Building with Goo - Gooey Engineering, Physics and Design
Building in the World of Goo is easy enough. Click on a Goo Ball and drag it where you would like it to go. As you use a Goo Ball, it becomes part of the structure. You will see white lines to show you how the Goo Ball will attach to the structure you’ve already built. Keep building until the Goo Balls are within reach of the pipe opening. But remember, each puzzle requires you to collect a certain number of Goo Balls and you only have a finite number to work with. This means that you have to use your Goo Balls wisely.
What makes the World of Goo tricky is that you’re dealing with a variety of factors, not the least of which is gravity. Each World of Goo puzzle is a mini challenge in engineering and physics. How do you build a goo bridge or a goo tower without them collapsing? How wide of a base do you need before you start wasting goo? You might strive to build the fastest structure you can, or you might go with a Goo Ball-saving, elegant design.
World of Goo Difficulty Level
The basic premise of the World of Goo is easy to grasp. Any child who can use the mouse will be able to build with the Goo Balls. The difficulty comes from two distinct aspects of the game: 1) lack of tutorial or direction, and 2) increasingly challenging puzzles.
Part of the charm of this game is a minimalist quality. With that comes a refreshing (or possibly, alarming) lack of tutorial. You aren’t really sure what’s going on, or why. At some points you may not be sure how, either. At each level, you’re confronted with a set of Goo Balls (there are 15 species!) and a landscape. There is a mysterious "Sign Painter" who leaves hints about your goo and how to progress, but it still leaves quite a bit up to you to figure out.
Younger kids may need some extra help completing the puzzles, but this is a fun game to play together. You can come up with building strategies in advance and test them out. Since levels can be replayed, you can also try out a different technique to see if it works better.
World of Goo Corporation and Online Play
Just Plain, Gooey Fun
The World of Goo is beautifully drawn and is scored with quirky music and sound effects. It’s family friendly, educational and ridiculously addictive. This is a must for anyone who enjoys puzzle games.Manufacturer Specifications
The World of Goo is available for Windows (there is a version for the Wii as well) and retails for $19.99. It is rated E for Everyone.