Escape Goat 2 is a puzzle platformer game where you use machinery, the environment, and a friendly mouse to progress through a dungeon.
User reviews: Very Positive (184 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 24, 2014

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Recommended By Curators

"A Double Fine Presents Game 'Escape Goat 2 made me feel like some kind of genius — and I loved it for that.' -Polygon"

Reviews

“Escape Goat 2 made me feel brilliant.”
8.0 – Polygon

“You will be a happier person for playing this game.”
8.0 – Hooked Gamers

“It's far more beautiful and elegant than a game based on a pun has any right to be.”
8.0 – Joystiq

About This Game

"The game’s flow from challenge to discovery is a masterwork for the genre ..." - Ars Technica

Escape Goat 2 is a puzzle platformer game where you use machinery, the environment, and a friendly mouse to progress through a dungeon.

Overview: None have overcome the Stronghold of Toragos... will you be the first goat to do so? Escape Goat 2 is the follow-up to the critically-acclaimed 2011 indie game, featuring more than double the content: larger rooms, HD graphics, dynamic lighting, and a host of devilish new traps.

Pick your path through the massive Stronghold, divided into ten unique zones. Worry not, brave Goat, for you have a friend on this mission: Your immortal mouse familiar can crawl to otherwise unreachable areas, to hit switches and distract enemies. Use your wits, reason, reflexes and courage to overcome each room, and save your friends from an eternal slumber...

  • Over 100 rooms of puzzles, traps, and sheeply lore
  • With destructible and movable walls, the rooms take on many forms as you manipulate hidden machinery to reach the exit
  • Fully hand-drawn, hi-def art and animation, brought to life with a custom lighting engine
  • Epic 90's Redbook Audio soundtrack, featuring guest track by Disasterpeace (composer, FEZ)

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System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP Service Pack 2
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GT/S 4xx, Intel 4000 or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Uses XNA HiDef; DX9
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA Geforce 600 series or equivalent
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Snow Leopard 10.6.8
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ support (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mavericks 10.9.2
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.3+ support
    Minimum:
    • OS: glibc 2.15+, 32/64-bit
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0+ support (2.1 with ARB extensions acceptable)
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: S3TC support is NOT required.
    Recommended:
    • OS: glibc 2.15+, 32/64-bit, S3TC texture support
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.3+ support
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
I really enjoyed the first game, but it had some issues with difficulty: the regular levels were a bit too easy, while the extra All-Intensive Purpose was brutally hard, with ridiculous split-second timing required that made it simply frustrating (in the end, I stopped at 77% and that was already too much).

This sequel fixes things with a proper progression: the levels required to finish the game aren't especially hard, although still a bit harder than the original, and the extra levels offer a decent challenge while still not being as frustrating as AIP. Out of 70+ levels, only the very last 2 made me open Youtube for a helping hand. You can also choose to tackle the extra levels before finishing the story.

It takes a little while to get used to the goat's floatier controls, and the duo has some new tricks up their sleeve (aside from the returning Magic Hat, there are two new power-ups): but other than that, the game is pretty much more of the same, with very improved graphics and a more vibrant soundtrack. It's also a bit longer than the original's story mode, although the relatively low difficulty means it shouldn't take more than 2 hours to get through the story, and perhaps 5 hours including the harder levels.

Overall, a great way to spend some time during a weekend. If you actually liked AIP in the first game, you might be a little disappointed in the lower difficulty. But I find it a good thing myself.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
✔ Very nice graphics and lightings
✔ Good presentation
✔ Good sound design
✔ Tight control scheme
✔ Good puzzle and mechanics design
✔ Custom maps through Steam Workshop
✔ Linux support!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
to goat or not to goat 2
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68 of 76 people (89%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 24, 2014
This is the way sequels should be made. If you enjoyed the original Escape Goat, you're in for a real treat. I found the first game to be fun but felt like the main campaign was over as it was just getting good. This game isn't baaaa--ad at all. Yes, I went there.

Escape Goat 2 has quite a bit more to offer. The story is richer (especially for a puzzle game), the gameplay is a lot more varied, and the puzzles offer even more profound "Ah ha!" moments than the first game.

The system for moving between levels is much better this time around. If you get stuck you can easily pull up the new overworld map system and go back to any other puzzle--no more need to start rooms over at the first puzzle just to get to that fifth puzzle again.

Regarding story, the original Escape Goat didn't have much--which was part of its appeal. You won't find anything too deep here but there is more this time around. If you talk to all of the animals you'll get quite a bit more backstory and world history. I found myself feeling excited to beat the next section of levels so that I could see what would happen next; the game did a good job at keeping me coming back for more.

The art is fantastic, I enjoy the attention to detail and the new lighting engine adds a lot of depth to the feeling of the game. The soundtrack is great too; I didn't find any of the tracks to be repetitive and didn't feel the need to use my own music while playing the game.

The original Escape Goat had a few secrets. This game has so much more to offer. I was floored the first time I discovered a secret room. The mechanics for getting into that particular secret room were so clever. I don’t want to spoil any of the fun though, so I’ll leave it at that.
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25 of 25 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
The first Escape Goat was a nearly flawless execution of what it wanted to be: a clever, compact puzzle platformer that didn't sacrifice cleverness for comprehensibility. In a lot of ways Escape Goat 2 is just more of the same, albeit with a much nicer art style, but in expanding the original experience it loses a lot of what made the first game so smart. It feels like a sequel that someone felt they ought to make instead of an outlet for the ideas that couldn't didn't previously make the cut, and although that same great game is still at the core the level of consistent direction is not, leaving Escape Goat 2 in many ways a lesser experience than the one which preceded it.

That sounds fairly damning so I should probably backpedal a moment to stress that this is in no way a terrible follow up to proverbial classic. The first half of the game is in many ways just as fun as its ever been, reintroducing many of the same mechanics as the original and reminding me why I loved that game so much. It's at this point that I was firmly in love with the game, for as familiar as it was I had been wishing for more Escape Goat and developer Magical Time Bean was here to satisfy.

Unfortunately it may have been better if I had decided to quit after seeing the credits roll the first time, as upon returning to the castle to visit the other half of optional puzzles I'd unlocked the cracks in Escape Goat 2's foundation started turning into holes.

What the first game did so well and seemingly effortlessly was introduce new mechanics non-verbally, teaching you through gameplay instead of a traditional tutorial as it switched up the puzzle hook every new world. 2 does this too, but it often operates under a presumption that you're already familiar with the systems it introduces, and freely uses them without giving you time to learn in a game that's already a far steeper challenge than the original. Where the first game was always careful to be completely clear when showing you how its world worked, Escape Goat 2 is muddy and hard to parse.

The only way for me to get around this was through trial and error and occasionally leaning on a guide for support, neither of which I'd previously felt necessary as I always had everything I needed right in front of me and had been taught how to make use of them. There were numerous recurring moments where I was completely unsure how a puzzle was even suppose to work, and the game was giving me no hints to ease me in. It's not that the puzzles are more difficult but that they feel cheap and intentionally difficult to understand, often including red herring items just to clutter the screen and usually relying on switches which you typically have no idea what will trigger until you already have.

The significantly increased reliance on timing and twitch platforming expose a lot of the otherwise serviceable control issues, most frustrating being the odd weighting which makes precision movement agonizingly inconsistent. Many puzzles begin already in motion, leaving me no time to even look over what I'm jumping into before I have to start making decisions that usually caused me to have to restart because I missed a jump or didn't hit a button at exactly the right moment. It's things that feel out of place and work poorly within Escape Goat 2's framework, like puzzles that were originally scrapped but brought back in just to pad out a game thinks it needs to be larger for the sake of being a sequel.

I think it's worth mentioning again that Escape Goat 2 isn't awful, and I don't regret the time I spent with it. It's simply that coming from such near perfection to comparative mediocrity is rather more shocking than it might have otherwise been if this had been the first game. Escape Goat 2 fails largely because of the weight of its predecessor, which in its attempts to best end up being its downfall. If all you ever wanted was more Escape Goat, that's definitely here, but when I finally exited the last room I had begun to considerably question if I really did want that as much as I had thought I did.

Full disclosure: Escape Goat 2 was reviewed using a copy provided by the developer. You can read more of my writing on Kritiqal.
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