Solo indie developer Memory of God gifted gamers with the game “Where the Goats Are” on September 10th, 2017. After immersing oneself into the title of the game one may find themselves wondering what the basic premise is. For one, the main character Tikvah, is an elderly woman who finds solace in performing her daily chores. These tasks include feeding, loving on, and milking goats as well as watering a lone plant, crafting goat cheese and following chickens. Secondly, Tikvah also receives daily letters from her friends and family who left farm life to live in the big city. This sounds like a slower place Stardew Valley; however, it is an extremely slow paced game. My first in game day consisted of walking to the well, petting a goat, and speaking with the mailman. To be fair, Memory of God did include this in the gaming description as well as one should expect to finish the game in about an hour. This also leads the player to understand, gaming doesn’t have to be about leveling up quickly or earning a bunch of money, but rather relaxing and enjoying the experience. After one gets used to the pace of the game, they will find that the music, created by Jack Taylor, is soothing and metaphorically hugs the player. This effect also relays the message that “Where the Goats Are” was created to be peaceful. The music allows one’s mind to wonder and ponder why Tikvah is living alone on this farm while her loved ones are gone? Simply put, this grandmother is dying and wishes to spend her last days doing what she loves, taking care of her farm. While one can find the game tranquil, this tidbit also makes one aware of their own mortality. Many video games do involve some form of death, but the end result isn’t the death of the main character. This is what makes “Where the Goats Are” different from other indie games. Yes, it’s got stunning graphics, but it also makes one look within themselves and understand what it means to truly love what they do. Overall, Memory of God has successfully conveyed the message that one should appreciate the little things while they can. “Where the Goats Are” is equal parts tranquil and depressing but also eye opening.
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One can also download “Where the Goats Are” here.