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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Untitled Goose Game is an action/puzzle game available for download on Nintendo Switch, as well as Windows and MacOS based computers. Players take control of a mischievous goose as it taunts and terrorizes the citizens of a small village. The game encourages bad behavior, including stealing items from people, causing accidents, and otherwise ruining people's day in any way possible. The game's easy to pick up and play for gamers of all ages and skill levels, challenging players to come up with creative ways to accomplish the goose's objectives. Violence is extremely limited and slapstick in nature.
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What's it about?
UNTITLED GOOSE GAME starts in a quaint little village, a serene place where the people enjoy the peace and tranquility that life has to offer. At least they did, until a certain waterfowl with a bad temper and a bit of a devious streak comes flapping in to ruin everyone's day. And that winged terror is you. As the (un)titular goose in question, your job is to wreak havoc among the villagers, interrupting their work, shattering their piece of mind, and relieving them of their most prized possession. You might be a menace, but you're also a menace with a mission. Think you've got what it takes to fulfill your devilish To-Do list, opening up more of the town showcase your troublemaking talent?
Is it any good?
Admittedly, some days it's just plain fun to be the bad guy. That's something the folks behind Untitled Goose Game understand, giving players a chance to relish in the mayhem of terrorizing a village full of people with little more than a bit of stealth, a bit of cunning, and an excess of honking. What's most surprising about the game is that its beauty lies in its simplicity. The art style won't tax anyone's hardware, as it's a relatively basic presentation that comes across almost like a minimalist painting brought to life. Smooth and fluid animations add an extra level to the game's realism, with characters acting like you would expect actual people to do. These are people just trying to live their lives and go about their daily routines … until you come along to muck it all up.
While it's easy (and fun) to just run around town haphazardly causing chaos and leaving a swath of irritable townsfolk in your path, there truly is a method to the madness. Each day starts you off with a To-Do list of trouble to cause and items to recover. Completing each task requires a bit of forethought and skill, planning ways to catch the humans off guard and then executing that plan to perfection. Sometimes it takes an almost Rube Goldberg set of circumstances to fall into place to get exactly what you need, but those times when it all comes together, you can't help but feel a bit of pride in your villainous machinations.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about playing the "bad guy." How do video game occasionally allow players to act contrary to their normal behavior? What is the appeal of playing a "bad guy" in video games?
What are some of the reasons that people should be careful when dealing with wild animals? What are some of the ways that animals respond to humans in the real world?
- Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, Windows
- Price: $19.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Panic Inc.
- Release date: September 20, 2019
- Genre: Puzzle
- Topics: Adventures, Misfits and Underdogs, Science and Nature, Wild Animals
- ESRB rating: E for No Descriptions
- Last updated: April 2, 2021
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