World of Goo
A shameless, slightly paraphrased rip the single greatest piece of literature of
the 20th century, Fox in Socks. But itís an apt one when contemplating World of
Goo for more than the obvious reference to gooey stuff, for this is a game
thatís like a collision between the good Dr S and Mr Tim Burton. Did I mention
that itís magnificent? Oh yeah, I havenít got that far.
World of Goo is magnificent. Right, I got there. Itís a puzzle game that superbly
ropes and ties the laws of physics and applies them to various goo balls under
your control, that are stretched out and interconnected to construct towers,
bridges and the like in order to grant safe passage to other globs of goo. If you
can imagine a cross between Lemmings, Patapon, LocoRoco, Bloom Blox, Putty
Squad and even the underrated N64 classic Blast Corps, then youíll be getting
the picture. But at the same time, World of Goo is tantalisingly original.
Your arsenal of goo balls is many and varied. Some are reusable and most are
once-only deals. Others are like water drips that only drip downwards, and
others are extremely flammable. There are even inflatable balloon goos, plus
an enormous, rather pretty goo.
Itís all set in a spectacular world thatís split into four seasonal stages, plus a
diabolical epilogue. To call this world Ďbizarreí would be an understatement, as
you progress variously through the internals of creatures, wind-ravaged vistas,
green and greener 8-bit innards and more. Itís all tied together with a devilish
assault on corporate culture and marketing, as youíre aided Ė although not
always Ė by the often cryptic ĎSign Painterí, who goes from a tutor, to a mentor,
to a virtual tormentor along the journey.
Completing a level isnít the end Ė and some will take much head-smacking and
lateral thinking to conquer at all. Further challenges await with ĎOCDí targets,
often setting what seem like impossible goals.
But thereís more! Any goo balls collected that are surplus to a levelís target are
filed away in a bonus game. There, your spare globbies are used to construct
the loftiest structure possible, with the twist being that if youíre internetted
up, the erections (lol) of others worldwide are flagged onscreen to give you
something to aspire to.
Itís epic, itís inspiring, itís hilarious, itís challenging, it's pretty, itís brilliant,
itís infuriating, it stays crunchy in milkÖ itís World of Goo, and it's one of the
best things to hit the Wii, or on any console, for that matter. And to think it
was made by just two guys in a shed.