Ho-hum—another day, another sim. But wait! This one's got something…special. Goat Simulator gives us the latest in a long line of unlikely, seemingly uncharismatic video game heroes like Mario and Guybrush Threepwood. The idea could not be simpler: You are a goat and you fuck shit up. Thrown together during a recent game jam, its demo videos took off and gathered so much buzz that Coffee Stain Studios gave up and decided to finish it up and sell it through Steam ($9.99, Windows only) sometime this spring.
The trailer offers us all the gleeful destruction of a Grand Theft Auto title without needless complications like storylines, moral choices, police dragnets, or icky gender politics. It is so very, very smashy.
Note to modders: We would love nothing more than to play Fallout 3 or, better yet, Fallout: New Vegas as a goat.
The Stranger Testing Department is Rob Lightner, Paul Hughes, and Mary Traverse.