Best PC games New PC games 2020 Best graphics cards Best free PC games Best Minecraft shaders for 1.16.3 Best Warzone loadouts for Season 5


That dang goose can now be let loose on your desktop

Right, listen. There hasn’t been a single good goose-based goof, joke, edit, photoshop, tweet or otherwise made in the five months since House House let Untitled Goose Game loose upon the world. Slapping the feathered devil into any old context just doesn’t cut it, and the phrase “and you are a horrible goose” is a patter abyss – this is the hill I choose to die on. But VR developer Sam Chiet may have broken that trend with Desktop Goose, a digital companion that walks the walk, honks the honk, and causes chaos upon your poor PC.

Look at them up there, ruining our Untitled Goose Game review‘s lovely header image with photo edits and to-do lists. The goose has more in his bag of tricks, too, as demonstrated in Chiet’s showcase trailer below.

For the most part, the oddly-cylindrical goose will meander around your monitor. Sometimes they’ll pop off-screen for a moment, returning to track mud all over your desktop. Daft, but ultimately harmless.

But the goose isn’t content to merely take a stroll through your desktop wallpaper. They’ll nick your mouse cursor. They’ll drag on their collection of goose-themed memes from off-screen. They’ll even open up a notepad window to start typing things like “I cause problems on purpose.” And they’ll do all this even while you’re in-game – though it’s worth noting a substantial performance hit if you try that. Oh, the price you pay for a mild chortle and severely compromised gameplay.

An updated version now lets you control just how aggressive you want the goose to be. It’ll also let you load their collection with as many of your own images as you like. I anticipate some bold digital goose art collaborations in future.

Desktop Goose is available to pay-what-you-want over on Oh, and because the creator’s comments are exploding – yes, you can evict the goose. Holding escape for a good ten seconds or so will banish your feathered friend, handing back complete control of your desktop. You’re welcome.

For five minutes and zero up-front cost, it’s a novel little timewaster. But I could hardly talk about desktop pets without mentioning Nathalie Lawhead’s Cyberpet Graveyard (also via Itch), a collection of curious software companions and short stories buried away in forgotten file directories

With software like this, who needs real human companionship?

Tagged with , , .

If you click our links to online stores and make a purchase we may receive a few pennies. Find more information here.

New games | Panels | Let's Plays | Industry Insight | Esports tournaments | Livestreams | Tabletop gaming | Exclusive merch | More!

Who am I?

Natalie Clayton


Writes news when everyone else is asleep, sometimes

More by me

Support RPS and get an ad-free site, extra articles, and free stuff! Tell me more
Please enable Javascript to view comments.

Comments are now closed. Go have a lie down, Internet.


Latest articles

Best Minecraft Bedrock seeds for Xbox, Windows 10, and Mobile

The very best Minecraft Pocket Edition seeds out there

The best Minecraft mods 1.16 (download links included)

All these mods are compatible with each other and Minecraft 1.16!


Best Minecraft servers 1.16.3 - Survival, Skyblock, Factions, and more

The best Minecraft servers for 1.16.3 we've come across

Best Minecraft shaders 1.16 - the best shaders to use with Optifine 1.16.3

Twelve astonishingly beautiful shader packs to use with Optifine 1.16.3