Thursday, July 02, 2009

World of Goo Review: Like Sitting on a Toilet

by chinwhat at 9:41 PM
Usually whenever I make a reference to pooh, its something bad.

“That’s shitty.”
“It deserves to be defecated on”
“Craptastic!”

But not this time! Playing this game feels like a satisfying session of sitting on the throne.

Let me explain.

World of Goo is a quirky puzzle game on Nintendo’s Wii (also available for PC)

At its most basic level, it’s a highly addictive bridge building game where the goal of each of the 30+ boards is to build a bridge from one end of the level to the other.

The level design is extremely clever and each proceeding one ramps up the difficulty at a comfortable rate while at the same time introducing new concepts.

With an excellent physics engine, each Goo ball reacts and stretches and supports and bends as you’d expect it to.

Levels are challenging enough to keep you guessing and trying out different approaches, yet easy enough to complete that you never want to throw the Wiimote at the TV (at least not on purpose).

And this is why I the only way I could explain the satisfaction of completing a level is like taking a really really good shit! (Yes, you know the ones I’m talking about. There’s that sense of relief once you flush the toilet, wash your hands and leave the commode.)

As for the art style and music, the best way I could describe them is whimsical. (the soundtrack has been getting regular rotation lately) This totally fits the game’s narrative and story. Original and clever.

And what’s just as amazing is that this was essentially created by two people! Two! If you have 1500 WiiPoints or $20USD, you HAVE TO try this game. It absolutely deserves it. If you still have reservations, you could always download the demo here, or come over and try it out at my place!

Rating: four ply toilet paper out of four

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