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Goat Simulator Review

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Welcome to our CHEATfactor Game Review of Goat Simulator. We review the game and then factor in how the available cheats affect the overall game experience.
 

Reviewed on: PC
Developer: Coffee Stain Studios
Publisher: Coffee Stain Studios
Rated: "RP" for Rating Pending

 
CHEATfactor Game Review
by Joe Sinicki
Presentation 2/10 
Sure, the main character looks like a goat and the world around you looks like a functioning city but it's so full of glitches and weird design choices that it's sort of amazing. The game is meant to be bad, and it shows.
Gameplay 4/10 
You're a goat, you're the most evil and awesome goat in the world. There's enough stupid stuff to do in Goat Simulator, and it's got a great sense of humor but the gameplay wears thin very quickly.
Lasting Appeal 6/10 
You'll laugh at a ton of it but as you play those laughs will get an awful lot softer. Still, Goat Simulator is worth looking into, especially if you've got a warped sense of humor.
Overall 4/10 
If you're looking a for a cheap time waster, or at least something that's different, Goat Simulator is worth checking out; just don't be surprised if people question your intelligence when they see you playing it.
CHEATfactor 0/10 
 

You should know that this is not a review of Goat Simulator - at least not in the traditional sense. The game is so broken, dumb and inconceivably strange that it almost seems unfair to put on the traditional scale. To put it simply, playing Goat Simulator reminded me of that trivia scene towards the end of Billy Madison where Billy, played by Adam Sandler, answers a question with a rambling answer and the host is less than pleased. Mr. Madison, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may god have mercy on your soul." Yeah, Goat Simulator is the interactive equivalent of that.

"Don't get me wrong; Goat Simulator is a bad game..."

 
   

No, this is not a review of Goat Simulator; rather it's one writer trying to come to terms with how much he liked a game so broken. For all of the glitches and stupid mechanics, Goat Simulator is blissfully fun to play. In a world full of sweeping scores, multi-million dollar budgets and convoluted stories, the idiocy of Goat Simulator is almost an almost refreshing change of pace. Don't get me wrong; Goat Simulator is a bad game - but it's also a ton of fun, especially if you looking for a cheap time waster.

While the idea of a game where you play as a goat may sound boring, it's anything but. You'll spend less time munching on grass and more time head-butting cars into gas stations into fiery explosions. Half the fun of Coffee Stain Studios' absurd game is just seeing what kind of mayhem your goat can cause. As a result, you'll be head butting and licking everything in sight. Your goat tongue acts as an almost grappling hook that allows you to stick to almost anything. It's a lot of fun to go through and level everything from humans to cars and even entire buildings as a goat of all things. This is one of those games were you're constantly asking, "Can I?" and the answer is usually an enthusiastic yes.

It seems like the longer you play Goat Simulator, the more absurd it really gets. While you'll start off by destroying people and objects, Goat Simulator takes some strange turns. For instance, you can summon the devil and make it rain goats from the sky. No, seriously. There are also tons of unlockables that make the game much deeper than it initially appears. There's even a mech goat and a "tall-goat" (it's totally not a giraffe). I was thoroughly impressed with how much there was to find in Goat Simulator, even if some of it felt a bit unnecessary.

"Built to feel dumb and unfinished..."

 
   

Half the reason Goat Simulator is so fun is that it's so broken. Built to feel dumb and unfinished, Goat Simulator is the definition of "so bad it's good." Simply moving will sometimes clip you into other objects and turning your goat's direction will morph your body into strange and contortions. It controls worse than a good amount of the games I've played and while it's frustrating to attempt to climb huge structures only to fall due to the wonky controls but because the game doesn't really adhere to realistic physics, there's usually a bit of leeway involved and it won't be too hard to get back to where you were.

Of course, for as funny as Goat Simulator can be, the jokes can quickly wear thin. There may be a lot to explore here but the gameplay mechanic remains the same and that feeling combined with the brokenness of the game make for an incredibly thin experience. I still found myself laughing, but the laughs were few and far between after long, especially when the mechanics got in the way of its own ambitions and intentions.

Goat Simulator is not a great game; it's not even a good game - but it is a fun one. It's broken, unfinished and incredibly glitchy but for what it's worth, Goat Simulator is a type of stupid fun that you're not going to find anywhere else. If you're looking a for a cheap time waster, or at least something that's different, Goat Simulator is worth checking out; just don't be surprised if people question your intelligence when they see you playing it.

 
 
CHEATfactor
 

As of this writing there are no cheats or trainers available for Goat Simulator. I'm hoping for a cheat to unlock everything, like the so not a giraffe tall goat and mecha-goat right away. These goats make the game feel a bit more interesting and varied when you unlock them.

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