Untitled Goose Game's Map Is Just Beautiful

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Image: House House / Marigold Bartlett
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I’m not talking about the actual game world—though it also is lovely—but in this case a special hand-drawn map that was commissioned, included in the game’s physical edition, and now available for sale on its own as a big fancy print.

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Created by Goldie Bartlett—currently working on Wayward Strand—the image was designed to hark back to classic pictorial maps, with an emphasis on looking good more than being any kind of practical in-game tool (it’s not quite 1:1, for example, but then who needs a map in this game?).

That emphasis means that the perspective of the world has been twisted in places, so that we can see stuff that would otherwise be obscured if this were just a giant screenshot. Like the paths, for example, which are all visible at once on this map. Bartlett says this is “so that someone could potentially enjoy tracing the Path of Goosely Chaos with their fingertip...”

To help put everything together, developers House House provided Bartlett with a special custom build of the game that showed the whole town spread out at once, like it was originally the cutest little village-building sim imaginable:

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Image: House House / Marigold Bartlett

Back to the map illustration itself now, and just look at these inks. Glorious. And yes, a colouring book would be very welcome.

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The map was then painted by hand, and here’s the finished product:

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Image: House House / Marigold Bartlett
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Here are some closer shots:

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Like I said, this was originally offered as an in-game thing, but it’s also now available as a huge, very fancy art print if that’s more your style.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

DISCUSSION

macklemoreorless
Mackleless

The map reminds me of these books I used to read as a kid that were about this town full of animal people. It was very much this art style. I can’t remember the name for the life of me. But they would show little city streets, and cutaways into the citizens homes.