Sunday, July 19, 2015

Goat Simulator - Initial Thoughts

About the Game (From the Steam Store Page)

Goat Simulator is the latest in goat simulation technology, bringing next-gen goat simulation to YOU. You no longer have to fantasize about being a goat, your dreams have finally come true! WASD to write history.

Gameplay-wise, Goat Simulator is all about causing as much destruction as you possibly can as a goat. It has been compared to an old-school skating game, except instead of being a skater, you're a goat, and instead of doing tricks, you wreck stuff. Destroy things with style, such as doing a backflip while headbutting a bucket through a window, and you'll earn even more points! Or you could just give Steam Workshop a spin and create your own goats, levels, missions, and more! When it comes to goats, not even the sky is the limit, as you can probably just bug through it and crash the game.

Goat Simulator is a completely stupid game and, to be honest, you should probably spend your money on something else, such as a hula hoop, a pile of bricks, or maybe pool your money together with your friends and buy a real goat.

Key Features
You can be a goat
Get points for wrecking stuff - brag to your friends that you're the alpha goat
Steam Workshop support - make your own goats, levels, missions, game modes, and more!
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

Previous Playtime

 0 hours

Expectations and Prior Experience

Awhile back I put this game on my wishlist because I thought it sounded like silly fun. The description in the store page was bracing in its absurdity and charming in its brazen carelessness. On the other hand, maybe a warning saying "stay away, this is stupid" is not ironic, but something a wise person heeds.

It's a little more complicated because this particular game was bought for me by Jarod, who, if you've been paying attention, has been the source of some of my more painful games. Did he get me something on my wishlist to make up for the past, or to teach me to be more prudent about what I wish for?

I'm optimistic, though. Every report I've heard about Goat Simulator paints it as hopelessly goofy, but otherwise harmless. It's obviously a joke game, but it's a joke game with extensive Steam Workshop support, and I suspect that people don't go through that sort of trouble for something they only like ironically.

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