Untitled goose game
September 22, 2019 4:45 AM   Subscribe

The most highly anticipated goose simulator of 2019 is here. RPS. Previously.
posted by adept256 (184 comments total) 60 users marked this as a favorite
 
What I love about this is someone thought "let's be a goose doing shitty goose things" and then employed a staff of people to create this game.

That's not a normal thought path, but here it is, manifest before us.
posted by hippybear at 5:02 AM on September 22 [31 favorites]


How this game actually came about is even better.

This game is fantastic. It's more structured than goat simulator, and more stylized. A room full of us all took turns playing and being "backseat goosers." Even folks who weren't very into video games enjoyed it.
posted by tofu_crouton at 5:06 AM on September 22 [30 favorites]


A lot of games go directly to the extremes of escapist violence. But I don't really want to drive on the footpath. I want to throw that guy's sandwich in the pond. This is a level of mindless chaos I am comfortable with.
posted by adept256 at 5:10 AM on September 22 [69 favorites]


This is the sort of game I really want to play. Imagine if, instead of games structured around imaginary death, goose behaviour and Farm Simulator were the major leagues.

However, I did download this and find that it makes my computer red hot and all the fans scream like an airplane. I also needed a mouse, something I haven't owned since 2011, because apparently that is how computer games still roll, even when they are about a rude fowl. I ended up asking for a refund, which is sad but probably better for me in terms of time management.
posted by The River Ivel at 5:15 AM on September 22 [4 favorites]


I bought a Switch for this; I do not regret my expenditure in the least.
posted by acb at 5:22 AM on September 22 [42 favorites]




I actually find this game to be unexpectedly challenging. How can I do the laundry if you keep giving that lady her bra back every time I throw it in your pond, dude?
posted by soren_lorensen at 5:44 AM on September 22 [8 favorites]


The man can't give his neighbour back her things if he doesn't know they're on his property.
posted by acb at 5:46 AM on September 22 [6 favorites]


I am very bad at being a stealthy goose. I keep getting spotted. (I cleared everything else on that level so was permitted to move on, but i did not anticipate spending so much time stealing underwear in a video game!)
posted by soren_lorensen at 5:50 AM on September 22 [7 favorites]


Its downloading as we speak. I can't wait to be a shitty goose. I feel a deep connection to this animal.
posted by Fizz at 6:03 AM on September 22 [17 favorites]


It is a lovely day in the village, and you are a horrible goose

This is such an incredible elevator pitch. I hope one day to work on something, anything with such a succint and poetic statement of intent behind it, but I know it is very unlikely.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 6:06 AM on September 22 [89 favorites]


MetaFilter: not a normal thought path, but here it is, manifest before us.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 6:06 AM on September 22 [15 favorites]


I would pay $50 for this game if the goose had a straw hat with a rainbow ribbon on it and the entire village was full of Conservative (or Republican or Tory or take your choice) signifiers and it was your job as the winged demon emissary of Teh Queers to troll them and fuck shit up.

Non-violent anti-fash kind of thing? Hell, I might even pay $100.
posted by seanmpuckett at 6:10 AM on September 22 [9 favorites]


TACTLESS GOOSPIONAGE ACTION
posted by DoctorFedora at 6:19 AM on September 22 [18 favorites]


Metafilter: a level of mindless chaos I am comfortable with.
posted by CynicalKnight at 6:30 AM on September 22 [15 favorites]


>:V
posted by Slackermagee at 6:30 AM on September 22 [16 favorites]


That's not a normal thought path, but here it is, manifest before us.

I mean, I’d love to have been a fly on the wall at some of the pinball theme discussions. “How about a machine where you fight an evil centaur but instead of a half-man, half-horse creature it’s a half-motorcycle, half-orc with a dominatrix/insect sidekick that you defeat with magical orbs.”

Human imagination is wonderful sometimes and I am glad this goose game was allowed to exist.
posted by Young Kullervo at 6:39 AM on September 22 [6 favorites]


hissss
posted by Huffy Puffy at 6:46 AM on September 22 [7 favorites]


Switch owners: FYI, the game is on sale for 25% off (USD $14.99 / UKP 13.49) until October 4th.

I downloaded it on Friday but haven't told the kid yet. She's gonna be deep into this all day today.
posted by JoeZydeco at 6:47 AM on September 22 [4 favorites]


I was looking forward to this ALL weekend, and finally downloaded and played it this morning. It is SO much fun to be an asshole goose. I particularly like that there aren't any real consequences for your assholery. You don't die, you don't get hurt. It keeps it very low stress, sort of like Stardew Valley, but with more impishness.
posted by Sparky Buttons at 6:56 AM on September 22 [15 favorites]


Swan DLC when?
posted by qntm at 6:56 AM on September 22 [17 favorites]


I downloaded this and let my daughter play first. She has no idea what she’s doing with a video game but she had such a ball with this. Jumping up and down and taunting the gardener, telling him what horrible thing she would do next.

I was so proud when she figured out how to spray him with the sprinkler on her own.

I love this game but agree that the collection tasks are sometimes quite challenging.
posted by uncleozzy at 7:00 AM on September 22 [5 favorites]


It's super good, the only thing I don't like is how short it is! I'm hoping there's some dlc in the future.
posted by jason_steakums at 7:12 AM on September 22 [1 favorite]


Bought this yesterday on the strength of the promo video. Why, yes, I very much want to take that child's glasses and honk menacingly! Such a great concept.

Makes me a bit nauseated on the big screen, so playing in portable mode. Which sucks because I really want to share more of this with others.

HONK
posted by asperity at 7:18 AM on September 22 [1 favorite]


Also, just as a small FYI for anyone on the fence, the Switch Lite is wonderful.

Surprised the wife with one for her unbirthday this weekend and it's basically what the Vita should have been had it been supported and loved.
posted by Fizz at 7:21 AM on September 22 [5 favorites]


HONK
posted by teferi at 7:22 AM on September 22 [3 favorites]


Non-violent anti-fash kind of thing?

Owning the right while literally goose-stepping? I'll play that mod.
posted by adept256 at 7:24 AM on September 22 [10 favorites]


What I love about this is someone thought "let's be a goose doing shitty goose things" and then employed a staff of people to create this game.

That's not a normal thought path, but here it is, manifest before us.


lol it's normal if you go to the University of Waterloo, where geese straight up rule the campus
posted by avocet at 7:43 AM on September 22 [7 favorites]


i have never gone so quickly from finding out about the existence of a game to purchasing that game.

here's how it went down:
  1. turn on switch, see promo for something titled "untitled goose game." immediately think "well that seems like my sort of thing" and immediately click on the trailer."
  2. watch 45 seconds of the two minutes and fifteen seconds trailer.
  3. turn off trailer, purchase game.
i think most of the time between me finding out about the game and me buying a copy of the game consisted of me trying to remember what my nintendo store password was.
posted by Reclusive Novelist Thomas Pynchon at 8:06 AM on September 22 [35 favorites]


Aargh no PS4 version, I get to either install an entire new store and roll the dice to see if it talks to a controller on my Mac properly, or spend three hundred dollars on a new console. I’ve been waiting for this eagerly and this makes me sad.

Ah well, guess I’ll keep on playing the utterly fabulous Sayonara Wild Hearts instead this weekend.
posted by egypturnash at 8:09 AM on September 22 [2 favorites]


I also picked up Sayonara Wild Hearts for the Switch; it plays like a pop-centric, feminine-coded WipeOut meets Taito Groove.

I’m wondering whether the title is a reference to Robyn (whose record label is named Konichiwa).
posted by acb at 8:25 AM on September 22


And now my son has composed a song about being a horrible goose. The goose's name is Woos and the groundskeeper's name is Grobel, which you may note conveniently rhymes with trouble.
posted by soren_lorensen at 8:35 AM on September 22 [9 favorites]


Is it an English village or an Australian one? House House are based in Melbourne. Granted Australia is pretty dry overall, but I think that's one of the wetter bits?
posted by tobascodagama at 9:05 AM on September 22 [1 favorite]


Tourist shops in Melbourne sell warm clothes for people who just assumed Australia was hot.
posted by adept256 at 9:19 AM on September 22 [8 favorites]


My son and I have been eagerly awaiting this. He’s away at college. I anticipate texting him many goose screen shots. Finally a use for those funds linked to my 3DS, AND I got to send him a pic of me and my brand new Switch!
posted by Nancy_LockIsLit_Palmer at 10:12 AM on September 22 [7 favorites]


Honk button. Turbo controller. Weaponized goose.
posted by persona at 10:31 AM on September 22 [4 favorites]


According to interviews, it’s an English village, influenced by the large quantities of British children’s TV shows Australians grow up watching.

(The Australian equivalent would be a country town with a sprawlingly wide main road, mostly single-storey buildings with wide footprints, and everybody getting around by driving, typically in utes/pick-up trucks, which would probably give the game more of a Frogger mechanics.)
posted by acb at 11:17 AM on September 22 [9 favorites]


I'm in the office this afternoon, and also don't have a platform that can play this, but fellow Mefite tomboko was kind enough to link me to this Youtube playthrough for all my honking needs.

It's exactly the kind of willful chaos-causing that I thoroughly approve of, being trapped inside typing in Microsoft Word on a beautiful September day.
posted by joyceanmachine at 11:37 AM on September 22 [2 favorites]


Watched a play through of the first 10 minutes, then snapped it up on the eShop.

I was concerned this was going to be like the Snakes on a Plane of gaming, but it looks like the hype was well-earned.
posted by porn in the woods at 11:38 AM on September 22 [1 favorite]


I am very bad at being a stealthy goose.

It's ok, so are geese.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 11:49 AM on September 22 [28 favorites]


I've heard this game was pretty short, and it did indeed take me maybe a little more than two hours to get to the credits sequence (the "final" to-do in itself was pretty delightful), but also there's a whole set of post-game to-dos after it that would take at least as long to finish. So that's a data point to consider for anyone who uses hours/dollar as a game-buying metric.
posted by tobascodagama at 12:11 PM on September 22 [3 favorites]


Last night I was trying to lock the groundskeeper out of the garden when I somehow accidentally locked us *both* out of the garden. I was planning to just stand there on the other side of the locked gate and honk derisively but instead there we both were, standing puzzled in front of the fence, wondering what to do now. The poor guy kept thinking, oh I should replant that flower, I should turn off that transistor radio, and then he would walk to the gate and then think, oh I appear to not have my keys, and he would stand there for a minute sadly reminiscing about his keys. For a while he kept walking around the corner and looking closely at a hedge next to the fence and I was thinking, yes! climb it! you can do this! but instead he just puttered his way back to the gate again.

This morning I saw a screenshot that made me think, maybe I could make a stairway or ramp with those bags of fertilizer to climb the fence. Will have to try that next time. As it was I ended up having to reset, which was sad because all of the lovely things I had floating in the pond came back out of the pond thus requiring me to put them all back in the pond again.

If I could change one thing I would make it so that at least some things would sink. I mean, I can see the sandwich floating, maybe the thermos or the basket, but why must the keys and the rake float too? I suppose it would lead to too many resets. I guess I'll just keep toting things way up past the bridge if I don't want the groundskeeper to wade angrily into the pond to fetch them.
posted by Two unicycles and some duct tape at 12:23 PM on September 22 [9 favorites]


Two unicycles, although he can't climb over around the corner by the hedge, perhaps there is something in that spot that you, the goose, might have been able to accomplish... you should be able to get back in by the cabbages.
posted by jzed at 12:54 PM on September 22 [5 favorites]


Also speaking of making things float in the lake, my partner spend a chunk of yesterday evening achieving this gloriousness :)
posted by jzed at 12:56 PM on September 22 [9 favorites]




heh I just played that for my bird and got to hear his reaction to Alex reacting to the goose! that was cute
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 1:10 PM on September 22 [8 favorites]


I think my favorite feature of this is that you have a key dedicated to flapping menacingly at people.

I had been anticipating this game for a while, and I am not remotely disappointed. It may be short if you stick to the actual goals, but there is endless goose chaos that you can find on your own. The walkie-talkies, in particular, are wonderful for confounding people.
posted by MysticMCJ at 1:29 PM on September 22 [8 favorites]


I get to either install an entire new store and roll the dice to see if it talks to a controller on my Mac properly

I plugged my PS4 controller with a micro-USB cable into my Mac and it worked great. (Installing the Epic store was a little clunky though.)
posted by nev at 1:44 PM on September 22 [1 favorite]


HONK

This game is brilliant, solid GotY 2019.
posted by aurynn at 1:50 PM on September 22 [5 favorites]


(Goose of the Year)
posted by tobascodagama at 2:00 PM on September 22 [14 favorites]


Q: when is a goat not a goat?

A: when it's the Goose Of All Time!
posted by hippybear at 2:34 PM on September 22 [4 favorites]


One of my favorite things about this game is that Panic became the publisher because they saw the first trailer from House House and asked "Do you need a publisher?"

I got to play this on a very big screen in front of a bunch of people a year or so ago and it's one of my favorite moments of gaming ever. People cheering on being a horrible goose, watching others steal carrots from the gardener, it's really something quite special.

Also, the amount of tweets I see "Put Goose in Smash" warms my heart. I don't even play Smash Bros and I want to see that.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 3:02 PM on September 22 [20 favorites]


It's so interesting that to my mind, $20 was obviously too much to pay for this, but $15 was exactly acceptable.
posted by Going To Maine at 3:06 PM on September 22 [9 favorites]


I bought a Switch for this; I do not regret my expenditure in the least.

Literally considering this right now. Something about this game speaks to something deep within me.

A note, which I have not personally verified: apparently it is possible to hack things together so that it runs under Linux.
posted by en forme de poire at 3:18 PM on September 22 [4 favorites]


I would have bought this game (I actually tried) but apparently I have to have an account on some other service in order to get it?

Like, I don't even trust myself around video games (I once lost a job to Sonic The Hedgehog), but this sounds like fun. But what would I be getting myself into if I go through all the hoops to download this to my Mac?
posted by hippybear at 3:21 PM on September 22


Currently eating pizza and playing Goose Game as a family. Right now 7-year-old has the controller and we are providing valuable advice on being a horrible goose. I predict these will be important life lessons for our gosling child. (Also he is going to go to school tomorrow and 0% of the people he interacts with are going to know wtf he is talking about.)
posted by soren_lorensen at 3:48 PM on September 22 [9 favorites]


I have been looking forward to this ever since I heard about it ages ago. It does not disappoint! I haven't looked forward to a game this much in ages.
posted by fimbulvetr at 4:20 PM on September 22


jzed: thank you for the advice! victory
posted by Two unicycles and some duct tape at 5:17 PM on September 22 [2 favorites]


My son finds being an asshole goose as rewarding as I do. i have succeeded at parenting.
posted by caution live frogs at 5:20 PM on September 22 [9 favorites]


i only wish that there was some kind of multiplayer so that i and my many horrible goose friends could honk horribly together
posted by poffin boffin at 5:50 PM on September 22 [21 favorites]


what a good cobra chicken!
posted by scruss at 6:45 PM on September 22 [1 favorite]


I guess I'll just keep toting things way up past the bridge if I don't want the groundskeeper to wade angrily into the pond to fetch them.

He also won't follow you into your little "home" area across the pond, and appears to be unaware of the picnic blanket as well (unless he chases you there, I wager).
posted by rifflesby at 6:50 PM on September 22 [2 favorites]


I feel like your goosely shenanigans barely registered in the simmering feud between the artist lady and the man who angrily chucks anything he doesn't personally own into her lawn. You are definitely not the first to make him spit out his tea like that.
posted by jason_steakums at 7:02 PM on September 22 [13 favorites]


Does anyone know what’s up with the pile of bells near the start?
posted by Going To Maine at 7:12 PM on September 22 [2 favorites]


You'll find out!
posted by jason_steakums at 7:17 PM on September 22 [7 favorites]


I have enjoyed brutalising that near-sighted child far too much. Make him fall! Steal his glasses! Trap him in a phone booth!
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 7:33 PM on September 22 [3 favorites]


Trap him in a phone booth!

I was a little disappointed when I went through the effort to put one of the two-way radios in the phone booth, chased him in, and then went around the corner and honked at him over the radio. Thought for sure he'd flip out. You think you're safe from the goose, kid? Think again.
posted by Two unicycles and some duct tape at 7:41 PM on September 22 [30 favorites]


I felt bad for the kid after my shenanigans with his plane, so I tricked him into wearing some cool shades in the hope that he'd make some friends.
posted by rifflesby at 8:00 PM on September 22 [14 favorites]


I'm enjoying it a lot. After about 40 minutes fruitlessly battling the farmer trying to have my picnic, I realized the tiny square on the bench is not, in fact, the picnic blanket, but the large tartan blanket on the ground is. I actually was getting very frustrated at the farmer for repeatedly ruining all my hard work, which is a surprisingly poignant feeling to have whilst also being a vindictive waddling agent of chaos.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 9:38 PM on September 22 [13 favorites]


Played through this last night. The expressiveness of the goose and the NPCs is fantastic. I've long held the opinion as a game designer that if there's a game where you play as a dog, there had damn well better be a "bark" button even if there is no specific game mechanic that is influenced by barking at it. I don't know that wing-flapping is ever needed to solve any of the puzzles, but it sure is an excellent ability for feeling like I'm properly taunting and harassing these poor humans.
posted by NMcCoy at 9:56 PM on September 22 [14 favorites]


The trailer had no goose poop. Was expecting poop to be a major game mechanic, knowing geese.

I'm digging the illustration-y art style.
posted by away for regrooving at 10:05 PM on September 22 [4 favorites]


Scoring a goal was a nightmare though.

I'm glad there are no to-do list items for being a nice goose. Help the farmer put carrots into his container? Absolutely fucking not.

Re: the pile of bells, I actually didn't notice them at the start of the game, and so I thought it was a later reveal. I laughed maybe the purest laugh. Now I'm a little sad it wasn't the intent.
posted by fleacircus at 12:04 AM on September 23 [3 favorites]


I NEED THIS GAME.

Unfortunately, my laptop is potato-level and I don't have a Switch. Someone talk them into releasing an XBox port so I may HONK with reckless abandon.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 4:13 AM on September 23 [4 favorites]


Two years ago I posted the original trailer here. This whole thread feels like Metafilter is telling me how valid I am.

My favorite thing about UGG (what an acronym!) is the soundtrack. It's the best interactive soundtrack I've ever heard. It always sounds great and appropriate. It accentuates things perfectly.
posted by JHarris at 4:27 AM on September 23 [15 favorites]


Yessss I have described it as a silent movie soundtrack on more than one occasion
posted by DoctorFedora at 4:57 AM on September 23 [4 favorites]


the man who angrily chucks anything he doesn't personally own into her lawn

I took great delight in ringing that enormous bell behind his head at every opportunity, even after I'd made him spit out his tea already. Maybe find a new place to sit, you nincompoop!

Though I think so far my biggest guffaw was going under the deck at the pub and honking so that the landlord, the waitress and the delivery woman all are wandering around on the deck in a little parade with question marks over their heads endlessly. Hilarious!
posted by soren_lorensen at 5:28 AM on September 23 [9 favorites]


Though I think so far my biggest guffaw was going under the deck at the pub and honking so that the landlord, the waitress and the delivery woman all are wandering around on the deck in a little parade with question marks over their heads endlessly.

For variety, steal the old man's harmonica before doing that.
posted by acb at 5:31 AM on September 23 [8 favorites]


Noooo why did you have to say that right when I got to work and my Switch is at home, now I have to wait 8 whole hours for harmonica goose!
posted by jason_steakums at 5:36 AM on September 23 [4 favorites]


The payoffs in this game are so worth it. I think my favorite hijink was getting the ribbon.

The game was so clever and I really, really hope there are expansions.
posted by sibboleth at 6:22 AM on September 23 [4 favorites]


Bad news, everyone!

(In case it's not obvious, "Point & Clickbait" is an Onion-style satire site.)
posted by tobascodagama at 7:04 AM on September 23 [2 favorites]


Harmonica goose is good, but Glass Bottle goose may actually be better.
posted by MysticMCJ at 7:34 AM on September 23 [7 favorites]


The Guardian gives Untitled Goose Game five stars, in a review replete with goose puns.
posted by acb at 7:49 AM on September 23 [2 favorites]


I wish I didn't have to install some Epic launcher to get this (or buy a switch and commission plastic). Apple Arcade! Get on there, Panic / House House
posted by davemee at 8:10 AM on September 23


It's worth noting that MeFi's own Cabel Strasser (the guy who did those great yearly fireworks reviews for a while) works for Panic, publishers of the game.
posted by JHarris at 8:55 AM on September 23 [6 favorites]


In addition to the harmonica and bottles, you can also honk through a traffic cone, or listen to the echoes from honking into the well.
posted by JHarris at 8:56 AM on September 23 [4 favorites]


The world record for speedrunning it is at 7:16 (for the moment).
posted by rifflesby at 9:24 AM on September 23 [1 favorite]


The fastest glitchless one I've found is 19:07.
posted by rifflesby at 9:27 AM on September 23 [2 favorites]


I wish I didn't have to install some Epic launcher to get this

FWIW, the constant stream of free games makes installing it worthwhile.

(That being said, I haven't been able to bring myself to enter a credit card number into said launcher.)
posted by suetanvil at 9:46 AM on September 23 [1 favorite]


I wish I didn't have to install some Epic launcher to get this

Sure, me too, but it was also pretty much Epic that helped make the game happen in the first place, so for that (well, that and my free copy of Hyperlight Drifter), I'm on board with their new store now.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 11:09 AM on September 23 [2 favorites]




Am co-playing it with my spouse (as in, he actually works the controls and I help think of solutions to puzzles), and am ~4/5 of the way through. It's delightful.

The music is so charming. It reminded me of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. It's all adapted from Debussy by Dan Golding. Thank you, Dan Golding!

I was reminded of Hot Fuzz and then the bit right after the pub made my spouse and me laugh aloud.

fleacircus said: I'm glad there are no to-do list items for being a nice goose.

How did you get awarded a flower in the pub? I liked being nice in that part
posted by brainwane at 12:16 PM on September 23 [8 favorites]


I fucking suck at stealing this guy's hat!
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 1:13 PM on September 23 [5 favorites]


There's the way that I think you're supposed to do it, but I found it a lot easier to try stealing the hat after bringing the groundskeeper down to my level, so to speak.
posted by tobascodagama at 1:24 PM on September 23


I am very excited to get home after work and download this thing onto my Switch and wreak some tiny goose havoc
posted by rather be jorting at 2:17 PM on September 23 [1 favorite]


Honking with the bin lid in your beak is also a pleasure. I dragged that bin lid around with me for ages.
posted by imperium at 3:04 PM on September 23 [8 favorites]


How do you poop
posted by floam at 3:18 PM on September 23 [6 favorites]


I just finished (the non-bonus tasks in) the game. I might leave the bonus tasks until later.

In other news, it appears that Untitled Goose Game has been topping the charts in various areas. Hopefully this will not only encourage sequels/downloadable content, but also other projects in the exploring-an-open-world-in-animal-form subgenre, such as, for example, the long delayed untitled Kowloon Walled City cat game.
posted by acb at 3:44 PM on September 23 [7 favorites]


How do you poop

wait how did my kid get on MeFi
GO BACK TO BED
posted by EndsOfInvention at 4:00 PM on September 23 [2 favorites]


Just saw a screenshot of the credits (which can also be found on the game's official site) - really liking this note:
This game was made on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present. Sovereignty was never ceded.
posted by rather be jorting at 5:19 PM on September 23 [16 favorites]


The slapstick-comedy solutions regarding the vase, the ribbon, and the unjust jumble sale purchase are so elegant!

We finished the main game tonight and would appreciate recommendations of Easter egg explanations/videos. For instance, is anything up with the parcel and the letter or postcard? Whose are they?

I wish to bring into my ordinary life the self-assurance and persistence of this goose.
posted by brainwane at 7:36 PM on September 23 [2 favorites]


There's a postal worker in the model village too, I hope it's a hint at future dlc!
posted by jason_steakums at 7:52 PM on September 23 [3 favorites]


I wish to bring into my ordinary life the self-assurance and persistence of this goose.

First, realize that the goose’s self-assurance and persistence came from you.
posted by Going To Maine at 9:17 PM on September 23 [25 favorites]


*lights incense, dims the lights, and spreads mats around the feet of Going To Maine*

*whispers to person next to me* This new guru is great. I hope his teaching continues!
posted by hippybear at 9:30 PM on September 23 [3 favorites]


the hat task is certainly requiring more patience and strategic honking than I had anticipated
posted by rather be jorting at 10:43 PM on September 23 [2 favorites]


I find nearly all tasks require more patience and honking, truly....

I'm not even playing the game.
posted by hippybear at 10:50 PM on September 23 [1 favorite]


This new guru is great.

"Meditate on this while--" "HONK" "Fuck, the goose has stolen all of our shoes."
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 2:04 AM on September 24 [9 favorites]


Admittedly I am not much of a gamer, but I think if I never got anything else but DLC for this and the ps4 Spider-Man game I could be content for my remaining years.
posted by phearlez at 7:44 AM on September 24


Also,

And now my son has composed a song about being a horrible goose. The goose's name is Woos and the groundskeeper's name is Grobel, which you may note conveniently rhymes with trouble.

Mefi music is right there and I want to hear it.
posted by phearlez at 7:44 AM on September 24 [5 favorites]


I know he's just a little pixel child, but I did feel somewhat bad for the boy during the high street section - he's so easy to chase around and manipulate and frame as a patsy for goose shenanigans.
posted by rather be jorting at 10:20 AM on September 24 [2 favorites]


Daniel Ortberg's email newsletter, The Shatner Chatner, has an incredible paean to the horrible goose today:
I am the horrible creeping bag of sound that is the most worst to you! I will use my beak to mischief you and I will press B. I wobble my snake-front-body and I waggle my bag-back-body and they meet in the middle to plan a bad idea to upset you. I flap back and forth my business rear for balancing and I snapple-pap my feet all up and down the town for terrible reasons, and you don’t like it. I am the goose and you are the miserable boy with no honk. I invented my body and it was the best idea.
posted by mhum at 10:30 AM on September 24 [15 favorites]


Ortberg gets it, man.
These are the keys that you do not have! I am flat and racing over the earth and you are all the way stood up, all the way confused, all the way overalls and no ideas. I make a fight between yourself and your memory. I wet your feet because I do not respect them, I wet them with a lake, and I am lake-satisfaction.
posted by rather be jorting at 11:26 AM on September 24 [6 favorites]


A friend of a friend described Untitled Goose Game as “Grand Theft Auto for people who listen to Belle & Sebastian”, which is probably fair enough.
posted by acb at 12:56 PM on September 24 [33 favorites]


My 12 year old daughter loves geese. To the extent that all of her cuddly geese family were present for the grand unveiling.

It did not disappoint.

We are already looking forward to untitled goose game sequel: the honkening...
posted by barnsoir at 2:32 PM on September 24 [6 favorites]


My boys and I have been playing it on the Switch since yesterday, to much hilarity, and my 3-year-old has invented a new game she calls "Bad Goose" (or sometimes "Bad Duck" when she gets her waterfowl confused): She holds her hand in front of her forehead as a beak, walks around the house, shouts "HONK!" at you, and steals your stuff with her "beak," periodically announcing, "I'M BAD GOOSE!"
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 4:46 PM on September 24 [22 favorites]


rather be jorting: Acknowledgements of Country are super common and expected at events here in Australia (sometimes people get really perfunctionary with it though). Having it on digital media is more a thing you see with people who are social-justice-savvy (especially if they include "Sovereignity is never ceded" and include the specific name of the Aboriginal country involved).

I really wished this was on Xbox, but I am super tempted to get a Switch or Switch Lite for this. How do the two compare?
posted by divabat at 7:42 PM on September 24 [4 favorites]




Why should we be cruel to real people in Asia by giving them horrible birds when we can be cruel to fake people in a computer by being a horrible bird?
posted by hippybear at 8:11 PM on September 24 [7 favorites]


Film Victoria is a state government arts funding project. The acknowledgement would have been a requirement for receiving funds from that organisation. It sounds a bit skin-deep, but I had no idea that I lived on the lands of the Turrubul people for the last thirty years. It was only because of these acknowledgements being used that I found out, so it's kinda working.
posted by adept256 at 8:13 PM on September 24 [11 favorites]


I will admit to having a double take the first time I heard someone call them Turrubul people. It sounds as it is spelled.
posted by adept256 at 8:24 PM on September 24 [3 favorites]


I am super tempted to get a Switch or Switch Lite for this. How do the two compare?

The Switch Lite cannot dock to a larger display, and its joycons cannot be removed (though you can still use other controllers with it via Bluetooth). It's slightly smaller and doesn't have HD Rumble (which is a cool feature but not a huge loss). I think the battery life is slightly better than the original Switches but not quite as good as the refreshed ones?

From the reviews I've read, the Lite is much nicer as a handheld device than the full-size Switch, which isn't particularly surprising as that's the whole reason it exists. The biggest drawback -- assuming you don't care about docking to a TV or monitor for a larger display -- is that some Switch games have very small text size as it is, which becomes even harder to read on the Lite's smaller screen. Fire Emblem seems to be one of the worst offenders, but it's not the only one.

On a personal note, I can also say from my own experience that the full-size Switch can be slightly unwieldy as a handheld. I don't find it so bad that I'd buy a Switch Lite, though. I bought my Switch expecting to use it almost exclusively as a handheld, but I find myself using the docking feature a lot more than I originally anticipated. I haven't played one of the games that suffers from the small text issue, but even still I've found that a lot of the ports I've played like Bayonetta or Dragon's Dogma can be a little muddy on the handheld screen but look pretty nice on a full-sized monitor. I'd buy a Switch again over a Switch Lite.
posted by tobascodagama at 8:28 PM on September 24 [3 favorites]


adept256: I live in Melbourne and have applied for government grants for creative projects. From my experience, if you're actually including Indigenous content in there you do need to provide a plan for appropriate cultural protocol work, but there's nothing mandating some kind of formal acknowledgement, they're not going to check up on you for it. It's good practice, but again most people who do an Acknowledgement of Country just to mark off a checklist item wouldn't bother with naming the specific country or talking about stolen lands and unceded territory. It'd just be "we acknowledge the traditional owners of the land."

Is this the country you're referring to?
posted by divabat at 8:37 PM on September 24 [5 favorites]


> FWIW, the constant stream of free games makes installing it worthwhile.
Yeah, this is pretty great. They have (nominally) $120 worth of Batman games free right now (until Thursday).
posted by Syllepsis at 9:17 PM on September 24 [1 favorite]


YOU CAN KITE THE BOY INTO THE POND
posted by Going To Maine at 11:07 PM on September 24 [7 favorites]




Given how successful Untitled Goose Game has been (topping the charts in various territories), I imagine that further goose-themed releases are inevitable. There may, of course, be downloadable content for the current game (there are parts of the map just beyond gates and other barriers which could presumably be filled in, giving new missions and opportunities for mayhem). Though at some point there will be sequels, possibly in entirely new settings. And I was thinking of where.

America would be an obvious one; one can imagine a similar game in a classic American Small Town, rendered in the same picturebook style, with weatherboard houses with porches, mailboxes with flags, a yellow school bus and other such things. Missions could involve making the paperboy misaim his newspaper and break a window, or going trick-or-treating (it'd have to be Halloween season in this game).

Elsewhere in Europe could also work. I can imagine the Goose making mayhem in an Italian piazza, for example, or perhaps a Bavarian alpine town. Goose Grand Tour perhaps?

(Japan could also work, though making it not look like a Katamari Damacy ripoff would be hard work.)
posted by acb at 2:44 AM on September 25 [2 favorites]


What we need is Great British Bake Off DLC.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 3:07 AM on September 25 [2 favorites]


YOU CAN KITE THE BOY INTO THE POND

I'll take "Things That Sound Really Disconcerting Out Of Context" for $400, Alex.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 3:18 AM on September 25 [2 favorites]


Alexandra Erin's review. I appreciated the comparisons she made to some previous games. And rather be jorting, I think you will like the end of the review.

Going to Maine, I will remember that. Thank you.

And, speaking of sequels and downloadable content, I can only imagine how much of a nuisance I could be as a goose if I could fly!
posted by brainwane at 4:59 AM on September 25 [3 favorites]


Alexandra Erin almost made me feel bad about traumatizing that fictional child. Almost.
posted by asperity at 8:31 AM on September 25


I am so terrible at this game and it's giving me so much joy I can't even
posted by Mchelly at 2:27 PM on September 25 [1 favorite]


Though at some point there will be sequels, possibly in entirely new settings. And I was thinking of where.

They could definitely re-skin the goose as a Canada goose and set it at the University of Waterloo.

(Check out the tips in the footer. "Geese usually only attack if provoked.")
posted by airmail at 3:53 PM on September 25 [3 favorites]


I don't know if I could handle the intensity of a Canada goose's shenanigans, I feel like that's one of those "gaze into the abyss" deals
posted by jason_steakums at 4:00 PM on September 25 [3 favorites]


Perhaps they could get Werner Herzog to do a guest narration then?
posted by acb at 4:04 PM on September 25 [1 favorite]




ok the kid falling flat on his face is infinitely funnier when synced perfectly with some of those good good bouncy beats
posted by rather be jorting at 8:28 PM on September 25 [1 favorite]


divabat, adept256, thanks for that additional info about Acknowledgement of Country and the relation to Australian govt funding - I had no idea!

> I am super tempted to get a Switch or Switch Lite for this. How do the two compare?

I can only speak for the Switch, but I love it. The portability's been terrific (I conquered a bunch of Breath of the Wild shrines during my lunch breaks at work, whereas I would've been too tired or constrained on time to attempt them otherwise), the graphic quality is plenty nice enough on the handheld console screen, and I've been enjoying the access to a mix of major releases (e.g. BOTW, Super Mario Odyssey), indie ports (e.g. Stardew Valley, Hollow Knight), and rereleases of games previously only accessible on other systems (KATAMARI!).

My hands are small, so it's occasionally tiring to use the joycon-attached configuration for too long, but it hasn't been a problem for shorter stints of gameplay. I bought a separate controller for better button coordination during BOTW, but for something like the goose game, you can still cause plenty of ruckus with the default config. I also like how the portability of the undocked Switch means I can pick it up for just a few minutes of gameplay on a whim, instead of having to be in just one specific place every time I want to use it. (The portability was also something I liked very much about the 3DS and Game Boy.)
posted by rather be jorting at 9:29 PM on September 25 [3 favorites]


Dear Panic,

I really like your Untitled Goose Game. I think if there were higher stakes and some danger for the protagonist goose it could be even more satisfying to play. I am certain a lot of us would pay for DLC where shit really hits the fan. Make it so you need to eat to survive and you need to keep food coming in or you might become weak. In this DLC one of the tormented humans might set out for example poisoned Doritos and you think you need to try to avoid that. But actually much to the human's displeasure, the poisoned food doesn't kill us but it does make goose very sick and so the goose sprays and sputters poop everywhere, for like a good 2 or 3 minutes in-game, all over the poisoner and his home! Or actually wherever you stumble the sickly goose! I would be interested in beta testing this for you and I can assure you I have a lot of free time to help get this right, please get back to me.

Aaron
posted by floam at 11:13 PM on September 25 [3 favorites]


So... Goose Game meets Splatoon?

(First reaction was "For the love of God, Montresor!" but at least this proposal isn't as depraved as the things we do to our Sims.)
posted by asperity at 11:49 PM on September 25 [1 favorite]


I haven't played it but watched a few videos and I am reasonably sure at least 40% of the appeal is the way the goose walks. That goose is shakin'.
posted by seanmpuckett at 4:51 AM on September 26 [5 favorites]


Plot Twist!
posted by tobascodagama at 12:07 PM on September 27 [5 favorites]


I love this game. So do my kids.
posted by Catblack at 3:05 PM on September 29 [1 favorite]


Tacey Rychter in The New York Times: "This Video Game Fulfills Your Fantasy of Being a Horrible Goose"
posted by Going To Maine at 4:57 PM on September 29 [1 favorite]


I am very bad at being a stealthy goose. I keep getting spotted. (I cleared everything else on that level so was permitted to move on, but i did not anticipate spending so much time stealing underwear in a video game!)

I love stealth games, I'm good at stealth games, I feel stealth games in my soul. I absolutely suck at being a stealthy goose, mostly because I'm a goose, and to live my best goose self is to waddle right up to the clothesline, steal that bra for the twelfth time, honk and flap my wings at the lady, and try to get her to knock over her nice vase in the hubbub.
posted by Navelgazer at 5:16 PM on September 29 [9 favorites]


Vulture has an interview with a couple of the creators:
So I don’t need to read into the game to try to figure out which of the people voted for Brexit?
Strasser: You can if you like! You’re very welcome to predict whatever you’d like. We’ve got our joke canon.

McMaster: I’m glad that the goose is a leftist icon; that’s very funny. I’d much rather it be a leftist icon than a right icon.

Have you heard of Gritty?
McMaster: Oh, if he can be the new Gritty that’d be fantastic! Anything the left can take joy in and pride in and have a bit of fun with, we love. And if it pisses off some alt-right people, then great.

Strasser: That will maybe happen no matter what.
posted by yasaman at 7:15 AM on September 30 [13 favorites]




foone of Twitter has this website that will print messages in the style of various games, and he's just added Untitled Goose Game to its capabilities.
posted by JHarris at 11:50 AM on October 1 [5 favorites]


Add the goose to any website with honkify.

HONK

Also, as of today, Goose is #1 in the USA

HONK HONK
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 2:35 PM on October 1 [4 favorites]




I just found out about this game like an hour ago but now I’m O B S E S S E D and I know I’m supposed to be grinding away on my media ethics class or my late 19th century American literature class but... fuck it, clearly the universe wants me to put a Switch on my credit card and honk until I can’t honk anymore. Beats the hell out of reading all this Twain.
posted by palomar at 6:12 PM on October 1 [4 favorites]


I can't stop telling all my friends about this game. It is glorious.

I positively cackled when I locked the gardener out.
posted by invokeuse at 11:25 PM on October 1 [4 favorites]


Streamer creates goose costume controller, for a fully immersive experience.

HONK
posted by NoxAeternum at 8:38 AM on October 2 [1 favorite]




Other than the time-trial to-dos the only thing I have left to do is score a goal and I don't think I can.
posted by urbanlenny at 12:27 PM on October 2 [2 favorites]


I like the fan canon that the boy with the glasses is Griffin McElroy.
posted by fleacircus at 4:36 PM on October 2 [4 favorites]


Score a goal is tricky, but I've done it. I find it's good to keep the crouch button held, manuever your goose in relation to the ball (the fact that the goose will focus on the ball when near it helps a lot), then peck carefully. You can try using a wall to help guide it forward; when you get in a corner, try to push the ball out of it with the goose's body.

Getting it in the hole in the Neat Neighbor's fence may be the hardest part. But once you get it into his yard, you just have to draw his attention to it and he'll throw it into the Messy Neighbor's yard for you. From there, you just got to get it out of the hole in her fence and into the goal. Be careful not to peck it near the house door before you get it into the net; if the ball goes in the house, it's best to go ahead and reset the village and try again with the ball in High Street.
posted by JHarris at 5:10 PM on October 2 [1 favorite]


For me the hardest part was the artist neighbor's yard. You can body the ball up the fence a way but then it veers off. It got stuck by the chimes so many, many times.
posted by fleacircus at 5:21 PM on October 2 [3 favorites]




I still can't get the radio to the blanket. But my 10 year old (who is almost done with the game) says it's because I never played anything on the Switch but Mario Kart so I never learned how to run. He's probably right, but he means it as an insult.
posted by Mchelly at 3:27 AM on October 3


What I'm saying is, maybe the goose is people.
posted by Mchelly at 3:28 AM on October 3 [1 favorite]


And maybe mobile!

If they can get the control scheme right, they say.

Perhaps mobile should be a separate game set in the Untitled Goose Universe, in which you tap to where you want to go rather than steering with a stick. The pace would be naturally slower (you can't press A to grab the groundskeeper's cap at the precise moment he's leaning forward, and then deftly manoeuvre to get out the gate before he catches up with you), so it should be a different set of goals.
posted by acb at 4:24 AM on October 3


Untitled Goose Game coming to PS4 and Xbox One!

AW YISS

Also HONK
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 4:52 AM on October 3 [1 favorite]


I scored the goal! I had given myself five more tries to do it and then I had to go to bed and I managed to do it on try three.

It was relatively easy to get the ball to the yard with the goal, but I struggled with getting it up the hill to the goal. I nearly threw up from nerves when I got the ball close to the net finally.
posted by urbanlenny at 7:32 AM on October 3 [9 favorites]


The Untitled Goose Game people have agreed to answer my email questions for Gamasutra! Oh frabjous day, calloo callay, etc.
posted by JHarris at 9:20 PM on October 3 [9 favorites]


jfc, will vase lady and pipe man just hatefuck already
posted by sugar and confetti at 6:06 AM on October 4 [13 favorites]


(Count me in as another guy who bought the Switch entirely because of this game)
posted by sugar and confetti at 6:06 AM on October 4 [3 favorites]


jfc, will vase lady and pipe man just hatefuck already

I was ostensibly trying to complete my post-game to-dos last night but instead just spent most of my time trying to get these two to fight more.

We're having a staff lunch at work next week and I'm bringing my Switch so we can play Goose Game on the big screen.
posted by soren_lorensen at 6:11 AM on October 4 [2 favorites]


> The Untitled Goose Game people have agreed to answer my email questions for Gamasutra! Oh frabjous day, calloo callay, etc.

I posed a question in the comment immediately following yours which I suggest you ask
posted by sugar and confetti at 8:14 AM on October 4 [5 favorites]


I still can't get the radio to the blanket.

You might consider how water and electronics interact. If you're looking for options.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 11:42 AM on October 4 [4 favorites]


You can also do the radio last. The gardener usually only sticks around his garden and won't see stuff around the blanket until something like the radio draws his attention there. If you bring the radio there last, you can complete the item and then it won't matter if the gardener takes the radio. In fact, he'll be usefully distracted as he ferries things back home.
posted by JHarris at 2:50 PM on October 4 [3 favorites]


I usually hate video games but this was exactly what I always hope they will be and never are. Kind of like if you had one very good cup of coffee as a kid and then always thought it smelled good but hated the taste for years and then finally had a good cup. It reminded me of Breath of the Wild except way less stressful and difficult, I only had to google like half of the to do items. And I LOVE the lack of health or consequences. MORE LIKE THIS PLEASE.
posted by bleep at 11:29 PM on October 4 [7 favorites]


Also a lot of times when I read a book or binge something my mind will start talking like that so while I was playing it my brain would be like "Measure the sugar" "pour the coffee" "pour the milk" "open the fridge"
posted by bleep at 11:41 PM on October 4 [5 favorites]


I like the fan canon that the boy with the glasses is Griffin McElroy
Anybody remember that time griffin mentioned getting into a fight with a goose at a water park as a kid, that was all I could think about when I was tormenting that poor big dumb kid.
posted by bleep at 11:24 AM on October 5 [3 favorites]


It's a beautiful day in the office, and you are a horrible goose.

A text adventure goose game.
posted by pharm at 1:29 AM on October 7 [3 favorites]


Anybody remember that time griffin mentioned getting into a fight with a goose at a water park as a kid, that was all I could think about when I was tormenting that poor big dumb kid.

Griffin vs swan (or maybe a goose)
posted by EndsOfInvention at 2:07 AM on October 7 [1 favorite]


honk
posted by harriet vane at 3:21 AM on October 7 [6 favorites]


I can't help thinking

are we sure that Brexit is the villagers and not the goose?
the goose who's fucking with the villagers because "that's just the way I am" and because they aren't geese?
.
.
.
why are we sure?isn't righteous trolling exactly how Brexit feels?


posted by away for regrooving at 10:03 PM on October 7 [2 favorites]


Much like Brexit the goose also has several secret agenda items that only benefit itself at the expense of the villagers. The goose just wants to horde all the gold (bells).
posted by bleep at 10:20 PM on October 7 [2 favorites]


The goose just wants to horde all the gold (bells).

Geese are just dragons that actually exist.
posted by acb at 7:44 AM on October 9 [3 favorites]




Collecting every stealable item in Untitled Goose Game (YouTube). And throwing them all in the hole, as one does.
posted by fimbulvetr at 7:54 PM on October 9 [5 favorites]


The Q&A I did with the makers of Untitled Goose Game is up at Gamasutra!

Thank you for posting this! So many delightful bits!
Every now and then during development we’d come up with an idea for something bigger, like mucking up a wedding for example, but we’d always let those ideas go because we wanted to make sure that it felt like this was a very normal day in the character’s lives. Anything out of the ordinary is the result of the goose.
This is an interesting frame to put on things, reminds me of Austin Walker's review where he compared the goose to Agent 47 in the Hitman games. "[You’re] not the one, special gear in an intricately designed clockwork world. You’re the wrench.”"
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 9:22 PM on October 9 [8 favorites]


Optimistically (and perhaps naively) this made us wonder if we could maybe just do what people thought we were doing, and play the different parts of the Debussy piece in a disjointed way, reacting to what the player was doing. We figured that if it worked correctly, it could feel like a piano player was accompanying your game session live.

Wow. What a great process to read about. Careful, thoughtful, listening, trying, empathetic. I would love to work on a project team like this some day.
posted by bleep at 9:52 PM on October 9 [3 favorites]


I think the take is a little pretentious, but Untitled Goose Game has made The New Yorker: “The Joy of Being a Horrible Goose in a Time of Moral Crisis”
posted by Going To Maine at 6:51 PM on October 17 [5 favorites]


The intro to that New Yorker article is a riot. I expected references to the fearsomeness of actual geese (vs the friendly creatures of popular imagination), but definitely wasn't expecting the introductory paragraph about the author's enduring childhood association of geese with mortality or, what he dubs, "tragic vulnerability."

(Sidenote, I was going to post an Ask about whether it would be safe to approach a group of Canada geese to take a picture to send to my parents (there's a regular flock or gaggle or so who've been regularly visiting the grassy knoll near my building lately) - but then I saw the following Buzzfeed link in the New Yorker piece: "19 Of The Most Traumatizing Stories About Being Attacked By Canada Geese" and no longer feel the need to ask. I will content myself with observing from afar.)
posted by rather be jorting at 10:18 AM on October 18 [1 favorite]


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