Trailers are funny things – whether for a video game, a tv series or hell, even a soft drink or stair lift, they present an idealised version of a product that rarely proves equal to the slickly produced promise.
Untitled Goose Game laughs in the face of this convention. Actually, it honks in the face of this convention before stealing its keys and throwing its rake into a big body of water. All of this is to say that I played Untitled Goose Game today at PAX West and it turns out to be every bit as joyful as I hoped it might be.
The demo I played (which you can see in its entirety below, if you like) takes place in the same plot of land as the trailer – a groundskeeper jealously guards an allotment from behind a locked gate, quietly going about his business with a galling lack of goose-centric chicanery. I was tasked with getting into the garden, getting the groundskeeper wet, stealing his keys, throwing his rake in the lake and also assembling a rather esoteric picnic that required such ingredients as a pumpkin, one raw carrot, and a radio.