Review Goat Simulator MMO Simulator
An epic MMO parody
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 24 Dec 2015, tested on HTC One M8
Hilarious gameplay, surprising depth, lots of classes
Some of the controls are a bit off
Can I be honest for a second? I never actually played through the original Goat Simulator. I’m not sure “played through” is the right way to describe what you do in the original. After all, it is sort of a sandbox, destruction derby type game. But in Goat Simulator: MMO Simulator for Android, you actually can sort of “play through” what the game has to offer. There are character classes, quests, other players, and a ton of other additions to the game that really shake up the gameplay.
Okay, so let’s be honest again, there actually aren’t any other players in the game. That’s part of what this game does so well: it really gives off the impression that the game is a living, breathing massively multiplayer online game. In reality, it’s an offline, single-player experience. The game features NPCs that look and try to act like other players, but they aren’t out there actively trying to destroy the world. There’s also a chat box that’s meant to also give you the impression that there are other players in the game, but it’s just another facade.
What the game does do really well is its gameplay, however. By mobile standards, the map is really, really big and you’ll spend a ton of time wrecking things for experience points and completing a lot of quests. The quests themselves aren’t super interesting, however. In what I feel like is pure satire, most of them end up being silly things like go destroy x number of y or go fetch this NPC a soda.
That said, you’ll run into a lot of really cool stuff while doing these quests. You’ll run into dwarves and elves, you’ll run into parody characters of popular fantasy series such as DumbleDoor who is located in TWISTRAM (a prolific city in Blizzard’s Diablo franchise).
You play the game with an on-screen joystick that works well for getting you from point A to point B, but lacks the finesse to do things like help you navigate to that soda you need to pick up. Speaking of which, picking things up and the inventory system is a little bit awkward, and I didn’t find all of the skills you could use particularly interesting. They were mostly there just to go along with the running gag.
Goat Simulator: MMO Simulator puts most mobile games to shame, and that’s simply because it’s a unique game that has created an identity with its original game, and then went and did something totally different with that same idea to wow players again. It’s typically $4.99 but is on sale for $.99 at the time of this review. It’s worth picking up at five bucks, and it’s a no-brainer for one.