Excerpt: Since Nintendo had launched the WiiWare program in the shopping channel, developers with big ideas and little budgets from all around have flocked to this unique and exciting program to share their original titles. Some are better than others. Some shouldn't have bothered. Fortunately, my review for World of Goo is a happy review. In World of Goo, you take control of little balls of goo. There are many different species of goo, and all have different functionalities.
Conclusion: World of Goo is a fantastic game, and one that you would be crazy to miss. The five chapters will keep you entertained for some time (unless of course you cheat with the skip option), and after you are done you can join the rest of the games players by building the tallest tower of goo in the WOG Corp mode. Part puzzle game, part platformer, and always guaranteed to raise a smile… it’s a real gem. Albeit one that’s covered in gloop.
Conclusion: Visually, this is probably one of the best looking games for the iPhone released in the past 3 months. The light, playful art style is not only unique to other apps, but helps intricately craft the story as well. The game is perfect for the display of the iPhone 4 with vibrant colors and inventive artwork (hopefully a Retina upgrade is incoming). The Goo animation is perfect as well as tracing the placement of the next path.
Conclusion: Overall, World of Goo is not only a great puzzle game, but one of the few truly amazing games available on WiiWare. With 48 levels spread out across five chapters, it's a great deal for console only players. While the computer versions are overall a better deal, World of Goo is still a great game no matter what platform it is played on.
Brilliant physics-based puzzler turns player into engineer.
Common Sense Media
7 October 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that World of Goo contains little in the way of potentially offensive content. Its narrative -- which focuses on semi-intelligent balls of goo being used by a corporation to develop products such as beauty cream and a kind of drink -- contains concepts geared for older players, but there is never anything graphic or scary.
Conclusion: World of Goo is extremely good fun. I suspect the casual gamer will find it more enjoyable than the hardcore gamer, but I challenge the hardcore gamer to complete all of the OCD levels. The free building area is cool, but I wish they had allowed the different goo color types in that area rather than making them all one generic color. A level editor would also have been an awesome addition to the game.
Conclusion: As we approach the end of this review it becomes necessary to touch the new online co-op mode. The reason I've not spent more time describing it is the simple fact that you will struggle to get on and find someone to play with - and that’s after you have actually found the option to turn online play on in the first place! This anticipated addition is a huge disappointment as it seems that is has simply been tacked on and hidden from the players.
Conclusion: This is exactly the kind of experience WiiWare seems designed for. 1500 Wii Points is really a small price to pay for excellence, especially when the sheer quality of World of Goo handily puts more than a few full-blown Wii releases to shame. It's a blast from start to finish. If there's one game you pick up on WiiWare this year, make it this one.
The Non-Gamer Reviews World of Goo - Yes, We Know When It was Released
2 July 2009
Excerpt: I love video game news, video game lore and the camaraderie and sparkle of most hardcore gamers. The only thing I don’t love are the games themselves. I’m terrible at them. I try to play, honest I do, but I’m just a spaz. That’s why I’m the movies editor. It’s all on the receiving end. I’ll let my shrink and ex-girlfriends argue about the meaning behind that.