Untitled Goose Game Review – Honking
Platforms: PC, Nintendo Switch
Developer: House House
Release: 20th September 2019
Sometimes there are indie games that sound so utterly crazy that I doubt they can actually made into fun games. One of those is Untitled Goose Game, centering about a mean goose and it took over the internet in a storm, and somewhat me as well.
A goose sets out to make the life of many citizens a whole lot worse. Featuring a handful of environments, Untitled Goose Game is solely about experimentation, exploring and hopefully solving some puzzles on the way or just honk everyone into madness. So, anyone who can’t get enjoyment out of experiences that rely on the player and his imagination to create the truly intended experience, this may not be for you.
Still, looking solely at the puzzle designs, Untitled Goose Game is still a solid 3 hour ride, featuring some quite imaginative ways to lock someone into their garage, steal sandwiches or hats and whatnot. Due to the short time spent in each environment, it can constantly introduce new ideas, like two separate environments and keep things relatively fresh. The one problem it often falls over though, is the lack of any kind of progression, for, well, the goose. Since the only action is to grab things and honk, the amount of different interactions you can come up with is also, fairly limited.
This limited interactivity in exchange for the marketable goose gag also weighs down some of the puzzles. With the given list of each level, it’s fairly hard to figure out what to do exactly. So, it’s almost essential to first experiment quite a lot and even then, finding the right solution is often more of a guessing game than actual thinking. This falls in line with the previously mentioned “player story” theme of Untitled Goose Game. It’s not meant as a traditional point’n click or puzzle adventure. Instead the core consists of you, the player, creating your own funny situations and through those and a whole lot of fantasy, come most of the solutions. As a result, it may be the perfect game for people into these type of experiences.
Last but not least, let’s not forget the truly beautiful visuals. Featuring a really simple style for most environments, Untitled Goose Game is masterfully crafting atmosphere and especially character through animations, visual design and interactions between the goose and citizens. In that regard it’s once again enforcing the overall theme of providing a great playground.
So, if you’re into exploring, creating your own narratives or simply having silly fun, yes Untitled Goose Game is certainly for you. If you’re searching for a satisfying puzzle adventure though, then this game is likely too frustrating without the aforementioned desire to make silly things before even batting an eye on the actual objectives.
[A Review Code was provided by Panic]