Untitled Goose Game review

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Jack McKenzie, Website editor

Untitled Goose Game is about an unnamed goose in an unspecified village doing unbelievable things to unsuspecting people.

Background

  • This Review Contains Spoilers!
  • This review focuses on the Nintendo Switch version of the game. Untitled Goose Game is also available on PC and Mac via the Epic Games Store, with a planned Steam release set for the second half of 2020.
  • Developed by House House and published by Panic.
  • ESRB Rating: E for everyone.

Overview

Untitled Goose Game is about puzzles and stealth with a twist. Instead of sneaking into a heavily guarded military compound and stealing secrets, The game sees you, a goose, terrorizing people as they go about their lives. The game gives you a list of tasks to complete such as “Get into the garden” and “Make the groundskeeper hammer his thumb”, without telling you how to accomplish those tasks. The game does give you some tools, however, like the ability to pick up small objects (or drag bigger ones) and the ability to honk or flap your wings to grab the attention of nearby people. After you complete enough tasks, you can move onto the next area of the game, which consists of a garden, a street market, a backyard, a pub, and a miniature of the village. 

Performance and Graphics 7/10

On the Nintendo Switch, the game suffered mild, infrequent stuttering (particularly at the beginning of the game) but got better as the game progressed. The same goes for handheld mode. The art style is nice and clean looking, without looking like shiny plastic. Shadows are subtle and smooth, but give depth to many objects seen on screen. The graphics lend themselves to making the village seem more serene and beautiful, making the presence of a horrible destructive goose that much funnier.

Gameplay 8/10

Untitled Goose Game is at its core, a puzzle game. One of the first tasks the game introduces to you sounds simple; Get into the garden. The garden in question is surrounded by hedges and a short brick wall with a locked gate. The puzzle consists of using your newly learned abilities to get the groundskeeper to unlock the gate. Other puzzles consist of gathering items into an area to progress, making someone do something to someone else, or stealing an object from someone when they are not looking. Sneaking around people while doing these tasks is also required as the people will chase you if they can.

Difficulty Curve 8/10

As the game progresses, puzzles can get very challenging, but not to the point they become unreasonably difficult. Challenges are intriguing due to the changing scenery, people, and the nature of the game. The game encourages the player to continue by showing the player the result of the interactions the goose has with the people. 

Music 8/10

The game uses music the same way that games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild use music. Music emulates what is going on, on-screen and kicks in right as the goose triggers something to happen. The music consists of a single piano that plays an adapted version of Debussy’s Preludes and gives the game the ability to transition between elegance and humor with ease.

Lenth 6/10

Untitled Goose Game suffers from the same problems many other small creative indie games suffer from; an extremely intriguing and enjoyable game that ends up disappointing players with how quickly the experience ends. Untitled Goose Game does have some replayability, with some challenges unlocked after the credits roll, but not enough to keep the player coming back consistently.

Conclusion

Untitled Goose Game is a game worth experiencing for yourself. The excellent puzzles, simplistic graphics, and horrible goose all make this game worthy of its $25 asking price.

Final score: 8/10