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Review: World of Goo (PC)

April 15, 2009

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I hope you don’t finish reading this review.

Go ahead and leave! Really, I won’t mind. I’d rather you not waste any more time before you close your web browser and download a copy of World of Goo. But hey, I’m not here to tell you what to do — I’m just a lowly blogger who’s here to state my case, and let you make the decision.

But come on. Let’s be honest — you and I both know you’re gonna get this game, and you’re gonna love it to death, and you’ll think back on it fondly for years to come. Sound good? Great. Not convinced? Read on.

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What is World of Goo? It’s a game about building bridges and overcoming obstacles with ingenuity and persistence. It’s an indie darling that was developed primarily by the two folks who comprise 2D Boy — two guys who fine-tuned and polished their game to a mirror sheen, putting just about every other studio to shame.  It is, without a doubt, the easiest game to recommend to anyone: the old, the young, the hardcore and the casual, the structural engineers and the chemical manufacturers, the cosmetics gurus and environmentalists…anyone and everyone will find a reason to love this game.

The premise is simple enough: The goo balls need your help on their journey to reach their destination: the World of Goo Factory. There, at the goo-ball Mecca, they’re sticking together and building a tower into the sky. Why do they want to stack up so high? What are they searching for? What makes a ball of gelatinous goo tick?

The answers are there, and they’re certainly clever enough in their own right. But the real beauty of the game is in its flawless marriage of art and design. Colorful environments, bizarre but affable monsters and hilariously rendered stick-figure people populate the game world, and it’s all held together by the narrative wit of the omnipresent Sign Painter. Speaking to the player through various advice-giving signs in each level, the Sign Painter’s writings guide the game’s narrative through its transformation from a basic premise for a puzzle game to an experience that’s far more memorable. It’s executed with perfection.

At $20 on Steam and $15 on WiiWare, World of Goo is an absolute bargain. You’ll get just as much time and enjoyment out of it as you would from the average triple-A action blockbuster, but you’ll be left with a unique set of unforgettable experiences. Simply put, World of Goo is one of the most universally appealing games on the market and an absolutely essential experience for any gamer.

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Recommended for:

  • People who like games
  • People who like a few games
  • People who don’t really like most games but Tetris is okay and sometimes they play FreeCell when they’ve got some downtime at the office
  • Everyone, really

Not Recommended for:

  • Jerks

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