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By Stuart Andrews

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World Of Goo

Summary

Our Score:

9

There's also something else that keeps you hard at the Goo grindstone for hours at end, and that's what we might call personality. In a world where we routinely excuse the graphics in small, indie games because the gameplay is so innovative or exciting, it's a pleasure to report that World of Goo looks and feels polished enough to be a major commercial title. Its 2D worlds have a touch of Tim Burton, a tad of Dr Seuss and a smidgeon of LocoRoco, and somehow it's all bound together in a weird and slightly macabre storyline that leaves you feeling that, for once, somebody has actually thought about this stuff. Even the Goo itself is lovable - to the point that sacrificing a clump for the good of the group can be a little bit heartbreaking at times.

It's hard not to love a game that starts off weird, with giant frogs and monstrous digestion systems, then gets weirder and weirder with blinking beauty queens composed of Goo, vast human figures and increasingly madcap industrial machines. The music, too, is stupendous, with themes that add to the feeling of urgency or drama. I say it again; this is not just another dry puzzle game - it's a game made with love and real imagination, and you can't ask for much more than that.

So what does the Wii version bring to the PC original? Well, obviously control has moved from mouse to Wii remote, and while this can make it slightly trickier to click and drag Goo in a moment of impending disaster, 2D Boy has done a great job of implementing the point-and-click controls.What's more, a second player can now join the game at any time. They can't scroll the screen - which can be a bit frustrating for the player riding shotgun - but they can help or hinder your efforts by dragging and depositing the Goo. When it all goes right, it's great to share the fun. When it all goes wrong, it's either hilarious or hugely row-provoking, dependant upon with whom you're playing and your moods.

Luckily, most of the time, World of Goo is a recipe for happiness and joy. At 1500 Wii points it's a steal, and much, much better value than 90% of full-priced Wii games I could mention. In fact, it's easily the best Wii game I've played since LostWinds and EA's hugely underrated Boom Blox. If you have a Wii buy it, and if you know anyone who has a Wii and moans about not having any decent games, then pester them to buy it. If you have a PC and you haven't played it, buy it. At £16.99 it's a bit pricey on Steam, but at $20 (a touch over £13) direct from 2D Boy it's an absolute bargain.

Verdict

An intelligent, innovative, ingenious and beautifully designed action/puzzle game. Whether you have a PC or a Wii, you need to get your hands on some Goo.

Overall Score

9

Pbryanw

January 11, 2009, 6:08 am

I'm glad you finally got around to reviewing World of Goo as it's, in my opinion, a great game and the prefect way to spend 5-10 minutes of your free time (if you play it in small chunks like I did).





Just wondering, would this have made the 2008 top ten if you had reviewed it when the PC version came out? I hope it would have.

smc8788

January 11, 2009, 6:46 am

I couldn't agree more with this review. I got this a while ago when it was on sale on Steam, based on nothing more than the good reviews I had heard about it, and was very pleasantly surprised with what I got. It's been a while since I've played a game as original, clever and well polished as this. It really makes you think and is very rewarding when you complete some levels which look impossible, but just require a bit of lateral thinking. Many puzzle games are bland, boring and repetitive, but not so with this game; you will always find something new even after hours of gameplay. It has a great look and feel to it that makes it instantly likeable, you can see how much thought and effort its creators have put into it. If you haven't picked this up yet, I would really recommend it as it is probably the best 㾶 I've spent on a game. Unfortunately (or rather fortunately) I accidentally deleted my saved game just a couple of levels before the end so I now have to go and play through the whole thing again!

Hugo

January 12, 2009, 12:55 am

Incidentally guys, if you like this game try Crayon Physics Deluxe.

Doc. Caliban

January 15, 2009, 10:41 pm

I played this on my Mac a while back. VERY fun game. Virtually no replay value, but that's true of all puzzle type games. From the menus, to the music, sound effects, and graphics, the whole thing has a great Tim Burton feel to it.

sengstaken

January 17, 2009, 1:44 am

Curse you all, TR. I've just burned several hours playing this. Best thing since Worms. And sliced bread.

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