Double Fine Helps Escape Goat 2 Escape Onto Steam

By Nathan Grayson on March 25th, 2014 at 10:00 am.

Sure is rainy underground

It’s official: goats are taking over gaming. Between Goat Simulator, Escape Goat 2, and not really anything else, there’s no escaping it. They’re everywhere, by which I mean in more than zero places. But in Escape Goat especially, the bearded beasts of burden appear to be far more than a conduit for cheap laughs. Magical Time Bean’s goatroidvania sequel looks downright lavish, with strong systems underpinning attractive visuals and, you know, goats. There’s a launch trailer in the trap (and goat) ridden labyrinths below.

Escape Goat 2 is available on Steam right now, and it’ll run you $8.99 until it grows into its full $9.99 price tag next week. In an interesting twist, Double Fine is taking publishing credit, as it’s started an initiative to aid indie developers by providing release support and onsite workspace in their offices.

But how do you even make a game about a goat? Well, here is clearly the most obvious solution:

“None have overcome the Stronghold of Toragos… will you be the first goat to do so? Escape Goat 2 is the follow-up to the critically-acclaimed 2011 indie game, featuring more than double the content: larger rooms, HD graphics, dynamic lighting, and a host of devilish new traps.”

“Pick your path through the massive Stronghold, divided into ten unique zones. Worry not, brave Goat, for you have a friend on this mission: Your immortal mouse familiar can crawl to otherwise unreachable areas, to hit switches and distract enemies. Use your wits, reason, reflexes and courage to overcome each room, and save your friends from an eternal slumber.”

Save them! Do not let your friends be these goats and drive.

Escape Goat 2 really does seem to have a lot going for it, though, especially given that the original was already quite good. Could this one snag gaming’s top GOAT (goatest of all time) honors? We shall see, we shall see. Has anyone tried it out yet?

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  1. pakoito says:

    For the techies out there the company has freed their XNA-based internal engine, including rendering and lighting system compatible with Linux/OSX and supposed to perform better than plain SpriteBatch: https://github.com/sq/Fracture

    • LionsPhil says:

      Ooh.

      Add a test case that draws a ludicrous number of bitmaps

      I like them already.

      Don’t see an explicit license, though.

    • trjp says:

      It strikes me that this might be the last XNA game we see on PC (not, in itself, much of a loss)

      If you’ve seen the state of the XBLIG market recently, anyway ;0

  2. MuscleHorse says:

    The first game was a pleasant surprise – as is this sequel. Had no idea this was on the way.

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    Matchstick says:

    How does it compare to the genius that is Goat Simulator 2014 ?

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    Mischa says:

    Desktop Dungeons also prominently features goats.

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    Anthile says:

    Well, it’s certainly possible for clouds to form inside of structures although I’m not sure if they can cause rain. There is a cave system in China that has clouds in it and, if I remember correctly, certain extremely large buildings such as the VAB in the USA, too.

  6. Everblue says:

    You have to be kidding…

  7. Hicks233 says:

    Or alternatively you could get it for the same price at gog and it includes the prototype soundtrack. Or maybe the Humble Store? Or perhaps direct from the developer. Shudder the thought of looking beyond Steam…

  8. Brtt says:

    Good to know RPS is not biased at all…

    In any case, Escape Goat 2 is also available DRM-free on GoG:
    http://www.gog.com/game/escape_goat_2

    It’s also $8.99 until may.

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    quietone says:

    Goats are the new zombies.

  10. Brinx says:

    I believe it was on this very site, where I read, that Wasteland 2 also sports some goaty beauty.

  11. Deinonychus says:

    This looks great because they went for real graphics this time not generic Hipster retro stuff.

    • trjp says:

      ‘Real graphics’ (C) poster with a pretentious name…

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      zapatapon says:

      I loved the retro pixel art of the original Escape Goat, and its 8-bit style music even more.
      Unlike some other recent pixel art games it somehow really nailed the feel of a genuine good old game of yore (I’m not a hipster. I’m an old, nostalgic man.)
      I am little afraid that the second episode, with the dynamic lighting and whatnot, won’t have the same charm for me.

    • squareking says:

      It’s been Spelunky HD’d. :c

      /hipster

    • Noviere says:

      Remember when ‘hipster’ meant something vaguely identifiable?

  12. someloser says:

    The Ragoatnarok is upon us.

  13. Geebs says:

    No goats in gaming? Have you never heard of Jeff Minter, man?

  14. Urthman says:

    Escape Goat is the best video game name that is a pun.

  15. Caiman says:

    I’ve put an hour into it so far, very impressed. If you liked the first one, this is even better, there’s more depth and complexity to it as you progress, and some smart puzzles, plus it feels slick and polished. The graphics keep the charm of the original while looking much better, and the music is similarly excellent. Also, special props to the “tutorial” which bucks the trend by not leading you by the nose, instead showing you how to figure it out. Good stuff.

    Having non-Steam options is great, but I got 20% off because I already had Escape Goat on Steam.

    • Caiman says:

      Also, how is the Double Fine launch video not linked here yet?