Games have the advantage of being what they are, free, whatever your mood or situation, whenever you like. There’s no need to wait for a publisher to greenlight a game, no need to ask someone else to make a game for you. We all have that natural desire to play, explore, find hidden treasures, and shoot bad guys. A new, newly made, massively popular video game, Untitled Goose Game, poses this conflict with anxiety-inducing, high-stakes twists. For those who have yet to experience it, those who live in cities where the game is new, and for people who have no idea what Untitled Goose Game is, it’s a game played on a screen, on a computer, on a phone screen.
Why is the game called Untitled Goose Game? It stands for unknown. Why is the game called the game? Because it is so much more than a game played on a computer screen. It is a game played on a screen, on a phone screen, on another mobile device… it is the first known instance of an interactive storytelling experience that spans time and space boundaries.
What does the title Untitled Goose say? It means “unknown bird,” an apt title for a game about a wild (and not necessarily extinct) goose that must be shot down in the tradition of video games. The game begins with a series of vague visuals:
- A chaotic environment
- A beach
- A few birds flocking around
- A silhouette in the distance
The player’s goal is to shoot the silhouette. To do so, he must navigate a strange environment, Dodge bullets, collect items, make logical decisions about reloading, find hidden objects, and complete other objectives.
As you can probably guess from the name, Untitled Goose is a first-person shooter (FPS). If I were to translate it correctly, the storyline goes like this: there is a catastrophic event (like a comet or asteroid hitting the planet), and many birds are killed. Some of the birds are still alive. With the help of a boy named Ben (hence the name), the survivor birds set out on a journey to find their family and save it from the catastrophe. The boy falls in love with one of the female survivors, and the game begins.
In Untitled Game, you control a character (usually Ben) exploring the environment and its objects. You see a picture of the “genetic pool” where all future birds are born, and through the help of a boy (called Mike), you learn how to manipulate the genetic pool through various means to create different offspring. For example, if you want to make a blue goose, click on a blue goose with a bucket and watch as the bird emerges from the bucket. Each environment has several levels and different paths you can take, but the bottom line is that you need to feed the geese to grow and survive.
The game’s object is to make as many geese as possible, given the limited time and energy available. I have to say while playing, I found the screen very interesting, and I started clicking randomly when I did not want to do something. One of the best parts of the game was when I saved the game and performed an action that Ben was required to do to complete a task (for example, raising a certain amount of money for a reward). The next part, however, got old quick. It forced me to use my Facebook photo uploader (which I’m not very good at, so I only used it when friends were nearby) and to “tag” friends in the process.
The point is, I didn’t want to look at my photos; I just wanted to play the game. The result was that I probably spent about 20 minutes of my life playing this game, mostly since I’m usually not very good at it. What is even worse is that my friend now sees my Facebook Meme of the Game, forcing me to continually re-read my message to try and hide the fact that I spent too much time enjoying Farmville. He was mad. Not only did I waste my time, but I wasted him as well. I might have gotten him fired from his job if I hadn’t deleted the photo ASAP after the game.
Anyway, to answer the original question: Yes, Facebook Memo Games is still top-rated. Some people don’t like them very much, but I like them. There is nothing more frustrating than spending an hour or two practicing your skills on a Facebook game, only to find out that your competition has already mastered the craft and is now enjoying the game. Now, if you are trying to get people to sign up for your website or squeeze page, skipping rope can help!