The video game Goat Simulator has now been available for close to four years. An action game played from a third-person point of view, it can be played on Microsoft and Mac OS X, in addition to Linux systems. There are also mobile versions developed for iOS and Android devices. About a year after the initial formats were released, Double Eleven developed versions for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
The game is available on these platforms, plus through Google Play, Steam, and the Apple Store. To add a little intrigue to the legitimacy of the game, developers made the initial release in 2014 on April Fools’ Day. Early previews of the game ignited interest though. Coffee Stain Studios used slow-motion video of the goat crashing into a large building and then being blown sky-high from an exploding gas station.
Goat Simulator was originally going to be nothing more than a practical joke on the skater games of the period. The developers thought it would be amusing to propose a system similar to skateboarding games, but one in which a wild goat scored points by creating total destruction of the game arena.
Since the game was so similar to skateboard type games, it initially only generated lukewarm reviews within the gaming community. However, a game designed as a developer’s attempt at humor eventually produced a reasonably strong following. It earned an honorable mention award for Excellence in Audio at the 2015, Independent Game Festival. Even though certain critics came down hard on the game, it has remained popular with players.
Title Goat Simulator
RequirementsWindows 10, Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP
Author Coffee Stain Studios
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