It’s a lovely morning in the village, and you are a horrible goose. Untitled Goose Game on Nintendo Switch combines sandbox-style simulation with slapstick-style shtick and lets players loose on a sleepy village. Make your way around town, from the village green to the high street shops, setting up pranks, stealing hats, and generally ruining everyone’s day.
You play as the Goose, and your overall mission is to ruin the day for the residence of this quaint English village. This mission is broken up into tasks, which you can complete in any order. Things like put the radio into the lake, or steal a carrot.
The initial level is a quick tutorial on the simple controls. Things like walk, run, honk and grab are easy to grasp. The difficulty comes in you trying to figure out how to use these to complete each level.
As you start each stage, the fun comes in watching how the characters interact and react to objects in the level. From here you plan your attack, and how you will complete each task. Things like honking to attract the farmer, so you can go round him and steal the radio. But you can also just run around and ruin their day for as long as you want.
This game marketed itself well. With gameplay videos on all the top Youtube channels and memes on social media, it made people want to play the game. The design of the game is very children’s cartoon. There is no crisp detail on faces or the background, but bright clear characters and backdrops that are fun to move around in. The goose waddles as it walks and has a very natural look to it. Reactions of characters are very animated and fun to watch.