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POSTED 23/3/17


WORLD OF GOO

2D Boy



ďNew goo. Gooey, gooey. New goo. Gluey, gluey.Ē

A shameless, slightly paraphrased rip from the 20th centuryís greatest literary masterpiece, Dr Seussí Fox in Socks. But itís apt when contemplating World of Goo for more than the obvious, as stylistically this gameís akin to a Theodor Seuss/Tim Burton explosion. Did we mention itís magnificent? Oh yeah, we havenít got that far.

World of Goo is magnificent. Right, weíre there. If youíve not experienced any previous incarnations, itís a puzzle game that superbly ropes and ties the laws of physics and applies them to various goo balls that are under your control. These are stretched out and interconnected to construct towers, bridges and stuff in order to grant safe passage to other goo globs. Imagine a Lemmings, Patapon, LocoRoco, Boom Blox, Putty Squad and even underrated N64 classic Blast Corps salad and youíll be partway towards catching the vibe, but World of Goo is also tantalisingly original.

Your arsenal of goo balls is many and varied. Some are reusable, some are once-only deals, others are drippy, solid or flammable. Thereís even an enormous, rather pretty goo!

Itís set in a spectacular world thatís split into four seasonal stages, plus a diabolical epilogue. To label it bizarre would be a great understatement, as you progress variously through creature internals, wind-ravaged vistas, green and greener 8-bit innards and more. Itís tied together with a devilish assault on corporate culture and marketing, as youíre aided Ė sometimes - by the usually cryptic ĎSign Painterí, who morphs from tutor to tormentor as you journey your journey along your, erm, journey.

Itís epic, itís inspiring, itís hilarious, itís challenging, itís pretty, itís brilliant, itís infuriating, it stays crunchy in milk... itís World of Goo, and itís one of the best puzzly things, well, ever.

Yep, it doesnít get much goo-der than this!

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