Sometimes you have to see a game in action before you decide to dive into it. I read all the hype on the internet for House House’s cute game staring a jerk goose when it first came out, but I never felt compelled to actually play it for some reason. That is until I watched the great Gaming Diaries stream the whimsical craziness on Twitch (Definitely check out her work and give her a follow on WordPress and Twitch. She’s awesomely entertaining!).
Untitled Goose Games puts you in control of a delinquent unnamed goose in a quaint unknown town setting. The overall goal is to harass the locals as much as you can while on a quest to steal the town’s shiny golden bell. Absolutely deplorable… and shamefully fun!
For some reason, the goose has lovely hand written To Do lists you follow throughout the short game. The items usually involve doing terrible things to lightheartedly mess with innocent people.
You unlock harder (and more awful) extra items once you beat the game, including speed run challenges of the game’s 4 main areas. There is very little room for error during the 6 minute time limits so be prepared to hone those efficient jerk goose skills if you want to cross those items off the list.
The controls are pretty simple (loved rocking the honk button) but I found movement a bit clunky and frustrating at times, especially when precise control was needed during the speed runs.
I decided to get Untitled Goose Game on the PlayStation 4 for Platinum trophy reasons, and I’m happy to report this is my 19th one! I also have to mention the epic note I ended my quest on.
Those speed runs are indeed needed for the Platinum. I was worried that would be the killer to my goal, but I found super helpful videos on YouTube from players far more skilled than moi. I did add a few of my own modifications to some of their strategies and found a system that worked beautifully for me.
Near the end of the last challenge in the pub area (god I miss pubs in this IRL coronapocalypse era) the very last thing I needed to do for Platinum Trophy was drop a pint glass in a canal, with just under a minute left. My goose grabbed the glass and fled for the canal. To my horror, however, that very annoying pub patrol lady somehow saw me and started chasing me.
The humans in this game catch up to your goose really freaking quickly and I had a bad feeling it was over. Refusing to give up and channeling my inner jerk goose, I kept on running as the lady quickly closed the gap. If she caught up to me, the glass would smash and there was no time for a retry.
Mere seconds before the pursuing pub lady caught my goose, I leapt into the canal and dropped the glass mid air for the win. My goose kinda just floated there proudly as the trophies popped and the pub lady looked down on me with pint glass thoughts, apparently. It was one of the most epic moments I’ve ever experienced in a game.
I gave a triumphant honk and that was that. Jerk goose mission successfully accomplished. Back to the bell-hoard lair until the next game!
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