main index




Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
Video Game: Goat Simulator
Goat Simulator is a small, broken and stupid game. It was made in a couple of weeks so don’t expect a game in the size and scope of GTA with goats. In fact, you’re better off not expecting anything at all actually. To be completely honest, it would be best if you’d spend your $10 on a hula hoop, a pile of bricks, or maybe a real-life goat.

Pretty much Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Goat Simulator is a simulator game in which you play as a goat. Originally a silly experiment done internally by Coffee Stain Studios, but it unexpectedly gathered interest from gamers. Goat Simulator is a treasure trove of broken physics and silliness.

Buy it here or on Steam here.

Tropes present include:

  • Alien Abduction: You can trigger one. You get stranded in space until you choose to respawn.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Shopping Goat, a shopping cart.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: Given the many hilarious ways you might get yourself stuck, there's a handy respawn option that drops you back at the spawn point.
  • Artistic License - Physics: One of the first things you'll notice about the game, as shown in the page image.
  • Ascended Glitch: Word of God says that the only bugs that will be fixed are the crash bugs. Everything else, particularly the variety that involves the physics engine doing weird things, will be kept in under the justification of Rule of Funny.
  • Awesomeness Meter: You can get points for stuff like making things explode, crashing parties, and doing 360 flips.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Becoming King/Queen of the Goats. Which coincidentally confers the power to make it rain goats.
  • Bilingual Bonus: The traffic signs above the road tunnels in the first map are written in Swedish. They translate into Heaven and Hell respectively.
  • Blow You Away: Finding the Wind Statue on the beach map and returning it to the Wind Altar gives you the power to create localized tornadoes.
  • Body Horror:
    • The physics in this game can result in some fairly disturbing-looking positions for anyone involved. Walk up any ladder and watch the goat's head twist in all sorts of unnatural ways. The Demon Goat power activates a black hole in front of your goat that can inflict this on other objects and people.
    • Combine two or more goats when at least one isn't just a cosmetic change. For example, Space Goat and Ripped Goat. The June 2014 update actually added this example as Slendergoat on the beach map.
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": The various "goats".
    • Ripped Goat: sheep
    • Tall Goat: giraffe
    • Feather Goat: ostrich
    • Giant Goat: whale
    • Classy Goat: penguin
  • Circle of Standing Stones: Goathenge. Destroying it is a unique action worth more points than normal.
  • Combos: Like a skateboarding game, you get points for doing flips and spins. Hilariously, the "combo counter" doesn't settle for boring double, triple, and quadruple. Using various tricks, it's possible to go right past real numbers and into Integer Overflow numbers, which when done enough can actually net the Hard level high score achievement in a single combo. In fact, if you go too far, it is possible to achieve a literal integer overflow and do a combo so insanely high that the score resets to 1.
  • Cool Mask: You can earn these by completing some of the objectives, such as going to the Goat Castle and proclaiming yourself King/Queen of All Goats by sitting on the throne.
  • Creator Cameo: Coffee Stain Studios is an actual building in the map, and you get an achievement for finding it and going inside. You'll find the developers working on Goat Simulator.
  • Deal with the Devil: You can sacrifice five humans or goats to the Blood Goat to become Devil Goat. You can also sacrifice the two Walker statues and the G-2 robot to become Sanctum Goat.
  • Developer's Room: See Creator Cameo above.
  • The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: It's possible to destroy the hang glider by licking the Boulder of Death and dragging it to the top of the crane. Doing so will net the message "How? Seriously, how did you manage that?"
  • Die, Chair! Die!: There are very few things in this game you can't headbutt for points. Pretty much anything not nailed down is fair game.
  • Double Jump: One of the goat mods does this.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: Classy Goat.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: It's a simulator. You are a goat.
  • Extreme Omni Goat: One of the in-game mods lets you play as this as a Yoshi parody.
  • Going Through the Motions: There is only one short animation loop for dancing. Finding a big crowd doing the same dance move over and over again, perfectly synched with one another to boot, is both hilarious and slightly unnerving.
  • Hitbox Dissonance: In line with the intentional brokenness of the rest of the game, the player character in Flappy Goat has an extremely unforgiving hitbox in which even if you come within two pixels from an obstacle, you'll still lose.
  • Hookers and Blow: On the beach map, it's possible to find a house with a pile of "sugar" neatly cut into a line. Licking it increases the game speed for 30 seconds or so.
  • Horse of a Different Color: You can get people to ride you with the June 2014 update.
  • Involuntary Dance: Deadgoa7's active power forces everyone in the area to dance, even when they're fleeing in terror.
  • Jet Pack: You can pick up a jet pack on the city map. You cannot, however, control your flight. There's also Rocket-Skate Goat. In this case, your legs just bounce around in every direction and it does absolutely nothing. You can even walk around.
  • Joke Character:
    • Giant Goat. Understandably, a beached whale is a bit difficult to move around.
    • Shopping Goat. A shopping cart is easier to move around, and can even jump, but it's an inanimate object that can't headbutt.
  • Knockback: As part of the messed-up physics, a lot of things will cause your goat to go flying across the map.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Classy Goat (a penguin) is the slowest goat when walking, but has the fastest running speed in the game.
  • Mushroom Samba: The beach map has mushrooms you can eat by licking. Doing so causes the goat's head to enlarge. You have to put down a few of them to get the full effect, or else it will only enlarge an ear.
  • No Fair Cheating: While the slowdown feature slows everything down, including the music, it does not slow down Flappy Goat.
  • Not Quite Flight: Angel Goat reduces gravity to a fraction of normal as long as its power is active. You can leap off the tallest building in the game and land with the grace of a cat. This makes getting absurd combos hilariously easy, and is great for general travel.
  • Overly-Long Tongue: Licking something causes the goat's tongue to stuck to it... and stretch to freakishly long distances if that thing gets stuck somewhere.
  • Ragdoll Physics: Knocking over human characters will cause them to flop to the ground in a very strange way. Your goat will do this too — in fact you can get it to "ragdoll" on command by pressing a button, which is actually vital to getting one of the trophies and one of the achievements.
  • Raiders of the Lost Parody: The Boulder of Death, which is the only object in the game that can destroy moving cars.
  • Rewarding Vandalism: You get points and achievements for breaking stuff.
  • Rule of Funny: Why are the physics so messed up? Why can you lick things and then drag them around with your tongue? Why are there trampolines at the bottom of an empty swimming pool? This is why. The creators have outright admitted this: one of the key features on the Steam store page is "MILLIONS OF BUGS!", with the disclaimer that anything that doesn't crash the game is "hilarious and we're keeping it". You even get an achievement for crashing the game.
  • Scoring Points: The "goal" of the game is to complete objectives and earn points. Some of these objectives are given to you, most you have to find for yourself. Some of the basic ways to earn points are by destroying things, jumping over things, or licking things.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Official Launch Trailer uses a reverse slow motion effect similar to the famous Dead Island trailer.
    • Blowing up a gas station unlocks the "Michael Bay" achievement.
    • Completing the Ritual achievement will cause the caption "Blood For The Blood Goat" to appear.
      • Becoming "Queen Of The Goats" will cause the caption "Goats For The Goat Throne" to appear.
    • Entering Coffee Stain Studios will allow you to play Flappy Goat.
    • Deadmau5 appears DJing a party on top of a hotel. You can steal his mask to become "Deadgoa7".
    • The goat transformations are full of these.
      • Italian Dinosaur Goat lets you eat things and lay explosive eggs like Yoshi, and was in fact named Yoshi Goat in an earlier build.
      • Blue Streak is essentially Sonic Goat, letting you spin in a circle to charge up a super-fast ram.
      • Goatborn lets you push stuff around by speaking the Dragon language.
    • Sanctum has a slew of references:
      • Two Walker statues and the G-2 Companion can be found in the world. The latter tries to punch you.
      • The player can become Sanctum Goat, gaining red hair and an occasional flaming head, by sacrificing all three of the above.
      • Space Goat lets you turn into a Bobble Head, which also shows up as a separate goat on the beach map. Slendergoat is created by combining Space Goat and Ripped Goat.
      • Robot Goat lets you turn into the G-2.
    • The beach map has Minecraft blocks which turn you into a Minecraft goat. Collecting all three lets you place wood, grass, and stone.
    • Slendergoat can be found on the beach map.
    • Dive into the sewer on the beach map. Inside you can find Michael Bay Ninja Turtles... that look like Shrek for some reason.
    • Near the dam on the beach map is a crashed spaceship. On the hotel balcony is a towel with the number "42" printed on it. Combine the latter with the former and you become Hitchhiker Goat, which has the power to summon whales from the sky.
    • The beach map has a hat store. You can steal money from around the map and trade it for hats.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Some things explode when you run into them. Also how you get the Michael Bay achievement, by blowing up the gas station.
  • Stylistic Suck: Could easily be called Stylistic Suck: The Game. It's a mediocre premise in a game that's intentionally filled to the brim with glitches and terrible ragdoll physics. It's essentially if someone made a terrible G-mod video into a playable game.
  • Super Strength: Ripped Goat comes with a massive increase to headbutt power. The one you fight can headbutt you high into the air.
  • Unlockable Content: Collecting trophies and completing certain in-game events unlock new goat skins (some are applied immediately, others can be activated in a Custom Game). These include Tall Goat (giraffe), Feather Goat (ostrich), Giant Goat (whale), and many more.
  • Up to Eleven: It is possible to flip so many times that you achieve "Integer Overflow" combos.
  • Villain Protagonist: The goat can beat up innocent civilians, destroy stuff, and participate in a Satanic ritual, among other things.
  • Violation of Common Sense: Getting hit by cars and licking random things gives you points! It's even an in-game goal.
  • Walking Disaster Area: Repulsive Goat's ability emits a stench which is literally repulsive; anything that gets near/touches the goat is instantly repelled, assuming it is an object the goat would be capable of moving. Intact and moving cars aren't affected, instead causing the goat to ragdoll and stretch from the interaction.
  • Wall Jump: Added with the June 2014 update.
  • Wall Run: A new feature added with the June 2014 update. By running and then jumping at a wall, the goat will run up the wall for a brief period. If there's another nearby wall, you can jump to that wall and keep running. Angel Goat can scale a sheer wall through its hover ability.
  • Waving Signs Around: The group of people protesting against penis-shaped foods.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: Beating Ripped Goat in the Goat Fight Club turns you into Ripped Goat, a sheep.

Ghost TrickThe New TensGoldenEye Wii

TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from
Privacy Policy