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World of Goo

aka: Goo no Wakusei

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Touch Arcade ( ) (100%)

Puzzle games are a dime a dozen on the App Store, but World of Goo is easily one of the best ones available. It's charm, level of polish, and stream of new mechanics and ideas will keep you invested, while its other qualities will probably make you wish that every game from this point forward could be as imaginative and intuitive. Check it out.

Dec 15th, 2010 · iPad · read review

MacLife ( ) (100%)

World of Goo’s funny, emotional story and solid puzzle premise form an excellent, unique game.

Jan 2nd, 2009 · Macintosh · read review

Video Game Talk ( ) (100%)

If there was any platform that was a perfect match for The World of Goo, both aesthetically and physically, it's the iPhone and iPod Touch. The controls are perfectly implemented and the gameplay is incredibly involving, so much so that you are invested in the survival of the cute little Goo balls. Puzzles are thoughtfully designed and the narrative slowly begins to delight the player as the game progresses. You are looking at about 7 to 9 hours of game time to polish off the nearly 50 levels, an extremely excellent deal at $2.99, especially compared to most console releases (Portal 2, I'm looking at you this week). Don't hesitate to download The World of Goo for the iPhone if you love puzzlers or simply well-polished games.

Apr 19th, 2011 · iPhone · read review

Tech with Kids (Computing with Kids) ( ) (100%)

World of Goo is a masterpiece. Its puzzles are simple in concept and deliciously difficult to solve. With its stunning graphics, endearing building materials, captivating music, and a quirky sense of humor, this is a game you won't want to miss.

Jan 16th, 2009 · Macintosh · read review

DarkZero (10 out of 10) (100%)

To do World of Goo justice, you really need to get playing it. Screenshots and videos might not make you spark alight with interest but simply just grabbing that Wii remote and having a go will let you understand more why it is so special. World of Goo is so full of unbelievable ideas that merge so well with its fresh take on the puzzle genre. It ticks all the boxes: fun, innovative, simple yet complex, brilliant and addictive. I could go on and on, but really all I need to do is start a petition to get the meaning of goo in the dictionary changed to “a thick or sticky substance that makes for awesome games”. Don’t miss this year’s biggest surprise.

Jan 27th, 2009 · Wii · read review

Game Tunnel (10 out of 10) (100%)

WoG could have zero personality and still be a good game, but on top of the tremendous technical execution, you are presented with a quirky and odd world that teems with character. WoG has a style all its own and the flair and dynamics of the world just add to the pleasure of losing time with the game. Perhaps the most impressive feat, WoG is one of the few physics games that are more rewarding than punishing. Instead of frequent frustration, it always feels like "you were almost there" and there is a strong desire to retry incomplete levels and use new strategies to get to the goal. World of Goo is an indie masterpiece.

Nov 23rd, 2008 · Windows · read review

Game Tunnel (10 out of 10) (100%)

World of Goo is the complete package, showing other indies what they could be. It's a mixture of passion and brilliance that left me blubbering like a fanboy. Honestly, it's hard to talk about the game without drooling, it's just that good. If you don't own a copy of this game (a legitimate one!) your computer will disown you.

Nov 23rd, 2008 · Windows · read review

Game Tunnel (10 out of 10) (100%)

World of Goo!!! I'll start with a "Go buy this game right now!" This game is so close to perfect that the jealous game developer in me (who doesn't make games nearly as good as this) wants to pretend it doesn't exist. Every aspect of this game is executed with such amazing attention to detail that it really helps put all other games, not just indie games, into perspective. The graphics are spectacular, the music and sound effects rich and engaging, and the level design and gameplay execution is flawless. As indie game fans, we have a moral responsibility to not only give 2D Boy our money, but to tell everyone else to as well. Support 2D Boy! By giving 2D Boy your money, you're telling them, and every other indie game developer out there, that you appreciate and support the hard work and dedication of any team that is willing to invest the time, effort and money to make truly amazing games like World of Goo.

Nov 23rd, 2008 · Windows · read review

Nintendo Wii X / GameCube X (10 out of 10) (100%)

World of Goo ist ein einziges Universalkunstwerk und mit Abstand der beste Titel auf WiiWare bis dato. Nicht nur kann es durch seine unverwechselbare grafische Aufmachung bestechen, sondern überzeugt auch durch die meditative, opulente, gedankenversunkene oder auch mysteriöse Musik und die fast schon poetischen kleinen Textfetzen, die die Levels betiteln oder auf Schildern in kurzen Beschreibungen zu finden sind und die kreative Geschichte erzählen. Das Gameplay selbst kann kaum simpler sein, macht unter anderem deswegen aber absolut süchtig und motiviert potentiell ewig, weil es optionale Zusatzziele in den Levels gibt (ZKVs - Zwingende Kriterien für Vollständigkeit), die wirklich schwer zu lösen sind. Kein Level gleicht dem anderen, es gibt immer Abwechslung und man wird von World of Goo niemals gelangweilt.

Dec 22nd, 2008 · Wii · read review

Eurogamer.net (UK) (10 out of 10) (100%)

But it's hard to think of anything more you could possibly want from a puzzle game. World of Goo is breathtakingly fresh while built on the foundations of genre classics. It offers a gentle challenge as you make your way through its seasonal chapters the first time, and then a fiendish one as you try to fathom quite how it's possible to attain the OCD targets. And while it's doing all that, your spirit soars, elevated by the depth of love that's gone into it, and pours out of it. The addition of a social way to play is the cherry ice cream with cherry sauce and real chunks of fresh cherries on top.

Jan 5th, 2009 · Wii · read review

Nintendo Life ( ) (100%)

It's quite amazing that a development team consisting of basically three people has somehow managed to create such a unique and utterly charming gaming experience like the one found in World of Goo. What's also quite amazing is that you can purchase this outstanding title for a mere 1500 Wii Points. Other WiiWare developers out there need to take notice that World of Goo has raised the bar for what a WiiWare title should be, and it's raised it fairly high. Not only is it easily the best WiiWare release to date, it's also proof that you don't need a large development team or millions of dollars to create an outstanding video game. In an era of where style is often emphasized over substance, it's refreshing to see a title like World of Goo that somehow manages to feature an abundance of both.

Sep 13th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Eurogamer.fr (10 out of 10) (100%)

Cela dit, on voit mal ce que l'on pourrait désirer de plus d'un jeu de réflexion. World of Goo est étonnamment original, bien que construit sur les fondations des classiques du genre. Il propose un challenge relativement simple quand on parcourt pour la première fois ses chapitres divisés en saisons et un défi diabolique quand on essaie de trouver comment il est possible d'atteindre les objectifs OCD. Tout au long du jeu, vous nagez dans une sorte de béatitude, devant l'amour qui a été consacré à sa réalisation et qui s'en dégage. L'ajout du jeu en coopération est, non pas la cerise, mais un tombereau de cerises sur un gâteau déjà fabuleusement appétissant.

Jan 12th, 2009 · Wii · read review

Tech with Kids (Computing with Kids) ( ) (100%)

World of Goo is a masterpiece. Its puzzles are simple in concept and deliciously difficult to solve. With its stunning graphics, endearing building materials, captivating music, and a quirky sense of humor, this is a game you won't want to miss.

Jan 16th, 2009 · Windows · read review

GameSpy ( ) (100%)

But these are the smallest of nitpicks with what's otherwise a fantastic puzzle game. World of Goo's mix of ingenious physics-based puzzles and witty, colorful presentation make it a game almost everyone should check out. It goes by fast -- you can get through most of the puzzles in 5-6 hours -- but for $20, there's little excuse not to check out this World.

Oct 17th, 2008 · Windows · read review

Slide to Play (4 out of 4) (100%)

World of Goo is the quintessential, addictive iPad puzzler. Once you start flinging goo, you’ll never want to stop.

Dec 15th, 2010 · iPad · read review

DarkZero (10 out of 10) (100%)

To do World of Goo justice, you really need to get playing it. Screenshots and videos might not make you spark alight with interest but simply just grabbing that Wii remote and having a go will let you understand more why it is so special. World of Goo is so full of unbelievable ideas that merge so well with its fresh take on the puzzle genre. It ticks all the boxes: fun, innovative, simple yet complex, brilliant and addictive. I could go on and on, but really all I need to do is start a petition to get the meaning of goo in the dictionary changed to “a thick or sticky substance that makes for awesome games”. Don’t miss this year’s biggest surprise.

Jan 27th, 2009 · Windows · read review

Linux Format (10 out of 10) (100%)

An intoxicating masterpiece of gaming ingenuity, beautifully constructed and universally enjoyable.

May 2009 · Linux · read review

Modojo (5 out of 5) (100%)

We literally have nothing bad to say about World of Goo. It's a wonderful puzzle game that every iPad owner needs to download. Prepare to spend hours, if not weeks, playing this one.

Mar 8th, 2011 · iPad · read review

UOL Jogos ( ) (100%)

"World of Goo" é a prova de que criatividade e inovação não dependem de investimento de grandes produtoras. Não bastasse sua mecânica genial e uso inteligente da física para a realização de quebra-cabeças inovadores, o jogo traz ainda um visual único e uma trilha sonora belíssima e envolvente. O resultado é uma das melhores experiências que o Wii poderia proporcionar, capaz de estampar no rosto do jogador um sorriso durante toda sua duração.

Oct 16th, 2008 · Wii · read review

NintendoWorldReport (10 out of 10) (100%)

World of Goo should not be passed over by a single gamer. It is easily the best WiiWare game to date and, perhaps, one of the best this generation.

Oct 17th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Pocket Magazine / Pockett Videogames ( ) (100%)

World of Goo constitue l’un des meilleurs jeux de réflexion de ces dernières années et l’on ne peut que se féliciter de le voir débarquer sur de nouvelles plates-formes pour toucher un public plus large.

May 9th, 2011 · iPhone · read review

1UP (A) (100%)

But it's the atmosphere that transforms World of Goo from a great concept to a fantastic game, with production values well above what you'd expect from a tiny indie developer. The crisp, hand-drawn visuals burst with care and creativity, recalling the wonderfully distinct approach of another recent downloadable favorite, Castle Crashers. And the music -- who would've expected such intense anthems from a physics-based puzzler? Comparisons to composer Danny Elfman are spot-on, but to me, it sounds like the soundtrack to an epic, big-budget role-playing game -- either way, the dramatic tunes offer the perfect juxtaposition to the whimsical sights and sayings spotted throughout the game. Some will undoubtedly scoff at the $15 price tag for "just a downloadable game," but World of Goo isn't "just" anything -- except, that is, one of just a handful of truly excellent original games for the Wii.

Oct 16th, 2008 · Wii · read review

UGO (UnderGroundOnline) (A) (100%)

If World of Goo were just a bare-bones game, it’d still be a ton of fun. But what elevates it above its competitors is the massive amount of work that went into every aspect of the game. The music is among the most memorable and pleasing that we’ve heard out of a video game this year, and the graphics are utterly charming, mixing a Dr. Seuss-inspired style with contemporary finishing. Even the writing is great, with funny inside jokes and references to other indie games. World of Goo really captures the best of both worlds – like indie games, it’s inventive, charming and totally unique. And like big-budget games, it looks great and controls like a dream. The WiiWare version costs 1500 Wii Points, and a downloadable PC version is available for $20, with a boxed retail release soon to come. However you play it, don’t let World of Goo slip by.

Oct 17th, 2008 · Wii · read review

WiiWare World (10 out of 10) (100%)

It's quite amazing that a development team consisting of basically three people has somehow managed to create such a unique and utterly charming gaming experience like the one found in World of Goo. What's also quite amazing is that you can purchase this outstanding title for a mere 1500 Wii Points. Other WiiWare developers out there need to take notice that World of Goo has raised the bar for what a WiiWare title should be, and it's raised it fairly high. Not only is it easily the best WiiWare release to date, it's also proof that you don't need a large development team or millions of dollars to create an outstanding video game. In an era of where style is often emphasized over substance, it's refreshing to see a title like World of Goo that somehow manages to feature an abundance of both.

Oct 13th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Eurogamer.net (UK) (10 out of 10) (100%)

The rest you probably know about already: the fantastic visuals, the cracked humour, the five contrasting chapters that keep you transfixed right to the end. If a better game ever comes to the iPad, you might well spontaneously combust.

Jan 3rd, 2011 · iPad · read review

App Spy (5 out of 5) (100%)

World of Goo for iPhone and iPod Touch devices is almost everything fans of the original could want and those who are yet to try out this puzzling feast will be blown away by the deep, touching gameplay that grips you until the end; an easy must buy.

Apr 14th, 2011 · iPhone · read review

Hooked Gamers (10 out of 10) (100%)

While it is among the most expensive games on the Wiiware service at the moment, I can testify that it is more than worth the price tag. If you consider yourself a fan of video games, then I send out my highest recommendations for you to give this game a shot. You won't be disappointed.

Oct 23rd, 2008 · Wii · read review

Indie Game Magazine (97 out of 100) (97%)

What it comes down to is that World of Goo is one of the finest and most original games I have played in recent years. It may not be the longest experience, but much like XBLA’s Braid, Goo maintains an interest and high quality throughout every level of the game. The game is a fantastic experience that will be thoroughly enjoyed, but then you can move on. This approach to indie games is excellent because ultimately and indie studio cannot compete with the longevity of a commercial studio game. This is what they do best – Wow you with originality, art style and uniqueness and offer you a fantastic experience for the fraction of the price of a full scale commercial title. World of Goo is an exceptional game at an exceptional price. There’s really no excuse not to experience the creativity, art, and fun that permeates this game. Cons: Ultimately the game can be beaten over a weekend and every level played.

Oct 18th, 2008 · Windows · read review

Retroage (9.7 out of 10) (97%)

Produkt najwyższej klasy, choć w małym formacie to najlepszy w swojej kategorii. Zapamiętajcie ten tytuł z cyfrowej dystrybucji Nintendo WiiWare, bo to najlepsza gra, jaką oferuje nam ta usługa. Cena jest niestety trochę wysoka, bo aż 1500 Nintendo Points (około 46zł), ale grywalność tej pozycji zrekompensuje Wam wydane pieniądze. Bardzo POLECAM. Pozwolę sobie na koniec wspomnieć jedno zdanie z recenzji, którą przeczytałem gdzieś w Internecie. Sens wypowiedzi brzmiał mniej więcej tak: Ta gra pokazuje, że tworzenie jest bardziej miodne, niż niszczenie i zabijanie. Wspomnianym zdaniem chciałbym ukazać jak twórcy gier popadają w schematy nie tworząc niczego nowego. Word of Goo jest właśnie tym nowym, świeżym pomysłem. Jeśli nie graliście jeszcze w ten tytuł to nie graliście w nic podobnego do tej pory. Czekam na kolejny tytuł tej ekipy, zagram na każdej możliwej platformie. Wiem jednak, że przebić to co stworzyli w Word of Goo będzie im bardzo ciężko.

Jun 16th, 2011 · Wii · read review

GamingHeaven / DriverHeaven (96 out of 100) (96%)

World Of Goo is an amazing success story, it shows that you don't need a massive team of game developers to create something fresh , exciting and extremely addictive. The Wii needed this game because the last few months have seen quite a dry spell on Nintendo's console. It is crammed with creative, inventive and exhilarating level design and the art direction is wonderfully accomplished. If you are a current Wii owner, then vote with your Wii points and make sure you purchase. 2D boy need to be supported so they can release future masterpieces!

Oct 24th, 2008 · Wii · read review

IGN (9.5 out of 10) (95%)

IGN gave World of Goo a near-perfect score on WiiWare. I'm seconding that praise for the iPhone edition. World of Goo is a brilliant puzzle game that was seemingly made to be played on a touch screen, as it's so easy -- so second-nature -- to use your finger to drag the little goo balls around to create towers, bridges, escape routes, and more. Like Osmos before it, there is just something about using actual touch to control this game...not to get too feely-feely about it, but it creates a real connection between you and the action.

Apr 19th, 2011 · iPhone · read review

IGN (9.5 out of 10) (95%)

World of Goo is an amazing WiiWare game that you simply must buy for this is exactly the type of software that needs both recognition and support. A three-man team has created a title that is not only significantly cheaper than most retail Wii games, but a hell of a lot better in every regard, from concept to execution. It's packed full of brilliant, challenging levels. It's gorgeous. It's got beautiful music. And it controls really well. So if you value any or all of these qualities, and hopefully you do, you should be delighted to know that Nintendo's downloadable service is about to rock your world, goo style.

Oct 10th, 2008 · Wii · read review

411mania.com (9.5 out of 10) (95%)

It comes the time to wrap this thing up and all I can think is “hell yeah, I get to go and play some more of this game” because I need to get the screen shots done. 2D Boy have created one of the finest games of the year, I don’t care that it is an indie game; it is up there with any and all the hits. This is what gaming is all about, great game design, great character, and great fun. This is a gamer’s game and a game that should be played by non-gamers. It is a piece of art and a Goo filled ball of fun.

Oct 14th, 2008 · Windows · read review

gamrReview (9.5 out of 10) (95%)

Of course, I can't tell you whether or not World of Goo will be remembered as a classic game and it would be presumptuous to assert that it should be. What I can tell you is that it shares a large number of the qualities that some of the greatest games have in that it's simple, it's fun, it's addictive, and it's approachable for everyone. Put simply, if you can even remotely afford to pick the game up, it's worth every last cent.

Oct 21st, 2008 · Windows · read review

Cheat Code Central (4.7 out of 5) (94%)

This is exactly the kind of experience WiiWare seems designed for. 1500 Wii Points is really a small price to pay for excellence, especially when the sheer quality of World of Goo handily puts more than a few full-blown Wii releases to shame. It's a blast from start to finish. If there's one game you pick up on WiiWare this year, make it this one.

Oct 19th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Absolute Games (AG.ru) (93 out of 100) (93%)

Два сотрудника Pogo.com («казуальное» подразделение Electronic Arts) ушли на вольные хлеба, а в итоге появилась World of Goo, из принципиальных соображений обходящаяся без защиты от копирования. О ней нельзя рассказать много, не усыпав статью спойлерами. Это очень простая, но очень гениальная игра. С ценником в $20 она приносит удовольствия на $60. Подобные проекты, сделанные с любовью, для себя, возвращают нас в солнечное прошлое и сохраняют надежду на то, что и будущее окажется не слишком мрачным и печальным.

Oct 21st, 2008 · Windows · read review

Mana Pool (9.2 out of 10) (92%)

World of Goo really is an absolute delight from start to finish, and the additional gameplay that you can reap from trying to attain OCD and the World of Goo Corporation meta game really add to the replayability/value for money. Even for those who don’t enjoy trying to achieve such accolades, the wonderful experience of the main game itself more than justifies shelling out a few bucks. In short, if you’re a fan of puzzles there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t play this game. It really is glorious.

Dec 9th, 2010 · Windows · read review

A.V. Club, The (A-) (91%)

Though the game's downbeat point of view doesn't quite jibe with the gameplay, the puzzle setups are irresistible, and the physics impeccable.

Oct 13th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Gamer.co.il (91 out of 100) (91%)

אז הנה לכם הסיפור כולו על רגל אחת: צמד מפתחים, שצצים משום מקום, ועושים לכולם בית ספר על איך משחק ראוי להעשות. מי היה מאמין שאחד המשחקים הטובים של השנה יעסוק בכדורי ג'יפה דביקים?

Oct 29th, 2008 · Windows · read review

Game Revolution (A-) (91%)

World of Goo can be faulted, though, for its controls. The Wii remote is the main form of control, and in most levels, a lot of scrolling has to be done. A lot of time is spent moving the cursor being to the edges of the screen, sometimes making things confusing. Coming in at 1500 Wii Points, World of Goo pushes the downloadable game cliché out of the window, providing hours of dynamic and unique fun that a lot of fully priced releases fail to do. Get on sliming!

Jan 27th, 2009 · Wii · read review

Gamereactor (Sweden) (9 out of 10) (90%)

Det finns inte mycket mer att diskutera, applådera nu 2D Boy och köp det här spelet så fort du kan. Själv fortsätter jag samla slem och jobba uppåt, uppåt, uppåt i mitt vansinniga torn. Det börjar bli ostadigt igen, men den här gången kommer jag att fixa det. Det gungar alltid på toppen, men där är utsikten som vackrast.

Jan 7th, 2009 · Wii · read review

PC Games (Germany) (90 out of 100) (90%)

Aliens zermatschen, PvP-Ranglisten anführen und die Weltherrschaft erobern - viele Spiele begannen mich zu langweilen, zu oft waren Tod und Zerstörung das Ziel. Und dann kam World of Goo: ein kleines Juwel, voll abwechslungsreicher Levels, edlem Design und einem ergreifenden Soundtrack - für mich das schönste aller Knobelspiele und obendrein das zeitgemäße Gegenstück zu Metzgerspielen der Sorte Dead Space. Kaufen!

Nov 26th, 2008 · Windows

Jeuxvideo.com (18 out of 20) (90%)

World of Goo nous offre une véritable leçon de game design, de créativité, en un mot d'art. De quoi rappeler aux plus blasés d'entre nous pourquoi nous aimons les jeux vidéo. Il y a encore de l'espoir dans ce monde formaté, ça fait du bien. Que dire de plus, sinon merci 2D Boy ?

Oct 16th, 2008 · Windows · read review

GameZebo ( ) (90%)

World of Goo is one of the best games of the year. It’s so rare that a game does so much right. Publisher Brighter Minds should be lauded for distributing such an off-beat independent game, and 2D Boy has instantly earned itself a huge fanbase. Whatever you do, don’t miss the Goo.

Nov 3rd, 2008 · Windows · read review

Eurogamer.net (UK) (9 out of 10) (90%)

If there's any justice, World of Goo will set the internet aflame and earn its creators a million dollars. The members of 2D Boy should be carried around in chariots while this glory lasts - because at some point, they're going to realise what a murderously high standard they've set for themselves, and run away forever.

Oct 2nd, 2008 · Windows · read review

JustPressPlay (9 out of 10) (90%)

World of Goo is one of the most fun games you will ever play. There’s a free demo available on Steam, and it’s worth the minute or so it takes to download. 2D Boy has been generous, and included the full first chapter in the demo! Players should immediately buy the game if they have money on hand. That is, unless they don’t like the taste of goo in the morning. But honestly, who doesn’t? The goo balls taste amazing, and if I were a food reviewer, I’d give the goo balls a nine out of ten.

Nov 11th, 2008 · Windows · read review

GBase - The Gamer's Base (9 out of 10) (90%)

So einfach, so technisch unspektakulär, so günstig und doch so genial. World of Goo ist - und das war eigentlich schon vor diesem Test klar - ein echter Geheimtipp auf dem Gebiet der Knobelspiele. Auch wenn die Grundidee dem Konzept des Vorreiters Bridge Builder unverschämt ähnlich ist, entwickelt World of Goo allein wegen des comichaften Grafikstils und des genialen Leveldesigns genug Eigenständigkeit, um den Spielern zu gefallen. Das Schönste aber ist, dass World of Goo Profi-Zocker und Gelegenheitsspieler vereint. Dass unsereins in Unreal Tournament 3 einfach den besseren Abzugsfinger hat, als jemand, der nur Solitaire spielt, versteht sich von selbst. Aber vor den physikalischen Herausforderungen in World of Goo sind wir alle gleich.

Jan 8th, 2009 · Windows · read review

Play.tm (90 out of 100) (90%)

So there we have it, not only have 2D Boy provided a world full of goo related fun as promised, they've done so at a bargain basement price of only 16.99 GBP. In a gaming world populated by companies able to throw millions of pounds at tired franchises that sell on their name alone and where genuine innovation and fresh ideas should be welcomed with open arms, there's no better game to throw your weight behind than World of Goo. If more titles were made with this much passion the gaming world would be a much nicer, although possibly gooier, place.

Jan 21st, 2009 · Windows · read review

Binary Joy ( ) (90%)

The game could also do with a few basic setup options. I suspect their lack is primarily due to the game being developed with the Wii in mind, but I would really have liked the option to play World of Goo in a window rather than full screen and some volume controls would have been nice (the music is fantastic but I like to listen to my own music and with Goo it’s all or nothing).

Oct 12th, 2008 · Windows · read review

Game Tunnel (9 out of 10) (90%)

For as much as I enjoyed the game, though, I can't give it a 10 because some of the challenges are very difficult. The final level of the first section is a good example. You're building an impossibly large tower, using stages of goo constructions. It takes forever, and it's very easy to have 10 minutes of hard work and careful planning wiped out with a simple error in judgment… and then you have to start over. Fun factor is high, but so is frustration factor.

Nov 23rd, 2008 · Windows · read review

IGN (9 out of 10) (90%)

World of Goo is an amazing downloadable PC game that you simply must buy. It's packed full of brilliant, challenging levels. It's gorgeous. It's got beautiful music. And it controls really well. So if you value any or all of these qualities, and hopefully you do, you should not hesitate to add it to your My Games List via Steam. I've given it a slightly lower score on PC versus WiiWare because it lacks the cooperative mode found in the Nintendo build and also because it retails for $5 more. But even at $20, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better, more engrossing downloadable game.

Oct 20th, 2008 · Windows · read review

GameSpot (9 out of 10) (90%)

All in all, World of Goo plays like you're messing around with a slimy, virtual erector set loaded up with real physics and gravity. Don't miss one of the most original and addictive gaming experiences to come along in years.

Oct 31st, 2008 · Windows · read review

Inside Mac Games (IMG) (9 out of 10) (90%)

WoG is highly entertaining. The levels are unique and challenging, the physics make each level slightly different every time you play it, and the bonus challenges for each level add a huge amount to each level's replayability.

Nov 19th, 2008 · Macintosh · read review

Macworld ( ) (90%)

World of Goo is a trippy puzzle game that pushes your knowledge of physics to its gooey limits in a post-modernistic setting. Fun, quirky, and highly-addictive, World of Goo is one of the most entertaining puzzle games to come to the Mac in years.

Dec 11th, 2008 · Macintosh · read review

Games4Mac (90 out of 100) (90%)

Tolles Puzzle-Spiel! Ein klasse Preis-Leistungsverhältnis hat das Spiel ebenso: Viele Level, sehr viel Spielspaß und eine tolle Präsentation. Kritikpunkte sind der fehlende Multiplayer-Modus und die nervige Musik, die sich leider nicht abschalten lässt.

2008 · Macintosh · read review

HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) (9 out of 10) (90%)

World of Goo is the most beautiful, hilarious, surprising physics-based puzzle game since Portal. The soundtrack is particularly amazing.

Oct 16th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Gamervision (9 out of 10) (90%)

This game is one of the finest titles available on WiiWare. It is easily worth fifteen bucks. If you own a Wii and complain about it gathering dust, then please – do yourself a favor. Stop complaining, pony up the cash and enjoy yourself. You'll get at least a few evenings out of this one. And you won't have to eat a human-being cake.

Oct 2008 · Wii · read review

Jolt (UK) (9 out of 10) (90%)

World of Goo is a fun, inventive and skilfully assembled game that’d even be at home on your laptop. The only downside is that, bizarrely, its availability in the UK is currently limited. All we’ll say as far as that goes is that if you do choose to evaluate some of the DRM-free code that’s being sold in the US, do still show your support for developer 2D Boy when their site is back up or they can be arsed to remove the region-lock on Steam.

Nov 26th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Jeuxvideo.com (18 out of 20) (90%)

World of Goo nous offre une véritable leçon de game design, de créativité, en un mot d'art. De quoi rappeler aux plus blasés d'entre nous pourquoi nous aimons les jeux vidéo. Il y a encore de l'espoir dans ce monde formaté, ça fait du bien. Que dire de plus, sinon merci 2D Boy ?

Dec 24th, 2008 · Wii · read review

Thunderbolt Games (9 out of 10) (90%)

The blend of puzzle solving and physic fundamentals is what makes it all happen. The challenges are incredibly well-designed; despite having a little less than fifty playable stages, many of them require a ton of planning and countless retries before you get them right. With so many different kinds of Goo and an ever-increasing level of complexity, the later areas will definitely give you a run for your money. Mastering the gameplay has its rewards; beating the game with the OCD requirements not only nets you more bragging rights, but lets you build further in the game’s open-ended challenge. The awkward controls are the only problem, but it’s nothing game-breaking. Besides, the stellar soundtrack, engrossing atmosphere, and quirky style will keep you hooked. And the craziest part of all? It only took two people to come up with something this awesome. If there was ever a game that demonstrated quality over quantity, this is it.

Aug 25th, 2009 · Wii · read review

GameSpot (9 out of 10) (90%)

All in all, World of Goo plays like you're messing around with a slimy, virtual erector set loaded up with real physics and gravity. Don't miss one of the most original and addictive gaming experiences to come along in years.

Nov 3rd, 2008 · Wii · read review

Macworld ( ) (90%)

That said, few games are as fun, interesting, and enjoyably complicated as what you’ll find in World of Goo HD. It’s a must-have for iOS gamers.

Apr 25th, 2011 · iPhone · read review

Gamereactor (Sweden) (9 out of 10) (90%)

Men detta förringar inte att World of Goo är ett fullkomligt lysande spel, oavsett format man spelar det till. Personligen föredrar jag Ipad-versionen framför dator-versionen, men oavsett om du har en Ipad eller inte, behöver du som gillar härliga pusselspel med härlig stämning, köpa World of Goo.

Dec 24th, 2010 · iPad · read review

Macworld ( ) (90%)

That said, few games are as fun, interesting, and enjoyably complicated as what you’ll find in World of Goo HD. It’s a must-have for iOS gamers.

Apr 25th, 2011 · iPad · read review

Pocket Gamer UK (9 out of 10) (90%)

Oozing charm and smart design, World of Goo is the best physics puzzler available on iPad.

Dec 17th, 2010 · iPad · read review

148apps ( ) (90%)

I can’t recommend World of Goo enough. If you are a fan of physics puzzlers or just a good games in general, this is a must have. While it’s not a new game, it’s good to have it finally on a platform that it seems to have been designed for.

Dec 16th, 2010 · iPad · read review

Wired ( ) (90%)

To exacerbate things, the difficulty curve isn't very forgiving. The game quickly starts getting hard, so there isn't much time to get acquainted with the mechanics. A level-skip feature comes in handy, but a level-select option that let you play levels out of order — instead of forcing you to suffer the indignity of having the level cleared automatically for you — would be better. Still, all the game's complexity makes for some brilliant puzzles. World of Goo is not about trial and error. You may not complete most of the levels on your first run, but the carefully polished physics and smart mechanics mean there's always a logical solution. I played World of Goo previously on my PC, but the iPad version's controls are a lot more suited to the game. Stacking goo balls by dragging them with your finger is faster, not to mention more fun.

Mar 2nd, 2011 · iPad · read review

Nintendo Life ( ) (90%)

World of Goo is a true classic, and it's revered for good reason. It's instantly accessible but with plenty of depth; it's paced out perfectly, with a steady stream of new tricks and techniques to learn; and its puzzles can be solved with forward-thinking, quick reflexes or a mixture of both. Wrapped up in a unique, pleasantly apocalyptic presentation, with co-op support and a harder 'OCD' mode for added replay value, this is a complete puzzle package. If you've played it previously, the Switch incarnation might be worth a second go for its portable pointer controls and on-the-go co-op, but if it's your first time into the World of Goo it's absolutely a must-play, and this is — in our minds — the definitive version.

Mar 27th, 2017 · Nintendo Switch · read review

Cubed3 ( ) (90%)

Nothing has changed here - this is still the same fantastic World of Goo that was so loved back on WiiWare, and now comes with the handy feature of including not only motion controls from the Wii version, but touch input from the mobile edition, as well as a great two-player feature and instant access to the atmospheric soundtrack. The core puzzles are as dastardly as ever, and feel just as fresh as they ever did, with numerous ways to solve them…and numerous ways to epically fail! Highly challenging, highly addictive, and, more than ever, leaving a thirst for a true sequel, World of Goo is a must for any Nintendo Switch owner.

Mar 25th, 2017 · Nintendo Switch · read review

Gameswelt (89 out of 100) (89%)

World of Goo ist ein absolutes Lehrstück in Sachen Spielkonzept und Spieldesign, vergleichbar mit dem Xbox-Live-Arcade-Kracher Braid. Erstens ist es extrem abwechslungsreich, das heißt, es werden keine Elemente hundertfach wiederholt und es kommen auch in späteren Levels neue Ideen zum Zug. Zweitens spielt es sich intuitiv, denn trotz der vielen verschiedenen Goo-Arten müsst ihr nicht gleich tausend Regeln beherrschen. Und drittens ist die Idee, das Bridge-Builder-Prinzip mit einem Echtzeitfaktor und knuddeligen Goos zu versehen, einfach traumhaft.

Jan 26th, 2009 · Windows · read review

GameLemon (8.9 out of 10) (89%)

Oh yes. Well, to sum it all up, World of Goo is a great title that will reward you for playing it with a reasonable few hours of fun at a not immoderate difficulty level. Unlike many puzzle games it's rarely frustrating, often entertaining, and it has something quite stunning and beautiful to it. In other words, it's worth your money, providing that that's what you want. You might just want to go back to headshotting zombies on Left 4 Dead though, in which case, good luck to you, peon. I'm done here anyhow.

May 30th, 2009 · Windows · read review

GameLemon (8.9 out of 10) (89%)

Oh yes. Well, to sum it all up, World of Goo is a great title that will reward you for playing it with a reasonable few hours of fun at a not immoderate difficulty level. Unlike many puzzle games it's rarely frustrating, often entertaining, and it has something quite stunning and beautiful to it. In other words, it's worth your money, providing that that's what you want. You might just want to go back to headshotting zombies on Left 4 Dead though, in which case, good luck to you, peon. I'm done here anyhow.

May 30th, 2009 · Wii · read review

4Players.de (88 out of 100) (88%)

Auch drei Jahre nach seinem Debut hat World of Goo nichts von seiner Faszination verloren. Das Hochziehen immer abenteuerlicherer Konstruktionen mit Hilfe der putzig gezeichneten Knetkugeln sorgt noch immer für viel Spannung. Außerdem ist das Spielprinzip wie für den Touchscreen gemacht: Wenn man sich einen fröhlichen kreischenden Ball mit dem Finger schnappt, kann man ihn blitzschnell und intuitiv an seinen neuen Platz schieben – und nebenbei mit einem zweiten Finger die Kamera justieren. Ab und zu wird es zwar ein wenig fummelig oder der Zeigefinger verdeckt kurz die Sicht (gerade auf kleinen Bildschirmen), doch diese vergleichsweise kleinen Probleme bekommt man schnell in den Griff. Wer noch keine andere Umsetzung besitzt, sollte also unbedingt zuschlagen!

Dec 1st, 2011 · Android · read review

4Players.de (88 out of 100) (88%)

Dieses Spiel ist wie gemacht für's iPad! Nichts gegen Maus oder Remote, aber die eigenen Finger sind zusammen mit der Multitouch-Möglichkeit einfach schneller. Mittlerweile ist World of Goo ja ein, wenn nicht sogar der Beweis dafür, welches kreative Potenzial in der umtriebigen Independent-Szene schlummert: Obwohl das physikbasierte Konstruktionsabenteuer schon zwei Jahre auf dem klebrigen Buckel hat, merkt man es dem Spiel mit seinem bestechenden Artdesign nicht an - es ist einfach zu gut. Kaum hat man die sauber umgesetzte iPad-Version gestartet, vergeht die Zeit wie im Nu. Das trickreiche Zusammenbasteln der wackligen Schleimbälle verbindet den fürsorglichen Charme von Lemmings mit den gefährlichen Gesetzen der Schwerkraft- das ist witzig, das ist fordernd und verdammt unterhaltsam!

Jan 31st, 2011 · iPad · read review

Game Captain (87 out of 100) (87%)

Mit wenigen Mitteln haben die 2D Boys (übrigens ehemalige EA Mitarbeiter!) ein richtig schönes Denkspiel geschaffen. Hervorragend, dass es so was in der Branche noch gibt. Wer nicht gerade der absolute Denkspielmuffel ist, kann also getrost das kleine Entwicklerteam mit einem Kauf des Spiels unterstützen. Noch Unschlüssige kleben einfach einmal ein paar Goos mit der Demo-Version.

Dec 22nd, 2008 · Windows · read review

PC Action (Germany) (87 out of 100) (87%)

Eigentlich habe ich es mir ja schon als Siebenjähriger abgewöhnt, mit grünem Schleim zu spielen. Das weiß ich noch genau, weil ich damals zeitgleich auch das Rauchen aufgab. Die Batzen in World of Goo hingegen faszinieren durch ein einfaches Spielprinzip und ziehen mich immer wieder vor den Bildschirm.

Feb 2009 · Windows

Gameplay (Benelux) (87 out of 100) (87%)

Een wereld vol gekleurde slijmballen, dat is wat je in deze Indie game aangeboden krijgt. En nee, je moet deze slijmballen niet met je shotgun herleiden tot een paar vlekken op het behangpapier, je moet ze koesteren en hun rekbare eigenschappen gebruiken om ze uit een of andere penibele situatie te redden. Een soort van Tower of Goo meets Lemmings en dat overgoten met een sausje van Tim Burton meets Danny Elfman (hoog tijd dat die kookprogramma's op tv gaan afnemen - red.). Het resultaat is één van de meest sfeervolle en originele Indie Games die we in jaren hebben gespeeld. Champagne!

Nov 26th, 2008 · Windows

4Players.de (86 out of 100) (86%)

Wer Bridge Builder und seine Nachfolger gemocht hat, dürfte World of Goo bereits auf dem Kieker gehabt haben. Aber auch sonst gilt: Wenn ihr keine totale Denkspielallergie habt, solltet ihr zugreifen. World of Goo verbindet Stil und Substanz, aber beeindruckte mich auch durch seine Varianten: Kein Puzzle wiederholt sich, jede Herausforderung wartet mit neuen Elementen auf. Langeweile oder Sättigung ist ein Fremdwort in der Welt des Schleims. Die Grafik, der herrlich absurde Humor sowie die stimmungsvolle Musik tun ihr Übriges, um dem Ganzen eine spezielle Atmosphäre zu verpassen. Nach Braid und Mount & Blade hat die Indie-Szene binnen weniger Monate ein weiteres Highlight hervorgebracht. Und auch wenn Tower-Modus und OCD längerfristig motivieren, so habe ich doch eine Bitte an 2D Boy: Mehr davon!

Oct 13th, 2008 · Windows · read review

Jeux Vidéo Network (17 out of 20) (85%)

Sans magouilles, World of Goo est un jeu de réflexion aussi rafraîchissant qu’intéressant qu’on se doit de posséder, sous peine d’être un goujat.

May 17th, 2009 · Wii · read review

Indius (17 out of 20) (85%)

Au final, World Of Goo s'avère un jeu d’exception qui marquera les joueurs, de par les émotions apportées au joueur et aussi le gameplay intuitif. Il trouvera facilement son public, et c'est une preuve vivante qu'il ne suffit pas d'avoir beaucoup d'argent pour faire une merveille vidéoludique. Si vous ne l'avez pas encore essayé, vous êtes considéré comme Hors-la-loi... Allez donc tout de suite vous le procurer !

Feb 3rd, 2012 · iPhone

Indius (17 out of 20) (85%)

Au final, World Of Goo s'avère un jeu d’exception qui marquera les joueurs, de par les émotions apportées au joueur et aussi le gameplay intuitif. Il trouvera facilement son public, et c'est une preuve vivante qu'il ne suffit pas d'avoir beaucoup d'argent pour faire une merveille vidéoludique. Si vous ne l'avez pas encore essayé, vous êtes considéré comme Hors-la-loi... Allez donc tout de suite vous le procurer !

Feb 3rd, 2012 · Wii · read review

Indius (17 out of 20) (85%)

Au final, World Of Goo s'avère un jeu d’exception qui marquera les joueurs, de par les émotions apportées au joueur et aussi le gameplay intuitif. Il trouvera facilement son public, et c'est une preuve vivante qu'il ne suffit pas d'avoir beaucoup d'argent pour faire une merveille vidéoludique. Si vous ne l'avez pas encore essayé, vous êtes considéré comme Hors-la-loi... Allez donc tout de suite vous le procurer !

Feb 3rd, 2012 · Linux · read review

Indius (17 out of 20) (85%)

Au final, World Of Goo s'avère un jeu d’exception qui marquera les joueurs, de par les émotions apportées au joueur et aussi le gameplay intuitif. Il trouvera facilement son public, et c'est une preuve vivante qu'il ne suffit pas d'avoir beaucoup d'argent pour faire une merveille vidéoludique. Si vous ne l'avez pas encore essayé, vous êtes considéré comme Hors-la-loi... Allez donc tout de suite vous le procurer !

Feb 3rd, 2012 · Windows · read review

GameStar (Germany) (84 out of 100) (84%)

World of Goo zeigt, dass es neben der Fließband-Spieleindustrie immer noch kleine, unabhängige Studios gibt, die mit tollen Ideen und viel Herzblut kleine Kunstwerke erschaffen. Und durch den Online-Vertrieb weiß ich, dass mein Geld direkt an diese Leute geht, anstatt bei den Publishern zu versickern. Man muss dieses Spiel also schon aus Prinzip kaufen. Doch das Tolle ist: Abgesehen davon ist es auch noch super!

Oct 2008 · Windows

IGN España (8 out of 10) (80%)

World of Goo es un juego de puzles bien resuelto, con carisma y personalidad propia. No podemos negar que estamos ante un gran juego, pero la falta de novedades con respecto a un juego que se encamina a la década de existencia nos hace plantearnos si merece la pena el sobrecoste de esta versión con respecto a sus ports móviles.

Apr 6th, 2017 · Nintendo Switch · read review

GameZone (8 out of 10) (80%)

This is a game that will make you hold your breath, and curse at your monitor (I have since apologized to my LCD). I like that it is simple in design, but deep and complex in completion of objectives. Replaying a level gives you the chance to hone the skills you develop. It is interesting to re-visit a level and use less Goo in your replay situation, once you have a better feel for how things work. It’s a fun self-challenge to use less resources and be more efficient on a replay, but being able to share those results with the online Leaderboard.

Jan 5th, 2009 · Windows · read review

Bit-Tech (8 out of 10) (80%)

Unfortunately, the game itself is fairly short-lived and a focused gamer could probably burn through the entire thing in just a few hours. That’s fair considering the price, but we would have loved to see a bit more of what 2D Boy has to offer. It’s a shame, because World of Goo is a great game while it lasts – it’s just that there’s nothing here to really draw you back for a second play. All the game would've needed is a rudimentary level editor or sandbox mode to ensure long-lasting appeal. With those features lacking though, World of Goo has to be judged as what it is; a very accessible, quirky and fun puzzle game which falls down on replayability but redeems itself on sheer cuteness. It’s a great game, but just don’t expect it to hold your attention for very long.

Oct 12th, 2008 · Windows · read review

Vooks ( ) (80%)

World of Goo is a game that has aged pretty well since it's original release and the HD graphics go a long way in making it stay a classic puzzle game. The progression is great, with some levels that will make you scream and shout whilst simultaneously pulling out your hair, has a great art style and some pretty funny remarks from The Unknown Sign Painter. It does face some control issues but nothing which is a deal breaker. If you haven't played World of Goo before, or even if it's been a few years or more since you last did, it's certainly worth your time on the Switch.

Apr 10th, 2017 · Nintendo Switch · read review

GNT - Generation Nouvelles Technologies (8 out of 10) (80%)

On a longuement hésité dans la notation finale. 8/10 ? 9/10 ? Plus ? Moins ? Il est difficile de noter un tel jeu vu qu'il ne rentre pas dans les cases formatées de l'industrie vidéoludique en général. Il fait tellement appel à ce que l'on peut éprouver en le parcourant que l'on ne peut être parfaitement absent d'une certaine forme de subjectivité nous projetant vers notre enfance et les souvenirs parfois encore bien présents. Alors on a fait une moyenne. Mais elle ne reflète que partiellement toute la qualité de ce jeu et son unicité qu'on aimerait tant retrouver en chacun des softs que l'on teste.

Feb 23rd, 2009 · Windows · read review

Edge (8 out of 10) (80%)

Masterfully done, and certainly set to become an instant Wii and PC cult hit.

Oct 2008 · Windows

Games TM (8 out of 10) (80%)

Around every corner there's a surprise - a stirring new setting here, a different goo type there, and a couple of unexpected twists along the way. World Of Goo just keeps on giving right up until its final moments and keeps so much new and exciting content trickling your way that you'll find it hard not to start a new level as soon as you've finished each and every previous one. The negative side of this is that you'll finish the game all too quickly and be left wishing that you'd paced yourself more. But when you think about it, that's really a positive and perhaps the greatest indication that World Of Goo is something very special indeed.

Nov 27th, 2008 · Wii

Video Chums (7.7 out of 10) (77%)

World of Goo was a phenomenally distinct puzzler when it first debuted and it remains worthwhile nearly a decade after its initial release. If you've never played it before then you owe it to yourself to download it on your brand new Switch.

Mar 21st, 2017 · Nintendo Switch · read review

Krawall Gaming Network (76 out of 100) (76%)

„World of Goo“ ist ein spaßiges Spiel mit interessanten Ideen und einem innovativen Konzept, das leider zu wenige wirklich fordernde und abwechslungsreiche Level bietet.

Nov 28th, 2008 · Windows · read review

Computer Bild Spiele (2.5 out of 6) (70%)

PC-Spieler können sich jetzt über ein innovatives, witziges und anspruchsvolles Geschicklichkeitsspiel freuen. Wie der TV-Klassiker „Wetten dass?“ fasziniert das Spiel jede Altersklasse – vom Kind bis zum Greis. Und es ist völlig wurscht, ob Sie Vielspieler oder Anfänger sind. Neulinge werden zwar an einigen Aufgaben fast verzweifeln, aber das Erfolgserlebnis, wenn eine Spielstufe endlich geschafft ist und Sie sich voller Spannung an die nächste wagen dürfen, macht die hohe Hürde erträglich. Die Grafik gewinnt zwar keinen Preis. Das realistische Verhalten der schleimigen Gebilde ist dagegen erstklassig. Eine wirklich „gute“ Sache.

Jan 13th, 2009 · Windows · read review

Marooners' Rock (6.6 out of 10) (66%)

If anything, World of Goo is a fun little distraction on a console that is still trying to find its feet. There are definitely worse ways to spend ten bucks. It will always feel better playing this game with a mouse though.

Apr 17th, 2017 · Nintendo Switch · read review

Switch Player (3.1 out of 5) (62%)

World of Goo is a game with an excellent concept, held back from greatness by its limited scope and inaccurate control schemes. More levels, a proper ultimate goal, or even a good control scheme could've boosted this game out of middle-of-the-road territory - but as it stands, that's right where it sits.

Jun 20th, 2017 · Nintendo Switch · read review

Player Reviews

Goonderful!

The Good
Garage games are rising, and that means great news for the players. Some studios like 2D Boy are giving to the players some incredible games, with just great ideas instead of amounts of money. World of Goo is really simple, just some creatures (something like amoebas) trying to reach some objectives, building structures by sticking themselves or exploding things to get access to other areas. There are different "amoebas" with different "powers", so, you'll need to deal with your possibilities and complete every level of the game.

There are many levels, and they're not just puzzle levels. Every level has different things to do, and you don't have to do the same thing twice. We've got many puzzle games with thousands of levels, but you have to do the same thing all the time, just more difficult when you're progressing and nothing more. This is not the case, World of Goo has maybe less levels, but they're unique, you don't have to do the same things over and over and the difficult increases as you progress too. That means more fun!

Music is something to mention apart. The soundtrack suits with the essence of the game. Danny Elfman's influence is evident, and the music reminds me some games like Fable. Tim Burton's influence could be appreciated in the design of the game (especially in the sequences between some levels or episodes). The story is quite absurd but original, and you'll feel affection with the goo balls soon (specially the green ones).

Levels are difficult but not impossible. Take your time to understand how the goo balls works and how the physics works, so, it's possible that you'll need much more time in the first levels than in the last ones. Sometimes you'll think "how could I do that? it's impossible!" (a classic of puzzle games) but there's an obvious way to solve the puzzles, none of them are abstract and you know from the first move what you have to do.

-The sign painter.

The Bad
World of Goo is a great game, but not a perfect game. To start with, I didn't like the scroll. When you move your cursor to the limits of the screen it will move to that direction, but it does before you reach the screen limit, so, gameplay is not as perfect as it should be, because sometimes you need to be fast picking a certain goo, and you could fail in your purpose because of the scroll.

Another bad thing of the game, which is related with the previous one. There are many goos in some levels, running through the structure that you're making and you need a concrete one (to be precise, I'm talking about the red ones which are balloons) in a concrete time as I said (and you need to be fast). The problem appears when there are many goos running up and down, it's really difficult to take the goo that you're looking for, because he has to be alone to be taken.

To finish with, there are enough levels, right, but some of them are just like tutorial levels, they teach you how to do something or how some kind of goos works. Other levels are like bridge-levels because you only have to make one move (or a few) to see what happens (it's good for the story, but nothing more). Summarizing: Maybe one more chapter would be perfect!

-The sign painter.

The Bottom Line
Prepare your brain for this game, and prepare yourself esteem for its increase when you've finished it. World of Goo is original, there's no doubt about that, and maybe one of the best garage games ever made, maybe a little short but enough to be fun and not repetitive as many other puzzle games with thousands of boring levels doing the same thing on and on.

Build your tower of goo and have fun! -The sign painter.

by NeoJ (398) on Jun 2nd, 2009 · Windows

If there is hope, it lies in the indies

The Good

Once upon a time, there was a hill where cute little balls of goo lived. One day, they found a mysterious pipe. Where can it only lead? They decided to find out.

World of Goo is a physics-driven puzzle game, which is probably best described as an unlikely combination of Bridge Builder and Lemmings. The basic game mechanic is very simple – balls of goo can be attached to other balls of goo, creating different structures. Your task is to build this structure to a pipe which, once you reach it, starts sucking. All unattached goo balls crawling over the structure get sucked in and you can move to the next level. Sounds like another boring puzzle game, doesn't it? But it's not “just another puzzle game”. Oh no, not at all.

World of Goo, a game created by an independent studio – just two guys, actually! – takes the somewhat stale genre of puzzle games, looks at it carefully, learns what is wrong and then goes its own way, jumping over all the pitfalls with extraordinary grace, charm and skill – and a somersault or two just for the fun of it. The game, you see, is not just a series of levels, it is a wild torrent of imagination let loose.

There aren't two levels alike in World of Goo. There is no filler. Each and every level is hand-crafted with precision. Each and every level somehow manages to have its own distinctive look – they are beautiful and they are memorable. And each and every level, most importantly, brings something new to the game, something you haven't seen before and something you probably did not expect.

Your goo balls often stumble upon various mechanisms and your task is to figure out what exactly they do and how to use them to your advantage. The game's physics engine is vastly more sophisticated than you would think and allows the level designers to create pretty much anything they can think of. There is, for example, a level that rotates. A level that takes place atop a see-saw. Or one in which your task is to unroll a red carpet for a very special guest. And that's one of the least bizarre levels in the game.

Another source of innovation are different types of goo – there is not only standard black goo, but also green vine goo (which can be removed from the structure and reattached) or albino goo (can connect to more goo balls than black) and many, many more, including such gems as balloon goo, flammable goo, beautiful goo, dead goo and even shy yellow goo balls with commitment anxiety.

And still there is so much more – I could write pages and pages describing the delights of individual levels, but I couldn't bear spoiling the fun of discovering them for anyone. You will have to trust me – the fourth chapter alone is so wonderfully innovative you really have to experience it yourself. The game's levels are also linked through signs written by a peculiar Sign Painter, who provides hints (sometimes) and takes you through the game's story. I think.

Once you double-click the game's setup icon, you are sucked into the game's world. A fairly bizarre world where the friendly, yet somehow sinister World of Goo Corporation manufactures and distributes its goo products. The game's undeniable charm is the result of its incredible attention to detail. Pretty much everything in the game is guaranteed to put a smile on your face or make you chuckle from the moment it starts loading (the list of things the game apparently does while initializing, by the way, includes “homogenizing goo”, “swapping time and space”, “testing ozone” and “debating games as art”). The whole setting, art, cutscenes and the unpredictable story they tell (which somehow revolves around consumerism, beauty pageants, electricity, digestive tracts and spam) as well as the Sign Painter's messages all have the same quirky quality and charm which I am at a loss to describe.

The game's artwork is simply beautiful, full of amusing details and overall extremely cute-if-somewhat-bizarre. The music (created by the same insanely talented person) is also fantastic – so rich, so textured and so unpredictable I would swear most of the time it is not just a one-minute loop I am listening to. And it is. Really. Do yourself a favour, visit 2D Boy's website and watch the trailers, they really are worth a few thousand words.

So how about length and replayability? There are four chapters and an epilogue (so far; a “moon chapter” is apparently in progress). The game's difficulty is set to a just perfect level, neither too easy nor too hard – you should never get stuck for more than a couple of minutes, as there are many subtle hints to guide you if you aren't sure what to do.

Going through the game doesn't actually take very long, just a couple hours (of first class entertainment, though!); replayability, however, is cleverly boosted in two ways: each level has a minimum number of goo balls you have to save to be able to continue to the next level and every extra ball you collect over this limit is sent to the World of Goo Corporation. In the Corporation, you can build a tower from those extra balls – and if you are connected to the internet, you can see the heights of other people's towers as clouds floating around your own and try to beat them by building a higher tower. Addictive, simple and fun.

Each level also has a set OCD criterion (as in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), which is typically a number of goo balls to be saved, or, less often, a maximum number of moves or maximum time in which you must finish the level. If you meet the OCD criterion, the level is marked with a flag on the level selection screen and you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, because the OCD criteria are often diabolical. Sometimes you only need to perfect the particular goo-building skill of that level; often, though, reaching the OCD involves some clever trickery (and I am not referring to cheating) and outside the box thinking – some of the criteria actually seem utterly impossible at a first glance, but aren't; the a-ha moment when you finally figure it out is priceless. Collecting OCD flags quickly becomes an addictive business that is certain to make you sleep deprived for at least a week.



The Bad

Nothing, really. The game is just perfect as it is. Nitpickers could point out that the interface, flawless during normal gameplay, can occasionally be a little annoying for the OCD hunter, but don't listen to those addicts. There is nothing wrong with World of Goo.



The Bottom Line

There is no other way to say it: World of Goo is a charming, utterly fantastic, original, daring, funny, addictive and extremely enjoyable little game. Considering this is a first release of an independent studio, it sets the bar for indie developers insanely high (and kicks the large corporation's arses in the process). World of Goo justly deserves to become a smash hit and a classic fondly remembered for many years to come. I take my hat off to you, 2D Boy.

by plumifrons (95) on Oct 13th, 2008 · Windows

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