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Bleat your high score as Goat Simulator crashes onto iOS and Android

The viral hit game now lets you cause caprid chaos wherever you go -- or rather, wherever you goat.

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Coffee Stain Studios

You can now take your first-person goater wherever you go, as Goat Simulator crashes on phones and tablets running iOS and Android.

The viral hit involves steering a goat around an open world in the style of a skateboarding game, headbutting stuff, flying through the air, and generally causing caprid carnage. The idiosyncratic behaviour of the physics engine and a number of bugs and glitches deliberately left unfixed add to the hilarity.

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Coffee Stain Studios

Designed by Swedish developers Coffee Stain Studios, Goat Simulator began life as a joke created in a game jam, an intensive session of building a game in less than a month. The prototype used Nvidia PhysX and Apex within the Unreal Engine 3, and was intended for the developers to practise using the Unreal Engine.

But after it was shown off in YouTube videos, the joke captured the imagination of gamers on social media, and was developed into a full release on Steam, Valve's online game store. Fittingly, it was launched on 1 April.

The game is already available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X computers. It's expected to skate comically onto the Xbox soon too.

The mobile version was scheduled to appear in a couple of days, but Coffee Stain said they just couldn't resist pushing the big "publish" button. The app costs $4.99, £2.99 0r AU$6.49 from the Apple App Store or Google Play for Android devices.