Back in January, IGM’s Screenshot Weekly featured an upcoming app called, very simply, Man Or Goat. In the words of my boss, it’s one of those games that “people don’t actually believe you when you tell them this is a game that exists in the real world.” To be fair, it’s hard to blame the naysayers (or would that be neigh-sayers in this case?) for their lack of conviction, since Man Or Goat doesn’t quite sound like it should be a real thing.
But it is. It’s real. And now, it’s available to the public.
Man Or Goat is more or less what the name implies. The app produces goofy cartoon images of goats, and plays an approximately goat-like sound. The player must deduce, as quickly as possible, whether the sound they’re hearing is an authentic expression of goat-ness, or a reasonable facsimile generated by a guy sitting in his car in a parking lot somewhere.
I’m not making that up. Gareth Elms, the quirky visionary behind Newtquest Games, recorded himself making goat noises while sitting in his car in supermarket parking lots. Of the almost one thousand goat noises in the game, half of them are Elms doing his best goat impression. The other half are actual goats, which he recorded at various country shows throughout the Summer of 2014. The quicker the player can correctly determine the sound’s origin, the better the score. As the game progresses, the more challenging this becomes.
The game features 81 levels, and there are nine different game modes which must be unlocked. Answering the question of “man or goat?” both quickly and correctly is essential to unlocking all of these modes. One of them, probably the most memorable, is called “Poo Bucket,” and yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. In a manner reminiscent of the old Atari game Kaboom!, players will maneuver a bucket around the screen to catch flying… well, you know.
Other features of Man Or Goat include more than fifty achievements to snag and multiple leaderboards on which to compare goat-guessing prowess with other players. The game is free from the App Store with optional in-app purchases, including the removal of ads, and is playable on all iOS devices. To see what other nonsense Newtquest Games has planned, keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter.