With its simple controls, endearing graphics and straightforward goals, it might seem like you can easily complete Untitled Goose Game in an hour or so. But crossing tasks off your dastardly to-do list is more complicated than it first appears; areas are laid out like puzzles, and to complete a task you’ll need to observe everything in your environment. NPCs’ thoughts, actions, and routines are conveyed through thought bubbles floating above their heads. This mechanic allows you to strategise in advance, and be an extra cunning and calculating goose when it comes to stealing objects.
You’ll need every ounce of the goose cunning you possess too, because often tasks on your to-do list are oddly cryptic. You’ll have to use objects from your environment that might not immediately stand out to you to solve the puzzle, and often you’ll have to steal them quickly if you don’t want to get caught. Luckily, the controls are easy to master, making it straightforward to hone your thieving skills. Every now and then, though, the controls feel a bit clunky when you try to grab an object, but thanks to the game’s autosave mechanic and its option to reset all objects to their original position, you can easily try different strategies without losing your progress in the game.