This morning, over a cup of coffee, I was introduced to Untitled Goose Game. It’s a beautiful little game set in a beautiful little village. In it, you play a goose — a horrible, horrible goose — and, well... just watch the trailer while I clean this coffee off my monitor.
Untitled Goose Game is from House House, the team behind the bizarre sports title Push Me Pull You. Many developers strive for comedy in their games, but there’s something about this one that’s really special. It’s in the tilt of the goose’s neck, the polite befuddlement in the posture of the groundskeeper. Even the way the carrots pop out of the ground is amusing. Best of all, comedy isn’t something that happens to the player. Players are driving the goofs by driving the goose.
There are elements of classic point-and-click adventure games at play here and elements of the stealth genre as well. They blend together into a delightful game that made both my wife and my four-year-old daughter giggle. Also, it looks like it could be a hit on literally any platform, from PC to mobile. Even the music, from Dan Golding, feels spot on. My whole family wants to play it right now, and that’s not something that you can say about very many games these days.
Untitled Goose Game is expected some time in 2018.