Goat Simulator – Review

CoffeeStainStudios are a fairly new name in the industry, and the Swedish developers shot to fame with the impressive Sanctum, and for console gamers Sanctum 2 for Xbox 360.

During an in-house Game Jam they had a new creation which was showcased on YouTube and it took the world by storm, Was it a new FPS/Tower defense hybrid, maybe a Sci-Fi shooter…

It was of course ‘Goat Simulator’ and over the last year, It’s got much more than a cult following, selling literally millions of copies across PC and mobile, and now with Double Eleven Studios helping out with development and publishing it’s heading to the Xbox One.

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Firstly, I think it’s important to look at the features of the game. (Yes, these are real)

  • You can be a goat
  • Get points for wrecking stuff – brag to your friends that you’re the alpha goat
  • MILLIONS OF BUGS! We’re only eliminating the crash-bugs, everything else is hilarious and we’re keeping it
  • In-game physics that bug out all the time
  • Seriously look at that goat’s neck
  • You can be a goat

As you can see, Goat Simulator certainly doesn’t take itself seriously.

However, you get to be a goat.

And as bizarre as that sounds, it really is fun.

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When you begin, you get a splash screen with the controls, Move, Jump, Lick (and the goats seem to have a very long and sticky tongue) and you can also rotate in the air or ‘manual’ Tony Hawks style, but most importantly of all is the headbutt.

Using your head will get you out of the first fenced area, through a window, or blown across the map by an exploding petrol station. It will also help you navigate areas such as the Coffee Stain house that hides the incredibly addictive and annoying Flappy Goat mini game, (along with an Achievement which will push your patience to the limit).

While Achievements don’t seem quite as mainstream as they once where, it’s worth checking them, because many drive you to explore and experiment and while its great fun just bounding around the map and licking random people, working out how to be a party pooper is even more fun.If you’re after more excitement you can get a few friends round and play split-screen with up to 4 players, and to top that off there’s leaderboard tracking various stats such as score, airtime and time trial performance.

There’s various hidden goodies too and most of these are controlled using the special button ‘Y’.

Riding a bike isn’t easy (for a goat), and then there’s the tennis ball machine or even the wild jet-pack.

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Many of these little extra’s are or reward you with a modifier, these can be anything from making the goat double-jump, to a new skin such as a Ripped goat (obviously to showcase your strength and awesomeness)

And that’s just the first area, working out if licking a rollercoaster with batteries attached is a good idea and trying to scale a skyscraper is all part of the fun, and while you’ll start to feel a little repetitiveness creeping in after 4-5 hours, return another time and you’ll quickly see another 2, 3, 4 hours disappear time and time again meaning while the longevity won’t match many games, the chance of you returning and enjoying it all over again is a dead cert.

 While the Graphics aren’t amazing, I’ve seen worse on the Xbox One, and it does run perfectly smooth apart from when you’re glitched somewhere but that’s all part of the fun, so obviously there are bugs, believe it or not, most of these (especially the often crazy physics and collision detection) make the game unique  and Double Eleven Studios and Coffee Stain have happily admitted that many bugs have been intentionally left in.

This isn’t to annoy the gamers of the world, it’s purely to give you the raw product, the same thing that created such an avid following that it’s sent sales through the roof.

And the soundtrack won’t be hitting top 10 in iTunes, but it’s all part of the novelty whether it’s the baa of the goat, or roar of a dragon (from the goat) or even the slightly annoying but quirky background music it all fits the game perfectly, at times it’s like it’s saying ‘STOP PLAYING’ because it knows you’ll come back to enjoy the crazy world of goats time and time again.

With an expected price below £10 and enough humour and novelty to give you hours of entertainment every time you feel like being a goat, its great value if you want something different from the norm in your collection and believe me, this is ver different.

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I'm a Goat !
  • 8.5/10
    Gameplay - 8.5/10
  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 6.5/10
    Sound - 6.5/10
  • 8/10
    Value - 8/10
  • 8.5/10
    Longevity - 8.5/10
7.7/10

Summary

It’s hard to judge Goat Simulator on score alone because it’s all about the fun factor.

many of you reading this review will already know if you’re getting the game or not, If you are. then rest assured, you wont be dissapointed.
If you’re not, please take a second to remove that stick from your backside, Goat Simulator isn’t trying to be the next million pound franchise, it’s doesn’t care if you don’t like how it looks or sounds, it’s fun, and sometimes if you overlook the aesthetics there’s a hidden gem.

MrLeighW

Freelance Gaming Journalist, Editor In Chief : Xbox One UK

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