Untitled Goose Game, a game where you control an unruly goose as it wreaks havoc with picnics and market stalls, is perhaps one of the more surprising indie game hits, and Desktop Goose continues that unlikely appeal by placing a goose on your desktop.
This free app could be classed as a virtual pet game in the vein of Chub Chomp Chill, or even The Baby in Yellow, although, unlike those games, you do not care for your virtual goose, but rather tolerate it as it causes mayhem on your desktop.
Not for the faint-hearted
The appeal of Desktop Goose is mostly one of novelty, since the aim of the goose is to wreak havoc on your desktop. Essentially, the app places a small goose on your computer, who then proceeds to do things like track muddy footprints across your screen, grab your mouse cursor, and generally make life a little more difficult when working at your computer.
The goose has a certain amount of autonomy, and will go about its business on your desktop regardless of whether you are interacting with it, but will react to your actions if, for example, click on it. The goose will also do things like drag goose-related memes onto the screen with no care for how obstructive it may be. It will even type out messages in Goose Notepad and drag those onscreen as well.
Novelty and prank factor
While there is undoubtedly a charming appeal to having a belligerent virtual goose running around your desktop causing all manner of amusing problems, there is no practical use for it, and it does get in the way of actual work. For that reason, it is really just an app for the novelty factor, or perhaps as a prank on a friend or family member.
Fortunately, the app is lightweight, so it does not take a great deal of time or resources to try it out. And once you are done, it can be easily removed from the system.