Untitled Goose Game is an indie game developed by House House, and first revealed a few years ago (2017) where you take control of a goose to simply BE a goose; basically, it's kind of like a 'Goose Simulator' if you will. To be honest, I barely even took notice when I first heard about it and saw some footage. In fact, most of my exposure to this game came from the YouTuber Arlo whom I may have somewhat scoffed at for the little muppet's seeming obsession over this weird little game.
Over time however, with more and more exposure to this oddity, I too found myself wanting to take control of a foul little waddler and wreak havoc upon poor townspeople just trying to live their lives:
If you can put aside the strangeness of a video game that has you controlling a goose of all things, and find yourself even remotely curious about how this game plays out, I strongly recommend you do so as soon as possible. There really is so much to love about this game, and for me personally, so little that gets in the way that it is a no brainer for any gamer looking for something different, quirky and fun (not to mention hysterical).
The basic premise is about a simple as it gets; you play as a goose that has a variety of tasks to check off a list. Get your list done (or even mostly done) and you can move on to a new area. That's pretty much all there is to it. But the act of doing those tasks (or even making up your own tasks) is where this game really shines!
So before I get to the good stuff, let me just get some negatives of the game out of the way.
First, the AI is a little too dumb (and therefore easy) in my opinion. It's pretty easy to manipulate some of the humans, making a lot of the tasks very simple to achieve. I honestly wish that there was a harder mode where the AI is a little smarter, and maybe even learns that you (the goose) are up to no good and actually attempts to keep you from messing with them in the first place. Don't get me wrong, I love the standard mode, and would still play it (and therefore still want it in the game) even if a harder mode did exist. I would just like the variety of different difficulties.
Second, only about half of the objects in the game can actually be utilized; there are a lot of background/unmovable objects that are just decoration. I would have loved it if every single thing could be moved and/or played with.
Third, and most importantly, the game is short. I mean, massively short. If you were so inclined, and determined to get through it as fast as you can, it's entirely possible that you could beat the game in just a few hours (and I mean the entire game, not just the first section). I couldn't say exactly how long it took me for a number of factors; first, I really don't spend THAT much time playing video games these days. Second, I was switching between this and Link's Awakening, both released the same day. And third, I was really taking my time. I mean seriously taking my time. I spent hours AFTER completing any given list sticking around and seeing what else I could do before even thinking about moving on.
So with those three factors in mind, especially the fact that I was also putting time into the latest Zelda release (I mean, it's an old school top down 2D Zelda, my bread and butter!), I ended up beating the game within 24 hours of purchase.
I know that from this writing it may seem like there are more negatives than positives, but that's mostly because I'm trying to be as cautious as I can about the game itself. I know that there are plenty of places out there to spoil the solutions to these challenges, but I am not going to contribute to that if I can help it.
So let me just say this: for hours throughout the day I was going from giggling like a schoolboy to full out hysterical, side splitting laughter! The really horrible part of that was that I was going between watching Law & Order: Special Victims Unit to Criminal Minds all day, meaning some absolutely horrible stuff was going on through the TV while I'm laughing like mad! Anyone not knowing what I was playing would have thought me quite the psychopath (then again, actually knowing what I was playing may add up to the same anyway lol).
I'm still having fun just seeing what all I can do. From stealing hats, to dropping keys down a well, to tripping people to grabbing someones prize possessions and leaving them JUST out of reach, this game is an absolute laugh riot!
For such a short game, it may be tempting to skip it. I strongly recommend you resist that urge. As short as it is (and its length really is the biggest downside) it is still well worth the initial $20 price tag, making it an absolute steal at its current $15 price tag (on Switch at least)! If you watch the trailers and are even remotely interested, do yourself a favor and give it a try! Just try and work out the tasks yourself.
Now, do yourself a favor and go Honk Yourself Crazy!