I had the pleasure of playing Goat Simulator when it was first launched on Steam, but I was overjoyed when I found out that it had come to IOS. But at the same time I was a little sceptical. After all, the controls were floppy at best on the PC and most of the time uncontrollable, could that really be replicated on mobile and still give me that same sense of joy that only a few intentionally shit games can?
To cut a long story short, if you don’t know about Goat Simulator, the basic idea is that you play as a goat with a whole town to explore and mess up. You can jump on trampolines, drag protesters along to sacrifice to the goat devil or fight another goat in a fight club style arena. The game was originally made as a joke, but that has not stopped it selling like hot cakes on the PC and it has already sold a butt load on mobile as well.
On initial playthough the controls are a lot tighter than they were on the PC, and it really did feel good to play. The goat still has that great sense of buggyness while not being frustrating. It’s funny when he flips or just ragdolls as it’s not doing it all the time and if you do actualy want to go somewhere or do something you can without the game spazing out on you. There is more than enough screen space on the iPhone 6 or iPad for all the controls and at no point was I fighting for screenspace.
They have included some new features since they first released it on the PC, and you are now able to dress the goat in different skins, some of which give you different abilities. These skins are either earned by collecting trophies found around the map or by completing tasks. For example, right at the top corner there is a demonic circle. If you drag 5 people into it you can summon satanic powers and unlock the devil goat. Apart from an evil aesthetic, you can summon a void sticking all objects towards you as well as flip out mentally in the air. Some of the other skins include Spidergoat, a penguin, a giraffe, and ostrich, Queen goat and a jet pack.
I’m my original review I said that while the game was fun, at £7.99 it was a tad on the expensive side for what you got, and that’s the same again here. Goat Simulator costs £2.99 on IOS and for the time you will spend on it, that is a lot. Goat Simulator is a great game to have a bit of fun with for a few hours, but after you have explored the map and totally destroyed the town you would have completed many of the tasks avaliable and there is not much else to keep you busy. I love Goat Simulator and I encourage people to try it out. But if you are a bit strapped for cash, this isn’t a game that can keep you going for weeks.