Everyone’s talking about the indie game that lets you harass an entire village in hilariously petty ways – as a goose.
Sometimes the best kind of experiences are the ones you didn’t know you wanted.
Before the announcement of Untitled Goose Game, an indie hit that was developed by four people and revolves around literally being an annoying goose, I doubt you would have found anyone that would have thought this would work as a full game. Or that anyone would pay for it.
Yet, here we are. The game is currently at the top of the Switch sales chart, beating the first-party remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening to the top spot during its opening week. Youtubers have hopped on board with their own playthroughs and it’s garnered pretty solid reviews so far. Memes about donking and honking have exploded into the zeitgeist too – you’ve probably seen several of them on Reddit’s front page.
So, in case you’ve missed out on this charming indie gem, here’s a quick guide to the game and why it’s been toppling Nintendo’s own work off the number one spot. Be prepared for plenty of antagonistic honking.
How do you play Untitled Goose Game?
As you’d expect, you play as a goose, hell-bent on causing minor inconveniences to unsuspecting village folk. You’re given a sandbox style map to roam around in with trivial objectives such as ‘spray the gardener with his own sprinklers’ or ‘lock the wimpy kid in a phone booth’. How you approach them can vary; some have specific steps you need to take, while others embrace an open style with different outcomes depending on your method. You might creep up on a man reading the newspaper, for example, or you could just loudly honk in his face.
There are five main areas to get through and the game takes around four hours to fully complete. It may not be long, but it’s memorable, and I doubt that winding up villagers minding their own business ever gets boring.