World of Goo
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that World of Goo is the mobile version of a game that has been available for PCs, Macs, and the Wii for years. The artistic imagery, while not particularly violent (goo balls can perish by falling over cliffs or being struck by spinning machinery), is vivid and odd. Also, the game's clever commentary on consumerism -- the precious goo we work with is collected by a corporation that uses it for a variety of frivolous consumer products -- may be lost on children. However, kids interested in building could have great fun with the physics-based puzzles, which will get them thinking about basic construction concepts.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- analyzing evidence
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
Fantasy noir visuals, music, wry hints, and satire create a cinematic feel. Kids will be motivated to try again and again possibly for OCD level (Obsessive Completion Distinction).
Physics and building practice are well-integrated into the game. Kids will learn by trial and error. Some levels may frustrate kids with less patience.
An extensive gamer community at the World of Goo website and Google achievements offer players resources and challenge. Hints are on the entertaining yet cryptic side.
What's it about?
Players navigate WORLD OF GOO by building different types of scaffolding, towers, and bridges in order to solve the puzzles. Players start with a set of googly-eyed goo balls, and drag each one to create a piece of the structure. Players must build in order to connect the goo balls to a pipe that allows the goo to flow. There is some strategy involved since players cannot use all of the goo balls to build –- there is a target number that must remain. Kids can tap a sign in each level to read tips for solving the puzzle.
Is it any good?
World of Goo originally arrived on PCs, Macs, and the Wii to wide critical acclaim in 2008. Its physics-based puzzles -- players pick up glops of goo roaming around 2-D environments and stretch them into place to build teetering towers -- was accessible, satisfying, and instantly habit-forming. This rewarding experience has been successfully transitioned to mobile devices and made even more straightforward thanks to the intuitive touch interface, which lets players interact with the goo directly using their fingers rather than a mouse or Wii remote. Creating World of Goo’s cantilevers, latticework bridges, narrow towers, and broad scaffolds has never been simpler. Few mobile games are more creative, entertaining, or endearing. Don't miss it.
Families can talk about...
Get out the LEGOs and challenge kids to build towers and bridges. Who can build the tallest structure?
Encourage kids to explore careers in engineering, building, or architecture.
Point out ways engineers and architects influence your lives. Do you cross a bridge regularly? Are any buildings under construction in your city?