These are weird times. We’re stuck inside, getting stir crazy, and looking for new ways to take our minds off the bonkers situation that is lockdown/quarantine. It’s a scary time, and we could all use a laugh.
This is the situation I found myself in when I finally pressed play on Goat Simulator, a random video game my husband had picked up during a sale for under $10. But just because it looked silly AF… well… it IS silly AF. But! It’s also shockingly detailed and incredibly fun – I could not stop laughing while playing this silly game.
The premise, if you can call it that, is that you get dropped into an open world, and you’re a goat. Then you run around and cause as much mayhem as possible. That’s pretty much it. While there are some quest-type achievements (finding trophies, launching yourself really far) the game is really just about being a hilariously indestructible goat in an open world with questionable physics.
For me it’s incredibly nostalgic – the graphics are low res and buggy as heck, but in a fun way that reminds me of playing Spyro or Crash Bandicoot as a kid. Finding the exploits was always part of the fun! Your imagination and creative problem-solving can produce hilarious payoffs.
I played the version for Xbox, and as it turns out, it’s $1.99 right now for the digital download. Apparently there’s a mobile version of the game, though I can’t speak to that and imagine a lot gets lost on the small screen.
Anyway, if you have a game console, that’s my recommendation for the best 199 cents you’ll spend today. Cheers 🙂
DISCLAIMER FROM GOAT SIMULATOR’S WEBSITE: Goat Simulator is a small, broken and stupid game. It was made in a couple of weeks so don’t expect a game in the size and scope of GTA with goats. In fact, you’re better off not expecting anything at all actually. To be completely honest, it would be best if you’d spend your $10 on a hula hoop, a pile of bricks, or maybe a real-life goat.