GoatUp review (iOS / Universal)

September 17, 2011

“Life’s an illusion, love is a dream
But I don’t know what it is, ‘cos
Everybody’s happy nowadays”

10 word description: Raise a family of goats – as high as you can.

Kiss that goat and start your family

10 word review: Happy, trippy, nostalgic, eccentric, addictive and endlessly amusing. Get it.

The game applauds the arrival of your first-born

You will like this if you enjoy: Endless jumping games (but to plonk it into that genre is doing it a huge disservice), retro themed games, Jeff Minter’s other games, iOS games with perfect controls, games that make you smile.

One of the more useful power-ups slows you down. Others do stranger things

The good news: Controls are perfect. I thought I’d get that out of the way first. Gameplay is close to perfect. That doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with it, I’m just leaving some room to manoeuvre in case the next Llamasoft game gets it even more right. Graphics are a warped mixture of animals (to be expected), retro gaming sprites (Berzerk, Manic Miner, etc.), household objects, foodstuffs, the ZX Spectrum title screen, and a whole range of bizarre items.

The bad news: Real life is nowhere near as happy as this game.

Enemies can be whacked with your trail of kids, often scoring a lot of points

Arcadelife verdict: I couldn’t get my feeble brain to adapt to Llamasoft’s previous release (Deflex) but this one, for me, is just brilliant. Leaping around as a procreation obsessed goat in a world of 80s gaming sprites and trippy weirdness is just pure fun. It makes me happy. Not many games do that nowadays and I don’t think many developers put “Make the player happy” at the top of their list when designing a game.

There's Miner Willy ... and some furry dice, of course

Arcadelife rating: 92/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.011

iTunes link

Llamasoft website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 4.3.5)
iPad (OS 4.3.5)

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