Goat Simulator GoatZ is a DLC pack for Coffee Stain's famous parody game Goat Simulator. In this expansion, the titular goat is now at the center of a zombie epidemic, either as its cause or trying to survive after an outbreak.
Goat Simulator GoatZ is an expansion which requires the original Goat Simulator.
DayZ gone crazy
The Z in GoatZ is no coincidence. It's a reference to the popular DayZ zombie survival sandbox game, which itself started life as a mod for another game (ARMA II). Goat Simulator GoatZ parodies this, happily laughing at both the game it mocks and itself. As a sandbox game, you can freely roam wherever you like in its open-world, creating whatever madness you like.
There are two game modes, Before and After Outbreak. In Before Outbreak, our favorite goat wakes up with a clear objective: create chaos by infecting every living thing it meets, therefore causing the zombie outbreak. In After Outbreak, the world is already plagued by zombies, and the goat's objective is simply to survive. Once you turn someone into a zombie, they'll try to attack you, so you have to immediately try to escape.
Except for the start of Before Outbreak, both modes end up being pretty similar. You have to survive the zombie outbreak for as many days possible, without any other particular goals beyond doing crazy things, creating chaos, and just enjoying the absurdity of it all.
Surviving a zombie outbreak is easy…if you know how
If you've already played Goat Simulator, you'll have no trouble playing this expansion. The controls are the same, and the goat has the same range of movements, like using its tongue to grab objects and people. In this expansion the goat also needs to find food and not be killed, so you'll be searching for sustenance as well as attacking the infected. There's also some object crafting in the game, again following in DayZ's rotting footsteps, so you can get creative with what you use to attack the undead.
Despite the invasion of zombies, which changes the atmosphere, the controls are just as silly and imprecise as ever. It's still part of the fun, grappling with the controls, often with hilarious results. Like the original game, putting up with the confusion this causes is part of the charm of Goat Simulator GoatZ.
The graphics are largely the same, although draw distances have been improved, so you can see further. The soundtrack features darker variations of the original's music.
More goat fun
Goat Simulator GoatZ doesn't reinvent the wheel, but gives you more goat based craziness to enjoy. The zombie parody is fun (assuming you get the references!), and there are plenty of surprises to find while exploring.