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Game Tunnel (Nov 23, 2008)
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.
Game Tunnel (Nov 23, 2008)
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.
Game Tunnel (Nov 23, 2008)
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.
DarkZero (Jan 27, 2009)
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.
GameSpy (Oct 17, 2008)
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.
Indie Game Magazine (Oct 18, 2008)
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.
95 (Oct 14, 2008)
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.
gamrReview (Oct 21, 2008)
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.
Absolute Games ( (Oct 21, 2008)
Два сотрудника («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.
Mana Pool (Dec 09, 2010)
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.
91 (Oct 29, 2008)

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?

Game Tunnel (Nov 23, 2008)
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.
90 (Jan 21, 2009)
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.
Binary Joy (Oct 12, 2008)
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).
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.
PC Games (Germany) (Nov 26, 2008)
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!
JustPressPlay (Nov 11, 2008)
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.
GameZebo (Nov 03, 2008)
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.
GameSpot (Oct 31, 2008)
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.
IGN (Oct 20, 2008)
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.
90 (Oct 16, 2008)
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 ?
90 (UK) (Oct 02, 2008)
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.
GameLemon (May 30, 2009)
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.
Gameswelt (Jan 26, 2009)
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.
Game Captain (Dec 22, 2008)
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.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Nov 26, 2008)
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!
86 (Oct 13, 2008)
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!
Indius (Feb 03, 2012)
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 !
GameStar (Germany) (Oct, 2008)
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!
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.
GameZone (Jan 05, 2009)
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.
Bit-Tech (Oct 12, 2008)
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.
Edge (Oct, 2008)
Masterfully done, and certainly set to become an instant Wii and PC cult hit.
Krawall Gaming Network (Nov 28, 2008)
„World of Goo“ ist ein spaßiges Spiel mit interessanten Ideen und einem innovativen Konzept, das leider zu wenige wirklich fordernde und abwechslungsreiche Level bietet.