The Next Great MMO Is Here: ‘Goat MMO Simulator’Filed inside: Games
It’s a story as old as time itself: a small indie studio makes a prank trailer for a game as an April Fool’s Joke that eventually goes on to become a very real and surprisingly enjoyable experience.
Coffee Stain Studios put the game together as a sort of kooky, bug-ridden Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater-esque sandbox, except you play as a goat and do goat things: run into stuff, knock stuff over, lick stuff, jump off of stuff, you know. It also ran the gamut to the more extreme: riding jetpacks, becoming a demon goat, attaching your tongue to cars and getting dragged around the streets, whatever. The game was part joke, part phenomenon, an example of how a focused idea can produce a fun experience without polish. The game was also updated for free a few times to allow for custom games and local co-op.
Now, the studio is throwing in their next free update to the game, as the first (free) DLC for the game: Goat MMO Simulator.
There is one key to remember here: this is a simulation. You are not only a simulated goat, but you are a simulated goat within a simulated MMO.
It’s actually a brilliant metagame strategy, if you ask me. Take a concept that burned through indie circles with insane rapidity and shift its genre in a new direction. It’s simple to execute, and much of your base game remains perfectly intact. Implementing a real multiplayer system would introduce all sorts of complicated business for the game, including requiring concessions on the game’s extremely comical physics systems, so the next logical choice is to fake the game being online.
It’s got all the MMO mainstays: lots of quests, fantasy areas, five different classes (warrior, rouge [yes, that’s deliberate], magician, hunter, and microwave) each with their own abilities, and a level cap of 101, specifically to spite that one game.
The game was funny before. You had a series of challenges to do, and the game tracked all your little tricks with funny names and the like, but the opportunities for humor were otherwise limited. Bringing in this new interface and having more “in-depth” quests will greatly expand the laughs this time around
There isn’t long to wait, either, the expansion releases on November 20th for free, so jut make sure you carve out a little time to spend with this one. All you need is the base game on Steam, which only runs $9.99, and you’ve got two full days to figure out what you’ve been missing by not having played it yet.
So make sure to solidify your distaste of sheep while you’ve got the chance (there will be simulated faction warfare between the goats and sheep), and I’ll not see you online, because it’s only a simulation. Huzzah!