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 (132 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 24, 2014

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

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May 13

Version 1.1 is live, including Workshop support

Already played the campaign 20 times? Optimized your speed run strats for each room? Dying for new content? Well you're in luck, because we've pulled the level editor out of the beta branch, and it's ready for you to try!

It's not pretty... there's still some programmer art, and no mouse support yet. But it gets the job done. Our fearless vanguard of beta testers have already populated the custom levels collection with some fantastic gems, so even if you're not up for building a level yet, give them a try and be inspired.

What's new in version 1.1?

  • ADDED Steam Workshop support - create and share levels!
  • ADDED support for rebinding of gamepad controls
  • FIXED key bindings not being saved properly
  • FIXED many in-game and startup crash bugs
  • IMPROVED performance for rendering

As always, I'm looking for feedback, so post to the forums and let me know what you think!

Ian

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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)

Listen to the soundtrack!

System Requirements

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    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
    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
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
You bet I'm recommending this game, too.

10/10 great sequel love the protagonist
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
A simple yet addictive platformer, feeling like its predecessor, but feels like a sequel, improving on its gimmicks, graphics, music, and overall, is the better game. Probably one of the more atmospheric games I've played for what it is.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
It's a very satisfying, and at times quite challenging puzzle game that I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys the genre. The level design is done well enough that anyone can pick it up and understand the basic rules of the game. The developer, Ian Stocker, took notes from Egoraptor's Sequelitis video on Mega Man X, and has done a great job at creating the level of conveyance necessary for a good puzzle or action game. Every time there's a new element, it's introduced to the player in a safe way where the player is not in danger of dying (or is very unlikely to die), then is immediately used in several different and creative ways in the following puzzles.

I completed it in about 4 hours, 26 minutes of in-game time, and I'd say for $10, plus Workshop support for custom user-created levels, it's well worth a buy.
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0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Love this - highly amusing puzzle game. My first "blind" thoughts are below.

http://youtu.be/nNZ8FetaZdE
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5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Very enjoyable but challenging puzzle platformer.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Solid puzzle platforming. Clever puzzles, satisfying to solve. Just freakin' buy it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Easy to pick up and play in short bursts. I found it slightly easier than the original but still very challenging. Very enjoyable, I highly recommend!

Linux/SteamOS compatibility notes (played on Ubuntu 14.04 amd64)
Controller support: Works flawlessly with wireless XBox 360 controller
Fullscreen support: Yes
Uses non-game dialogs/settings: No
Other Issues: Cloud save does not appear to work
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
A platforming puzzle game with a large bundle of interactive features, this game succeeds at two goals. First, at being a good challenge that causes you to think about your approach to dozens of levels instead of just roaming through and pressing buttons. Secondly, and here’s the catch, also at being fun whilst doing so.

Whenever you make a mistake in this game, you know it’s usually your own fault and you mutter unmentionables under your breath before you willingly try again – because it’s fun.

There are times when, in levels with multiple buttons all being required to be pressed in order to activate something, it’s not very intuitive as to letting you know what it will accomplish and you’ll need to find the solution behind pressing all the buttons before you’re thrown into a second task in the same place. I think this was actually the idea behind the design, but I can’t say I’m incredibly fond of it. Sometimes, things move simultaneously at multiple points on the map and it can be a bit much to take in. It feels like the workings of the level aren’t entirely in your control, which is something the game is otherwise very good at not doing.

There are a few times here and there where you’ve made the right decision and have been thrown off the trail by chance bad feedback, either through a Reaper facing the wrong way at the wrong time, or your button press being just a miniscule portion off where it should have been. As such it’s a good idea to try an idea a couple of times before you give up on a notion.

Not to throw you off though – these things only stand out as bad because they’re the odd ones out in an otherwise great game. The puzzles never seemed completely beyond me, but never did it feel like it wasn’t challenging. For the most part, the only stages that don’t cause you to stop and think about your approach are the ones that are introducing new ideas, and you can be sure that that means more interesting challenges ahead. Occasionally, you can find yourself overthinking a puzzle because extra bits and pieces were placed for the sole purpose of throwing you off the scent. Toward the end of the game, there’s a set of levels designed to make you react very quickly, and the true challenge is being able to work under pressure. It’s a refreshing switch-up.

The whole theme is friendly. You’re a goat with your sidekick (occasionally magical) mouse, out rescuing sheep in a big castle with scary monsters. What on Earth isn’t to like about that?

Oh, and allow me to just throw this out there. You will die in this game. A lot. This will bring you back to the beginning of a level (which are never incredibly long, but it can feel frustrating to have to redo that thing you finally did right after trying and failing at least ten times first). There’s even a hotkey for making your Goat explode and die to restart the level quicker. You’ll be using that button a lot. Several functions rely on your trial and error because they’d be impossible to figure out the first time. Try not to let it get to you.

The music is fitting and blends into the background well. It keeps you from getting bored and doesn’t feel incredibly tedious. Otherwise it’s unremarkable.

I’m pretty sure that whoever is behind this game must have played Pokémon Silver & Gold as a child, because I drew correlations between three particular puzzles in this game and puzzles from The Underground, Cianwood City Gym, and Ice Path. I thought that was interesting.

I completed the game in 7h40m over the course of about a week (apparently mine was a slow playthrough), but like a frickin hour of that was on the last level. Just finished that one now. Sheesh. I died 625 times overall, which I believe averages a death every 44 seconds.
There are also apparently secret puzzles which I haven’t discovered, so I look forward to trying them out and scraping up all the (majority of) achievements I didn’t achieve through my playthrough.

If you like puzzle games, I have very little doubt that you will love this one to death whist you occasionally pull your hair out. Highly recommended for fans of the genre.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
The goat controls perfectly, the beats are fresh, the supporting characters are well developed, and the puzzles are plentiful.

Goat Murder Simulator 2 gets the Regulus Hickory 3000 Goat Carcass award for Most Creative Way to Kill a Goat.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Great game, clever puzzles with loads of additional content after the main storyline. The previous title is also worth a play.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
10/10 GOTYAY
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Any game that'll get you to marathon through it in one 6-hour play session is pretty great. This is a really fun little indie title that I got about 90% completion (there are some hidden rooms) in the 6 hours that I played today... and I'll probably go back for the last 10%, too :)
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
This goat, always getting into trouble!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Is vido gam is gud
Just buy it, it's great.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
I wrote a review that you can see here: http://rg0.ca/escapegoat2rvw

Ultimately, while I felt it was a good game and I enjoyed it quite a bit, I didn't feel that it fully lived up to the the original Escape Goat.
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6.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Jesus, this game. Never would have thought that I would have gotten this into a basic indie platformer again but this is just top. Intended on only playing for about 30 minute tonight but somehow sank an hour and forty into it. Got a bunch of achievements, though.

Along with it being rediculously fun and challenging, it's beautiful, both musicially and artistically. Definitely pick this along with the first one up.
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9.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
from the makers of escape goat (but u knew that already, you lil genius) comes escape goat the number second!!! dont not forget to second-guess remeber buying it tonight!! or just buy it today, please. its its great i love it
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18.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
A fun and challenging puzzle platformer like the original. True to genre, there are levels that are infuriatingly based in precision timing and positioning so determine your preference based on how you enjoy that kind of thing. You will fail many times before uncovering all there is to find and several of the levels will make you think for a bit to come up with a workable solution. The base levels are not entirely that difficult and the rest is optional so you can complete the game without even touching the hardest levels there are.

The music is lovely and the art is crisp and clean. The story is rather abstract - You're a goat with a mouse in a tower rescuing sheep souls and talking with the dead animals that built said tower as you continue on to escape it. The mechanics are solid and using the mouse in clever ways adds another dimension of complexity and variety.

The achievements are rather interesting. Many are standard fare such as play every level and find everything, but some involve beating specific levels with specific conditions and those can be quite the puzzle themselves sometimes. Beyond those, beating the game in under 30 minutes is the only other achievement worth noting.
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15.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
The best goat-themed puzzle-platformer you will ever play.
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7.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Everything that was good about the first Escape Goat (which was everything) but more and better. Particularly appreciated are all the new magical clothing items for your mouse friend. A great game!
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