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Parents' Guide to

World of Goo

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Brilliant physics-based puzzler turns player into engineer.

Game Mac , Nintendo Wii , Windows 2008
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 8+

Fun puzzle with physics engine and a thought-inducing message

It's a very fun and challenging puzzle game. The learning curve is spot-on and the game guides you through every mechanic. Maybe the most important part is the message it transmits, though. Reading each of the messages in each level will guide you through the lore of the Universe and tell you the story about the World of Goo Corporation, and the dangers of excessive greed and amoral "progress". While telling this, it also does excellent critique of social issues like materialism and pollution. Although the overall message is more oriented towards teen, mature audiences, it doesn't detract from the main gameplay experience, and may add up for a totally different second gameplay for your children years after the initial one. Totally recommended!
age 6+

Adorable, creative. Parents and kids can enjoy this game. Great $$ Too.

This game is adorable. I'd recommend it to kids even younger, but I'm not sure at what point it would start getting too difficult for them. The puzzles can be challenging for adults and children alike...a great indie game to pass the time. For what it is, a simple game with a simple objective and a simple yet quirky and very creative objective and characters, I say game on! There's absolutely nothing in this that could possibly be bad for kids....unless your worried about the violence of popping a ball of goo.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (14 ):

World of Goo is a breath of fresh air in the 2008 video game season that has been overrun to some degree by guns and gore. The googly-eyed goo balls are undeniably endearing creatures, the colourful 2-D environments create a visually satisfying Dr. Seuss-meets-Edward Gorey sort of atmosphere, and the almost ethereal background music often sounds as though it has been pilfered from a Tim Burton film. Plus, the game's clever story about the World of Goo Corporation draws some vague but thoughtful parallels with real-world companies without ever becoming preachy about it.

But it's World of Goo's physics-based conundrums that make the game a truly special -- perhaps even brilliant -- interactive experience. Most puzzles have wonderfully imaginative premises. For example, one level set in a tumbler sends the player's tower falling to the side every couple of seconds. You have to be quick, strategic, and patient, waiting for just the right moments to attach your goo balls to a long, narrow structure that eventually wedges itself between the barrel's rotating sides. The key to all of this goopy fun is how the goo balls are governed by the same physical laws present in our world. All we really need do to solve each puzzle is apply our understanding of real-world forces such as gravity and wind. It makes for wonderfully intuitive play that has potential to appeal to just about anyone -- though later puzzles are tricky enough that they might prove off-putting to younger players. It's one of the best and most innovative games of the year, and it's dirt cheap, to boot.

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