FINDING THE FUNNY
Untitled Goose Game is an inherently funny game to play with the moments of comedy often arising out of simple interactions between the goose and the objects or people around it. But what sort of comedy influences did House House draw from?
“I think we tend to look at older cartoons,” says Nico Disseldorp. “Things that don’t have too much dialogue work better with our game. I think that’s part of what makes the comedy work, is the fact that we don’t need to do anything as complicated as human dialogue.”
The farce of misdirection and calamity that then ensues all plays out like a classic silent film. “With a human and a goose it’s really believable that this is kind of a silent interaction that’s mainly conveyed with prolonged eye contact or something like that. For those sorts of things, like silent comedies or older cartoons, I think they fit what we’re doing more.”
“I think it’s all about the eye contact between the people and the goose,” adds Jake Strasser. “There’s so much in that relationship that people get to interpret as much as they like.”