Untitled Goose Game[a] is a 2019 puzzle stealth video game developed by Australian developer House House and published by Panic. In the game, players control a goose who bothers the inhabitants of an English village. The player must use the goose’s abilities to manipulate objects and non-player characters in order to complete specific objectives and progress through the game. It was released for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Untitled Goose Game originated from a stock photograph of a goose that a House House employee posted in the company’s internal communications. This sparked a conversation about geese; the team put the idea aside for a few months until they realized that it had the potential to be a fun game.
Inspired by Super Mario 64 and the Hitman series, House House worked on combining stealth mechanics with a lack of violence to create humorous in-game scenarios. The game’s unusual name came from a last-minute decision in preparing the title as an entry for a games festival, and stuck.
Untitled Goose Game received positive reviews, with critics praising its gameplay and humor, and was named the D.I.C.E. Game of the Year, among other accolades. By the end of 2019, the game had sold more than a million copies, and became an Internet meme, with video clips from the game being shared on social media.