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World of Goo Review

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Posted: 9 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer.

OverviewOverview

World of Goo is a puzzle game where you use balls of goo to create bridges that span increasingly large chasms and obstacles. The game simulates real-world physics to determine if structures are strong enough and when they collapse. This means that solutions often stretch the materials to breaking point and invite ambitious strategies.

You play through five chapters that offer levels with unique graphical and musical themes. Your objective is to get the required number of goo balls to the exit. To do this you need to use some of the balls to construct bridges, towers, and other structures. In your way are chasms, hills, spikes, windmills and cliffs.

As you progress you gain different types of goo balls, each with unique properties. These need to be used to complete each level. You are awarded points for how many goo balls you get to the edit (and by implication how efficient your structures are).

There's also a Portal-like subplot about a sign painter watching you and the World of Goo Corporation that isn't all it seems to be!

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7-11 year-olds

Release Date: 13/10/2008, updated in 2017

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch, Wii, Wii U and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Tomorrow Corp (@TomorrowCorp)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 7 hours and 9 hours to complete. To perfect every level can take close to 30 hours.
 
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. The Switch version supports 2 players. The downloadable Wii version offers multiplayer with up to four people on the same Wii.

There is also a bonus meta-game called World of Goo Corporation, where the objective is to build the highest tower using goo balls which the player collected through the course of the game. Players from all over the world can compete, as the height of the tower and number of goo balls used are being constantly uploaded to the 2D Boy server.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'. By accessing the Wii Shop Channel while in Wii Mode, you can purchase WiiWare and Wii Virtual Console titles on Wii U.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

7-11 year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

AccessibilityAccessibility

There isn't difficulty settings but the game does start easier and steadily get more difficult. You can restart any level at any time without penalty (apart from losing progress in that level to date).

Text is generally large and outlined for visibility. Tips that pop up don't stay on the screen for long and are moving. Also the level objectives are in a handwriting style font that is less clear.

The Wii and Switch versions let you point with the controller (motion pointing).
 
Our World of Goo Accessibility Report documents 14 accessibility features:

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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