07th Oct2019

Digital Shorts: ‘Untitled Goose Game’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

by Britt Roberts

In DIGITAL SHORTS we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition Britt takes a look at Untitled Goose Game, available now on the Nintendo Switch.

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At the time of writing, Untitled Goose Game rides high at the top of the charts, a meme-tastic, ‘Let’s Play’ dream open to all. Whilst I found the game to be a short-term, mildly amusing distraction it did feel like a one-trick pony that landed at the right place at the right time.

The premise of the game is simple, through some simple controls, you control the titular goose and your mission is to work your way through several scenarios, causing a bit of a ruckus along the way by honking, flapping, stealing and generally being a nuisance. You’ll be getting the gardener soaked by a sprinkler and nicking his sandwiches and flask in no time.

The heart of the game is really in the right place, the early-cartoon style of plinky-plonky music ebbing and flowing with the (very) smooth on-screen antics and the simple tasks that make up your objectives often end up with the goose being chased around a garden or the like as the characters involved essentially shake their fist at you and do little else. A game based purely on fun, you cannot die or fail.

As mentioned above, I feel the demographic for this game are families, children and streamers. It’s a game you show to non-gamers for a few minutes for a laugh as it is at its best in short bursts, played alone, however it’s a fun but shallow diversion.

If you have kids at home or fancy a brief blast of ‘pottering about’ fun, Untitled Goose Game is a good call with its pleasantly small-town locales, sense of joy and strong, if minimalist audio work. Bear mind, though, that much like the title itself, it feels more like a bit of experimental fun as opposed to a fully-fledged game.

Untitled Goose Game is available on the Nintendo eShop now.

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