[Beyond PlayStation] Untitled Goose Game Review
Untitled Goose Game has hit the Nintendo Switch with a big splash. Are you ready to wreak havoc? Then check out our Untitled Goose Game review!
Untitled Goose Game – Launch Trailer – Nintendo Switch
Untitled Goose Game is a slapstick-stealth-sandbox, where you are a goose let loose on an unsuspecting village. Make your way around town, from peoples’ back gardens to the high street shops to the village green, setting up pranks, stealing hats, honking a lot, and generally ruining everyone’s day.
A horrible goose (that’s you)
A town full of people just trying to get on with their day
(you hate them)
A dedicated honk button (!!!)
Untitled Goose Game is a cultural phenomenon coming to us from the developer House House. First revealed during a Nintendo Direct, audiences fell in love with the concept of being a naughty goose. Now with it on Switch and a recently announced debut on PS4, let’s take a look at Untitled Goose Game.
Untitled Goose Game starts off simply enough. It takes you through a quick tutorial showing you how to pick things up, spread your wings, honk, and move around. Once you hit the city, that’s where the fun begins. You are greeted with a charming note with the objectives of mischief you need to complete. Some will be easy like “Get Into the Garden,” while others such as “Rake in the Lake,” which sound simple, are not as straightforward as you think. In order to steal the rake, you need to appropriately occupy the gardener with other mischiefs as a distraction so that you can make away with the rake and drag it to the lake. Even something as simple as “Have a Picnic” will require you to steal multiple items from the area and bring them to one spot!
It sounds easy at first, but as you start to play, the townsfolk will start reacting to your goose. You often need to try a few solutions to solve the problem. When trying to take the rake, for example, I had to try several things in the garden before I found the one task that would occupy the gardener long enough for me to steal the rake without having a chance to intervene. There is a ton of trial and error in the game as you complete your goose’s multiple to-do lists in the game.
I will say the controls do take a bit of time for you to get used to them, and they never feel great even when you have it down. This is not a deal-breaker since, to be honest, it feels as if the team went with this design by choice. It reminds me of games like Surgeon Simulator or Octodad, which have purposefully “out there” control schemes to add some challenge and to increase the absurdity of the game.
The areas you are exploring will feel like living and breathing locations. Every character has a purpose, and they will react differently to each of the situations they are presented with by the goose. Cause a person to trip, grab their glasses, and now they won’t be able to see and will be desperately looking for them. This all helps to make the game feel alive. The way the world comes together is very compelling.
One of the things I love about indie games is the choices they make in their art style, and Untitled Goose Game has a really great minimalist but beautiful aesthetic. It’s hard to describe, as it’s almost a soft clean look without many hard lines. Even though the NPC you’ll meet and interact with don’t have a face, I could still easily get a feel for what was going through their minds and what their emotions were, so kudos to the team for making this possible.
What I was even more impressed by was how the music in the game reacts to the situations your goose is in. When you are casually wandering around, you will hear the gentle piano jam playing, but as the action ramps up, the music will get more intense with the excellent piano soundtrack going on in the background. Honestly, it’s one of my favorite soundtracks of the year!
Untitled Goose Game is a really odd experience. It’s so fun to be a mischief-making goose wandering around, causing trouble. It’s an interesting sandbox where all of the NPC’s react to your goose and the objects around it. This is an experience not to be missed and one of the most talked-about games of this year, so be sure to play it ASAP if you want to be part of the conversation!
This Untitled Goose Game review is based on a Switch copy provided by Panic.