Wii

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World of Goo

by Carmine Red - April 15, 2008, 3:00 am PDT
Total comments: 12

2DBoy makes Wiiware stick. Check out this intriguing downloadable game with our videos.

I remembered playing the experimental prototype that would become World of Goo almost two years ago. Back then the creators were college students exploring the limits of their creativity. Now, they're a three-man indie company that's currently “living in cafes and stealing Internet,” proving that WiiWare really is as open to innovation as everyone says it is.

World of Goo is essentially a physics simulation. You use the Wii remote pointer to pick up cute little balls of goo and connect them to each other to build towers, bridges, and all sorts of of assorted structures. Add a piece and the structure's center of gravity shifts, giving real-time feedback to your progress to bridge a gap or reach an objective. Sometimes this means a single piece in the wrong spot will cause the structure to collapse, so players can undo their most recent moves by clicking a limited number of white undo bugs that fly around the screen. The idea is to build a structure to reach an open pipe with enough goo balls left over to meet a quota. It's a really captivating and challenging small-scale engineering simulation.


Some gameplay from World of Goo.

Then World of Goo kicks everything up a notch. In addition to the merely structural black goo balls, they introduce green goo balls that can be removed from the structure freely so structures can change shape or expand as needed. Some goo balls start a level sleeping, so you need to get close enough to them to wake them up and add their resources to your own. Balloons can add lift to trap doors and even take entire goo structures airborne. Spikes and other obstacles can cut away pieces of your structure if you get too close. One level constantly rotated in 360 degrees even as you tried to build up a stable structure. Another level had gears that lifted a structure through a vague esophageal tube in what the developers called reverse-peristalsis (peristalsis is the medical term for the muscular motion that pushes food down your throat and to your stomach). And all of this creativity was just in the first world of the game.

The aesthetic of the game is also striking and feels like just the sort of new, radical style that indie games should bring to the table. The 2D artwork of the game stays completely original even while invoking both Monty Python and Jhonen Vasquez. The original music is eclectic yet somber. And the story is about a population of curious and naive little goo balls who discover a curious pipe that they can travel through… straight to the World of Goo Corporation and what is foreshadowed to be a tragically commercialized end.


More gooey gameplay samples.

The puzzles in world of Goo were really challenging, and I was foiled again and again at levels I thought I had a chance to beat. Obviously, the physics-based challenges are going to be far from a walk in the park. But given the vibe of creativity that World of Goo gave off at the event, I'm ready to be slimed whenever this game oozes its way onto WiiWare.

Talkback

This was just the first world. Just imagine what ELSE this game has up its sleeve.

GoldenPhoenixApril 15, 2008

Looks like I'll need to add this game to my Wii Ware collection along with LostWinds and Dr. Mario. Perhaps I was mistaken in what WiiWare could turn into, and it may offer some very cool games. Already I find the games far more interesting than most of Xbox Live Arcade's games.

The more I look at Wii Ware games the more points and blocks I need. Dammit, Nintendo, stop making and encouraging others to make great Wii Ware games.

I've already budgeted $60 for the launch of Wiiware and am starting to get concerned that may not be enough to cover everything I want for myself AND for the site.

Quote from: Kairon

I've already budgeted $60 for the launch of Wiiware and am starting to get concerned that may not be enough to cover everything I want for myself AND for the site.

I'm only going to have about half that, but I suppose it's just as well as I'm not as good as you are about "cleaning out the fridge".

Quote from: insanolord

Quote from: Kairon

I've already budgeted $60 for the launch of Wiiware and am starting to get concerned that may not be enough to cover everything I want for myself AND for the site.

I'm only going to have about half that, but I suppose it's just as well as I'm not as good as you are about "cleaning out the fridge".

Now if I only cleaned out my REAL fridge every once in awhile... but yeah. Though... you think about it... but to have an overabundance of good news than a dearth of it!

Quote from: Kairon

Quote from: insanolord

Quote from: Kairon

I've already budgeted $60 for the launch of Wiiware and am starting to get concerned that may not be enough to cover everything I want for myself AND for the site.

I'm only going to have about half that, but I suppose it's just as well as I'm not as good as you are about "cleaning out the fridge".

Now if I only cleaned out my REAL fridge every once in awhile... but yeah. Though... you think about it... but to have an overabundance of good news than a dearth of it!

That's like having to choose between a drought and a flood. This flood is going to wash away all my money.

Nick DiMolaNick DiMola, Staff AlumnusApril 15, 2008

Kairon and I were just discussing this morning how WiiWare is going to wreck wallets. There are so many great looking games I really don't know what to buy first. This game looks amazing and will without a doubt be purchased the day it's available.

planetidiotApril 15, 2008

Looks really cool, but I have to ask: How did a couple college kids get a Wii dev kit?  And how do I get one?

Nick DiMolaNick DiMola, Staff AlumnusApril 15, 2008

Quote from: planetidiot

Looks really cool, but I have to ask: How did a couple college kids get a Wii dev kit?  And how do I get one?

Here for about $2k.

These guys aren't just college kids. They're college kids who formed a company. Apparently, it's as easy as filling out a form and mailing it in to some state agency. Oh, and they also scrounged together some money for stuff and stole internet from coffee shops.

I already knew this game would be cool from Windy's gameplay description, but it also looks very slick and appears to control very naturally.  I like how the camera smoothly scrolls as you put the cursor near the edge of the screen.

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Genre Puzzle
Developer 2D Boy
Players1 - 4

Worldwide Releases

na: World of Goo
Release Oct 13, 2008
Publisher2D Boy
RatingEveryone
eu: World of Goo
Release Dec 19, 2008
Publisher2D Boy
Rating3+
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