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REVIEW: Untitled Goose Game — Honk!

 
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Overview
 

Published by: Panic
 
Developed by: House House
 
Platform(s): Microsoft Windows macOS Nintendo Switch PlayStation 4 Xbox One
 
Genre(s): Puzzle stealth
 
Mode(s): Single-player
 
FG RATING
85%
85/ 100


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Raves


Creative objectives. Lots of funny and charming moments. Stealth optional.

Rants


Too short. No online features. Value to price not very justified.


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Posted December 28, 2019 by

I’ve been eagerly waiting for this game to come out since it was first revealed back in 2017. Now that I got a hold of it, I can tell I’m still as hyped up about it as I was a couple of years ago.  What started off as a random conversation amongst colleagues is now a fully realized game, and I’m here to tell you how well this quirky concept fares.

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STORY & GAMEPLAY

You play as an agent of chaos(in other words, a goose), tasked with wreaking havoc amongst the men, women, and children of a quaint little British village.
Untitled Goose Game isn’t burdened by narrative plot and dialog. Instead, it focuses on being more of a goose simulator, letting you roam free and do as you please.

The controls allow you to extend your wings, lean up or down, sprint, grab things with your beak, and… honk. All these will prove useful in your Goosely escapades as you make your way around the game’s interconnected levels.

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There are still objectives though, a list of random stuff to do, often at the expense of the humans, that you cross off until you can move to the next area. These tasks are usually quite unique, often requiring you to use your wits and creativity to execute. This makes all of them a treat to accomplish as you never know what might happen or how to trigger certain conditions.

Many of these tasks can be accomplished in a number of ways. Nothing as complex as the freedom in a Hitman game for instance but rewarding nonetheless.
In fact, Untitled Goose Game has a lot in common with the aforementioned, the main difference being murder and violence or the lack thereof. The other difference is that Untitled isn’t necessarily a stealth game. There will be instances where you’ll have to do some sneaking, but oftentimes you’re really just there to duck things up.

Untitled Goose Game is a fantastic experience. An experience that’s only sullied by how short the game is. There’s a ton of post-game challenges and hidden tasks to sink your teeth in but none that expands the game any further.

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VISUALS & PERFORMANCE

Untitled Goose Game looks charming as duck. The visual style reminds me of Sunday morning cartoons like Mr. Bean (the animated TV series) where there’s no real point to the episodes but it’s fun to watch all the goofy things that happen on screen. The game also runs without a hitch on the Nintendo Switch, with virtually no load times part from the initial loading when starting a game. But what’s most charming about the presentation is perhaps in the music. It’s context-sensitive, changing in intensity depending on whether you’re sneaking around or being chased by a dude with a mop.

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VERDICT

I swear, my cheeks get real soar every time I play Untitled Goose Game because I can’t seem to stop grinning at what I’m doing or how the locals are reacting. My only gripe is with how short the game is. I just wish there was more levels to duck around in. The pricepoint in proportion to the game’s lifespan might not be so attractive, but Untitled Goose Game is an experience unlike any other that it’s hard not to recommend. Hitman has perfected its formula by making levels episodic, taking you to a new area with all sorts of new gimmicks to explore. Perhaps the same format might do well with Untitled Goose Game, only time will tell. 

[This review is based on a retail copy of the game provided by the publisher]


Dian Raval

 
Dian is a writer for Flipgeeks who, in his spare time, stares at a wall in his basement. If you'd like to discuss music, video games, or the infinite wisdom of concrete, follow him on twitter @iburnandfume or subscribe to his YouTube channel @iburnandfume. He's pretty much iburnandfume in everything. Apparently he... burns and fumes.


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