Indie Game 'World of Goo' Is Puzzle Gem

Not only are the puzzles fascinating to explore, but these goo balls have personalities. When touched, they reveal eyes and emit cute gibberish sounds, making them adorable and endearing.

Adding to this game's appeal are striking Dr. Seuss-like visuals and a riveting musical score that varies to enhance each puzzle setting. You'll hear soothing string orchestrations in calm environments and discordant sounds when goo-popping spikes are near.

While young children will initially be able to play (and in the process learn a thing or two about physics), this is a game best played by tweens, teens, and adults who won't get stymied when the puzzles get harder. Plus, the wry humor will be lost on little kids.

Downloadable and Available at Retail

A boxed Win/Mac computer version is available at retail or via download at www.playwithgoo.com. The Linux version can be downloaded at www.2Dboy.com. The Wii version is available as a download, and it offers a unique cooperative mode, which can be fun for families.

World of Goo is a tour de force. Its puzzles are simple in concept and pleasingly difficult to solve. With its stark graphics, endearing living building materials, captivating music, and a quirky sense of humor, this is a game worth playing. Start with the free demo and see if you too get hooked.

RATING: 5 stars (out of 5) Best for ages 10-up From 2D Boy/Brighter Minds Media, LLC, www.playwithgoo.com, $20 (Win/Mac/Linux), $15 (Wiiware).

Jinny Gudmundsen is the kid-tech columnist for USA Today.com and Gannett News Service, and is also the editor of Computing with Kids (www.ComputingWithKids.com ).

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 6951151. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 6951151. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 6951151. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 6951151. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 6951151. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 6951151. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 6951151. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 6951151. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 6951151. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 6951151. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 6951151.
Page
  • 1
  • |
  • 2
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: A home damaged by a landslide Friday, April 18, 2014 in Jackson, Wyo. is shown in this aerial image provided by Tributary Environmental.
Tributary Environmental/AP Photo
null
Danny Martindale/Getty Images
PHOTO: Woman who received lab-grown vagina says she now has normal life.
Metropolitan Autonomous University and Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine