Goat Simulator was originally meant to be a joke. The creators never imagined it would catch on like it did. Your protagonist is, as the title suggests, a goat. Your task is to rack up as many points as you can be destroying everything in sight. The open sandbox world may be tiny, but there's a lot to do in this fantastically ludicrous game for the PC.
Title: Goat Simulator
Developer: Coffee Stain Studios
Genre: Action, Simulation
Platforms: PC, Mobile
It must be frustrating as a developer to know that your game, which you've put your blood and sweat into to create stunning graphics, flawless gameplay and extensive character development, will never be as good as Goat Simulator. The comedic value of this game trumps anything you can possibly come up with as you make your way through a sandbox world full of destruction and hilarious achievements.
The game makes it pretty easy to destroy just about everything in sight. The game's creators sacrificed Next Gen graphics for environmental punchlines like ramming a gas station to blow it up or headbutting a civilian into a cement mixer. While this alone doesn't make a good game, it's the extent to which the creators went to shove as many ridiculous achievements and options for destruction in the game as possible that will keep players amused.
Controls are fairly simple. You view your goat in third-person mode, watching it trot around the tiny town you're placed in. Buttons that allow you to jump, sprint, bleat and ram are your primary functions, but there's also the ability to go limp and play dead, as well as using your tongue to latch onto objects and drag them around. Your goat also has the gift of immortality; you can throw your goat down a hillside or let them get obliterated by a semi-truck and you won't die.
The game is filled to the brim with glitches, but the creators have said that this was on purpose and that they don't intend to fix them unless they cause serious problems. Civilians flying through otherwise solid objects and exaggerated physics are prevalent throughout your plotless quest to destroy, so just relax, sit back and enjoy as you explore. Collectible objects and achievements are scattered throughout the game at random with no real rhyme or reason. You'll just have to experiment in order to find all available achievements. Expect to spend quite a few hours on them.
Don't expect a great plot, responsive controls or fancy game mechanics. This isn't that type of game. Goat Simulator is just plain fun. Why? Because it's so ridiculous! The fact that you can fly your goat around with a jetpack is pure gold. The creators knew they'd struck it rich when players suddenly flocked to their website demanding more goats and more explosions. The price tag is a bit high for a game that didn't require the normal effort to perfect things like movement and symmetry, but you'll still have a blast playing it. All in all, Goat Simulator is going to be difficult to top should the creators attempt another game.