Escape Goat is a puzzle platformer where you take control of a goat, who has been imprisoned for witchcraft, and overcome traps and obstacles to escape the Prison of Agnus. Fear not, for with your supreme agility, sturdy horns, and the help of a magic mouse friend, you can turn the tables on foes and use the environment to your advantage.
User reviews: Very Positive (331 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 14, 2012

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"A puzzle platformer that isn't necessarily long, but it is charming though. And one of the many reasons people need to play it."
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“Escape Goat does a bang-up job of providing those all-important "a-ha!" moments of satisfaction, when you solve a puzzle, or get the timing of some jumps just right, and manage finally to complete an area. That's what keeps you playing right through to the end.”
8/10 – IGN

“… incredibly fun puzzle platformer with a rockin’ soundtrack.”
Destructoid

“With the ability to tackle levels at your own pace, and some masterfully-tuned difficulty, we can guarantee that you’ve never played a better goat-centric game.”
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About This Game

Escape Goat is a puzzle platformer where you take control of a goat, who has been imprisoned for witchcraft, and overcome traps and obstacles to escape the Prison of Agnus. Fear not, for with your supreme agility, sturdy horns, and the help of a magic mouse friend, you can turn the tables on foes and use the environment to your advantage.

  • Ten unique zones to conquer. Can you reach and rescue the friendly sheep in each?
  • Tackle over 50 rooms of puzzles. Find hidden machinery and destructible elements to transform them and reach the exit!
  • Built-in, fully featured level editor. Create, modify and share entire game worlds.

Escape Goat reigned for 20 months at the #1 spot on the IndieGamerChick leaderboard (November 2011-July 2013)!

The sheep are slumbering... can you awaken them all?

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP Service Pack 3
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible video card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.8
    • Processor: Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ support (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    • Hard Drive: 100 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: glibc 2.15+, 32/64-bit. S3TC support is NOT required.
    • Processor: Dual core CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ support (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
Helpful customer reviews
28 of 32 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I like to think of Escape Goat as "the little game that could". Launching first on the highly flawed and crowed Xbox Indie Game Market, it garnered a cult following that pushed it ahead of the seemingly endless shovelware that littered the platform, eventually making its way to Steam and even getting a sequel. Despite the acclaim, I've been sitting on the sidelines, still unconvinced by the unimpressive graphics and seemingly basic design. As is often the case though, my first impressions couldn't have been further from the truth, as Escape Goat more than lives up to its well deserved reputation.

Locked in a dungeon, you play as a magical goat with a magical mouse friend, on a journey to escape and bring with you the magical sheep who have been trapped for an eternity for crimes of witchcraft. To get to these sheep however you must first solve a series of puzzle rooms, the contents of which can be anything from harmless blocks to fire casting Reapers. Because of its nonlinear structure, there isn't any way for your abilities to grow overtime or otherwise have the game expand and evolve the further you get, but far from being a handicap the developer uses this potential limitation to craft remarkably consistent levels. There's no gradual rise in difficulty or sharp spikes later on, but instead a constant stream of challenging but not frustrating level designs that feel incredibly satisfying to complete.

You may only have less than a handful of moves and abilities, but the ways these can be applied to levels continues to broaden as different areas showcase various applications of them that never would have occurred to me to even try. It's this continual progression of what you think you can do without actually changing anything about your character that makes Escape Goat such a clever game to play. It rewards your own ingenuity without resorting to simply giving you a new mechanic to work with.

If you have yet to partake in the escape of Argus with your magical mouse friend, I'd advise you to delay no longer. Developer Magical Time Bean's Escape Goat is a truly impressive achievement and a joyous game to play, who's biggest flaw is it ends so soon (though perhaps it's for the best, as it completely negates the chance for filler). Despite its dated look it manages to feel fresh and innovative the whole way through, and you'd be fool to do as I did and wait so long to give it a chance.
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
The Rat with the Hat helps the Goat cross a Moat where they save a Sheep who is Asleep and escape a castle that I can't rhyme with anything.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Imagine if Rube Goldberg sort of hated goats.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
I enjoyed the game well enough. The graphics and sound are a fitting, pretty standard retro style, and the game mechanics are well-designed.

Though it’s probably best characterized as a puzzle platformer, I found Escape Goat’s puzzling aspects to be pretty tame. In all but the last group of rooms, each puzzle tended to have a pretty obvious/straightforward solution. Let’s just say that if we were to build a difficulty scale for these types of games, Fire N’ Ice might be near the top, while this game would come close to defining the bottom end. Of course, it’s still a fun game, so I won’t concern myself too much with that.

Verdict: It’s worth playing, but I probably won’t go back for the speedrun achievement (I hate speedruns in puzzle games), nor do I feel compelled to do the extra challenge levels that unlocked after the end of the game.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
Great puzzle-platformer game with some not so hidden message about the sheep and their keeper(s).

There are already a lot of longer reviews here, its just another "thumbs up" from me cuz I really enjoyed it.
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Better than Goat Simulator.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
This game was a lot of fun! I defintiely recommend this game to people who like 2D platformers - the gameplay was interesting enough to keep me immersed and the difficulty was just right.

I loved that you were a goat rescuing sheep, and I found that the achievements were fun to get and didn't take painfully long after I had completed the game.The soundtrack for this game was also surprisingly good, I didn't find myself muting everything like I always do after playing 30 minutes in.

I would definitely recommend this game to anyone who likes platformers, and enjoys playing good games!
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
A clever little puzzle platformer, Escape Goat has you controlling a magic purple goat (and indirectly, a friendly mouse) through 65 different rooms full of moving platforms, switches, traps, and fireball shooting reapers. The puzzles aren't too hard but do require trial and error since there's no way to be sure what a switch will do until you press it. Music's nice and catchy as well. All in all, a decent pickup.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
This was actually one of my favorite platformers for awhile. I liked the pixel style to the game, the controls felt fluent, and overall, there was just something to its simplistic charm. Not to mention, I spent so much time in the editor making evil traps and such. I think that was my favorite part more than anything. So you like what I just mentioned, get this game! Or if you aren't a fan of the style, then get its sequel.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
I purchased this game as part of some bundle. I'm sure it cost about $.20 when it was all said and done. I genuinely have enjoyed playing the game. It is a 8-bit graphics puzzle/platformer with some neat game mechanics. I'd say if you like super meat boy, Bit-Trip runner, etc. - this game is a good pick up for some fun. It's not too difficult - and not too long either. All in all - definitely worth a buck. Or in my case, twenty cents.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Great puzzle platformer. Level difficulties range from easy to stupidly brutal, specifically referring to the extra levels. You can beat the main game in just 3-4 hours and I don't think there's a whole lot of replayability, so I'm not sure if it's worth the full $5 but it's a great value in any of the many bundles it's featured in.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Oh, yes. A solidly built, utterly captivating 2D platformer.

It's not "8-bit" for the sake of it, it doesn't satirise or parody old platformers (Well, perhaps the "Excuse Plot" does a little), it just does it's job well. The controls are perfectly balanced, the graphics and sound are just right and the game doesn't outstay it's welcome. If you do manage to finish it, you can unlock an extra ridiculously hard dungeon especially designed for people who love a challenge.

Now for the sequel....
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
This is a fun puzzle game, that i think everyone would enjoy! The controlls are simple, the game is addicting and often rage inducing.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
2D action-puzzle platformer. Difficult, but fair. Solid mechanics and nice retro presentation. Fairly short. Has a light story, but the idea of solving puzzles to escape deathtrap dungeon is fairly obvious without any exposition. I had fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
I had this game gifted to me one day in the hopes I would find some enjoyment out of it. I loved it, It's the perfect blend of puzzles, platforming and Animals that like to chew! Really tricky in some spots, Moving on to number 2 soon.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Very excellent 2d platform puzzler.
Awesome music. Great mood-setting pixel graphics. Great levels. This probably my top recommended game. I think it's probably more enjoyable than the sequel.

Try the official free online demo at playescapegoat.com
Do it now
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Stay true to the videogame ! Trow out of the window your assassin's s**t copy and buy one hundred copies of Escape Goat. You'll feel so much better !
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
It's Meeh-eeh-eeh!


It's good goat fun!
10/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
More like No-air-friction Goat
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36 of 43 people (84%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2013
Escape Goat is a cute little puzzle platformer game that deserved to be on Steam much sooner than this. It's not exceptionally long, roughly about 1-2 hours, but it's still very entertaining. The graphics are retro styled and are a good fit for the game.

The heart of the game, the puzzle aspect, isn't extremely hard so pretty much anyone can play and finish the game. Unfortunately, like many other puzzle games, there isn't a very deep story to be found here, but that's ok. Escape Goat's charming visuals and fun puzzles will probbaly win you over anyway. So while we wait for Escape Goat 2 to be released, be a good gamer and play this one first, will you?

[Rating: 80/100]
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