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“World of Goo” Demo Impressions

What? WiiWare games don’t have demos! That may be right, but don’t you forget – the WiiWare’s best new game is also for the PC, and for those who look, a demo is available on that platform.

World of Goo has popped out of nowhere and taken the gaming world by storm. This previously unheard-of title is now the Wii’s best scored game on Metacritic. So, naturally I had to give it a try.

I went in to the demo expecting to be blown away somehow, and while it took a little time to happen, by the third or fourth level I was really into the game. World of Goo is a puzzle game with a simple premise – create a structure out of goo balls that will lead remaining goo balls to a pipe. An excellently built physics engine is put to full use, and as you’ll soon find out, the only way to victory is to use your head. If you’re trying to build a tall goo structure, you can’t make it incredibly thin, or it will all topple down eventually. If you are trying to build a bridge across some dangerous spikes, you have to place balloons at the perfect places to make sure your bridge doesn’t fall under its own weight.

This game is genius. There’s no other way to say it. The fact that it was developed by only two people adds immensely to my appreciation as well. Few games can create such a style (this one a little Dr. Seuss-esque) and take it so far, with the gameplay, music, and story all feeling so unified under it. Some may call the graphics too simplistic, but I can’t imagine this game working quite as well if the graphics were different.

The demo I played lets you play through the entire first chapter, which is seems to be a big chunk of the game when you realize taht there are only five chapters in the full version. I say “only five chapters” to emphasize how big the demo is, not to suggest that the full game is small. There are 48 levels in all in the full version of the game, and while the early levels are pretty easy, they get difficult fairly soon. If I was this challenged during the first chapter of the game, I think it’s safe to say that completing all five chapters will take a long time. As with the Xbox Live Arcade’s Braid, this game costs $15, and I’m sure many people will avoid the game because of that price. If you have doubts about World of Goo being worth that much dough, let me expel those from your head now – this is better than most retail Wii games. And think about it – if you saw this game in a store and noticed the $15 price tag, would you think it’s expensive then? I wouldn’t bet on it when crappy shovelware is sitting around it for $40 and up.

This game is hard to put into words, but it’s great, and you’ll just have to trust me when I say it’s one of the best Wii titles – retail or downloadable. World of Goo is on my radar now, and I really hope the public won’t wave this off and miss out on its genius.

Download the PC demo here.

By Josh60502

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  1. October 20, 2008 at 10:54 am

    Sounds pretty cool. I’ll have to check it out.

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