Goat Simulator has a plot, apparently

Friday, 9th May 2014 05:58 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Goat Simulator has a plot. Wait, no, sit down; let me explain you a thing.


In a post on the Goat Simulator Steam Community Page, creator Armin Ibrisagic explained that the various map elements – the roads in and out of town, the magic circle, Goathenge and the anti-gravity research centre – have symbolic meanings, and the map itself is Purgatory.

“If you notice you’ll see that one of the tunnels has a sign saying ‘Himlen’ and the other has a sign saying ‘Helvete’. If you pull that through google translate you’ll see that ‘Himlen’ means Heaven, and ‘Helvete’ means hell. That is why there is both a Devil Goat and an Angel Goat in the game,” he wrote.

“That is why the pentagram is closer to the sign saying ‘Helvete’, even the demonstration (symbolizing the current chaos in the Ukraine) is on that end of the map. Goathenge is closer to Hell, symbolizing the backwards and old ways of humankind that need to be destroyed for progress to be made, while the Low Gravity Testing Facility and the Beacon is closer to ‘Himlen’, symbolizing research, progress, and hope. The trap once you go to space shows that we must not rush things before we are ready.”

Your mind is already blown, but it gets better: the reason humans will only go limp or run away from you is that the player is “always alone”.

“This is just the tip of the existential iceberg, those who seek shall find more. I’ll let you analyze the new map yourself that’s coming with patch 1.1,” Ibrisagic added.

This might just be an elaborate joke but I’m writing it right into headcanon.

Goat Simulator’s 1.1 patch will add parkour as well as multiplayer for up to four goats and a new map. It’s due later this month.

PS Goat Simulator is rad.

Thanks, Eurogamer. [rad image].



  1. Obernox


    #1 8 months ago
  2. The_Red

    This game just keeps getting more and more interesting. I don’t know why but seeing stuff like this or Surgeon Simulator makes me more a lot more excited about future of gaming compared to latest $200 million dollar AAA game or even the newest super quirky 8-bit artsy game.

    These are unique games with emergent gameplay, 3D graphics that are mostly decent and feel truly different compared to most classic game designs.

    #2 8 months ago
  3. fihar

    I’d argue that there’s barely any design and/or gameplay going on in Goat Simulator.
    It’s a sandbox in the purest sense of the word.

    That’s one hell of a backstory though.

    #3 8 months ago
  4. Hcw87


    I hope you’re not serious. If this is the future of gaming, i’d have to take up a new hobby.

    I’d go as far as to say this isn’t a game, just an interactive physics simulator of some sort. Games needs a plot, a sense of progression and meaning.

    Lots of people say Dear Esther wasn’t a game, but it’s twice the game Goat Simulator is.

    #4 8 months ago
  5. Panthro

    Goat Sim is as much a interactive physics simulator ‘GAME’ as Dear Esther was an interactive story ‘game’.

    Goat Sim actually has objectives, high scores and mini-games so I would go as far as to say it is even more of a game as Dear Esther.

    #5 8 months ago

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