‘Untitled Goose Game’ review: Like ‘Metal Gear Solid’...but with a goose

‘Untitled Goose Game’ review: Like ‘Metal Gear Solid’...but with a goose

Being annoying is the best gameplay mechanic in the latest stealth game from Australian indie developer House House

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In 'Untitled Goose Game', your goal is to annoy people but honking, running, and taking their things away.
Photo: House House

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In Untitled Goose Game, you are in control of a goose whose sole aim is to make innocent people miserable by doing all sorts of horrible things to them.

You can, for example, make a boy slip by untying his shoelaces, and then steal the toy aeroplane he had in his hand. You can then take the plane to the toy store and place it on the shelf, and wait for him to arrive. Finally, cackle with glee as he is forced to hand over his hard-earned cash to repurchase his very own toy.

If this sounds ridiculous, that’s because it is; and that’s part of the reason the game is so fun. Though the gameplay is incredibly simple (you can only honk to attract attention, run, and interact with objects via a simple button press), it’s very satisfying to figure out the correct method to pull off the perfect prank. Players will need to use a bit of trial and error to crack each level, but the game’s delightful humour will keep you invested.

The game is also complemented by a charming art style. Instead of opting for super flashy, uber-realistic graphics, the developers went with a flat, hand-drawn animation style with bright and colourful objects. This suits the whimsical nature of the game very well, and the visual cues (such as thought bubbles that show you what your human victims are thinking about) add polish to an otherwise very straightforward game environment.

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The sound is also top-notch. When nothing is happening, the background music is very calming. But when a victim of your mischief is chasing you, the music becomes way more upbeat and will set your heart pounding as you try to escape.

Even though this game has many positives, there are still some flaws. For example, during some missions, you can get locked outside of an area, which means you are unable to complete game objectives. These bugs should have been ironed out before being released to the public.

In conclusion, Untitled Goose Game is the hilarious avian simulation game that no one actually asked for, but everyone is glad exists. Fans of well-balanced puzzle games with a slightly-twisted sense of humour should pick up this indie title on the Nintendo Switch today.

Edited by Jamie Lam

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