Goat Simulator

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Silly, outrageous sim with some cartoonish violence.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 27 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 47 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

The controls of the game are difficult to manage, making precision impossible and often leading to navigation troubles or awkward camera angles. 

Violence

This is one angry goat, head butting people, cars, and pretty much anything he feels like. He can also blow up a gas station. Good thing he's indestructible, too. 

Sex
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Goat Simulator is ... well, a simulation game about goats. There's all sorts of violence as the goat goes on a rampage, gets run over by cars, and falls from tremendous heights. But the game is all meant as a joke -- and the use of a ragdoll physics model makes the goat (and his victims) pretty indestructible and harmless. Users can play locally (in the same house) as others or have a multiplayer-like experience, though you're really only playing against the game and not other players. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byEpicMonkey447 November 27, 2014

ALOT of demonic references

This game is not for any Christian families that want a funny game. it has lots of other innapropriate language in it too (for the PC version). Firstly there is... Continue reading
Adult Written byughe2 April 23, 2015

Goat Simulator PC

The PC/Mac version of goat simulator can be very offensive, including drugs, alcohol, nudity, coarse language, and so on, though you can easily turn all of that... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 10, 2015

The M rating is not well-deserved

Goat Simulator doesn't deserve to be rated M. That was a big ESRB screw-up. This should either be an E10+ or a T. Also, from what I've seen/done this... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old December 23, 2014

notice: I play the pc version

when you go over the fence to the gravity testing facility, words pop up saying f*ck the police. that is the most mature part about this game.

What's it about?

There's really not much of a story in this simulation that started off as a spoof. As a goat, you'll run and prance around a town, head butting whatever you'd like and jumping from great heights, earning achievements along the way. Collecting items around the town will unlock "tall goat" (a giraffe) which does the same sort of things. Players control the goat with their thumb on the bottom left side of the screen, while jumping, head butting and initiating other actions on the bottom right.

Is it any good?

Odds are you're not expecting too serious of an experience in a game called Goat Simulator. And you'd be right. But that doesn't make the game any less fun. What started as a joke has become a phenomenon and while there's no story to this game and the controls are pretty terrible, it's still a title you can't put down if you're in the right frame of mind. 

The downside, and it's a notable one, is that the mobile version of the game is significantly smaller than the PC version (which costs just $5 more). The small environment can be thoroughly explored in a fairly short time period. And while there's still plenty of fun in replaying the game in the same area, it'd be fun to explore new territory.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how something silly can still sometimes teach you something. Watch a YouTube video on how ragdoll physics works in animation and game design.

  • Families can also talk about goats and what they're really like. 

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