World of Goo

App review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Great physics puzzler works well with touch interface.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn physics and engineering concepts and at the same time improve analytical thinking skills. In order to build structures that won't collapse, kids have to consider things like weight, gravity, tension, and friction. Since each puzzle limits the number of goo balls players can use, kids are challenged to analyze each situation and think strategically as they build. World of Goo empowers kids to learn through discovery as they experiment with the rules of structural physics and engineering.

Ease of Play

World of Goo has always been easy to learn but hard to master, and the same is true of the mobile edition. However, the touch interface, which replaces the mouse and the Wii remote in the original editions for PC and Wii, is exceptionally intuitive, and could make it even easier for players to get into the swing of manipulating the game's goo balls.

Violence & Scariness

The game’s goo balls -- which, thanks to their googly eyes, appear to be alive -- can perish by, say, falling through openings in the floor, touching flames, or getting popped by spinning machinery. They don’t appear to suffer.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2 and 9 year old Written byKidsAndMommy September 1, 2011
Teen, 17 years old Written byGooMan January 11, 2018

Its Great!

It shows kids puzzle learning skills and is really fun to do on free time.

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

App details

For kids who love math, science, and exploration

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