World of Goo

Posted: December 29, 2010 in 5 Hearts
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Prepare for 11 reviews in a row from the Humble Indie Bundle. I picked it up just before Christmas and set down to the playing now. I can also offer an upcoming review of Betrayal at House on the Hill edition 2 and Castle Ravenloft. Up first, is a review of World of Goo. Feast your eyes on the adorable graphics!

The basic idea of this game is that you have to use the little goo balls to form a structure to get from the start to the pipe somewhere else on the level. There is physics involved in getting the structures built, physics which can be slightly odd at times. As someone who’s taken classes on engineering design and basic kinematics, I have to say, this game is pretty accurate. The goo balls are also adorable. Like, amazingly adorable with the big eyes and the little things they say when you’re moving them around and sucking them up into the pipe. The game itself is structured in stages within chapters, sort of like a Mario Bros game.

World of Good is a very nice puzzle game, challenging enough to keep a person occupied for hours and quite fun. Its also subtly teaches basic concepts of engineering and kinematics. In fact, I would suggest this game to physics teachers for their classes. There’s also a very nice metagame that lets you build a tower with goo balls and if you connect to the internet, it shows you the heights of other people’s towers. Not only does it tell you how tall their tower is, but it also shows you how many of their goo balls they’re using.

I love the graphics, music and gameplay, but I have to say my favorite part of this game are the absurd things said by the sign painter on all the signs throughout the stages. They’re just surreal enough to be entertaining but also give little clues for how to beat the stage.

In conclusion, I have to say that World of Goo is an awesome game. So for its score, I rate the World of Goo at a 5 out of 5 hearts. Well done, 2D-Boy, well done! For anyone who missed out on the bundle who is interested in purchasing World of Goo, they should go to http://www.worldofgoo.com/.

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