The goose which stole the heart of gamers

Aqilah Rahman

At its core, Untitled Goose Game is a puzzle stealth game where you play as a horrible goose and ruin everyone’s day.

It’s a premise that started off as a joke when developer House House was deciding on their next project. One of the employees posted a stock photograph of a goose in a group chat, and the idea was born.

In October 2017, the studio revealed a trailer for their game. They didn’t have an official name for it back then, so they just called it Untitled Goose Game.

The trailer became an Internet sensation. It was popular enough to let the studio know that there was a demand for it. The name stuck although there were tonnes of fan suggestions such as Goose on the Loose, and one particular title the studio was very fond of, Some Like it Honk.

The game was released on MacOS, Windows and Nintendo Switch as a digital exclusive in September 2019. The game was so popular it even outsold The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening in the United States (US) about a week after its release on the same day.

‘Untitled Goose Game’ is a puzzle stealth game where you play as a horrible goose that goes around ruining everyone’s day. PHOTOS: HOUSE HOUSE
Despite being categorised as a stealth game, you don’t actually need to hide behind a bush every time to complete your objectives

A few months later, the game was released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as a digital exclusive. By the end of 2019, Untitled Goose Game had sold over a million copies.

While it used to be single-player only, a couch co-op mode was later added on September 23, 2020 across all platforms so a pair of players can create chaos together in the peaceful little village.

A physical edition of the game was also released on September 29 for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. Although the physical copy doesn’t come with the two-player mode installed, you can download the update on either console for free.

GAMEPLAY

As a goose, your primary actions are grabbing objects with your beak, running away or hiding from the villagers, and honking endlessly as you wreak havoc.

The village is split into multiple areas, each with a to-do list of objectives such as stealing a little boy’s plane toy plane and making him buy it back from a shopkeeper.

Despite being categorised as a stealth game, you don’t actually need to hide behind a bush every time to complete your objectives; shamelessly honking your way through often works just fine.

As for the tasks, some of them are pretty direct while others need a bit of tinkering to work out.

The game is flexible, in a way that you can complete a task in various ways instead of just one. The key is to figure out how to make a person behave the way you want them to so you can complete that particular objective.

For such a playfully chaotic game, its soundtrack unexpectedly features classical music. The game features the works of composer Debussy, best known for his piece titled Clair de Lune.

What this means is that the music’s intensity changes depending on the goose’s actions. For example, the music would be noticeably quieter when you’re hiding behind a bush from

a villager. But when you’re spotted stealing an item, the music turns more intense, giving an adrenaline rush.

DOUBLE THE TROUBLE, DOUBLE THE FUN

Untitled Goose Game offers a load of fun, whether you play it solo or with another person. Anyone can play it and that’s probably one of its biggest appeals – aside from enabling you to play as a horrible honking goose.

The price tag is a bit hefty, especially for a game that lasts for a few hours, but this is more a case of quality over quantity.