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'Untitled Goose Game' Is The Unexpected And Much Needed Hit Of 2019

A charming game about a bothersome goose has become the unexpected runaway hit of 2019.

'Untitled Goose Game', from Melbourne-based indie studio House House, sees you play as a goose, causing low stakes havoc to humans just trying to get on with their day.

"It's a lovely morning in the village and you are a horrible goose," the tagline reads.

What started as a joke in the work Slack channel has quickly become a success story, earning rave reviews and leaving the four Aussie creators a little overwhelmed.

"It was a very strange feeling waking up yesterday to see our game at #1 in Australia on Nintendo's charts," House House tweeted this week.

It's a lovely morning in the village and you are a horrible goose. Photo: House House.

The stealth and puzzle game sees you steal sandwiches, trick farmers into letting you into their gardens, and honk at whatever you like in order to unlock new areas. It's a short game, but a delightful one, and given its success so far seems to have tapped into something.

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"I think it has a lot to do with how threatening they are, in a kind of mundane way – although we’ve never encountered them ourselves, I think we’d underestimated how many people had, and nearly everyone from the Northern Hemisphere that we’ve spoken to about the game has relayed their own stories of traumatic goose encounters," developer Michael McMaster told Nintendo Life.

The name came about after the game was submitted without a title to theTexas game festival Fantastic Arcade, and when it was accepted, the developers scrambled to come up with something. They couldn't quite land on anything right, and ended up uploading their first gameplay video as 'Untitled Goose Game'. The name stuck.

Their first trailer became something of a breakout hit, with people clamouring to play as a horrible goose. The developers cite everything from SuperMario 64 to Postman Pat as inspiration, ultimately creating a "very, very silly" game that has struck a chord with people.

It's the second game from House House. Their first, 'Push Me Pull You', was a small 2D game "about friendship and wrestling". 'Untitled Goose Game' caught the attention of Portland-based games company Panic, which published the game. They're also being supported by Film Victoria.

There's no word yet on an 'Untitled Goose Game 2', but a whole lot of people are already honking for it.

'Untitled Goose Game' is out now on Switch and PC.

Contact the author: abrucesmith@networkten.com.au