In Toonami’s latest game review TOM and SARA play Untitled Goose Game by House House, Untitled Goose Game is a stealth puzzle video game developed by House House. Published by Panic, the game was released on September 20, 2019 for Windows, macOS, and Nintendo Switch. Players control a goose who bothers the inhabitants of an English village. The player must use the goose’s abilities to manipulate objects and non-player characters in order to complete specific objectives and make progress through the game.
In an idyllic English village setting, players control a goose that can honk, run, flap its wings, and grab objects with its beak to bother various human villagers. The village is split up into multiple areas, each of which has a list of objectives, such as stealing certain objects or tricking humans into doing certain things. When enough of these objectives are cleared (one less than the total), an additional objective is added which, once cleared, allows the goose to move on to the next area. After completing four areas, the goose enters a miniature model of the village. There, the goose steals a bell before going back through the previous areas while the villagers try to stop it. In the game’s ending, it is revealed the goose had stolen many bells before the game’s events. There are also several hidden optional objectives, many of which require traversing multiple areas or completing an area within a time limit.
Untitled Goose Game originated from a stock photograph of a goose that a House House employee posted in the company’s internal communications. After sparking a conversation about geese, the team put the idea aside for a few months until they realized that it had the potential to be a fun game.
People think game development means you get to play games all day, but they’re wrong – it means you talk about geese pic.twitter.com/I8XvTWy7b1
— Michael McMaster (@mjmcmaster) August 11, 2016
Inspired by Super Mario 64 and the Hitman video game series, House House worked on combining stealth mechanics with a lack of violence to create humourous in-game scenarios. After positive reception to their initial trailer, the developers recreated their trailer’s piano soundtrack to play different sections in reaction to in-game events.
Upon release, the game received positive reviews, with critics praising its silly gameplay and humor. The game’s popularity with players led to it selling over 100,000 copies on the Nintendo Switch within the first two weeks of its release, as well as the goose becoming an Internet meme.
TOM and SARA give Untitled Goose Game an 8 out of 10.
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