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Naughty Geese: Everything We Know

If you were to merge Donkey Kong, Yoshi’s Island, Flicky, and maybe Super Mario World, you would have yourself Naughty Geese. Well, at least a crumpled version of it. In any case, the developer Statera Studio has been upfront in the announcement trailer, saying Naughty Geese is, indeed, “inspired by classic 2D platformers.” 

If not for the good old classic arcade feel, then perhaps for the love of a naughty goose. Untitled Goose Game sure did a number on us, and from the looks of Naughty Geese, it seems we’re not getting out of this booming haze anytime soon. But I’m getting ahead of myself here. Check out everything we know about Naughty Geese down below.

What is Naughty Geese?

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Naughty Geese is an upcoming 2D pixel art platformer game. You guessed it. Naughty Geese draws inspiration from the retro platforming games you’ve probably been taking out for a spin on the Nintendo Switch. You can draw similarities in the gameplay in Naughty Geese’s trailer to games like Donkey Kong and Yoshi’s Island

From collecting coins to discovering secrets and navigating obstacles, Naughty Geese seems to stick to tried-and-tested gameplay mechanics. Still, Naughty Geese, hopefully, adds a couple of innovative mechanics of its own. The idea behind a goose leading her brood to safety is exciting, but it also treads dangerously close to games like Flicky.

Story

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Believe it or not, Naughty Geese will craft an actual storyline. It’ll feature Milo, a goose who embarks on a solo trip. He leaves his wife at home with his mother-in-law. However, the trip soon goes sideways, when he keeps running into his brood. Milo’s goslings are naughty kids who keep running away and enjoying the scenery. But they risk getting hurt by predators. So, Milo embarks on a new journey of going after his goslings to rescue them from harm. 

Naughty Geese is set in Geeseland, where Milo, while busy chasing after his brood, undergoes technological development. New stores are being set up throughout the land. With each new store, the grasslands gradually decrease. As nature is destroyed, the villain Draculith loses her source of power. She sends Draco Jr., her son, to investigate the source of the problem. But Draco Jr. has a problem of his own: he's got stalker tendencies.

At the same time, the animals living in Geeseland feel that something wrong is taking place. They’re losing their natural habitat to technological growth. As a result, they become violent, attacking Milo and his goslings. Naughty Geese’s story has a lot going on. Hopefully, the final game knits it all together neatly and delivers a captivating tale.

Gameplay

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Naughty Geese’s world will unfold as a 2D side-scroller. You’ll navigate platforms, both horizontally and vertically, as you dodge obstacles and fight enemies. You’ll hop on a motorcycle and unravel an interactive map. Naughty Geese’s world will be entirely crafted in hand-drawn pixel art. It’ll incorporate secrets and hidden treasures, which you must discover and collect through exploration. 

As you play, Naughty Geese promises a delightful experience, thanks to the sounds of nature filling in the silence and original music scores unique to each environment. To access a new area, you’ll need to beat the level and boss at the end of the stage. In total, you’ll access six stages. But there’ll be bonus stages, some of which will allow you to play as the goslings.

Naughty Geese’s gameplay seems to place more focus on its story than most classic platformers. So much so that you’ll be meeting NPCs on your playthrough, who you’ll be free to interact with. Some NPCs will offer you customization options for your bike and character, among other items.

Get ready to play through several challenges in each stage, including the bonus rounds. Also, Naughty Geese will use a cartoony art style that evokes nostalgia, whether cartoons or retro platforming games. An interesting gameplay feature is the ability to throw goslings, a feature I’m not quite sure will settle well with every gamer.

Development

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Developer Statera Studio and publisher PixelHeart are currently working on Naughty Geese. Statera Studio is no stranger to game development, with prior expertise in games like Pocket Bravery and Guns n’ Runs. Shield Strike. Meanwhile, PixelHeart has a wealth of experience too, publishing games like Astebros and Tanuki Justice

Statera Studio and PixelHeart have an upcoming competitive combat platformer game, Shield Strike, whose release date is also under wraps for now. With two projects underway, both platformers, they doubtlessly have their hands full, but capable hands nonetheless.

Trailer

Naughty Geese | Reveal Trailer

Do check out the Naughty Geese official teaser trailer currently out on YouTube. It showcases the story and gameplay you can expect in the final game. The art style looks stunning, paying homage to the classic arcade era. Except that Naughty Geese looks more polished than some of the retro platformers on the Nintendo Switch that have begun to show their age. 

The music score sounds fantastic. Honestly, the only thing that could go wrong is Naughty Geese doing little to stand out from the rest. So far, plenty of the gameplay is familiar, if not similar, to games like Donkey Kong and Yoshi’s Island. As much as Naughty Geese is retro-inspired, it still needs to carve out its own path.

Release Date, Platforms, & Editions

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It’s unclear when Naughty Geese will launch. The upcoming game’s Steam store page says the release date is “to be announced.” However, we can confirm that Naughty Geese will be coming to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC platforms via Steam. 

On the Steam front, you can add Naughty Geese to your wishlist here to get a notification as soon as it drops. As for the editions, they remain unconfirmed at this time. 

For the information still in the wind, you can follow the official social handle here to keep track of new updates. Alternatively, check back with us for new information on upcoming games.

So, what’s your take? Will you be grabbing a copy of Naughty Geese when it drops? Let us know over on our socials here.

Evans I. Karanja is a freelance writer who loves to write about anything technology. He is always on the lookout for interesting topics, and enjoys writing about video games, cryptocurrency and blockchain and more. When not writing, he can be found playing video games or watching F1.