Goat Simulator crash lands on iOS

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Goat Simulator - the surprise PC hit that was spawned by a single YouTube video - gave rise to a massive number of clones both on iOS and other platforms. Some are good, some are not so good, but now the one true king of barnyard antics is finally available on iPhone and iPad, and it proves quite handily that its copycats simply aren't as great as the genuine article.

If you've never played Goat Simulator on PC, let me give you a quick rundown of what it's all about: You play as a goat. There, that's it. Ok, so there's objects in the game world to destroy, items to pick up and drag with your tongue, and a basic points system that revolves around stringing together your actions in quick succession, but the fact that you play as a goat is really all you need to know about it.

The game is an open world sandbox and you can travel to basically anywhere you can see, though most of the fun stuff is located in a concentrated area comprised of homes, businesses, factories, and a construction site. With no objectives or missions of any kind, the game never really ends, and there are enough random secrets hidden around the world that it can keep you busy for far longer than you might imagine.

On the iPhone 5s and iPad mini w/Retina, the game runs flawlessly and with an extremely smooth framerate. The game's description notes that anyone with a device older than the iPhone 4s or iPad 2 shouldn't try to play it, so don't waste your money if you have a particularly old iDevice.

The developer of Goat Simulator describe their creation as "a completely stupid game and, to be honest, you should probably spend your money on something else." In a way they're completely right; Goat Simulator is a horribly stupid idea... but that's also what makes it worth playing. It's charming, funny, and has more personality that most games that try desperately to be taken seriously.

At US$4.99, it's the full Goat Simulator experience for a much lower price than you'll find on PC, so don't hesitate to pick it up.