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  • Summary: [WiiWare] World of Goo is a physics based puzzle / construction game. The millions of Goo Balls that live in the beautiful World of Goo don't know that they are in a game, or that they are extremely delicious. [2D Boy]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    World of Goo falls into a special category that only a select few games fall into. Do you remember when you first got your hands on Super Mario 64, the excitement that oozed out of you when you picked up the pad and controlled Mario around in 3D for the first time? Or when you were pulling out the Master Sword from its stone placement in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time? These were special moments in a gamer’s life and playing World of Goo deserves to be placed alongside such events.
  2. World of Goo should not be passed over by a single gamer. It is easily the best WiiWare game to date and, perhaps, one of the best this generation.
  3. 100
    World of Goo is breathtakingly fresh while built on the foundations of genre classics. It offers a gentle challenge as you make your way through its seasonal chapters the first time, and then a fiendish one as you try to fathom quite how it's possible to attain the OCD targets.
  4. It may not be as instantly satisfying as your standard action title, but after just a few minutes of play, World of Goo makes you feel like a genius, a general, and a god all rolled into one.
  5. World of Goo is the new definition of ‘fun’ and ‘entertainment’. The unique, fun gameplay, amazing design, and killer music make it a surefire hit with gamers of any genre. Add this one to your collection ASAP!
  6. World of Goo pushes the downloadable game cliché out of the window, providing hours of dynamic and unique fun that a lot of fully priced releases fail to do. Get on sliming!
  7. A beautifully presented, elegantly constructed puzzle game that draws you in with its charm and personality, then keeps you playing with its addictive, inventive level design. [Christmas 2008, p.121]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 41
  2. Negative: 1 out of 41
  1. MatthewM.
    Oct 15, 2008
    A truly amazing game. Elsewhere it has been likened to an old-school arcade game and this is quite true: it's initially tricky, but not impossible, to complete the entire game in a few hours. But that's really just "unlocking" all of the levels and viewing the wonderfully bizarre story. The real game is about rescuing more and more goo from each level, refining and perfecting your efforts each time. Getting "Obsession Completion Distinction" for every level will take quite some time, even for the hardcore. The demo is finally available from, so anyone can try it out. Be aware, though: The first chapter (the whole first chapter is in the demo) is mostly laid-back tutorial levels. The weirdness proper begins in Chapter 2 and Chapter 4 is outright INSANE (in a good way). Nevertheless, it's one of the best demos out there. Plenty of levels to try out, and much fun to be had. Expand
  2. Schtef
    Jan 4, 2010
    Entertaining puzzle game which is different everything else I've been able to find. Multiplayer with more than 2 people can be frustrating but I believe that's due to communication, not game design. The goo balls are pretty cute in a static way and best of all, the humour on the signboards leaves you to figure out the level yourself, making it more challenging. Great game. Expand
  3. BrockJ.
    Oct 23, 2008
    A great, HIGHLY addictive puzzle game. I spent 4 hours playing it the first day. There hasn't been a puzzle game this good since Tetris. Proof that WiiWare can produce GREAT games that would otherwise not be widely available. Expand
  4. WhyNot?
    Feb 21, 2009
    When I read through the user comments up to this point, it was no surprise to me that every single person who had the sense to comment gave this game a 10. Even though I only got this masterpiece yesterday (and haven't yet cleared Chapter 1), I can already see why so many people thought this was one of the best games of 2008. The gameplay is top-notch, and it's made even better when you consider that only two people developed the game. The graphics are simple but beautiful, and the sound effects? I love the things that the Goo Balls say, even if I can't decipher it. The music is excellent, the puzzles have just the right amount of difficulty, and at $15 or $20 (depending on the version), you're getting a great game for a minuscule price. What can I say about this game other than "Unbelievable"? When I first started reviewing games on here, I made a promise to myself to never give a perfect score. I'm willing to break that promise for this beautiful masterpiece of a game. I give World of Goo a perfect 100 out of 100. Expand
  5. ArquimedesQuintero
    Oct 14, 2008
    This is the best experience i've had with any wiiware title and even better than a bunch of retail ones. It is a must have.
    This really
    shows that you can make great things in Wiiware, if this 3-man team could pull this off, other development studios can do wonders in this platform. they are just not trying hard enough. Expand
  6. [Anonymous]
    Mar 28, 2009
    This is an excellent game with very few flaws. It runs smoothly, looks nice, and has very solid gameplay. However, the controls can be a bit off at times (more than once, I was unable to select a gooball that I needed in a certain time frame and failed the level), and it's rather short, but that's made up for by the fun and replayability. Just get it. Now. What are you waiting for? Do it! Expand
  7. Oct 19, 2010
    Dumbest puzzle game ever. Waste of time and money. WTF are you people smoking? I'm insulted every minute I play this game. This crap is the same things every smart phone has going on a zillion different times. Expand

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