The latest blockbuster video game is not a Call of Duty title. In fact, there are no guns, bad guys, explosions, fast cars, or even a health bar. It’s called “Untitled Goose Game” and it allows you to live out the chaotic-evil fantasy you never knew you wanted; terrorizing people as nature’s demon, an annoying goose.
Originally spawned as a joke from a Slack channel three years ago, Goose Game is the surprise hit from four friends at Melbourne studio, House House. The objective is simple; bother mild-mannered townsfolk in the English countryside as an avian fiend. Tasks include making the groundskeeper hammer his thumb, throwing a rake into a lake, and honking really loud into people’s ears.
As one could expect, Twitter and YouTube had a field day with memes, play throughs, and even this very clever fake trailer featuring music from Lizzo.
The game, released on September 20 is available on PC, Mac, and Nintendo Switch, quickly jumped to number two on Nintendo’s eSports charts.
Maybe the triple A video game publishers have it all wrong and people don’t always want guns, gore, and explosions. Maybe all we want to do after a long day at work is to settle on the couch, fire up the Switch, be a goose, and throw some guy’s sandwich into a lake.