When I was way 16 years old, I saved some money to buy a Nintendo Wii. This console was the first gaming device I was getting with my own money. I loved that console. I was so excited when I got it, mainly cause of how revolutionary the control felt back then. My parents told me to choose a cheap game for the console; they were in a good mood I guess. I went to the eShop and found World of Goo. Yesterday, I played World of Goo; it’s still amazing after all these years!
My wife had never played it before. As of the moment of writing and until May 30th, 2019 the game is free in the Epic Games Store. She was totally onboard, primarily because of the pricing, jumped in and got through the first few levels. Saying she was hyped for it is an understatement. My wife is an architect, so, the idea of a game that allows you to build physically responsive structures will always be appealing. As she played, I couldn’t help to jump in and play some levels with her.
Some games do resist the passage of time
World of Goo is genuinely original. The gameplay is addictive, yet simple to understand and varied enough to keep you entertained for hours. For those who have never tried it out, it is a pretty straightforward puzzle game. You need to make structures by connecting a limited amount of Goo balls and getting them to a pipeline. That being said, there’s much more depth to the idea behind World of Goo. There’s a lot of curious and thoughtful, yet, funny messages left around in the stages. It indeed paints a complete picture with barely throwing narrative elements at you.
It amazed me how great the game looks and feels even after all these years have passed. The art direction is a strong point for this one. World of Goo has a very cartoonish and abstract dystopian futuristic look. I know, that’s a lot of words to describe something. But, when you take a look at the game by yourself, you’ll see there’s a lot to take in from World of Goo’s design. Even with the amount of time that has passed since the game was brought to life, the gameplay, feel, and message remains original. If anything, it feels more appropriate in today’s modernism than it did back then.
Nothing beats free
This game is well worth every penny. I remember that years after getting it for my Wii, I got it for iOS. Pretty solid mobile experience, especially for long commutes. Right now, you can get a free copy for PC through the Epic Games Store. If the mouse and keyboard don’t feel like your kind of thing, try it out in another platform. At this point, it is available even for Switch. It might not be free, but World of Goo is a great mobile game as well, you can find it cheap in the App Store or Play Store.
World of Goo is one of those great indies that you have to play at least once! Have you played the title before? What was your experience with it? Chime in the comments below!
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