Untitled Goose Game | PS4 Review
Updated: Nov 19, 2021
Untitled Goose Game, released in 2019, developed by House House, and published by Panic is a huge spin on your typical puzzle and stealth game. It is available on all major platforms, features local co-op, and really delivers a bundle of laughs for the player. For this review I was playing local co-op on the PlayStation 4 version of the game and thoroughly enjoyed it.
There isn’t really a story in Untitled Goose Game. You are simply a very annoying, overly intelligent goose who somehow understands and comprehends how to absolutely terrorise the humans around you. You might not be an apex predator with an arsenal of attacks at your disposal, but you're more than capable of causing chaos and wreaking havoc on the poor town. The player is given a list of tasks to complete in an area that are designed in such a way where you really need to work together with your goose buddy to annoy, harass and generally terrorise a range of people including farmers, shopkeepers and even a young boy that I would imagine would spend the rest of his life terrified of geese and having nightmares of that one time he was hounded and chased around the town by two geese.
The tasks given in and of themselves are fairly simple but the execution often requires some thinking and figuring out. However I’d say the puzzles are easily figured out given some time and not letting yourself get frustrated. I played Untitled Goose Game with my little brother who is 9 and we had many laughs walking around honking at one another; leading a farmer around on a wild goose chase and terrorising an innocent young boy. As you’d expect the puzzles gradually get more difficult as you progress and the team work becomes more necessary as you progress as well. Initially a simple distraction is all that's needed whilst the other goose deals with the task at hand but as you move forward you really begin to depend on your friend to move on.
The gameplay itself is very simple and doesn’t demand terribly much of the player so you don’t need to have quick gamer reflexes or large amounts of experience to make the game work. You can pick things up with your beak; honk; run and flap your wings to show those pesky humans that you aren’t afraid of them! So because of this, Untitled Goose Game is a great game to play for a bit of a laugh and some relaxation when you have a friend visiting. Equally, like I did, it is a great game to play with your child because there’s nothing vulgar, scary or violent in it. Most of the puzzles are easily figured out but sometimes you can get a bit frustrated until you notice the right thing or manage to coordinate yourselves properly to manage the task. The graphics and art style were simple and charming but I found the general animation such as the movement of the geese quite realistic from the way they waddle along to the way they can dip their necks down to pick things up.
Over the last few years I’ve periodically laughed hysterically watching friends on Twitch play Untitled Goose Game and now that I’ve finally played it for myself it absolutely didn’t disappoint. Untitled Goose Game delivered lots of laughs but more prominently; lots of moments where I learned to truly appreciate the fact that real life geese aren’t even half as annoying as my character in game but then at the same time I thought to myself: “If this was a real goose it would be spitting and hissing at people too.”.
Untitled Goose Game is a wonderful little game with lots of laughs to be found inside. I’d recommend it to absolutely anyone of any level of gaming and to just about anyone who likes a chilled out, fun game from time to time. With it regularly on sale on the PlayStation Store, it’s a game that can be picked up at a relatively cheap price that won’t break the bank and I don’t feel like you’ll feel like you’ve wasted your money. The replayability in this game would generally lie in playing it with different people who have never played it and seeing their reaction to the hilarity that ensues.
Lauras Rating: 4.5 honking geese out of 5.
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Many thanks to Panic for supplying the review code.