Now, one of my personal favourite things to do in video games – aside from racing 1000 hp monsters, punching Nazis, or hitting a 40-yard screamer – Is to ruin someone’s day. From instigating a well-executed plan in Hitman 2 or sneaking through a bank and robbing the place in Splinter Cell. And imagining the security finding out what actually happened and proceeding to throw their hats to the floor and stamping on it in frustration is quite a sight to imagine. As for the last week, I was in a lodge in Devon (which was spent on cider and time in the jacuzzi) and playing Untitled Goose Game on the Nintendo Switch, and it’s one of the games that I’ve been most looking forward to playing.
Untitled Goose Game is made by the folks from the land down under at House House. Who’s last title Push Me Pull you was a fun little game playing as competing Siamese twins. And now with Untitled Goose Game which we had a look, albeit a short look at back at last years EGX.
So the plot, in essence, is that you are a goose, who was seemingly the result of an experiment between Hitler and a goose – basically a bastard of a goose. Who is running amok a sleepy middle-class english village and causing the residents plenty of bother. So you, as the world’s most evil thing in the world ever works through the multiple areas of the village. Ticking off the checklist of objectives to then progress on to the next area, which can range from nicking a pair of slippers from an old man, to causing his neighbour to cut down his award-winning rose – to even bully a small child to then hide in a phone box.
It’s simple and yet brilliant. Mainly because there is no holds barred or such as are you and the world. Where the comparisons to Hitman come into play is when you’re dropped into a new level and you try and work out how the world reacts through player-controlled actions. Like stealing the kids’ toy plane and leaving it with the shopkeeper that he is forced to buy back his plane is a great example.
Controls are simple and fun and once the main game is over your then given lots more side stuff to do which is a nice touch. Although not a big fan of the isometric camera of sorts as it does get annoying when you’re running away from a Landlord with a beer mug and get caught because of misjudging the height of the fence.
Although isn’t a 40hr campaign with multiplayer, it shows a more of a solitary single-player game that can be done in a bunch of hours so it’s best played in short bursts. In short, the plot is complicated as it needs to be and mainly there to serve context. And the gameplay is simple, enjoyable and hugely entertaining going around and ruining people’s days – and honking, lots and lots of honking.
Other stuff to mention, the graphics are nice and lovely with a good art style and captures a quaint english village well and with little to no voice acting as all dialogue is done through body language and little thought bubbles it comes across more funny than it is. The title is technically put together very well with no glitches or bugs to report from my time, and everything with the audio design is top.
One gripe for me is the pricing as while I was fortunate to get it during its sale for around £13 on the Switch. It’s selling for around £16 to £17 pounds without the price difference from the sales on both Nintendo and the Epic store. And while the game is a great laugh and fun, I just don’t think its worth that kind of money. So, if you want my advice get it now while its at a more sensible price.
So in short, Untitled Goose Game is a fun game that will give you plenty of laughs as the residents of the village get irritated as you annoy them In more ways than one. With it’s simple to follow and engaging controls. Lovely graphics and art style and technically very well put together makes for a worthwhile title, but move fast if you want it a more sensible price.
Untitled Goose Game
Untitled Goose Game is a good game with its simple controls to which bring mischief and annoyance to the villagers which make for a fun game with plenty of laughs to go along with, with the added wonderful art style and sound design. The game is best enjoyed in shorter bursts, and the isometric camera can take some time getting used to.
- Fun and simple gameplay
- Wonderful art style
- Side stuff after the main game
- Better played in short bursts
- The isometric camera does need getting used to