"World's dumbest game" Goat Simulator launching on April Fools' Day...of course

Coffee Stain Studios announces release date for humorous PC game.

Goat Simulator, described by its creators as the "world's dumbest game," will launch for PC on April 1, better known as April Fools' Day. Created by Sweden-based Coffee Stain Studios, Goat Simulator takes inspiration from classic skating games, but here you control a goat.

Instead of nailing tricks, you will "wreck stuff," the developer says. "Charging into a table and knocking it over yields points, and if you can manage to do it while doing a backflip first and a 360 afterwards, you'll score even more points."

Goat Simulator also includes Steam Workshop support, meaning players can make their own goats, missions, and levels. The game will make its public debut at the Coffee Stain Studios booth at the 2014 Game Developers Conference later this month.

You can preorder Goat Simulator today for $10. The game has no multiplayer and is in development only for Windows PC, not Mac or Linux.

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146 comments
olwensirpa
olwensirpa

The lack of Mac support makes baby Cthulhu cry.

lsdbaby
lsdbaby

It's called a simulator but I've never seen a goat on a trampoline.


It's lies ALL LIES!


Other than that, it looks legit.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Mens restroom simulator will mop the floor with this game bazenga!

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

I'm so glad they're making this game.  I gotta get it.  Besides, many games coming out now are too serious and too self righteous anyway.  This game knows what it is.  It's completely stupid, hilarious, and fun.  And that's what games should be. 

nurnberg
nurnberg

This is the kind of crap that PC gamers brag about.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

Does this mean the game is like Tony Hawk's Underground 2, but starring a goat instead of a cast of pro skaters and pranksters? Sounds cool.

Maverick6585
Maverick6585

Can't wait for the Steam Workshop content! Wanted levels, cops (animal control), and NPCs that run away from you like in GTA, and super over the top gore

deadpen
deadpen

I wonder how Microsoft will feel if this sales more units than the xbone?!

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

I was born in the year of the Goat, so I must try this at some point. :)

Revenant_K
Revenant_K

$10 is way too expensive. Make it $1 and you have a deal.

DeanoFantasy
DeanoFantasy

Always wanted to milk a goat and make goats cheese and now! NOW I CAN FINALLY ACHIEVE THAT DREAM!!!!! YEEYYY!!!!!!

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

"Players can make their own goats"

That's it, I'm sold.

Merseyak
Merseyak

I bet this sells like hot cakes just like that flappy crap because all the sheep love goats lol

nurnberg
nurnberg

Sadly, I bet this crap will be popular.

Baconelite
Baconelite

Titanfall has nothing on this game in terms of innovation.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

"...make their own goats...."

Really? Can't wait to see what kind of options that entails, lol.


Tomcat2007
Tomcat2007

I thought it said "Goat Stimulator" and almost stopped reading.

Sam_021
Sam_021

I purchased it a few weeks ago, can't wait, must be fun lol

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

I'm not buying day one.  I'll wait for the Goat of the Year edition.

Def-Trex
Def-Trex

Hell yeah I just wanna be a goat going around wrecking shit

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

So incredibly stupid but I hope this game makes millions!  If only to show many developers that seemingly stupid and risky ideas can still be hugely successful 

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

I don't get why April's Fools Day is significant.

Sure the game is dumb but April Fools is about tricking people not acting dumb till mid day.

Ever tried putting a wuppy cushion in action? Actually tricky as hell unless there is a cover on the seat.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

so will it have DLC so we get to have a variety of animals? Like shark simulator? Lion Simulator? cow simulator? frog Simulator. Ant simulator? Snake simulator? monkey simulator?


Well, all it needed was gameplay mechanics like The Sims. Which is just a human simulator.

woodyfr
woodyfr

That's a game for Broken Sword fans! :)

EliOli
EliOli

Game of the Year for sure!

MJ-X
MJ-X

WTF did i just watch O_O

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

@nurnberg  No freemium bullcrap, no hundred packs of DLC (looking at you Borderlands 2), no forced online connection.  Sounds fine to me.

EliOli
EliOli

@nurnberg

Nope... Bragging comes later when they release the Game of The Year addition.That’s when it will have the cow, pig and duck simulator DLC included.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@deadpen It would be a slap to the face. I wouldn't mind seeing it on SteamOS later.

arminposts
arminposts

@Revenant_K  Sup, dev here


We thought about selling it for $5 actually, but in that case we wouldn't be able to add stuff like Steam Workshop (which is really costly to integrate for a small indie studio like us). I'd love to see people do in Goat Simulator the same stuff they do in Happy Wheels or Garry's Mod. Having a $10 price point allows us to invest more time and money in the development, which will make the game bigger and better in the end. If we released it for $1 and put minimal effort in the development from our side, we'd end up with a worse game and I think a lot of fans would be dissapointed.

With that said, no one should buy Goat Simulator at all to be honest, it's a stupid game about a goat.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@FULGOREY2K Why? Unless MS lets players have access to modding tools and the Steam Workshop, the game's potential is limited on that system.

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@Dannystaples14   haha so true,  I got my grandfather with one good, once... but you gotta hide behind the chair and toss it in place just in time lol

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@nyran125tk Steam Workshop is for making and sharing mods, so it might be possible to have other animals for free.

Revenant_K
Revenant_K

@arminposts Uh!!! If you' aren't expect any sale, then $1 should do wonder. When it's that cheap most people will buy it in a heart beat and they won't expect much so it's hard to disappoint them. 

  And since your studio is small there is a high change that you will earn a profit just by selling it with that price. Beside I don't think you should bother with a workshop, the entertainment value of the game seem rather low (I will be honest, the NPCs in you game look rather dead..., and gameplay is like maniac simulator) so you shouldn't expect it to be the second coming of minecraft.

  With that said, you should do what you think is best, it's your own gamble after all.

jackwhitechapel
jackwhitechapel

@Revenant_K @arminposts  I created an account just to reply to this. Goat Simulator was never intended to be real. We, the denizens of the web, made it a viable enterprise. I happily pre-ordered it for $10. Yes, maybe I should have bought a hula hoop as Armin suggests on the website, but I didn't. 

It's simple, if you don't want to buy it, then don't. I don't know how many pre-orders they've gotten, but obviously it's enough that Coffee Stain has dumped more resources into it. If only 5 people had pre-ordered, I'm sure it would be nothing more than polished game jam.

Kudos to Armin Ibrisagic and Coffee Stain for giving us Goat Simulator,... Simply because we asked for it!!