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Breakout in Indie Month With Escape Goat 2

IndieMonth | 209d ago
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By HonestDragon

Ever wonder what it would be like to be trapped in a labyrinthine dungeon full of dangerous contraptions that stand in the way of the light at the end of the tunnel? Ever wonder about doing all of that, but the whole time you were a goat? Enter Escape Goat 2 by MagicalTimeBean! A unique puzzle platformer, Escape Goat 2 puts you in the shoes (or perhaps hooves?) of a goat trapped in an unknown place. It's up to you to venture through the mysterious areas, escape one puzzling room after another, and save the souls of sheep who are trapped there as well.

Developed by MagicalTimeBean and published by Double Fine Productions, Escape Goat 2 takes you to new puzzle solving initiatives that offers quick thinking, strategy, and well timed control input. Speaking with Ian Stocker of MagicalTimeBean, he said that for the game, "I wanted to make a single-screen puzzle game where you had stackable blocks and machinery". Your primary objective is to escape each stage and save sheep as you pass from stage to stage. More of the map is revealed as you progress. You inch closer to the top as you dodge environmental hazards, threatening constructs, and scythe-wielding reapers.

As your titular goat character, you must track your way through each stage until you are able to unlock the door leading to the next stage. You can double jump, headbutt into objects, and summon a little mouse to aid you. The mouse is able to climb up the sides of walls to reach other areas you normally can't reach. The mouse can trigger unreachable panels that alters the stage layout and allow you the ability to transfer to the location he is at if you obtained a particular power up. Don't worry about his health, though. If he is hit by a hazard or enemy, he will simply return to you and you can start over.

The simplicity in Escape Goat 2 is what makes it such a great game to approach. Direct instructions let you know how the game works. Through trail and error when planning for a stage, it becomes clear what works and what doesn't. That is the best thing about going from stage to stage even if you make mistakes. You can find out what harms you and what the limit is on the distance your goat can go to before a hazard gets him. There are no major penalties for dying. The rooms are fairly sized and allow lots of time to think, so dying can offer you the chance to truly master a room before moving on. Other times, you would have to quickly find your solution as enemies or changes in the stage structure prevent you from obtaining victory. Eventually, your attempts will be well rewarded and you will feel accomplished for solving the stages.

The stages themselves are graphically fantastic as well. Ian said that all of the artwork was actually hand-drawn by one of their team members named Randy O' Connor. "Every frame of animation (and there's a ton) was hand animated and shaded in Photoshop". The graphics' lighting and attention to detail is great. The character models and stages are so well crafted. Even the backgrounds are gorgeous. With such flexible gameplay and tranquil settings, Escape Goat 2 is a game you can just relax with.

The music compliments the game very well. It has a mysterious, yet gentle sound to it. Makes it all the more of a relaxing game to test your brain and immediate reflexes. It's calming soundtrack helps to keep cool when you hit a wall in obstacles along the way. The tranquility is what makes Escape Goat 2 such a pleasant experience.

Escape Goat 2 is available right now on Steam. I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in a different style and concept for a platforming puzzle game that will challenge your mind. If you are at all curious, you can visit the Escape Goat 2 website and see video previews and images on Steam. In the meantime, I will continue traveling from stage to stage and get out of that tower. Game on, N4G!

Day 3 | MagicalTimeBean

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Derekvinyard13  +   209d ago
I also see that this game is coming to ps4 nice
randomass171  +   208d ago
Don't see why not. It's indie! :P
F4sterTh4nFTL   209d ago | Spam
IamRhino  +   209d ago
Goats are the best animal to play as.. especially on PS4
Caffo01   209d ago | Spam
beepbopadoobop  +   209d ago furry little double unicorns.
ExCest  +   208d ago
Wouldn't that make them duocorns?
FogLight  +   209d ago
I don't usually play puzzle platformers but this does look interesting, especially in terms of the visuals.

Thanks for the read Dragon, and I hope MagicalTimeBean for the best.
dictionary  +   209d ago
Oh also on PS4? Very good!
biddern1  +   209d ago
Goats...The new pony
SpeedDemon  +   209d ago
Looks fun, I may pick it up for my PS4.
thoffman7411  +   209d ago
This game does look interseting, but i am still trying to figure out whats with the goats. Still hype from goat sim?
Valenka  +   209d ago
I think they're trying to allude to something about a pending goat invasion.
randomass171  +   208d ago
What's your goat plan?
uth11  +   208d ago
goats are the new zombie
Snookies12  +   208d ago
The goat is an elegant creature, and must be used in all facets of mankind's technology...
Valenka  +   209d ago
Interesting. I love the theme and the art style. But with the platforming and the sheep and the overall essence of it, it reminds me a bit of Catherine, which means I'll certainly enjoy EG2.
MagicalTimeBean  +   208d ago
The weird thing is that Catherine remains on my "must play some day" list...
Catoplepas  +   208d ago
I'm not the only one then.

Almost the love child between the aforementioned and Castlevania.
rambi80  +   209d ago
Great that it is also coming to PS4...any thoughts on a vita version?
randomass171  +   208d ago
Throw in cross-buy and I'm all for that happening. :D
MagicalTimeBean  +   208d ago
I'd love to have a Vita version as well--I'm just waiting for MonoGame support to come there the way it has for PS4. My game is in XNA, so I would need the ground work to be there, otherwise I'm looking at a code rewrite in C++...
rambi80  +   208d ago
Thanks for the reply! I'm sure you get tired of "what about vita?" questions, but the people who own it truly love it that much. In a perfect world, every game is on my vita.
MightyNoX  +   209d ago
Oh? Didn't know it was coming to the PS4.
xHeavYx  +   209d ago
I'll have to check this for PS4
Disagree  +   209d ago
mouse sidekick.
mydyingparadiselost  +   208d ago
Goats are getting a lot of play recently.
gobluesamg  +   208d ago
These codes are for Steam?
Juliussmith12  +   208d ago
Amazing game , hope to see more.
FITgamer  +   208d ago
This one looks good. Lovin this indie month.
ichizon  +   208d ago
I think the artwork would be better if it had a flow to it. I can clearly see every block on the grid. Even round things look like blocks. I guess it's easier to define boundaries that way, but it would be nice if unbreakable walls melted into one another.

But more importantly: Why is the goat purple?
randomass171  +   208d ago
If the game was made anything like the answers in this interview, just 'cuz.
MagicalTimeBean  +   208d ago
I get asked this a lot, and I never came up with a clever answer for it... it just seemed like the right color at the time, and I never even consciously thought about it.

We were experimenting a bit with "blend" tiles that connect the walls together, but it was one of those features that just didn't make it in. There is also kind of an advantage to seeing some markings for quick measurement in some of the puzzles.
pyrocloud7  +   208d ago
Did someone say PS4 release? I am on board.
MrxDeath  +   208d ago
this is great
i love goats :3
PSNintyGamer  +   208d ago
This Game looks sorta familiar
Virtua_Awesome  +   208d ago
I love a good puzzle-platformer! I really want to try this game out.
RexDD  +   208d ago
Goats will rule the world!
Robochobo  +   208d ago
Bring the game to other platforms! Spread the goats!
randomass171  +   208d ago
^I second this notion. The way of the goat must be heard.
nunley33  +   208d ago
Nice screens, looks like a fun game.
shadowvisa  +   208d ago
grashopper  +   208d ago
I hope it has a bleat button. A goat game without one is just wrong.
Cool to hear it's coming to PS4
MagicalTimeBean  +   208d ago
You are the first person to mention this--the bleat button *almost* made it in. I think Randy still thinks it's worth spending the time on...
grashopper  +   208d ago
Letting me be a goat and restricting my desire to make silly goat noises on command is a crime!
Sounds like Randy really knows what this goat gaming is about. ;)
Joking aside it does look pretty good.
rambi80  +   208d ago
Is now a good time to ask about a "poop" button then?
Alex_Boro  +   208d ago
Game looks simple and fresh. Would love to play this.
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