and it kicks in at times of excitement or mischief – firing up when you’re being chased or so close to escaping. The timing is perfect and adds to the “quick – run! We’re going to get caught!” mentality we’ve all enjoyed at some stage. Apart from the naughty ones who get caught.

So yeah, it was supposed to be a ‘quick game’, but I ended up finishing it. Untitled Goose Game is that engaging, that much fun – I couldn’t put it down. Or the goose – let it forever be immortalised. And that, of course, is the selling point. What would a goose game be without a believable goose? The animation is brilliant. It waddles, ducks its head to go under gates and raises its wings like a peacock. The latter has no effect. Still, a bit like Bus Simulator or anything else like that, you go through the motions because it’s an experience). Never have I ever thought of being a goose, but I sure as hell want to be one in this game. It’s like free reign or range. Chicken joke. Yes, I know.

Sadly, as I mentioned, it’s over pretty darn quick. I’d say a night or two, and you’re done. On the basis that you play at a steady pace, taking in the environments. I genuinely don’t see the point in speedrunning this game. It’s an experience. Have I said that bit too much? When you do complete the main tasks, the game sort of reopens and there are a few more challenges to do. Some are significantly harder than others. Well, it’s more of a patience thing such as rolling an over-sized cabbage. You can complete some of these hidden tasks during your first playthrough though, as I inadvertently did a couple of times. However, once I did finish the game, I went back to messing with people (especially a kid and his shoelaces). It was quite insane how much of a kick I got out of that.


Goosey is about to interrupt a ring tossing game
The Ring. Less scary than the predecessors.

DLC – Ducks Love Cover (But It’s A Goose)

When I started this piece, I mentioned that a few others like Arlo said they were waiting for this game. Untitled Goose Game wasn’t just thrown together in a couple of weeks for it to be this good. If that was the case, then that’s ruddy brilliant. Having an update or DLC would be so welcome – I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that, but it will take some time. Not that I’m being ungrateful. This is worthy of your time and money and, dare I say, it’s almost like a party game. Even my non-gamer friends/family (both of them) enjoyed this and let out one too many sinister chuckles.

Disclaimer: wrapping this up as I’m goofing off about how much I like this game without giving any further insight. It is easily one of the best indie titles I’ve played this year and will be in quite a few top ten lists. Let’s just hope there’s a sequel or something similar from the developers.

It’s just a wonder how something so simple can be so effective. Visually it reminds me of Donut County – also a unique game. Not that they are that much of a comparison, but Untitled Goose Game takes pole for me, but both great puzzle games nevertheless – both causing mischief. In case it wasn’t clear – get this game!


Goose reaches a locked gate
Bell end.

 

I haven’t bothered looking for any reviews with sub-headings like that, but it was an easy option. If a little lame. Anyways, the goose just loves to wind people up. I say the goose, when in fact, that means me. In the opening segment, you are introduced to a small allotment with some chap minding his own business. He’s tending to his prized vegetable collection when along comes Billy Big Bollocks, who feels it’s appropriate to half-inch his wellies, radio and keys. It’s ok though, the latter is a task.

Without a doubt, Untitled Goose Game is beautiful with an unobtrusive interface. There isn’t one. Press the – button, and you will get a notepad with your tasks ‘steal this’, ‘make this happen’. A lot of them are very literal, but a couple of times, you will need to think about how to carry out the act. You are the catalyst, not the doer. One such example is in a later section you are tasked with smashing a vase, only you can’t do it. Spoiler – drag the vase to the next-door neighbour’s garden for him to snatch it from your beak. Then watch what happens. Yes, snatched from your beak – you are a goose, and opposable thumbs win. You need to be cunning.

Not one for jumping on the bandwagon, I decided to buy Untitled Goose Game by House House, finally. Apparently, there were quite a few people in line waiting for this release. In true comic fashion, it was the Nintendo eShop that brought the goose game to my attention, without me knowing a dicky bird. It’s time for the Untitled Goose Game review. How’s that for a title?

The first time around I gave it a miss. Not because it looked much of a turkey (ha!), but it seemed a bit pricey for an unknown indie title. Not that I’m tight, I just felt I could get an abundance of titles for the same price. Well, you get what you pay for (actually, they were all delicious). Then I saw Videogamedunkey play it. Then PewDiePie. Then all the memes and then someone I follow posted it. Time to give in and see what all the fuss was about.

Untitled Goose Game was bundled in with a little binge session on the eShop, so after completing Mom Hid My Game!, I fired this up with my 9-year-old in tow. 9-year-old daughter, to make it relevant. We blitzed it for a good hour – without straying into any new areas (there are approximately four main areas with bits in-between. How’s that for a professional explanation). Ok, it wasn’t explicitly an hour, but whatever it was, it flew by as it was just so much fun messing with people.

Hangin' out with the local hose.

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