Untitled Goose Game
[ Introduction ]
“It’s a lovely morning in the village, and you are a horrible goose”
This one line pretty much encapsulates everything about Untitled Goose Game. The hotly anticipated game was first shown to us through a teaser trailer in August 2018 and the premise was very intriguing and looked downright hilarious. No release date was announced except early 2019, which came and went without the game dropping. Everyone seemingly thinking that the game was just a shared fevered dream much like the Mandela Effect but alas, in late September, the game released and pretty much took the world by storm.
[ Gameplay ]
So, as you may or may not already know, Untitled Goose Game lets you take control of the titular goose. Your job? To wreak as much havoc against the hapless individuals that live in the quaint little village. You go through areas of the village with a ‘to-do’ list, progressing to the next area once you complete a certain amount of specific tasks. That’s the gameplay, nice and simple but oh so much fun to play.
It’s hard to describe much of the game without spoiling it so I’m going to try my best do it without giving much away. You start off with a simple tutorial, showing you the controls and what and how to use each of the goose’ ability. My favourite being the dedicated “honk” button, a very useful ability in your quest to pester unsuspecting victims. Other abilities include pick up/drop, crouch and spread wings.
I love how the novelty of the game takes a grip of you when you first start playing it but as you progress through the game, simple nuances within the gameplay allow you to start thinking about how you should approach each task in hand. You have to use your head to try and scratch off the various tasks. Sometimes it can get frustrating but never ever dull. In order to complete tasks you can cause chaos or use stealth to try. Some of the set pieces are hilarious and so satisfying to work with once you figure it out.
Okay, so some negativity; the controls can be a little unresponsive and the camera view can sometimes hinder some tasks. Also, for the full price £17.99, it is a very short game. I completed it within 2 hours, albeit it was 2 hours of joy, but nonetheless some may take umbrage at paying that amount for so little game time. There are additional tasks to be had after completing the game which ups the ante on the game’s difficulty.
[ Visual and Perfomance ]
Untitled Goose Game is a beautiful game. The art direction is on point and adds to the charm of the game. You can tell a lot of love has been given to the art style and I cannot stress enough just how lovely it all looks. Performance-wise, the game moves quite seamlessly and progressing from one area to another requires no load times. As said before, one of my only critiques of the game is that the controls can sometimes be unresponsive. In turn hinders you from completing a task which inevitably can lead to some frustration. It’s not a big deal to be honest though and for most of the time the game runs very smoothly.
[ Sound ]
Although there isn’t much music to talk about , sound does play an important part in the game, from the all important “honk” of our anti-hero goose to the changing tones of the piano piece (dependent on what situation your goose is in). The piano music adds to the comedic effect of some situations, mostly during a chase by an angry villager or three. An effect very much like the Benny Hill tune of old British comedies.
[ Conclusion ]
Untitled Goose Game deserves all the praise that it has garnered since release. It’s a fresh original game which is beautifully packaged with is amazing art direction and hilarious set pieces. Pricing may be a little steep for a game that’s quite short but the experience is well worth it. I’m hoping the devs have more ideas to the game than just the base as there is definitely potential for something like co-op within the confines of the goose’ world.