Continuing on from the EGX 2018 cool down which previously we have looked into the next adventures of Agent 47 in Hitman 2, so in keeping in the theme of ruining people’s days we turn to Untitled Goose Game by House House. An Australian developer who you may know for Push Me Pull You on the PS4 and PC.
What is Untitled Goose Game is all about? Well, to borrow a quote from the game itself “it’s a lovely morning in the village and you are a horrible goose” which in gameplay terms is that you are a goose and go about through a quiet English village being an arsehole and go about ruining other people’s days from old gardeners to shopkeepers and anyone in the village. The overall goal of the game beside from being an arsehole goose is completing a checklist of objectives and tasks, which isn’t groundbreaking at all which when the factor of that I only had about 3 mins of game time at EGX as it was a popular game with medium sized queues so forgive me if this may seem a bit shallow with details, but will give it the benefit of the doubt as 3 mins in game time isn’t a lot in this world of video games.
Now, what’s it like in gameplay – playing on the Nintendo Switch for the first time ever as well which was an interesting experience and one thing I would note is the main controller (with both remotes plugged into one controller) is a bit odd to use for someone with rather large hands. The game is fun in a mindless way as you go about ruining people’s day by taking their stuff and pranking them with water sprinklers. The controls on the Switch are simple and easy to use and with a dedicated button that makes the goose honk which when annoying the village folk is great fun. Visually I found it pleasing to the eye with its vibrant colours and minimalist like art style with no dialogue, and speech bubbles to convey emotion. Which I feel complements the game entirely, would have liked more time with the game and explore it much more thoroughly than I had with the time with the game.
An expected release date of 2019 for the Nintendo Switch and home computers which seems rather vague answer but after having a rather brief go with the game my intrigue has increased ever so slightly and made this a fixture for games to look forward in 2019. I do regret not having more time with the game to push it even more but for a little inkling of game time but still after inkling of game time has swung it for me and one to look at when 2019 rolls around very soon.